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The End of Print: The Grafik Design of David Carson Paperback – October, 2000

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This revised edition of the 1995 original features a new cover and a new opening chapter putting Carson's more recent work in context of the rest of his career. The text is brief, but the volume sports 225 images, including eight gatefolds. Even if you have the original, this enlarged, affordable title warrants purchase. An essential title for graphic design collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Lewis Blackwell is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of Creative Review as well as the author of numerous books, including Twentieth-Century Type, The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson, and 2ndsight: Grafik Design After the End of Pri

David Carson is principal of David Carson Design Inc. and the author of the best-selling book The End of Print (Chronicle).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Revised edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811830241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811830249
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If it weren't for the experimentations of David Carson, I would not be a graphic designer today. I'd probably be teaching painting somewhere hating life. The End of Print is a study in composition and type. Typography can be the most imaginative, illustrative aspect of a design, and Carson has brought this thinking to a generation of designers, myself included. People are starting to read again and he is one of the reasons, along with a hand ful of other designers who revolutionized the field in the late 80's and early 90's. Stale and stagnant is what design would be toda, I think that Carson is one of the pioneers of graphic design, and The End of Print should be used as an influence for anyone who considers graphic design as a career choice
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I'm rating this on condition only, while i do want to read this in the worst way imaginable, i'm sorry Amazon, i just haven't had the time, with trying to graduate and all, but since you insist on asking me what i think of it, here is my run down.

Pros-
Definitely a book
Doesn't seem to have a political affiliation (it's a book)
Not made of human flesh (it's a book)
Doesn't nag me to get a job like my ex
Doesn't appear to be the necronomicon

Cons-
Some of the design seems dated
Doesn't include free wifi (it's a book)
Doesn't fill the void of my parents divorce
Doesn't appear to be the necronomicon
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I cant tell you how many times I return to this book for idea generation. "Dirty" design at its best. This book is better than the sequel but both are worth the investment.
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I thought the book was very inspirational, with many many many examples of Carson's rule-breaking design. Definately a must own for those with a fresh and adventurous take on design. However, this book is not for designers who cling to 'the grid' like a baby blanket or those who tremble at the idea of pushing the limits of visual communication.
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After reading all these 5 star reviews i wondered whether i read the same book. Although this isn't a reading book at all. Maybe it's more suited to typographers or font design, but i found it to be page after page of much the same stuff. Don't get me wrong, i think he has a unique and dramatic design style, but after a few pages it all gets a bit boring. If you're looking for inspiration for graphic or web design, look somewhere else.
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This book inspired me to try new techniques with typography and is a must for any modern designer! The book contains a lot of David Carson's early work as well as some really great ads for Ray Gun Magazine. I definately recommend picking this one up just to view such innovative work!
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Completely creative, cutting edge, and visually stimulating. David Carson's look at typography is a real eye opener to new and extreme avenues that this design element can bring. It's a fabulous resource, full of wonderful photography and great ideas. It's a great tool for designers and students alike. Very helpful and well worth the money.
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This is a great book that shows the examples of one of the most influential designers today. David Carson's design show how he breaks the rules of typography and design using his deconstructive design. Because he break the rules I would not recommend this book to a beginner. It is more geared towards some one who has already learned the basics of design and looking for inpsiration. I found that out the hardway.
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