Legendary graphic designer David Carson shares his groundbreaking approach of bringing intuition and rebellion into design
MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that David Carson will teach a class on graphic design. Guided by instinct instead of design norms, Carson will bring members inside his iconic and experimental approach, which leverages the power of graphic design to communicate. Carson’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.
“David revolutionized the design industry, altering the landscape and trajectory of graphic design,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “His work challenges the perceptions of what graphic design should look like and in his class, his rebellious spirit will inspire members to draw from their own experiences and individuality to create unique, bold work.”
In his class, Carson will explore the relationship between information and design, sharing his methods on how to cultivate creative instincts, turn mistakes into opportunities and experiment with typography and photography to communicate. Through a series of student workshops and logo design and collage demonstrations that showcase his personal portfolio, Carson will give members exclusive access to his-decision making process and share the principles behind his work, which redefined the design scene in the 1990s, leaving a lasting impact today. Best known for his cutting-edge typography, he will hone in on how typography and photography can make work more evocative, sharing his personal practices that rely on trusting your gut to guide decisions and composition. He will also break down his bold thinking for graphic design, leaning into the importance of working on an emotional and instinctual level, rather than following convention. Members will leave the class inspired to rely on their intuition, take risks and stay attuned to moments that can make their work better, whether they are graphic designers or working in another creative field.
“A huge part of graphic design, and life in general, is noticing things around you,” Carson said. “It’s about following your intuition, and in my class, I will teach you how to listen to it and utilize it as a design tool to take risks and create individual, meaningful work.”
Self-taught, resolutely grid-free, and unafraid to speak his mind, Carson is one of the most innovative and pioneering graphic designers in the world. Through his unconventional and experimental style, Carson transformed the graphic design scene in America most notably during the 1990s, having been on the leading edge of visual communication for decades. Carson came to graphic design relatively late in life. He was a competitive surfer—reaching the top level of California’s pro surfing circuit—and a high school teacher before working as a designer. By the early ’90s, Carson was the art director at Ray Gun magazine, and in 1995 he opened his own studio, David Carson Design. Credited as “one of the country’s most important artists” by the Smithsonian Institute, Carson was also awarded the most distinguished honor in the profession of communication design—the AIGA Gold Medal—for his creativity and design work in 2014. Most recently, he is celebrated for creating iconic work for some of the biggest companies and most important brands in the world including Samsung, British Airways, Mercedes-Benz and MTV. Carson continues to actively educate and lecture globally and has had many one man exhibitions of his work worldwide.
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