• Shyam Patel

David Carson Research

David Carson, born in 1995, is a world-renowned artist, American graphic designer. His works have inspired me since I began my pursuit of graphic design. I remember looking at his work when I began my studies in the anatomy, history, and evolution of typography, and was deeply fascinated by the means of breaking the grid. Graphic design could be seen as a technical and rather accurate version of art, meaning that its purpose is to inform, not express or aesthetically satisfy. But I always thought differently. Graphic design to me was a way to express oneself. Especially considering it is an art form. However, there are rules. I was never fond of rules but I had to learn the rules first in order to break them. The reason Carson's design fascinated me was that I wanted to understand and learn his process. What was he thinking when he broke the grid. Breaking the grid would take a lot of experimentation, which is clearly evident in his work. In my own practice, I had started to realise I was breaking the grid by randomly placing typographic elements to see where it would fit. But would always question, is there a 'definitive fit' when breaking the grid. The idea of a hyper-accurate layout executed to the most technical standard did not satisfy my expressive tendencies and although I had a strong passion for aligning things, experimental work became a passion when I began to express myself through my work and broke rules.

In this blog, I look at two of my favourite works (although there are many more) of David Carson and what I take away from these pieces of work. These pieces of work are more recent and with that said, let me begin!

This piece of work was one that I discovered very recently. My interest in motion has developed over the past year and this really spoke to me in ways I never would have imagined. Although this is a collaboration with an interactive artist who goes by the name of Thijs Biersteke, this style of work clearly shows 'David Carson'. This style speaks and has a raw notion, in that it is rough, imperfect but real. This rawness reflects the humanity and nature that we so presently live in despite the technical execution of which the medium it is presented in. Mental health has quickly become the 'hot topic' of which is being talked about far more than ever, and with the superpowers that designers and artists have, using them for the greater good is inspiring, informative but above all, responsible. According to Thijs Biersteke "This brainwave-controlled art installation shows that if we keep our focus on the right things in life, the world doesn’t spin out of control." This brainwave controlled art installation demonstrates what 'focus' and 'out of control' look like.

'Talk 2 Strangers', a piece of work that perhaps is overlooked but certainly one of my favourites. This work was in also collaboration with an artist, Kid Wiseman. Wiseman believes that college football and basketball recruiters will go to highschool to scout talented players, yet there are no scouts for creative talent and he, therefore, believes and is trying to change. This beautiful piece of work ignited interaction with strangers whilst it was being created which is an incredible part of the story. What I love most is the fact that this collaboration started off with two strangers. Although not directly linked, Yes Theory believes that meeting strangers are just meeting friends we have met yet. Meeting strangers can change the lives of people. I have first-hand experience of that. When I was on my NCS journey, I always had the intention of spreading positivity but never thought I'd make it as far as I have in life, in my career. By meeting strangers, I built genuine life long-lasting friendships and was successfully able to meet potential clients. Going back to this piece of work, messages like this fuel a conversation. If it was not for this artwork, I would have not shared my experience in meeting strangers.

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