David Carson (born September 8, 1954) is an American graphic designer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the 1990s. In particular, his widely imitated aesthetic defined the so-called "grunge typography" era.

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David Carson (born September 8, 1954) is an American graphic designer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the 1990s. In particular, his widely imitated aesthetic defined the so-called "grunge typography" era.

cMag561 - Ray Gun Magazine cover "Henry Rollins" by David Carson / Issue 1 / November 1992

cMag561 - Ray Gun Magazine cover "Henry Rollins" by David Carson / Issue 1 / November 1992

i like how distorted this design is. it has a very grunge aspect to it. which i like.

i like how distorted this design is. it has a very grunge aspect to it. which i like.

Raygun Magazine, 90s. The magazine broke convention and used a different font each issue for their logo

Raygun Magazine, 90s. The magazine broke convention and used a different font each issue for their logo

David Carson's Ray Gun Magazine cover, Marilyn Manson Issue #61 published 1998.

David Carson's Ray Gun Magazine cover, Marilyn Manson Issue #61 published 1998.

Ray Gun magazine by typographic graphic artist - David Carson

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I feel the use of continuous, overlayed typography is striking and bold. I think his work has always been so inspiring due to his ability to create images through type. Really beautiful and raw.

I feel the use of continuous, overlayed typography is striking and bold. I think his work has always been so inspiring due to his ability to create images through type. Really beautiful and raw.

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