Back in the day (1991), while I was studying graphic design at the university, I found the 6th issue of beach culture’s magazine. I got astonished by this completely new approach and usage of typography. All the black and white spaces, all the typos sliced, cuted and still building a visual story… A whole new visual proposal was in front of me. I have never seen something like that.
A few day later I had one of my first brochure design requests and yes I was really influenced by it, for sure. All kind of questions raised, how they came up to that idea?, how composition works on such a free style?, how i can find joy in such an irreverent space?. I just loved the feeling and my posture was, Even I love it, I will not copy it. I will find my own personal expression.
Time passed by, I did continue my design practice which I still manage to do so, and experience started to show me all those big names of all those great designers that I knew only by the work they have made, and David Carson was no exception.
A couple of days ago with no reason at all and while I was working, I just stop, my ADHD appeared, I stood up, look for my Beach Culture magazine copy, opened the issue and lived that emotion again. That thrilling emotion that innovation delivers.
What made me stop and look for it is still a mystery, one od those special moment that only attention deficit can deliver but instead of looking for an answer, I got my iPhone and capture the pages that I do remember shocked me, a day after I started a 3 piece collage composition inspired on those images. So here they are to be shared to all of you. A glimpse moment, an influential moment of one of the most important change players in contemporary design. My personal tribute to David Carson’s number 6 issue of beach culture magazine* that amazed me by the first time.
Yes, it has been more than 20 years since I started to design and I do love that special emotion of discovery, of known influence, and of course of unconditioned creation.
Long life to the free spirit that may raise in all of us ’cause of so many talented people. Thank you all!
Federico Hernandez Ruiz
I do care 4 design.
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*My creation upon this 3 piece collage has no intention other than to recognize David Carson’s work and influence in my life as designer. It has no commercial intention other than to contribute to DC relevant work, worlds cultural development and the importance of great design contributions to society in so many ways, all farther than just the aesthetics.
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