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David Carson: 2ndsight - Grafik Design After the End of Print Paperback – 3 Nov 1997


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 1st ed edition (3 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856691047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856691048
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Lewis Blackwell likes to make beautiful books with inspiring ideas. Whether it is his passion for trees, which led to the bestselling Life and Love of Trees (celebrated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and featured on oprah.com, among others) or more arcane delights in the history of typography and vernacular signage (20th Century Type and Ed Fella Letters on America), or sharing his powerful insights from the top table in photography (Photowisdom), the resulting books are always highly visual, original in thought and word, and accessible.
Lewis finds the perfect project for a book typically combines a great subject to investigate with fascinating people to work with and remarkable places to visit. He is currently working on two projects that will take him around the world, from the depths of nature to the heights of technology.


To write to Lewis Blackwell, or to request him for talks or signings, please email him via his publishers at contact@pqblackwell.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
Although this book was very interesting, it didn't come close to David Carson's other book - 'Photografiks'. If you are to buy only one art book and you are into graphics and photography, I would definately recommend 'Photografiks'. '2nd Site' was an informative introduction to Carson's work but the content wasn't as pleasing to the eye. Nice if you have a large space on your coffee table
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun 1998
Format: Paperback
The impact of David Carson's work is enormous--the unfocused and collaged text that is now ubiquitous in graphic design finds its origins in his work. This book, while giving good examples of his ads for such diverse clients as Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, the magazine RAYGUN, to surfer magazines, reflects what is problematic of David Carson's work as a whole: it lacks focus and clarity--but maybe that's his point and, also, the point of this mid-career survey by Mr. Blackwell. Nevertheless, this is a book I recommend for anyone interested in the way Carson's bold graphics redefined the look of advertisements in the 90's. It is visually quite arresting, but equally quite disturbing in that it shows how a creative sensibility is easily coopted by corporations to reinvigorate their own identities.
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By A Customer on 26 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I've heard you either love or hate much of the work Carson does. I've also heard you can learn to love. My recommendation to all young designers out there: learn to love David Carson. This is an inspirational book on intuition, and injecting a little part of yourself into everything you do. It also talks about the single design solution myth, and the other end of the design spectrum: arbitrary or meaningless creations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JayBizzle on 20 Nov 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is brilliant, young designers should get this book now. It is probably the only known cure for designers block.
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