David Carson

David Carson

creative director, art+design director, consultant

Greater San Diego Area

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David Carson's Overview

  • creative director/desiginer at davidcarsondesign.com
  • : at dcarson888@gmail.com
  • creative director at Bose Corporation
  • art director at Quiksilver
  • designer at Raygun Magazine

500+ connections


David Carson's Summary

A renowned Design and Creative Director, David Carson has a long history of working with some of the worlds largest agencies on a wide variety of projects. These to include Airlines, Automakers, Hi-Tech companies, fashion brands and start ups. He worked as the worldwide Creative Director for Bose corporation in Boston where he managed a creative team of over 100 people, executing campaigns for digital, tv and print.

Often asked to speak to a broad range of industries, (be it automakers, agencies to creative groups),
David shares his experiences and how he continues to push the envelop. David knows how to inspire and what it takes to build an effective team. He's humble, engaged and willing to listen.

In 2014, Apple computers selected him as one of their top 30 innovators in their 30 year history, calling David a "Pioneer with profound impact". Creativity magazine listed him as one of the worlds most influential creatives, while the AIGA/NYC, awarded David their highest honor in 2014, the Gold Medal for his creativity and design work. He's also been awarded "best designer" working with photography by the International Centre for Photography in NYC as well as countless awards from the ADC, TDC and SPD. David was also selected as a keynote speaker at the 2014 FUSE Branding Conference in Chicago and has been a guest speaker at TED. David was called "Art Director of the era" by Londons Creative Review magazine. Recently he spoke to sold out audiences at the Type Directors Club in NYC and other creative conferences in Berlin ,and Oslo.
Creative talks are coming up this fall in Helsinki,Spain +Portugal. David remains an extremely hands on designer +creative, and is the subject of a cover story for the intl. design mag. CASA, out late 2014.

Today, David's looking forward to the next phase of his career.
Ideally, David's looking to be part of a great creative team. His greatest desire is to lead, mentor and become the benchmark by which all creative teams are judged.

David Carson's Experience

creative director/desiginer


September 1993Present (21 years 1 month)

freelance design, art direction, design direction, motion graphics +more



April 1910Present (104 years 6 months)

advertising, branding, broadcast design, and print. consulting and lectures.

creative director

Bose Corporation

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Consumer Electronics industry

January 2010October 2010 (10 months)

responsible for all creative, print, broadcast and web, worldwide

art director


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; ZQK; Apparel & Fashion industry

20022005 (3 years)


Raygun Magazine

19921995 (3 years)

David Carson's Publications

  • Ted + Friends 2014 Calendar

    • Ted Grambeau
    • 2014
    Authors: David Carson, Ted Grambeau, Selina M Kidd, Brad Smith, Trent Mitchell, Alastair Mitchell, Casey Bevington

    Graphic Design, Creative Direction, Layout & Print.

    Ted + Friends 2014 Calendar
    As a Limited Edition Calendar for 2014, this unique photo/design project is a collaboration with some of the worlds best creatives.

    Ted+Friends involves 12 designers with a month each, and total creative freedom, to display their signature talents overlaid on Ted’s photographic images.

    The line up includes one of the world's most celebrated designers, David Carson from USA, described by Newsweek as “the most influential designer of recent time.”

    Local talent includes Gra Murdoch (White Horses), Claudio Kirac (St.Thomas Studio), Trent Mitchell (photographer/designer), and emerging graphic design student Selina Kidd; all based on the Gold Coast.

    Sydney designers include Campbell Milligan (art director for Monster Children), Shinya Dalby (Stab magazine). Melbourne’s talent is represented by James Taylor (global creative director of Rip Curl International), Brad Smith (creative director from Blocks Global) and Stuart Geedes (Chase & Galley design studio). From the UK, Alastair Mitchell (The Potting Shed) and Casey Bevington (Oakley, USA).

    Ted described the project as “A way of celebrating the talent I have had the privilege to work with, as well as revealing the creative depth in our own back yard.”

    Whilst the calendar will serve as a showcase within the industry, a limited number of only 250 of these collectors editions will be for sale to the public with an even more limited edition of the cover art poster by David Carson.

  • Ortlos. Architecture of the NetWORKS

    • Hatje Cantz Publishers
    • November 15, 2005
    Authors: David Carson, Ivan Redi, Andrea Redi

    Designer David Carson pronounced the "End of Print" in response to the virtual world's ever-increasing influence on design. And if Ortlos: Architecture of the Networks is any indication, it seems that the group will soon pronounce the "End of Architecture" (as we know it). Ortlos--which means "placeless" in German--is a virtual office (or platform) that deals with architectural topics, urban planning issues and interface design. Its members include a global network of architects, web designers, media theorists, net artists and IT specialists, all of whom are experts in their various fields and professions, and all of whom can collaborate on online projects that are either of interest to them, or specific to their locales. "Ortlos" also describes the virtual office's basic working method: not being dependent on a specific physical space to work, but located instead in networks and anywhere where an Internet connection is provided. The firm aims to generate advanced instruments for architectural and urban design, a sort of platform, a creative pool supported with information and databases: It is a virtual office that never sleeps. Designed and written by the firm's "partners," Architecture of the Networks documents Ortlos' projects from 2000 to 2003. Each of the 12 projects shown and explained here by Ortlos incorporates various approaches to the fields of architecture, urban planning, media theory, product design, installation art and interface design. This new and fresh way of addressing contemporary architecture also includes a research project about network collaborations, and Carson's interpretation of Ortlos' architectural work through the specific language of graphic design.

David Carson's Projects

  • the book of probes with marshall mcluan

    Team Members: David Carson

    see http://www.brainpickings.org/
    february 17, 2012 edition

    Design Legend David Carson Brings Marshall McLuhan’s “Probes” to Life
    By: Maria Popova
    The greatest living graphic designer brings to life the greatest dead media theorist.

  • Time For Women

    • November 2011 to Present
    Team Members: David Carson, Irena Mihova, Zohreh Tabatabai, Dave Faucher, Julien Garson

    A private on-line social network exclusive for some of the most prominent women of our times. This is a place for women with something to say, something to offer and something to share. A place to connect, create and celebrate.

  • Time For Women

    • November 2011 to Present
    Team Members: David Carson, Dave Faucher, Irena Mihova, Zohreh Tabatabai, Julien Garson

    A private on-line social network exclusive for some of the most prominent women of our times. This is a place for women with something to say, something to offer and something to share. A place to connect, create and celebrate.

David Carson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Creative Direction
  2. Logo Design
  3. Packaging
  4. Graphic Design
  5. Advertising
  6. Product Design
  7. Branded Environments
  8. Global Communications
  9. Video Direction
  10. Photo Direction
  11. Art Direction
  12. Concept Development
  13. Corporate Identity
  14. Creative Strategy
  15. Brand Development
  16. Graphics
  17. Adobe Creative Suite
  18. Typography
  19. Creative Development
  20. Illustration
  21. Logos
  22. Posters
  23. Web Design
  24. Art
  25. Surfing
  26. Video
  27. Illustrator
  28. Photography
  29. Photos
  30. Branding & Identity
  31. Corporate Branding
  32. InDesign
  33. Layout
  34. Visual Communication
  35. Photoshop
  36. Dreamweaver
  37. Motion Graphics
  38. Interaction Design
  39. Mac
  40. User Interface Design
  41. Magazines
  42. Concept Design
  43. Experience Design
  44. Interactive Advertising
  45. User Experience
  46. Design Strategy
  47. Flash
  48. Information Architecture
  49. Catalogs
  50. User-centered Design

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David Carson's Education

San Diego State University-California State University

ba, sociology

graduation "with honors" and "distinction",
secondary teaching creditial

David Carson's Additional Information


lecturing, workshops, consulting, branding,surfing, biking, walking,observing.

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Honors and Awards:

:david was awarded the design professions highest award, theAIGA Medal for 2014.
“tfhe greatest living graphic designer..” -brain pickings 2012
"David Carson continues to be one of the worlds most distinctive typographic voices--much imitated, but never matched" iD mag., nyc
“he changed the public face of graphic design” -newsweek
“the art director of the era” creative review london
“the most important work coming out of america” american center for design
“the most influential graphic designer of our times” surfrider foundation
“He significantly influenced a generation to embrace typography as an expressive medium” -s. heller
“our biggest star” AIGA
“A design legend” -computer arts mag g
"visually stunning....he may actually get young people reading again" USA Today

VERY humbled and honored to be selected today on Apple's 30 year anniversary, as one of the 30 most influential mac users in their 30 year history.



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