A strong statement made by Josef Müller-Brockmann, one of the most famous names in graphic design history. The above statement was made by Müller-Brockmann when asked about David Carson, post modern designer and surfer. It is obvious that the two designers have embodied different styles when it came to typography and design. Josef Müller-Brockmann’s work has been known to be Very geometric, strongly unemotional, and committed to total abstraction. Having a mathematical harmony which reflected the harmony of music as seen in the series of posters he developed where strong use of the grid.
On the other hand, David Carson became renowned for his unconventional use of type and images. His typographical treatments are first-rate, and he integrates photography to produce a minimal, low-fi look. According to USA today he was named one of the top five most influential designers in Graphic Design (Kendall)
It is clear to see the extreme differences between the two designers so that comment made by Müller-Brockmann is no surprise to describe the “unconventional” opinion based methods that David Carson is known for. It is with no doubt that the famous “Grid systems” written by Müller-Brockmann in 1961, it is still considered a definitive publication on grid theory 50 years on and many designers refer to it. In a way, David Carson has developed a different and current method for designers to learn from the grid and break it in order to convey a message.
Kendall. “David Carson: famous graphic designers” Web. Jan 8, 2013. < http://www.arsgrafik.com/david-carson/>