The last couple of years there’s been a lot of talk whether if going to design school is worth the investment or not.
Some say that you can learn pretty much everything online these days, while others claim that by doing so you’ll most likely miss out on important theoretical topics like design theory and history. And by going to design school you’ll be equipped with all the right tools to make it big. As I see it, there’s really no right or wrong way. There’s people both with and without formal education that have made a profound impact on the way we look at design.
Typography pioneer and best selling author David Carson is one of those people who’s lack of education actually made his work stand out. He got into design through a two week summer workshop but since he never studied grids or schools of thought he ended up unintentionally breaking all the rules, simply by doing what made sense to him and trying to connect on an emotional level with the viewer.
David’s work for the his 90’s magazine Ray Gun brought a new approach to type and grid-less page design by letting the contents dictate the direction of the design and layout, not the other way around. His bold understanding of cultural style have inspiring a generation of young designers and you can see the repercussions of his work to this day.
At the end of this post you’ll find and old TED talk David gave some 13 years ago. Packed with inspiration and humor it’s definitely worth a watch.
David filmed February 2003 at TED2003