Who cares if you read?
Ray Gun: The Bible of Music and StyleBy Marvin Scott Jarrett. Essays by Liz Phair, Wayne Coyne, Dean Kuipers and Steven Heller. Design by Studio Roxane Zargham, Rizzoli, $65, £50
David Carson is indelibly linked to the notion of the ‘end of print’, encapsulated by the title of his famous book of that name. Yet it is perhaps more pertinent to link him to the end of reading. The head-on collision between Carson’s graphic design and the act of reading reached its apotheosis with his notorious Bryan Ferry spread for Ray Gun, which he rendered entirely in Zapf Dingbats. No one seemed to mind: did anyone buy Ray Gun for the writing?
Adrian Shaughnessy, designer, writer, educator, publisher, Essex
Front cover of Ray Gun: The Bible of Music & Style featuring Chris Ashworth’s Ray Gun masthead.
Top. Opener for the ‘Hot for Teacher’ feature by Bob Gulla in Ray Gun no. 19. Art by Floris Andrea. Art direction and design by David Carson.
Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019
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