Whether it’s an art assignment, personal project, or the choice of career path, it’s important to trust your intuition, advised graphic designer David Carson Tuesday afternoon at Elmore Stoutt High School.

Mr. Carson showed examples of his graphic design and typography work, but his advice to the second and third form art students was meant to be applicable to more than a career in design.

“It feels much more like a hobby to me than it does work, and if I could wish anything upon you in your working lives, it would be that your work feels more like a hobby than work — that you don’t dread going to work,” Mr. Carson said.

Finding that kind of work took Mr. Carson a while, he said. It was only after studying sociology and becoming a high school humanities teacher that he attended a two-week graphic design seminar.

“It was so clear to me: This is what I wanted to do,” he said. “That’s the thing you want to find, whatever that is.” After teaching, Mr. Carson transitioned to magazine design, and later to design for clients ranging from boutique surf and snowboard companies to musicians to global brands like Pepsi and Nike.


See the March 21, 2013 edition for full coverage.