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Marian Bantjes

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Marian Bantjes’s first complete monograph, revealing the astonishing range of her graphic design, typography and illustration over the past decade


From a remote cabin off Canada's Pacific coast, Marian Bantjes has created a unique visual language that combines typographical craftsmanship, illustrative flair and personal observation. Her generous approach, meticulous attention to detail and wit have made her one of today’s sought-after typographers and graphic artists – among art directors, branding agencies and students. This is Bantjes’s first complete monograph, exploring the astonishing range of her output. It offers candid, thoughtful and insightful commentary on how she works, collaborates and creates her ‘pretty pictures’, echoing the witty, wry cultural comment and design that formed the centrepiece of her seminal I Wonder publication.

Whether an ornamental design for a magazine cover, a piece of information graphics, a poster, a 'typographic illustration' or an as yet undefined piece of graphics art, Bantjes reveals the source of her inspirations, how she works out her design solutions and resolves intricate compositional challenges.

An ambitious, luxurious publication in scope and specification, the book presents projects chronologically, revealing a fascinating journey from Bantjes’s early work as a typesetter to her experimentation in digital technologies and analog materials. There is inspiration for everyone within these pages, particularly those who prize texture, detail and delicate decoration. Marian Bantjes is not a maverick or a pioneer; she is a designer-craftsman who has established her own particular form of graphic expression that is prized for its individuality.

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'A refreshingly honest visual history … beautifully produced, highly personal'
Creative Review

'… a visual feast in the truest sense'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 35.0 x 26.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 14 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500517000

About the Author

Marian Bantjes started working as a book typesetter in Canada in the mid-1980s, later opening her own successful firm. In 2003, working in her studio on a small island off the coast of Vancouver, she began to develop her own style of typography. Since then, her work has developed an international cult following. She is the author/creator of Pretty Pictures and Certificates for Everyday Things, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Rick Poynor is a British writer on design, graphic design, typography, and visual culture.

List of Contributors

Rick Poyner