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Marian Bantjes

Release date October, 2010: I wonder by Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes For Saks:  We want it!

David Huyck asked Marian Bantjes to contribute something to Vol 1. Edition 3 of his Cloudy Collection, on the theme of “Scarlet Lettering”. Printed letterpress in red plus blind deboss, this is perhaps the most difficult-to-read pieces she says she made yet!

Marian Bantjes MGDC was born in 1963 and is a Canadian designer, artist, illustrator, typographer and writer.  Bantjes started working in the field of visual communication in 1983 and worked as a book typesetter from 1984–1994. She became well known as a talented graphic designer from 1994–2003, when she was a partner and senior designer at Digitopolis in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she created identity and communication designs for a wide range of corporate, education and arts organizations.

In 2003 Marian left her firm and “strategic design” behind to embark on the work that she has since become internationally known for. Describing herself as a Graphic Artist, working primarily with custom type and ornament, Bantjes’ highly personal, obsessive and sometimes strange graphic work has brought her international recognition and fame as a world-class visual designer. Bantjes is known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art, obsessive hand work, patterning and highly ornamental style.

Stefan Sagmeister calls Bantjes “one of the most innovative typographers working today,” and Noreen Morioka calls Bantjes “the Doyald Young of her generation.” In 2005 Bantjes was named one of 25 up-and-coming Designers to Watch (STEP Magazine, January 2005).

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