Marian Bantjes was born in 1963 and is a Canadian designer, artist, illustrator, typographer and writer.
She became well known as a talented graphic designer from 1994–2003, when she was a partner and senior designer at Digitopolis in Vancouver, Canada, where she created identity and communication designs for a wide range of corporate, education and arts organizations.
In 2003, she left all of that behind to begin an experiment in following love instead of money, by doing work that was highly personal, obsessive and sometimes just plain weird.
Bantjes has crossed the boundaries between design, illustration and typography and currently works in this zone, mostly for other designers (that is her experiment). she is also in her 4th year on the british columbia board of the society of graphic-designers of canada, writes about design for the design website speak up, and teaches typography through emily carr institute in vancouver.
Marian’s art and design crosses boundaries of time, style and technology. She is known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art, her obsessive hand work, her patterning and ornament. Often hired to create custom type for magazines, advertising and special projects, Marian’s work has an underlying structure and formality that frames its organic, fluid nature.
Among her international clients, she counts Saks Fifth Avenue, Penguin Books, GRANTA, Wallpaper*, The Guardian, WIRED, Stefan Sagmeister, Winterhouse, Maharam, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Print Magazine, GQ Italia, and The New York Times, among others from Europe, Australia and South America.
She has written the design book “I wonder”, which was dubbed one of the 13 best design books of 2010 by Fastcode design. Bantjes has been honored with numerous awards and her work is now part of the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Bantjes says “throwing your individuality into a project is heresay” but she has built a career doing just that, as her signature style is unmistakable.
Every year, designer Marian Bantjes delights the world with her refreshing Valentines. This year, she sent a remix of vintage postcards and her signature typography.