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Marian Bantjes has been described as a typographer, designer, artist and writer; her work crosses boundaries of time, style and technology. Often hired to create custom type for magazines, advertising and special projects, Bantjes’ work has an underlying structure and formality that frames its organic, fluid nature. It is these combinations and juxtapositions that draw the interest of a variety of designers and typographers, from experienced formalists to students.
An extensive monograph of her work, “Pretty Pictures,” was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Another of her books, “I Wonder," an exploration of the marriage of word and image, along with several other pieces of Bantjes’ work, are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.
Much of Bantjes’ work has been published around the world, and she has lectured on her work at more than 100 conferences and events worldwide. In 2010 she spoke at the renowned TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Bantjes is a member of prestigious international design organization Alliance Graphique Internationale, and in 2010, she received an honorary doctorate of letters from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bantjes lives and works on an island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver.