I Wonder

Marian Bantjes

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    Marian Bantjes, Canada (2008)

    Marian Bantjes began her career as a book typesetter, which she learned by apprenticeship, from 1983–1993; from 1994–2003 she co-owned and operated the design studio Digitopolis in Vancouver, Canada; in 2004 she set out...

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    Marian Bantjes, Canada (2008)

      Marian Bantjes began her career as a book typesetter, which she learned by apprenticeship, from 1983–1993; from 1994–2003 she co-owned and operated the design studio Digitopolis in Vancouver, Canada; in 2004 she set out on her own, and began working in a more personal style, with work more closely related to art than design. It was this later work which won her international recognition.

      An extensive monograph of her work, “Pretty Pictures” was published by Thames & Hudson in the fall of 2013, to critical acclaim, and was included by BookForum as one of the 20 best art books in the past 20 years. Her 2010 book “I Wonder" (published by Thames & Hudson, 2010) is an exploration of the marriage of word and image, written and illuminated throughout.

      Much of Marian's work has been published in books and magazines around the world, and she has lectured on her work at over 100 conferences and events worldwide since 2006. In 2010 she spoke at the renowned TED Conference in Long Beach, California. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. She lives and works from an island off the West coast of Canada, near Vancouver.

      Publications

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      (2010)

      • Marian Bantjes

      Thames & Hudson

      A fully illustrated illuminated manuscript of articles and whimsies written, designed and illustrated by the author.

      (2013)

      • Marian Bantjes

      Thames & Hudson

      This is the monograph of Marian Bantjes' work. It comprises almost everything she's done from 2003–2012. Compiled, designed, written and produced by the author, with Foreword by Rick Poynor and Preface by Stefan Sagmeister. It contains somewhere around 800 images, including sketches and rejected concepts, with descriptions of each project and Bantjes' thoughts (often painfully honest) on each.

      Exhibitions

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      Framing Fraktur

      2015

      Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia

      Wunderkammer

      2014

      Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (mudac), Lausanne

      Solo Exhibit.

      Work at Play

      2013

      Chicago Design Museum, Chicago

      30 pieces included

      “Graphic Design: Now in Production”

      2012

      Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis

      Included in the exhibit “Graphic Design: Now in Production”, at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, MN; Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX.

      Marian Bantjes

      2011

      OnSite/OCAD, Toronto

      Solo exhibit

      Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum

      Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

      Several pieces in permanent collection

      Agencies

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      • Digitopolis

        1994 – 2003