At the intersection of word and form, Marian Bantjes makes her art.

Why you should listen

Organic, logical, complex, beautiful: Marian Bantjes' illustrations draw on her deep relationship with letterforms (she was a typesetter for ten years). With flowing lines, filigree and generosity, she plays in the space between a and b and c. Her illustration work has appeared in Wired, Wallpaper, the Walrus and many other magazines and newspapers worldwide, and once took over Saks Fifth Avenue top to bottom.
She's also a blunt and funny writer on design and other matters, an advocate for self-reinvention, self-education (and formal education) and continuous self-appraisal. She works from her home on an island near Vancouver and sends legendary Valentine's Day cards.

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“I would like to be remembered as someone who was always full of surprises.” — Marian Bantjes

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Intricate beauty by design: Marian Bantjes on

June 22, 2010

In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:28) Watch Marian Bantjes’ talk on, where you […]

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