Marian Bantjes Pretty Pictures

Marian Bantjes Pretty Pictures

  1. Marian Bantjes
  2. Foreword by Rick Poynor
  • ISBN 9780500517000
  • 35.00 x 26.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 272pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2013
‘A refreshingly honest visual history … beautifully produced, highly personal’ – Creative Review
'… a visual feast in the truest sense'

Marian Bantjes has established her own particular form of graphic and typographic expression that is prized for its unique visual language

Her meticulous attention to detail and wit have made her one of today’s sought-after typographers and graphic artists – among art directors, branding agencies and students.

Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes
Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes

This is Bantjes’s first complete monograph, exploring the astonishing range of her output. It offers insights on how she works, collaborates and creates her ‘pretty pictures’, echoing the witty, wry cultural comment and design that formed the centrepiece of her seminal I Wonder. Bantjes reveals the source of her inspirations, how she works out her design solutions and resolves intricate compositional challenges.

Ambitious and luxurious, this book presents a fascinating journey from Bantjes’s early work as a typesetter to her experimentation in digital technologies and analog materials. Here is inspiration for everyone, particularly those who prize texture, detail and delicate decoration.

Marian Bantjes was born in Canada in 1963. She grew up in the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but has spent most of her adult life in and around Vancouver. Since 2001 she has lived on Bowen Island in what has become known to some as ‘the typographic archipelago’ (with type designer Ross Mills and type historian Shelley Gruendler on Galiano Island, type designer John Hudson on Galiano Island, and type guru Robert Bringhurst on Quadra Island). Her previous book I Wonder was published by Thames & Hudson in 2010.

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