Marian Bantjes, born 1963, is a Canadian typographer, artist, designer and writer. Bantjes started working in the field of visual communication in 1983 and worked as a book typesetter from 1984–1994. She became well known as a talented graphic designer from 1994–2003, when she was a partner and senior designer at Digitopolis in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she created identity and communication designs for a wide range of corporate, education and arts organizations.
In 2003, Bantjes left her firm . She began work on her style of highly personal, ornamental, obsessive and at times, strange graphic work.
Bantjes's lovingly precise vector art, obsessive hand work, patterning and highly ornamental style have been sought after by such clients as Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bruce Mau Design, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Anni Kuan, Houghton Mifflin, Print Magazine, Wallpaper* , WIRED, The Guardian (UK), The New York Times, among others.
Her work has been featured in STEP, étapes (Paris), Azure, Matrix (Quebec) Tupigrafia (Brazil) and Print, Fontshop's Font 004, and
Eye magazine (#58).
on a bizarre sidenote...
it is said her drawing hand is insured for 5 million dollars!