Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and regularly speaks about her work and thoughts at conferences and events worldwide. She started working as a book typesetter in 1984 and opened her own design firm in 1994, employing up to 12 people. In 2003, she left all of that behind to begin an experiment in following love instead of money, by doing work that was highly personal, obsessive and sometimes just plain weird. At the same time, she began writing for the design blog Speak Up, and her cheeky-but-thoughtful articles soon gained her recognition in the blogosphere. Through this two-pronged approach, Marian caught the attention of designers and art directors across North America. As clients she counts Saks Fifth Avenue, Penguin Books, GRANTA, Wallpaper*, the Guardian, WIRED, Stefan Sagmeister, Winterhouse (Bill Drenttel & Jessica Helfand), Maharam, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Print, GQ Italia and the New York Times, among others from Europe, Australia and South America. Her book, I Wonder
, was published in 2010 and Pretty Pictures
was published in 2013.