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Hardcover, 10.25 x 13.75 in. / 272 pgs / 800 color.

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PUB DATE 9/30/2013
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“One of the most innovative typographers working today.” —Stefan Sagmeister

  

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Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures

Published by Metropolis Books
Design and text by Marian Bantjes. Foreword by Rick Poynor.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures</I>.From a remote cabin off Canada’s Pacific coast, Marian Bantjes has created a unique visual language that combines typographical craftsmanship, illustrative flair and personal observation. Her generous approach, meticulous attention to detail and wit have made her one of the most sought-after graphic designers--among art directors, branding agencies and students--of her generation. This is Bantjes’ first complete monograph, exploring the astonishing range of her output over the past decade. It offers candid, thoughtful and insightful commentary on how she works, collaborates and creates her “pretty pictures,” echoing the humorous, wry cultural observation and design comment that formed the centerpiece of her seminal first publication, I Wonder. Whether it is an ornamental design for a magazine cover, information graphic, a poster, a “typographic illustration” or an as-yet-undefined piece of graphic art, Bantjes reveals the source of her inspirations, how she arrives at her design solutions and resolves intricate compositional challenges. This ambitious, luxurious publication presents Bantjes’ projects chronologically, revealing a fascinating journey from her early work as a hot-metal typesetter to her adoption of digital technologies that push conventional print production to the limit. There is inspiration for everyone within these pages, particularly those who prize texture, detail and delicate decoration. Marian Bantjes is a designer-craftsman who has established her own particular form of graphic expression that is prized for its individuality and timelessness.
Marian Bantjes began working as a book typesetter in Canada in the mid-1980s and later established her own successful firm. She started to develop her inimitable style of typography in 2003. Since then, her work has attracted an international cult following. She lives near Vancouver, B.C.

Featured image is reproduced from Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures.

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BookForum

Christopher Lyon

The title of MARIAN BANTJES: PRETTY PICTURES projects a William Morris-like faith in the decorative, as well as an ironic awareness of that concept's toxicity for modernists. The Vancouver-based artist's 2010 collection, I Wonder, amply displayed her design virtuosity: letterforms growings swirls and curlicues, like a figure skater's trail on ice, and intricate border and background designs, assembled in a gorgeous - if a bit airless- small-format volume. Her thumping new fourteen-inch-tall monograph, in which Bantjes looked after every detail, allows her designs the breathing space they need. The pleasure of untangling her complex visuals is enhanced by a text - revealing, no-nonsense, critical, and, at times, brash - in which well-earned self-esteem is barely concealed beneath a bushel of Canadian modesty.

Bookforum

Christopher Lyon

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures is a self-made monograph by the Vancouver virtuoso of computer-assisted illustration and design. The imposing (14-inch-tall) book, every detail of which the obsessive Bantjes looked after, combines mind-numbing complexity with psychedelic sweetness-a volume to get lost in.

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From October 10-12, 2013, ARTBOOK @ Walker teamed up with the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), whose national conference was held in Minneapolis, for a three-day pop-up design store that reminded us how much we love graphic designers--and how much they love books. Our store featured the very best and newest design books in print today, alongside a brightly curated selection of objects, posters and stationery supplies from the world renowned Walker Shop.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/14/2014

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures"Here is a true story. At some point I was flying into New York, and as the city lights appeared down below I had this epiphany that, ‘Everything I do, I do for love.’ I realized that as much as I wanted – needed – to make money, it was no longer the motivation for my work. I was doing it because I loved it. I loved making things, and I was making them for myself, and my friends, and a few clients who I was liking very much. I no longer kept track of my hours or the time I put into anything, I just did what I felt I needed to do because it was enjoyable. I decided then to make Valentine’s Day the day I would send things out to clients and friends. Christmas is a meaningless holiday to me, and that time of year is flooded with paraphernalia in everyone’s mailbox. So I thought it would be nice to send people things on an occasion that they don’t normally get mail." Featured image is graphic artist Marian Bantjes' second Valentine, Valentine '06 AKA True Heart, printed from a pen and ink drawing on glassine paper. It is reproduced from Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures, published by Metropolis Books. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2013

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures

Marian Bantjes: Pretty PicturesInfluential graphic artist Marian Bantjes launches her vivid new monograph, Pretty Pictures, published by Metropolis Books, at The Strand bookstore in New York on Tuesday, November 11, in conversation with Pentagram's Michael Bierut, former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and senior critic in graphic design at Yale School of Art—booksigning to follow. Featured image is the letter D from Bantjes' Flower Alphabet, "made for no particular reason. Some of the flowers and petals were from my garden, and some were from a bouquet given to me for my birthday. I made a complete set of both upper and lower case, plus numbers." To read Mary Al-Sayed's blog about the book, visit the Metropolis Books website. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/10/2013

Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures

Marian Bantjes: Pretty PicturesFeatured image, a 2006 pen drawing called "Hallowe'en Spider," is reproduced from Pretty Pictures, Metropolis Books' new monograph on the innovative Vancouver typographer and graphic artist Marian Bantjes. She writes, "This would end up being the last of my Hallowe'en mailouts. It's a spider of phobias. If you look at its legs, you will see that there are phobias of many kinds written there. And the body of the spider contains the mark of a scary clown, with zombies chasing each other around the abdomen. Gruesome stuff. Shortly after I printed this, I decided I hated it. I very nearly didn't send it out, though in the end I did. I had a couple of hundred left over which went into the garbage, keeping only a few for my records. Looking back on it, it's not so bad." continue to blog


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