13 August 2008

[type, design] Marian Bantjes Unique Typographical Love Stories


(also via Programmer Fish) Marian Bantjes, the Canadian illustrator/artist/typographer who is taking the design world by storm (STEP inside design magazine named her one of 25 up-and-comers to watch in 2005) has done a monograph.

You'll have to subscribe to Creative Review magazine to get one. This one won't be available on the newsstand.

The monograph, called "Love Stories", is a typographical and mixed-media embellishment of some prose about things, people, and dear friends she loves. There is a bit about cake, which is done in icing ... on a partially-consumed cake. A paean to her late mother is done with a blaze of watercolor in the negative spaces between type. Words about her father, who loved cars (pictured) are made to resemble an exploded view of an engine.

bantjes illustration

Whatever you think about type and design, these are simply cool to look at. You can get lost in them. I did.

There is a little computer in one of them, but mostly, it's acrylic, ink, pencil, crayon ... all sorts of media, some mixed, some not.

Here's the direct link if you missed in the text above.

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