Saturday, 12:10am
6 November 2010

A sense of wonder

Video clips from Marian Bantjes’ Eye talk at St Bride Library in London

On 5 October, Marian Bantjes spoke to a sold-out audience at the St Bride Library in London about her book, I Wonder. Here are four short video clips from the recent talk, organised by Eye and the Friends of St Bride.


Bantjes talks about her mid-life crisis and her acceptance into the design community, eventually leading to her success. ‘I found that I was actually making a living doing something that I love … and that’s success.’

Bantjes describes her feelings on detail, ornamentation, wonder, religion - summing up some of the basic elements of her book nicely. 'Anyone who's ever wandered into one of the magnificent Gothic cathedrals feels wonder... This is not accidental and it's not mystical. It IS designed.'

Bantjes talks about her views on typography – she is ‘essentially conservative' with type.

Showing spreads from I Wonder, Bantjes explains some of the ideas behind the book’s chapters.

Read ‘Slow print’, our article about I Wonder (Thames & Hudson) in Eye 77, the latest issue, our earlier ‘last night’ blog about the evening, and the Reputations interview with Bantjes in Eye 72.

Eye magazine is available from all good design bookshops and at the online Eye shop, where you can order subscriptions, single issues and back issues.

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