Marian Bantjes

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Editorial Eye 105

Issue 105, Autumn 2023


At a time when people are seeing Artificial Intelligence as either a get-rich scheme or an existential threat …

Artificial idiot: Deep fake, pink fake

Issue 105, Autumn 2023


Pum Lefebure’s Design Army made AI ‘space tourism’ landscapes for an adventurous client. By Marian Bantjes / Eye Editors [EXTRACT]

Artificial idiot: Pegasi, people and golden warriors

Issue 105, Autumn 2023


Marian Bantjes makes collages using multiple AI images [EXTRACT]

Artificial idiot

Issue 105, Autumn 2023


Unpredictable, cliché’d, wonderful, neither artificial nor intelligent– is AI the dumbest new kid on the block or the future of illustration? Marian Bantjes explores the weird world of text-to-image generators [EXTRACT]

Prolific polymath

Issue 88, Summer 2014


Pretty Pictures (Thames & Hudson, £42, $75) covers the astonishing body of work that the…

Reputations: Marian Bantjes

Issue 72, Summer 2009


‘I’ve come close to working with a couple of agencies for very big brands, but either the money isn’t there or the agency just has a stupid idea that I’m not interested in working on. Like they want type with a bunch of bullshit curlicues coming off it. Yawn. Go away.’

Back with a flourish

Issue 62, Winter 2006


A taste for ornamentation and 1970s kitsch has led to a revival in the swash, the ‘tea cosy’ of typography

The decriminalisation of ornament

Issue 58, Winter 2005


Spurned and marginalised for more than a century, decoration is enjoying a guilt-free renaissance

Slow print

Issue 77, Autumn 2010


Allow plenty of time to read Marian Bantjes’ highly personal book debut.

Marian Bantjes: Ornamentality

Issue 58, Winter 2005


For Marian Bantjes the most powerful ornament comes out of obsession and long hours of intense labour

Magic box: craft and the computer

Issue 70, Winter 2008


Long undervalued as a poor relation of art and design, craft is central once more. Essay by David Crow

Editorial Eye 72

Issue 72, Summer 2009


Last summer we tackled the canon of graphic design history in a special issue; this…

Recent blog posts about Marian Bantjes

(Typographic) Noted #92

11 June 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

WNBA rebrand; Caseroom’s Gun Dog; Swiss / Bolivian foundry Altiplano; Bantjes reloaded; Klim’s Sincerity / Irony
Here is a selection of type-related things – a rebrand, a new foundry and a…

Noted #87

27 June 2018
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Harlow town at 70, Shakespeare and (Abram) Games, Tipi di Bologna, Marian Bantjes’ certificates and Walbaum revisited
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Illustrator and recent…

Books received #19

29 May 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Visual culture

The Graphic Design Idea Book, Can You Feel It?, Where’s Warhol?, Martin Parr: Autoportrait and Playful Graphics
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed…

Classic Collections – Type and lettering

22 December 2015
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography

For a limited time, you can buy a bundle of Eye typography issues – at a bargain price
This ‘Type and lettering’ bundle contains issues 37, 45, 50 and 72: all have a…

Offset 2014: day three

22 April 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration

Aisling Farinella, Adrian Shaughnessy, I Love Dust, Jon Burgerman, Richard Turley, Marian Bantjes, Jeff Greenspan and Chris Judge. Pam Bowman concludes her coverage of the Dublin Offset conference
The third and final day of the Offset conference began with Dublin-based stylist Aisling Farinella…

Autograph monograph

24 December 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Typography

A new book shows Marian Bantjes’ deep personal engagement with her work. Review of Pretty Pictures by Mark Porter.
Pretty Pictures covers the astonishing body of work Marian Bantjes produced over nine years after…

Collaboratively speaking

14 October 2013
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Reviews

A report from day two of the AGI Open conference at London’s Barbican.
Day two of AGI Open kicked off with insights and wisdom about ‘collaborative practice’, write…

Chat show

11 October 2013
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar report from day one of the AGI Open conference in London, where the theme was ‘dialogue’
London’s AGI Open set out to shun the standard conference show-and-tell format, and to bring…

No pressure

15 April 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration

A glimpse at the ethos behind Alliance Graphique Internationale and the upcoming AGI Open London 2013
The public profile of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is not especially high, which is…

Made by Marian

13 February 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

A glimpse of the 2013 Valentine’s Day card designed by Marian Bantjes.
Yes, it’s that time of year when certain graphic designers, art directors, editors and writers…

Graphic designers in Barcelona

23 September 2011
Book design, Graphic design, Information design, Music design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

This year’s AGI Open has the theme: ‘What. How. Why.’
There’s just over a week to go until this year’s AGI Open in Barcelona (…

Brit Insurance Design Awards

18 January 2011
Awards madness, Book design, Graphic design, Music design, New media, Technology, Visual culture

Bantjes, Shandy, Flipboard and E.Chromi make the (long) shortlist
London’s Design Museum announced the shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design awards this morning…