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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Live from San Francisco: Design Matters with Marian Bantjes

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Adobe and AIGA San Francisco are presenting a very special series—Design Matters Live: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Design. Joining me Thursday, September 13th is my dear friend Marian Bantjes.

Marian Bantjes is a self-described [Typo]Graphic Artist. After working as a book typesetter for ten years and a designer for nine, she gave everything up in 2003 to pursue her artistic and typographic obsessions. Her work is complex, structured, sometimes funny and always obsessive. Despite living and working from a small island near Vancouver, Canada, in the past two years she has worked with Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Rick Valicenti, Houghton-Mifflin, Young & Rubicam, Details, InStyle, WIRED, The New York Times, SEED, and Martha Stewart Living ; she has appeared in Eye, STEP, Print (“the vivid word” cover from July/Aug ’06) and Communication Arts; and has had her work chosen for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She has been an author on the design weblog Speak Up since 2004, where she writes posts which vary from quirky musings to profane rants. Marian has lectured on her work and given workshops at various colleges, including CalArts, MICA (Baltimore), ArtCenter (Pasadena), Central St. Martin’s (London) and Reading University (UK). The verdict is not yet in, but she may be living proof of what happens when you follow the love instead of the money. Her work can be viewed here (the art for this graphic) or at

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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