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I Wonder [Hardcover]

Marian Bantjes , Stefan Sagmeister
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Book Description

11 Oct 2010
Quirky, poignant, astute, funny this beautiful book presents a colourful collection of observations on visual culture and design, written and illuminated by world-renowned typographic illustrator Marian Bantjes. Whether intricately hand-drawn or using precise computer illustration software, her highly ornamental, craftsman-like word-pictures have earned her professional acclaim and a cult following around the world.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (11 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515297
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gilt-edged new tome ... an eccentric mix of musings, personal anecdotes and what Bantjes calls "hairbrained ideas" ... Rich, playful and often funny'

'Undeniably obsessively stylish but its contents are by turn informed, witty and movingly personal' --Eye

'A visual dictionary of bizarre graphic possibilities' --Art Review

'Exquisitely conceived and produced ... riding on Bantjes' wave of wonder is a thrilling experience in which anyone can participate ... a book of meaning and worth' --Felt & Wire


'Few treatises on art have been as delicately, eclectically and extravagantly made as this ... a unique book'
--Computer Arts

'A marvellous mixture of the quirky and the unexpected ... every page is a visual feast' --Saab Magazine

'Something special ... a production masterpiece ... more a work of art than a regular book ... a feast for visual gluttons ... an incredible sensory experience'
--Design>Art South Africa

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Marian Bantjes is a typographic illustrator and graphic designer based on Bowen Island, near Vancouver. Acclaimed for its wit and originality, her work is included in major anthologies and international publications on typography and graphic design. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite design books 23 Jan 2011
By Claire
I first learned of this book from a review I read in Creative Review magazine. I was immediately interested and found a copy in my college library. As soon as I saw it, I became attached to it, I was so sad to give it back. I hadn't even read it all the way through but I still knew I wanted it and got it for Christmas.
Unfortunately, I still haven't had the chance to read it all but just to flip through the pages to catch a glance at the other pages, the design work that has gone into it alone is incredible. From what I have read, the content is just as amazing; it's great to have an insight into the way she works and thinks, what inspires her. I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it (and not just because of the cover design!), I really cannot wait to finally get the time to just sit and read it cover to cover and take in all the effort Marian Bantjes has given.
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4.0 out of 5 stars marian bantjes 7 Oct 2010
This book is beautiful! It is one of those things that you just enjoy holding in your hands, and flicking through. It's amazingly colourful inside and a pleasure to browse from beginning to end.
I haven't read it entirely through, but it represents a lot of Marian's work in different artistic modes. I just wish it showed more variety, but all in all it is stunning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING 24 Dec 2012
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I llloved this book. I foud it interesting to read and hugely inspiring to look at.
And also intriguing. I still have to break the secret code...
I love Marian's Art and I am very happy I got this magic book!!!
that beside being ineresting and at times funny to read is also so
nice to hold in your hands and to look at when it is closed,
It is a Joy for the eyes
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual and interesting 7 Jan 2011
By jc
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An unusual book that combines illustration with a random complilation of written thoughts by Marian. It was not quite what I had expected but I like it. The cover design is my favourite part as this is the illustration style I would associate with Marian Bantjes. It would have been better if there was more typography design but overall it is an interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It! 12 May 2014
By Anwen
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My favorite book of all time, you will not regret buying it.
The illustrations alone are enough to make me love it, but the content of the book - Marian Bantjes' texts and thoughts - are beautifully written. It shows true insight into modern design, and how the world is viewed today.
Very inspiring and well worth the money (even though it's not particularly expensive).
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