this is new for me, relatively—i've never really thought very much about graphic design. in fact, i've never quite been a fan of the term "graphic design" because it seems like such a dry, vague way to describe what graphic designers can do. but i've been realizing just how much they are capable of.
sooo i've been trying to learn more about the art of graphic design, via books and blogs and journals. at the bookshop, we get creative review, which i've come to love paging through. upon looking at the november 2010 issue, i discovered the marvel that is marian bantjes. i'm sure everyone in the design world has heard of her, but she was new to me...
her ability and success with making these swooping, typographically gorgeous, meticulous, color-driven designs arise from her wish and courage to do what she loved, not what made her the most money. often i feel that people have forgotten what it is like to do something because they love it.
marian bantjes started out as a typesetter and had her own small firm for a time. eventually, however, she left all of that behind to
"begin an experiment in following love instead of money, by doing work that was highly personal, obsessive and sometimes just plain weird." sourceoh, i find her to be tremendously inspiring. both through her adventurous artwork and experimental outlook.
such variation, too. she just seems fearless. though nobody gets there without seeing a thorn or two.
so that's what i've been thinking about this morning. ooh, also, it's friday! so have a good one. cheers!