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MARIAN BANTJES, AIGA Talk at F.I.T Nov 1

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MARIAN BANTJES: I WONDER
INTRODUCTION BY PAULA SCHER

For one special night in New York City, Marian Bantjes will take the stage to speak a bit about fate – or lack thereof – and the evolution of her career all the way up and through the writing and illuminating of her just-published book I Wonder.

Before Marian gets started, Paula Scher will prep us all with a bit of insight to the impact that Marian has had on our industry. For a little insight to Marian’s charming perspective on things, take her thoughts on being Canadian for example: “I’m Canadian, and I love being Canadian. I love being self-deprecating even though Americans see it as a sign of weakness. I love being politically left of center (actually, quite far left, if you must know). I love being honest, and nice and polite and caring and kind. (Although sometimes I really do wish I could be a total bitch without feeling guilty about it.) I’m amused by my own respect for authority and rule-following instincts.”

Or her view on her career to this point:
“These days I call myself a lapsed Graphic Designer. This is largely untrue, but in my struggle to redefine myself it’s helpful to cast off the old me in the search of the new. I have a ton of experience in typesetting and design, but it wasn’t until I started doing this other thing in 2004 that I began to find the thing that is me in the act of what I do. Does that make sense? Am I successful? Yes. In terms of how I feel about what I make and why I do it. In terms of the acclaim and attention I feel far more worthwhile than I did when I ran a graphic design firm. Am I rich? No.”
Marian’s forthrightness and self-deprecation bely her mind-blowing client list, which includes but is not limited to Saks Fifth Avenue, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut/Pentagram, the AIGA, Winterhouse, Bruce Mau Design, Rick Valicenti (Thirst), Print Magazine, wired, The New York Times, Wallpaper, The Guardian, seed, FontShop, Houghton-Mifflin, Little, Brown & Co., Knopf Books, and Young & Rubicam Chicago.

Come checkout all the other contradictions that make up Ms. Bantjes. And leave with your own copy of I Wonder, which will be available for purchase at the event.

JOIN AFTERWARDS FOR POSTSCRIPT
Event attendees may reunite to discuss the evening’s presentation at a location where food and drink – though not provided by AIGA/NY – are readily available. Catch up with old friends and make new ones at these informal “Postscript” gatherings.

FREE for all New School students, just show your student ID!

TIME AND PLACE
Monday 1 November 2010
6:30–8:30PM

Haft Auditorium, F.I.T.
227 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Between 7th and 8th Aves.

6:30-7:00PM Check-in
7:00-8:30PM Presentation
8:30-9:30PM PostScript

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