Marian Bantjes is a Vancouver-based designer and artist whose work with patterns is unlike anything else out there. (Anything contemporary that I’ve seen, anyway). Some of her work is painted (and another), some drawn by hand, some printed, and some silkscreened, but to my eye it all has a very consistent senibility, with a light touch and sense of humor hidden under its complexity. My favorite piece of hers is a lush set of titling caps drawn for Rick Valicenti’s Playground.
Christian Schwartz is a type designer, typography consultant, and co-founder of Commercial Type in New York City. He was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot in 2007 and his work has been selected many times as Typographica Favorites.