Marian was apprenticed as a book typesetter while working for Hartley & Marks, Publishers from 1983–1993. From 1994–2003 she co-owned the design firm Digitopolis Media Corporation, in Vancouver, BC. Since 2004 she has become widely known for her typographic illustration, patterning, ornament and design.
Her clients include Pentagram (Michael Bierut), Stefan Sagmeister, Saks Fifth Avenue, Winterhouse (Bill Drenttel & Jessica Helfand), Bruce Mau Design, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Houghton Mifflin, Print Magazine, Wallpaper*, wired, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among others from Europe, Australia and South America.
Her work has been featured in design magazines and books from around the world, and in July 2008 a 120 page, bilingual book of Marian’s work was published by Pyramyd (France), as part of the design&designer series. Five of her pieces have been collected for the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York).
In October 2010 her first self-authored book, I Wonder, was published by Thames & Hudson in the UK, and Monacelli in North America.
Marian has spoken about her work at many conferences worldwide, including the prestigious TED conference in February, 2010. She also frequently visits various colleges and design organizations to speak about her work, and has judged for various awards shows.
She is also known for her design writing. She was a regular author for the weblog Speak Up from 2004 to 2007, and has also written for Eye Magazine, Craft Magazine, the Vancouver Review, and for the AIGA.
She was a professional member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), and served as a board member (VP Communications) from 2003–2006, until her resignation from the GDC membership in 2009.