Hello and Welcome!

My name is Ian David Marsden
I am an independent Illustrator, Designer, Animator and Cartoonist.
Below you will find a brief biography, a few testimonials and a client list.
Thank you very much for your visit.


Bio Ian Marsden Français | Bio Ian Marsden Deutsch

Ian David Marsden illustrator and designer

1999 first artist to draw ‘Google Doodles’ for Google.com.

Born in New York City, NY

Zürich, Switzerland:
Primary School and Literargymnasium Rämibühl, Vorkurs Formen + Farben Art School, apprenticeship as graphic artist in local advertising agency.

First published cartoons age 16 in Swiss satirical magazine Nebelspalter (youngest ever Nebelspalter cartoonist) followed by publications in many Swiss and European magazines, newspapers and ad campaigns.


New York City:
illustration studies at Pratt Manhattan, first experiences with Mac computers and digital computer graphics, gathering life experience pounding the pavement with my portfolio.

2002 nominated for National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Award in New Media.

Santa Monica & Los Angeles, California:
Creating web graphics and web animation from the pioneering days. Original co-founder of Sham Records Multimedia, Santa Monica, produces wide variety of cutting-edge Shockwave and Flash interactive websites and animations.

1999 first artist to draw ‘Google Doodles’ for Google.com. Web graphics, flash animation, movie posters, album covers. Webgraphics for Google, infospace, birthdayalarm, Fox Television, Best Damn Sports Show Period, La Toya Jackson and many others.


2001 winner Klasky Csupo Global Tantrum animated joke contest. 2002 nominated for National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben New Media award. Publications include MAD Magazine, The New Yorker and many others.

2002 graduation from Academy of Entertainment Technology (AET), Santa Monica College, computer animation major. Recipient of the Mary Pickford scholarship.


Designer of the Official Mascot for the FIS Ski World Championship 2003 in St.Moritz

Designed characters and mascots for major events such as the Official Mascot Ski World Championship 2003 St.Moritz and original designer for main mascot and characters for Expo.02, Swiss national exposition.

2007 Created all illustrations for Mercedes-Benz Employee handbook (« Mitarbeiter Knigge ») for customer service and interaction, distributed world-wide in various languages.

Since 2012 featured artist on Wacom website and Wacom evangelist.

Since 2013 Designer for RITZENHOFF creating various design objects available world wide.

illustrator, art director, cartoonist, character design, graphic design,  flash animation, logo design, web graphics, web design


Memberships (present and previous)

Speaking 4 languages fluently allows Ian to work efficiently with clients all over the world.

 Partial Client List

Auto Bild, Blick Online, BOLD Werbung GmbH, Coca Cola, Coley & Associates, Chemmedia, Curtius Lütten Werbeagentur GmBH, Diesel Jeans UK, Digades, Dfreeeze App, Droemer Knaur Verlag, Ecoforest, Evonik Industries, Fernsehen DRS, Fox Television, Fraunhofer, Zum Goldenen Hirschen, GMX.de, Google, Hairloss dot com, HauntedHollywood, Hermes Paketservice, Infospace dot com, Inspired Arts & Media, John Morrison / Johnny Mundo, KHW, La Toya Jackson, Lindt Chocolate, MAD Magazine, MADant LtD, Mac Directory, MAN, Mercedes Benz, Mövenpick, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Novartis, PartyPOW!, Plushland Los Angeles, Publicis, PwC, Ransom Publishing, Richmond Publishing, Ringier Verlag, Ritzenhoff, Rock Brasiliano, Roland Berger, Samsung, Santillana, seele, Showtime Television, Sieber & Wolf, Strobe Solutions, Ski WM 2003, Stadtwerke Wedel, Deutsche Telekom, TIR, The New Yorker, Universal Music Group, Universität Zürich, Universität Bern, VISA, Wacom, YJOO, Yantramatte and many others.