About Ian David Marsden

Ian David Marsden. Illustrator, Cartoonist, Designer, Animator. First Google Doodle creator. Independent illustration for clients worldwide. http://www.marsdencartoons.com

Brasil Illustration: NZZ Am Sonntag


Brasil Illustration: NZZ am Sonntag Newspaper


Die Traurigkeit hat kein Ende, nur das Glück.
Article by: Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht

NZZ am Sonntag
6 April 2014
© Ian David Marsden

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The Very First Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden

The Very First Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden
As a professional artist, illustrator, cartoonist and character designer, one of the highlights of my career so far is certainly that I happen to be the very first Google Doodle artist. :)

Article about the early days at Google: Wall Street Journal – Google The Beginning

It was tremendous fun and I was totally delighted when Google contacted me to be their first artist. Back then I was working out of a one bedroom studio in Santa Monica, California and we were trying to keep our little two year old baby in diapers, so the whole magical world of the internet in it’s very first pioneer days was a wonderful and thrilling place to be and I was honored and thrilled that I was able to actively participate with Google and some of the other projects I helped realize back then. Even in those early days it was clear to me (and most other people) that Google was headed for greatness. :)

The first Illustrations I made for Google, were shown on April Fool’s Day 2000. Google launched the amazing MentalPlex Technology where you could just think of what you were searching for and Google would find it. I created a little character and made some animated GIFs to explain how it worked.

See the instructions here:


My first ‘Google Doodle’ series was also the very first actual Google Doodle – namely the Alien abduction of the Google logo which happened in May 2000.
First Google Doodle by Ian Marsden

My second Google Doodle was Google Doodle II – Founding Father’s BBQ and Fireworks for the 4th of July.
Fpurth of July Doodle

The third series of Google Doodles I designed were the Olympic Doodles for the Summer Olympics in Sydney - Google Doodles Summer Olympics in Sydney with the little ‘Kangaroodle” I also created for Google and for the event. I have never received more fan mail than I did during the days these olympic google doodles were online. Hundreds, probably thousands of e-mails from all over the world. All of them positive and friendly. :)
Marsden Sydney Olympics Google Doodle

Google Doodles by Ian Marsden
(a selection of olympic doodles from the above links)


The last Google Doodle I drew was the Global Happy New Year Doodle 2001 with the two little white bears throwing a party.

Marsden 2001 New Year Google Doodle

I hope you enjoyed this little walk with me down my Google Doodle memory lane.

All of the above Google Doodles are © 1999 – 2001 Google.com
Artwork by Ian D. Marsden

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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a professional independent Illustrator, Character Designer, Logo Designer, Flash Animator and Cartoonist.
I am highly experienced in creating custom characters, illustrations, comic strips, mascots and animated video and flash elements for use on websites or YouTube. My full resume and a partial client list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

References are available upon request. I am a reliable, experienced professional and deadlines are always met. Please contact me directly to discuss your art, design or illustration needs.

I look forward to hearing from you. [email protected]

Doggies by Marsden – Cute cartoon dog character designs

Doggies by Marsden
Cute Dog character designs by Ian David Marsden


All characters are © Copyright 2014 Ian David Marsden and may not be used in any way without written permission.

Cartoon Dog Character Designs by Ian David Marsden © 2014

Cartoon Dog Character Designs by Ian David Marsden © 2014

NZZ am Sonntag – Commemorative Stamps for Sports Heroes of 2013

NZZ am Sonntag – Commemorative Stamps for Sports Heroes of 2013


Commemorative Postage Stamps
The Year in Review 2013
NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013
Illustrations by Ian David Marsden

Commemorative Postage Stamps The Year in Review 2013 NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013 Illustrations by Ian David Marsden

Commemorative Postage Stamps
The Year in Review 2013
NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013
Illustrations by Ian David Marsden


Kitchen Farm High Quality Porcelain Items designed by Ian David Marsden now on sale in the RITZENHOFF store

Kitchen Farm High Quality Porcelain Items
design by Ian David Marsden
now on sale in the RITZENHOFF store

RITZENHOFF is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of beverage glasses, glass objects and components.

Innovative designs have become the hallmark of the annual Ritzenhoff Collection, a tabletop fashion trendsetter.

Since 1810, porcelain, ceramics and glass have been our passion. Within these over 200 years of our existence, we have gained greatest expertise and have long since been one of the leading suppliers of tableware products as well as kitchen and home accessories.


These fun new items represent the very first designs by Ian David Marsden for RITZENHOFF. They are part of the Kitchen Farm series.

The kitchen farm is made up of a sweet little sugar bird, a happy-go-lucky salt piggy, a small herb jar with a cute bunny relaxing and smelling the flowers and a large herb jar with a cow holding a piece of chalk, ready to mark the jar contents for you.

The herb jars are made out of finest porcelain china with real wood lids featuring air-tight rubber interior seals. Both the small and large jars are stackable and there is a practical area on each herb jar on which the contents can be hand-written in chalk.
(Each jar comes with a bag of chalk inside.)

Order large herb jar with cow directly HERE


Order small herb jar with bunny directly HERE

The salt piggy is open on one side and comes with a wooden RITZENHOFF salt serving spoon. It is the perfect way to present salt on the kitchen counter or dining room table.

Order salt piggy directly HERE

The sugar birdy can be filled through a tight rubber seal at the bottom.
Sugar is poured out of the beak by tilting the bird.

Order sugar bird directly HERE

Please CLICK HERE to see all Kitchen Farm objects by all Ritzenhoff Designers.

For more information about the designer Ian David Marsden, please visit his homepage and biography HERE.

Copyright © 2013 RITZENHOFF and Ian David Marsden

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“My kitchen farm design is certainly influenced by happy memories of summer days spent on farms and vineyards, in the South of France, Tuscany, in Switzerland, and other wonderful locations.

Sunny, seemingly endless days, happy animals, the smell of fresh coffee brewing and delicious food being prepared in the kitchen and the delicious aroma of the grass, hay and herbs in the air.”

 - Ian David Marsden


“Mein Kitchen Farm Design ist sicherlich beeinflusst von glücklichen Erinnerungen an wunderbare Sommertage die ich auf Bauernhöfen und Weingütern in Südfrankreich, der Toscana, der Schweiz und anderen wunderbaren Orten geniessen konnte.

Sonnige, scheinbar endlose Tage, glückliche Tiere, der Duft von frischem Kaffee und feinen Speisen der aus dem Küchenfenster über den Hof schwebt und das köstliche Aroma von Gras, Heu und Kräutern die in der Luft allgegenwärtig sind.”

 - Ian David Marsden

Illustrations for Advertisement and Poster for Künzli Optical Store

Illustrations for Advertisement and Poster
for Künzli Optical Store

Illustrator: Ian David Marsden – www.marsdencartoons.com

Auftraggeber: Thomas Küenzli | Agentur: Matter & Gretener | Fotograf: Jonas Kuhn
Bildbearbeitung: Kuhnderron | Grafik: Jessica Lorenz | Text: Dominik Imseng Creative Direction: Daniel Matter | Client Service: Victor Rosser

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Movie Star Glasses - Advertising Illustration

Rock Star Glasses - Advertising Illustration