Ian David Marsden was born in New York but grew up in Zürich, Switzerland. He began drawing comics and cartoons in 1983 in Nebelspalter magazine. Later on, he published in various Swiss and international magazines and newspapers, advertising, television and the internet. Marsden was the first artist to create 'Google Doodles' for Google.com. He also created the official mascot of the Ski World Championship 2003 in St. Moritz.