The Designers Republic

Even though the studio was founded in the year I was born, in the city I am from and family members having close ties with founder Ian Anderson, I don’t really know much about them. I’ve gone to wiki to spread some light….

The Designers Republic (tDR for short) was a Graphic design studio, founded on 14 July 1986 by Ian Anderson, and based in Sheffield, England. It was known for its anti-establishment aesthetics, while simultaneously embracing brash consumerism and the uniform style of corporate brands, such as Orange and Coca-Cola. The studio closed in January 2009, though Anderson has stated that “[The Designers Republic] will go forward after this”. Despite this, Warp Records announced in 2010 that the studio had designed Oversteps and Move of ten, Autechres’s tenth album and EP respectively, as well as designing their 1991–2002 EP collection artwork in 2011.

Initially, Ian Anderson founded The Designers Republic to design flyers for the band Person to Person, which he managed at the time. His first ideas were inspired by Russian Constructivism . From their beginning, the works should be viewed in contrast to the current understanding of design:

…tDR is a declaration of independence from what we perceive to be the existing design community.

An early client was Leeds band Age of Chance, for whom they developed a series of record covers between 1986 and 1987. The sleeve of the 1987 12-inch “Don’t Get Mad… Get Even! (The New York Remixes)” was selected as one of Qs “100 Best Record Covers of All Time” in 2001.

In 1994, Emigre devoted a whole issue to the Designers Republic, a copy of which was bought by NY MoMA. This issue is still Emigre’s best-ever seller and is now sold out – copies having fetched in excess of $750 in auction.

The Designers Republic was introduced to a larger audience by their record covers for the English electronica label Warp Records (also based in Sheffield). In addition to designing the covers for much of Warp’s roster of artists, such as Autechre, Aphex Twin and Boards Of Canada, tDR has also created covers for other label artists such as Moloko, Fluke, Funkstrung, THe Orb, Pulp (and Jarvis Cocker), Pop Will Eat Itself andSupergrass.

here is a list of clients I got from Wiki….(surprisingly a lot of the biggest brands out there)

Business clients

Even though their main work has been graphic design, it has also splashed over into music and moving image in incredibly elite niches.


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