Self taught as a designer, Ian Anderson studied Philosophy at The University of Sheffield 1979–82. In 1986 he founded The Designers Republic in the city of Sheffield – he dubbed SoYo North of Nowhere.
TDRs work is credited with defining the visual language of dance music, electronica and the Playstation gaming generation post-flagship title WipEout. Ian has worked with architects such as Sadar + Vuga and MADE, built environment developers Urban Splash and RREEF, fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, Hedi Slimane and Rick Owens, and has developed global branding campaigns, identities and Special Projects for the likes of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Coca Cola, Sony (including Aibo), Nokia, Telia, MTV, Nike, Audi, Pinterest, The University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester School of Art. TDR continue designing for music and still collaborate closely with Aphex Twin and Autechre on Warp Records, or other international entities (including Jazz em Agosto in Lisbon).
In 2006, Ian was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale for Architecture. Currently he continues to run The Designers Republic and Return Power Shift Control Ltd in Sheffield. He’s also Creative Director at Aim Low + M—ss, an agent provocateur at Call Down The Thunder, Creative Director (comms) for various clients internationally, a patron of Site Gallery, a member of AGI, a writer of columns and educator (running Design Thinking courses at Manchester School of Art and globally).