Ian Anderson


Self-taught as a designer, Ian Anderson studied Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, 1979–82. In 1986 he founded The Designers Republic (TDR) in the city of Sheffield – he dubbed SoYo North of Nowhere. TDR’s work is credited with defining the visual language of dance music, electronica and the Playstation gaming generation post-flagship title WipEout. Anderson 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 firms and institutions as 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 continues designing for music and still collaborates closely with Aphex Twin and Autechre on Warp Records, and other international entities (including Jazz em Agosto in Lisbon). In 2006, Anderson was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Currently he continues to run The Designers Republic and The Creative Response Unit 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).



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Ian Anderson