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Reputations: Ian Anderson

Issue 71, Spring 2009


‘When I took a back seat to allow TDR to grow beyond me, it died; its creative spark was crushed .…

A waking dream

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


The notion of the brand and its plausible functions have been derailed and abstracted

Architectural fallout

Issue 41, Autumn 2001


In the centre of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana is a big new office block…

Vanishing point

Issue 41, Autumn 2001


A slender idea is inflated to attention-grabbing proportions. Critique by Rick Poynor

Why a nifty logo is no longer enough

Issue 14, Autumn 1994


Corporate identity’s success may also be its undoing. The fear of making mistakes has led to a…

Recent blog posts by The Designers Republic

Offset Sheffield 2016: day two

11 November 2016

Florence Blanchard, LEGO, Shane Griffin, Ben Bos, Laura Carlin, Sabrina Bongiovanni, TDR, Cat Powell, Morag Myerscough & Droga5 in Sheffield
The second of two reports from Offset Sheffield … written by final-year students at Sheffield Institute of Art’s Graphic Design and Illustration course. The first day’s report can be read here.

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

11 February 2016

Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
   Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the mid-to-late 1990s are still available from the Eye shop at ESco in Essex, and this bundle is an especially good bargain for magazine addicts.

Graphic design history to boot

2 November 2012

Everything must go when Ian Anderson sells off the contents of The Designers Republic (TDR) archive in its Car Booty Affair in Sheffield.
At what point does the ephemera that is graphic design become collectable? When does a piece of paper become an artefact? These are questions Ian Anderson of TDR makes us think about as he holds a retrospective exhibition of the studio’s work in the form of a car boot sale at the ‘Month of Sundays’ gallery in Sheffield.