VFS Digital Design 21

May 29

The Designers Republic™

(tDR) founded in 1986 by Ian Anderson. Was a graphic design studio based in Sheffield, England, known for its anti-installation aesthetics while embracing bold consumerism. After 23 years, the much marveled, and much cloned studio closed its doors in 2009.

The work of tDR had great influence on the development of graphic design, especially in the fields of web and cover design in the electronica scene. tDR’s approach often vivacious and intense worked in a diverse range of media, including:

  • Covers of CDs, vinyl records and DVDs
  • Typography
  • Web design
  • Music video production
  • Apparel design
  • Packaging
  • Corporate design
  • Logo design

According to Ian Anderson the studio became insolvent due to a sequence of negative circumstances. - “We’d lost a couple of clients, didn’t win a couple of pitches, got a tax bill which should have been sorted out and wasn’t and a major client who didn’t pay the money they owed us – in themselves any of those things would have been fine but when they come all at once there’s not much you can do.”

” It’s a sad end for such a great British design house.” - James - Creative Review comment.

- Vio

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