"The design group that irrevocably changed the field of graphic communication."
An encounter with the Angryman…
On the 26th of October, we hosted Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic™, the hugely popular and somewhat rebellious Sheffield-based graphic design agency behind record label designs for the likes of Age of Chance, Apex Twin and Róisín Murphey. Beginning with a focus on design for music, The Designers Republic™ have gone on to work with numerous international institutions, artists, brands, and corporations, becoming a major player in the graphic design industry.
It was great to welcome Ian to UNITOM to sign copies of the new book: a retrospective spanning three decades of The Designers Republic™ work and projects, with TDR's iconic Angryman character on the cover. Thank you so much to everyone who came, it was lovely to welcome so many people from around the UK (and beyond!), designers and design enthusiasts all keen to chat with Ian who has undoubtedly been an influential presence in lots of designers' working lives, many of whom had first met him when they were students.
Due to unprecedentedly high demand, we are currently sold out of 'A to Z of The Designers Republic', but if you missed out, watch this space...
About the book:
Led by founder and born rebel, Ian Anderson, The Designers Republic™ has shaped graphic communication over the past thirty years through rule-defying music work, provocative self-initiated projects and a fierce commitment to conceptual thinking over style. Anderson explores the studio’s output, and its influence on a generation of graphic designers.
AZTDRTM spans over three decades of work – from the studio’s earliest designs for the FON label in the mid-1980s and sleeves for Age of Chance, Chakk and Cabaret Voltaire, right up to its recent projects for The Cinematic Orchestra, Led Bib and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Alongside classic self-initiated TDRTM projects, the 512-page book features an A to Z of everything from campaigns for Evolution Print, Coca-Cola and Nike, through to the studio’s celebrated designs for video games such as Wipeout and Formula Fusion.
The book includes 250 different album and single covers; 140 prints, posters and flyers; over 130 images of TDRTM print-based and editorial projects; 23 DR Angryman variants; five Coke bottles; four badges; one Swatch watch; a T-shirt, a mug and much, much more.
Spanning over three decades of work – from the studio’s earliest designs for the
FON label in the mid-1980s and sleeves for Age of Chance, Chakk and Cabaret Voltaire, right up to its recent projects for The Cinematic Orchestra, Led Bib and the Gulbenkian Foundation – the book is a stunning design work in itself, featuring a Fluorescent yellow cover with foiled type, three special colour wrap, CMYK + one special colour throughout.