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Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

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Ian Anderson was born before England won the World Cup in Croydon, London’s erstwhile orbital city of the future.

He studied Philosophy at The University of Sheffield 1979 – 1982. As a designer he is self taught.

He declared The Designers Republic™ on Bastille Day 1986 in Sheffield which he dubbed SoYo™ North of Nowhere™.

TDR™’s work is credited with defining the visual language of late 20th century dance music, techno and the post Playstation WipEout gaming generation. Ian has collaborated with architects (publishing a book with Sadar + Vuga), branded locations with environment developers Urban Splash and RREEF, worked with fashion designers such as Issey Miyake and Commes des Garçons, and has developed global branding campaigns, identities and Special Projects for the likes of Coca-Cola, Sony (including Aibo), Nokia, Telia, MTV, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, The University of Sheffield and Manchester School of Art.

In just over 30 years, Ian has lectured to around 100,000 people around the world, had around 30 'solo' TDR™ exhibitions and has launched The Peoples Bureau for Consumer Information and Return Power Shift Control Ltd. By day he continues to run The Designers Republic™ and as well as being a member of AGI is a writer of columns, an educator, a shown artist, a dad and, when the moon is full, DJs as Pho-Ku Polluted Rockers.

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