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The 295th Exhibition
Ian Anderson / The Designers Republic Come Home
February 4 (Fri.) to February 28 (Mon.)

The Designers Republic (TDR) gained a wide following around the world beginning in the 1990s with its music-related artwork, including album covers for the Warp record label, and other striking visuals that reinterpreted or reconstructed familiar corporate logos, symbols and katakana characters in ways that strayed from their original meaning.

Japan was hardly immune to the phenomenon. Indeed, TDR had an enormous influence that extended even beyond the realms of music, fashion, games, and graphic design. TDR founder Ian Anderson, whose designs often incorporate Japanese pop culture elements, was deeply influenced by the swirl of consumerism he discovered in the youth culture hot spot of Shibuya—a Blade Runner world of clamorous neon. Though committed to working primarily from Sheffield, the group called Tokyo something of a second home, even opening a TDR store called The Peoples Bureau for Consumer Information in Harajuku’s shopping paradise in 2002.

When the UK design blog Creative Review first ran reports of TDR’s dissolution on 20 January 2009, the news instantly reverberated among designers around the world. It was a shocking event that left many feeling a kind of stunned resignation, but Anderson insisted from the start that TDR would be back. He continued pursuing his own work and before long, though without fanfare, again under the TDR name. One could say, perhaps, that the current event in Tokyo, TDR’s home away from home, marks the beginning of its next chapter.

TDR design—communicating with others through the questions and dialogue generated when preconceived notions are overturned—is alive and well. At last the world of TDR, and the pleasure of expectations betrayed, comes charging into ggg.


ginza graphic gallery(ggg)
Friday. February 4 – Monday. February 28, 2011

DNP Ginza Bldg., 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3571-5206
11:00am – 7:00pm (Open until 6:00pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

Gallery Talk

Speaker: Ian Anderson
Saturday, February 5  5:00 – 6:30 pm
DNP Ginza Bldg. 3F
Free admission.
Reservations required (70 seats available.)
* Booking available from 11:00am, 13 January at the gallery

Note: ggg Books 96: The Designers Republic will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Note: TDR-related events will be held and products sold throughout Tokyo during the period of the exhibition. Additional details will be posted to the website as they are finalized.

Inquiries: Ginza Graphic Gallery (Contact: Ozawa) Tel: 03-3571-5206
Ian Anderson:
Born before England won the World Cup in Croydon, London's erstwhile orbital city of the future.
Ian 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 he dubbed SoYo™ North of Nowhere™.
TDR's work is credited with defining the visual language of dance music, electronic and the Playstation gaming generation post-flagship title WipEout. Ian has worked with architects such as Sadar + Vuga, built environment developers Urban Splash and RREEF, fashion designers such as Issey Miyake and currently Rick Owen, and has developed global branding campaigns, identities and Special Projects for the likes of Coca Cola, Sony (including Aibo), Nokia, Telia, MTV and Nike. In 1994 Rudy Vanderlans dedicated an entire issue of Emigre Magazine to TDR.
In 1996 TDR had their first NYC show at Artists Space.
In 2001, their book 3D>2D was the biggest selling UK architecture book. In 2006 Ian was co-curator of Echo City, The British Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale for Architecture.
In 25 years Ian has lectured to over 70,000 people around the world, had over 25 'solo' TDR exhibitions, launched The Peoples Bureau For Consumer Information and The Pho-ku Corporation, had a good time but still not managed to finish the TDR book.
Anderson currently continues to run The Designers Republic, and is also Creative Director (comms) for EXD (The Lisbon Biennale) and The Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, a patron of Site Gallery, a member of AGI, a writer of columns, educator (running Design Thinking courses at Universities in Manchester and Sheffield), a shown artist and when the moon is full, DJs as Pho-Ku Polluted Rockers.

Ian Anderson photographed by Shaun Bloodworth
Autechre “Oversteps”;, 2010

DR Sissy™/ DR- Deth Toy™, 2004

Coca Cola: Love Being – TDR response to M5 project, 2005

Wipeout 2097, 1996

Work buy consume die, 1995
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