Episode 9

Ian Anderson on Warp, Wipeout and thirty years of The Designers Republic

Creative Boom Podcast Episode #9 - Ian Anderson on Warp, Wipeout and thirty years of The Designers Republic

If you're a fan of Warp, Wipeout and anything else to do with The Designers Republic, then you'll be only too familiar with our next guest, Ian Anderson.

For those of you who need enlightening, Ian founded the iconic Sheffield studio back in 1986 alongside Nick Phillips. It quickly became known for its electronic music logos, album artwork and "anti-establishment aesthetics". And today, work by TDR is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the V&A.

In 2019, Ian (along with Unit Editions) published the A to Z of The Designers Republic, a book that explores the studio's output and its influence on a generation of graphic designers.

I couldn't miss the opportunity to chat with Ian about three decades of TDR and ask him about a few highlights along the way. There are plenty of laughs in this one, including the story behind Moloko's cover for I Am Not A Doctor (including why a dairy cow had to take a ski lift). Plus those of you obsessed with the graphics behind Aphex Twin's Syro or Autechre's Oversteps are in for a treat.

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