The Designers Republic goes down under

Ian Anderson, founder of legendary Sheffield studio The Designers Republic, is currently on Sabbatical in Australia spreading the TDR gospel down under.

Up Over Down Under from the outside
Up Over Down Under from the outside

He has been showcasing TDR’s work in a major retrospective entitled Up Over Down Under.

Hello Is It Me You're Looking For piece
Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For piece

TDR’s classic works, including large-scale graphics and installations are  on display at the Melbourne show.

As it creeps toward three decades in the business, TDR credits itself, with some justification for ‘defining the visual language of dance music, electronica and The Sony Playstation gaming generation.’

Design Thinking workshop
Design Thinking workshop

The exhibition runs until the end of the month and Anderson has also been leading Design Thinking workshop events in Melbourne and Sydney and helped students and professionals explore creative briefs including Impossible Branding and Narrative in Design.

Design Thinking workshop
Design Thinking workshop

Meanwhile LCM Digital is making a film about TDR, Work Buy Consume Die, ‘A film about a design and cultural phenomenon; an observational study of TDR and its continued global influence.’

However it won’t be made without a Kickstart and LCM Digital is appealing for funds. A clip can be found here, and a place to pledge.

Work Buy Consume Die documentary in progress
Work Buy Consume Die documentary in progress

The film will be released in sections, which can be watched on their own or together, giving viewers different ways to explore content, which includes interviews, archive montage, short film, animation and music video.

Vince Frost, John Warwicker, Ian Anderson, and Tony Brook
A Who’s Who of design. Ian Anderson (second-right) with (l-r) Vince Frost, John Warwicker and Tony Brook

Up Over Down Under runs until 26 May at No Vacancy Gallery
QV Building
 34-40, Jane Bell Lane (enter from Russell St), Melbourne CBD

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