The news of iconic UK graphic design firm The Designers Republic (tDR)‘s closing has been rippling through the industry for the past few weeks. Creative Review was the first to break the news last month. tDR were considered by many to be one of the most influential graphic design studios of the past 20 years. tDR’s early output got a lot of attention because of the use of brand parody. Co-founder Ian Anderson, who had no formal training in graphic design, took the classic agency approach to branding and mashed it together with pop culture influences, japanese manga, videogames, and techno music. The firm created album cover campaigns for bands like Pop Will Eat Itself that came off looking more like creative work for a mutated multinational corporation than typical band artwork.

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