The Designers Republic

The Designers Republic is a graphic design studio, founded on 14 July 1986 by Ian Anderson, and based in Sheffield, England. The studio closed in January 2009, though Anderson has stated that "[The Designers Republic] will go forward after this"—for instance, in January 2010, Warp Records announced that the studio had designed Oversteps, Autechre's tenth album.

An archive of their work is no longer available on the 'pho-ku' website.
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none The Designers Republic - Visual Rocks: The Heart Of The Music Video album art Various Joy Various - Visual Rocks: The Heart Of The Music Video(DVD-V, Comp) IdN Pro none Hong Kong 2006 Sell This Version


377 939 2 The Designers Republic - Phantasmagoria [Or] A Different Kind Of Journey album art Eivind Aarset 4-Tet Eivind Aarset 4-Tet - Phantasmagoria [Or] A Different Kind Of Journey(2xLP, Album) Jazzland Recordings 377 939 2 Norway 2021 Sell This Version


EPC 26513 The Designers Republic - Stronger Than Reason album art Person To Person Person To Person - Stronger Than Reason (Album) Epic EPC 26513 UK 1985 Sell This Version
A 6138 The Designers Republic - Love On The Rebound album art Person To Person Person To Person - Love On The Rebound Epic A 6138 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BED 7 The Designers Republic - Ishmael album art Eric Random And The Bedlamites Eric Random And The Bedlamites - Ishmael (Album) Fon Records BED 7 UK 1986 Sell This Version
254 185-1 (MCG 6006) The Designers Republic - 10 Days In An Elevator album art Chakk Chakk - 10 Days In An Elevator(LP, Album + 12", EP) MCA Records 254 185-1 (MCG 6006) Europe 1986 Sell This Version
PRTA 7093, A 7093 The Designers Republic - East River album art Picnic At The Whitehouse Picnic At The Whitehouse - East River (Single, Maxi) Portrait, Portrait PRTA 7093, A 7093 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
AGE 5 The Designers Republic - Kiss album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - Kiss (Single) Fon Records AGE 5 UK 1986 Sell This Version
PRT A 13.6783 The Designers Republic - We Need Protection (Mother-Mix) album art Picnic At The Whitehouse Picnic At The Whitehouse - We Need Protection (Mother-Mix) (Maxi) Portrait, Epic PRT A 13.6783 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
FON 06 The Designers Republic - Timebomb album art Chakk Chakk - Timebomb Fon Records FON 06 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SWAN 3 The Designers Republic - Bloodsport album art The Swanhunters with Chakk The Swanhunters with Chakk - Bloodsport(12", Maxi) Fon Records SWAN 3 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SED 2 The Designers Republic - The Mighty Device album art Sedition (2) Sedition (2) - The Mighty Device(12") Fon Records SED 2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
BACON 404 The Designers Republic - When Will The Blues Leave? album art The Bone Orchestra The Bone Orchestra - When Will The Blues Leave?(Cass, Album) The Importance Of Being Frank BACON 404 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CDV 2473 The Designers Republic - One Thousand Years Of Trouble album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - One Thousand Years Of Trouble (Album) Virgin CDV 2473 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12NTV 24 The Designers Republic - Asylum album art Screaming Trees (2) Screaming Trees (2) - Asylum Native Records 12NTV 24 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ELM 8 The Designers Republic - My Life's Example album art Treebound Story Treebound Story - My Life's Example (Single) Fon Records ELM 8 UK 1986 Sell This Version
0-96726 The Designers Republic - Don't Get Mad...Get Even! album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - Don't Get Mad...Get Even! Virgin 0-96726 US 1987 Sell This Version
VS DJ 962 The Designers Republic - Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Noise! album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Noise! (Single, EP) Virgin VS DJ 962 UK 1987 Sell This Version
JABC 63 The Designers Republic - House Arrest (The Beat Is The Law) album art Krush Krush - House Arrest (The Beat Is The Law) (Single, Maxi, EP) Club, Club, Fon Records, Fon Records, Phonogram, Phonogram JABC 63 UK 1987 Sell This Version
7 90583-4, 90583-4 The Designers Republic - Crush Collision album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - Crush Collision (MiniAlbum) Virgin 7 90583-4, 90583-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
NTVLP 28 The Designers Republic - Hoodoo Talk album art Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk Peter Hope & Richard H. Kirk - Hoodoo Talk (Album) Native Records NTVLP 28 UK 1987 Sell This Version
JUNK 2 The Designers Republic - Junk Town Slam album art Junk (6) Junk (6) - Junk Town Slam(12") Native Records JUNK 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
NTVCD 29 The Designers Republic - A Fracture In Time album art Screaming Trees (2) Screaming Trees (2) - A Fracture In Time(CD, Album) Native Records NTVCD 29 UK 1988 Sell This Version
HEDD 3 The Designers Republic - You Won't Hold Me Down album art Soho (2) Soho (2) - You Won't Hold Me Down(7", Single) Hedd Records, Virgin HEDD 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
VST 1035 The Designers Republic - Take It! album art Age Of Chance Age Of Chance - Take It! (Single) Virgin VST 1035 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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March 11, 2022
"Distinctive" sure is the word to describe The Designers Republic's work. Their packaging designs are ripe with classics, however, elsewhere in their catalogue there's just as much overrated, self-indulgent graphic tripe.


December 6, 2021
Simply put, the greatest to ever do it. Unbelievably unique and inspirational for decades after its peak output in the 90s.


April 16, 2021
Created some impactful designs in the britpop genre as well for artists such as Supergrass, Sleeper, and Pulp.


December 6, 2014
edited over 8 years ago
Highly distinctive & influential design team, mostly notable to Trance fans as the looks behind most of the React catalogue during their golden period (1992-1999).

Case in hand being the Reactivate series. You just have to look at the sleeves of Reactivate 1-4 (before Designers Republic) and then compare them with volumes 5-15.

The look was fresh, it was distinctive, it was instantly recognizable.

Techno / Experimental fans please feel free to chip in with your take on the best of Designer Republic's work with Warp...

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