After 23 years, the world-famous design studio has closed
There have been rumours about the internationally-renowned design studio The Designers Republic closing this week, and sadly it appears that they are true.
Creative Review magazine’s blog has an interview with tDR founder Ian Anderson, who explains how an unfortunate combination of factors caused the company to fold.
Ian hints that the name will live on in some shape or form, although at the moment this will be little consolation for the nine staff who lost their jobs, for which he is understandably gutted.
Let’s hope that tDR eventually rises again in Sheffield.
Full blog post on creativereview.co.uk
Posted by Sheffield blog on 23 January, 2009
A South Yorkshire landscape
A work of art caught my eye the other day, a piece called SoYoScape (2006) by the world-renowned Sheffield design agency, The Designers Republic.
This (digital?) illustration contrasts night-time splashes of neon colour and defining Sheffield architectural landmarks against a backdrop of the seven hills and a jet-black sky.
One of the few online references I could find to it was on the University of Sheffield School of Architecture’s website. It seems that this piece played a central role in a recent exhibition to celebrate the school’s centenary:
‘SoYoScape’ by Sheffield-based The Designers Republic combines the mundane and everyday with the iconic and produces a condensed and vibrant image of Sheffield as it presents itself at the beginning of the 21st century.
If you look closely you’ll be able to pick out plenty of recognisable elements from the city’s landscape (click the image for a slightly larger version)…
SoYoScape (2006) by The Designers Republic
Posted by Sheffield blog on 17 September, 2008