Born in Croydon and raised near Bracknell, Ian Anderson studied Philosophy at The University of Sheffield. Ian announced The Designers Republic (TDR) in 1986. TDR works for clients such as Coca Cola, Nokia and MTV.
In recent years, Ian has lectured to over 65.000 people in Britain, Europe, US, Japan, and Australia at events such as Fuse Berlin, T/Hype Rotterdam, Creative Futures London, AGIdeas Melbourne, Instituto Europeo di Design Madrid, Graphic Europe Tokyo and The Pompidou Centre Paris. He was tutor and external examiner at Designskolen Koldoing Denmark 1997–2000 and has been invited to be visiting professor at ECAL Lausanne, Switzerland. He was the design juror responsible for selecting and recommending fellowship awards for the 2003–2005 programs at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and has also been invited to contribute to programs at institutes such as Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and Sarajevo Fine Arts Academy in Bosnia.