WipEout innovator Designers Republic shut down

Tuesday, 27th January 2009 07:44 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Designers Republic, the firm responsible for the original look at feel of the WipEout franchise, has closed.

A story on design mag Creative Review’s blog confirms the closure, quoting founder Ian Anderson as saying: “We’d lost a couple of clients, didn’t win a couple of pitches, got a tax bill which should have been sorted out and wasn’t and a major client who didn’t pay the money they owed us – in themselves any of those things would have been fine but when they come all at once there’s not much you can do.”

The studio’s nine staff have all been made redundant. Anderson’s vowed to return, however.

Thanks, Develop.



  1. Tonka

    Their name is The Designers Republic btw.
    I remember back in the 90′s when I as a young web designer used to drool over their heavily kerned Helvetica.

    (Or whatever, I quickly changed track and became a developer instead)

    Aaaaaaaaaaanyways… To absent friends and the seasons of mist.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. ecu

    WTF. :(

    These guys are the reason I got in to graphic design. I did a presentation on them last year explaining why they were such a huge influence on me, and also wrong a paper on what impact they’ve had on the industry. Gutted. :(

    #2 6 years ago
  3. mart

    Same here. Well gutted :(

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Tonka

    You guys are born in the late 70′s early 80′s aicmfp

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Michael O'Connor

    “You guys are born in the late 70’s early 80’s aicmfp”

    Most gamers were.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Mike

    Most “real” gamers were. :P

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Apart from those of us who were born in the early 70s. :-)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Mike

    ´75 here. So I’m firmly in the “mid-70s” camp.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Tonka

    Blerk has never heard of The Designers Republic until this day aicmfp.
    /gets the Houdinin money

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    I’ll admit to never having heard of them prior to Wipeout. :-)

    #10 6 years ago
  11. ecu

    Early 80′s, yeah. :P

    #11 6 years ago

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