Ian (Andy) Anderson - Former Art Director. (1971 - 2003)
Gold Coast Publications/News Limited.
In June, 1974 Ian created the Art Department for the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Duties Iincluded: Advertising Layout/Design, Cartooning, Caricatures, Marketing and Promotions.
In early eighties, he launched the idea of creating the Gold Coast’s own Festival,
(Gold Coast Tropicarnival). Along with the then, Gold Coast Mayor, Keith Hunt, local radio 4GG Chairman, Barry Ferber and Entertainment guru, Paul Sharrat. The festival became a huge success with the Eisteddfods from the festival still being an annual event.
‘Andy’ gained National and International recognition in 1987 when he created the ‘Dummy Highway Patrol’ Campaign in Conjunction with the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Queensland Police Traffic Department.
The First ‘Dummy’ Police Car was hand painted and the reaction was an enormous success in slowing down ‘speedsters’ exceeding the speed limit.
The first ‘Dummy’ was superseded by several other designs that were used over the years to kerb dangerous driving.
The change of ownership from ‘Gold Coast Publications’ to ‘News Limited’ saw a more active roll in assisting the sales representatives with layouts and presentations of Advertising Campaigns.
The full impact of computerisation/digital art had not previously been realised and most art had been hand generated... the advent of Digital media totally changed how artists were able to present their designs.
In 2003 ‘Andy’ commenced ‘Ian Anderson Graphic Design’ and continued the fond relationship with many of the Gold Coast business houses that he had serviced whilst at ‘News Limited’.
One of the major categories of the business has been the CARICATURES.