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Any designer wishing to embark on the pathway to Chartered Designer can read more information here.

CSD members and those studying on CSD Accredited Courses have partial exemption in terms of the submission criteria and application costs.



At its last AGM, the Society elected and welcomed David Callcott FCSD as its new President. His journey through both his design career and membership of design bodies makes for a compelling read and not only illustrates the development of his career but also that of the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and the wider profession. Standing before our Royal Charter, he recalls his early career and those who influenced it.

Read more about David's interior design pathway
from IIBD to BIID to CSD in TheDesigner


Members should regularly visit the opportunities pages in the members' area for news about tenders and clients seeking design services.


Discover more about smart materials and network with fellow designers at upcoming events. For more information visit


Members of the Society are able to present an online profile of themselves and their work or practice. The profile allows you to display case studies of your work with weblinks, email links and contact details.

The profile will be displayed in the 'find-a-designer' directory section of this website. This is promoted to members of the public and clients seeking professional design services. Members then receive enquiries from clients and obtain commissions.

Student e-Members are also able to display their profiles and work in the 'student gallery' providing a showcase for potential employers.

If you are a CSD member simply login with your username and password and complete your profile. Your directory listing will automatically operate.

Simple, easy to complete, only takes a few minutes and is essential in promoting your services. Above all, unlike many similar directories for designers, its free.

If you are not a Member of CSD then contact us now.


CSD members are looking to recruit Interior and Graphic designers. Visit CSD recruitment pages to learn more.


A report by NESTA questions the DCMS definition and make up of the creative industries. This call for a new alignment could, if accepted, have significant implications for the profession of design.


Download the report.

Visit the CSD library pages for other relevant reports.


The Society is delighted to announce that it will hold its first Minerva Dinner since 2007 at St. James’s Palace on Tuesday 25th November 2014.

The first Minerva Dinner to be hosted at the Palace was in 2003 when our Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh received the Minerva Medal in recognition of his outstanding support for the design profession throughout his life. The second dinner to be held at the Palace was in 2007 when our Patron presented the medal to Lord Rogers of Riverside.

Built by Henry VIII in 1532, St. James’s Palace is one of the oldest and most significant royal residences steeped in national and international history and displays the architectural and interior design talents of amongst others, Sir Christopher Wren, John Nash, Grinling Gibbons, William Kent and William Morris.

St. James’s Palace is not open to the public and therefore the Minerva Dinner not only offers members, friends and supporters of the Society a unique opportunity to network, dine and celebrate the Society’s work but to do so amongst some splendid artefacts and paintings in an informal and relaxed private setting.

 The evening commences at 7.00 pm with a champagne reception during which members may network and view the palace’s collections in the Armoury and Tapestry Rooms and this is followed by dinner in the Picture Gallery. During the evening the Society will award the 2014 Minerva Medal to a celebrated British designer and will also announce several other awards.

The Minerva Dinner is the ideal opportunity to treat yourself, members of staff and friends and to impress clients.

Donations are sought towards the work of the Society on the following basis:

A Minerva Gold table (5 in total) of 10 adjacent to the top table suggested donation of £3,500

 A Minerva Silver table ( 5 in total) of 10 suggested donation of £2,750

 A Minerva table of 10 (5 in total) suggested donation of £2,250

Individual persons on a Minerva table suggested donation of £250

There are only 15 tables available for the dinner and therefore you are strongly advised to contact the Society as soon as possible in order to register your interest.

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You can find details of past Minerva Medal Winners on the CSD Website.


CSD now has a number of new channels through which you can connect with us. Explore the CSD blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Design students from around the world can benefit from CSD Student e-Membership programme read more. #CSDSTUDENT



The Society believes that it is only with a comprehensive understanding of the materials used or specified by designers that we can help protect the environment.

Design Mine allows CSD members to access vital information about the materials they use in order that can practice professionally and responsibly. CSD members can visit the Design Mine.


CSD has negotiated a preferential rate for members to visit current exhibitions. For further details go to the members' area log in here.

For details of all Design Museum exhibitions and their work visit The Design Museum website.


CSD is a board member of the Materials And Design Exchange which is part of the of the Knowledge Transfer Network for Materials. MADE provides designers from all disciplines with information and knowledge about materials essential for current practice. 

Read and subscribe to the latest MADE e-Magazine.


On behalf of the design community, the Society will be carrying out business conditions surveys on a quarterly basis. The survey will collect data from respondents on their current and expected business performance across a range of indicators.

We would appreciate if you took the time to complete our quick survey by clicking the link below. All responses will be treated in confidence. 

Take the survey ...



In cooperation with China Jiangsu Economic and Trade Affairs in the UK the Society is pleased to offer members the opportunity to meet with a delegation to explore business opportunities.

An offshore wind business delegation from Jiangsu Province China will exhibit at the RenewableUK Exhibition, Manchester 11-13th Nov (stand no.56)

Jiangsu Department of Commerce has been promoting cooperation between Jiangsu and the UK for some years and in particular the offshore wind sector. The Jiangsu delegation highly welcomes any opportunities to talk with relevant UK companies at the RenewableUK event in Manchester.

Companies in attendance include: NGC Gears, CSR Qishuyan Institute Co, Baosheng Science & Technology Innovation Co, Jiangyin Fangyuan Ringlike Forging & Flange Co, Wuxi City Wanli Machinery Technology Co, Wipo Wind-power Co.

If you have an interest in these areas and would like to meet any of the companies listed, contact the Society by email:

FTM knitwear


CSD have been working closely with The Fashion and Textile Museum and we are very excited to offer our members an exclusive discount to their upcoming exhibitions and exciting Thursday 'LATE' talks. Find your discount code in the members' area. 

The schedule includes the Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood exhibition, opening 19th September which includes inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century charting the influence of art movements pop, punk and deconstruction, alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation. 

The exhibition is accompanied by talks from punk pioneer Viv Albertine, British textile designer Donna Wilson, author of Vintage Knit Geraldine Warner, Britain's most published knitwear designer Debbie Bliss, vintage expert Nicky Albrechtsen and historian from John Smedley designs.

(Image: Sleeveless, side buttoned, heather grey knitted ensemble, US Vogue, February 1947 by Horst P. Horst © CORBIS / Condé Nast)


Headstart can prove to be an important tool in helping to introduce SMEs into the Southeast Asian markets.

The programme offers UK SMEs practical in-market support including facilitated access to local business networks, access to office space in the local British Chamber of Commerce and signposting to longer-term office space in the market.

Companies receive facilitated access to local business networks and social events; introductions with established local UK companies; the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director of the local Chamber; ongoing access to Chamber staff; access to office space in the local British Chamber of Commerce and signposting to longer-term office space in the market.

For further information visit


Did you go to Saturday morning classes at your local art school? The Sorrell Foundation would like to hear from you for a research project.

These classes ran between the 1940s and 1970s and John Sorrell, Frances Sorrell and John Hegarty cite them as their first step on their journey into creative professions.

They also provided the inspiration for the National Art&Design Saturday Club, the Sorrell Foundation’s programme of free art and design classes for 14-16 year olds at local colleges and universities. There are currently 27 clubs across the UK.

If you went to Saturday art classes – or know someone who did - please contact Sorrel Hershberg.

 020 7845 5860.