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PD+I returns to London in 2015 for its 5th anniversary.

Once again the Society has partnered with Crane Communications to support PD+I 2015, the event for industrial designers. 

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2015 the unique two day conference will be held on the 20th and 21st May at London's America Square conference facility, still only a stone's throw from the iconic Design Museum. Heralded as the best conference programme yet, PD+I 2014 featured some huge names in the design world including our President Elect Peter Bosson FCSD, Richard Seymour and Sir John Hegarty.

The Society has negotiated a 25% discount for members, please visit the members' area to retrieve your code. 


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.


min medal

Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar has been honoured by the Chartered Society of Designers with the prestigious Minerva Medal for his outstanding contribution to automotive design.

The Minerva Medal is the highest accolade given by the Society and was presented by the Society’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the Minerva Dinner in St James’s Palace in London. The Medal is awarded to a designer for a lifetime’s achievement in design and was first awarded in 1955 to Milner Gray, a founding member of the Society. Since then it has been received by some of the greatest international figures in the world of design who have been responsible for so many iconic designs spanning the whole range of design endeavour.

David Callcott FCSD, President, Chartered Society of Designers, said: “The Society is delighted that the 2014 Minerva Medal has been awarded to Ian Callum who has successfully demonstrated the value of strategic design within an organisation. Ian follows in a long list of renowned designers who have all displayed the highest qualities in terms of aesthetics, function, process and innovation. The success of Jaguar Land Rover is testament enough to his design achievements and the Minerva Medal is recognition of them.”

Ian Callum said: “Receiving the Minerva Medal and being recognised for my contribution to car design alongside such outstanding designers is a real high point in my career. To have my life’s work on display and having the automotive car design industry recognised by such a prestigious society with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as its patron is a truly humbling experience.”

Previous winners have included Sir Terence Conran founder of Habitat, Sir Kenneth Grange FCSD whose designs include the iconic Anglepoise lamp and London taxi and Jeff Banks CBE FCSD internationally acclaimed fashion designer. The Minerva Medal has not been awarded to an automotive designer since 1981, when it was given to the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.  

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.


Part 1: 24-27th June, Part 2: 1-4th July

New Designers this year celebrates 30 years at the Business Design Centre, London. #ND30years

Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit, presenting an unmissable opportunity to buy new products, be inspired and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. 

Chartered Society of Designers’ members can purchase advance day tickets for a special discounted rate. Find your code in the members' area


The Fashion and Textile Museum presents the first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter (1927–2000) who pioneered bohemian chic in the 1960s and 1970s. Her shop in Greek street, Soho opened in 1966 and instantly drew a rock and film star crowd of clients from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to Elizabeth Taylor, Faye Dunaway and Barbara Streisand. The retrospective covers Porter’s life and career from her early years in Jerusalem and Damascus, Beirut in the 1950s, Soho in the 1960s, and New York, Los Angeles and Paris in the 1970s. The exhibition explores the influence of Middle Eastern and North African textiles and culture on 20th century fashion and interior design.

CSD Members receive 10% off exhibition entry find your discount code in the members' area. 

6th February - 3rd May, Fashion & Textile Museum 83 Bermondsey st, London

big rethink


March 24th 2015, Kings Place London.

The Big Rethink, organised by Economist Events, features the most entrepreneurial CMOs from the Fortune 1000 companies and innovative start-ups, as well as visionaries and practitioners from the world’s leading advertising and marketing agencies. 

Once again the Chartered Society of Designers will be supporting this event, offering members an exclusive discount on tickets.  To retrieve your discount code, visit the members’ area of the CSD website. 

The Big Rethink 2015 looks at the age of the “entrepreneurial CMO” – a new generation of marketer, known for their speed, agility and the ability to scale on a tight budget. Join them and explore the ways that entrepreneurial CMOs are leveraging social, economic and technological upheavals to reinvent marketing for a new age.  

Speakers on the day include experts from: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mondelè„z International, Travelex, Diaego, Intel, Havas Media and many more. They'll be talking frugal marketing, investing in startups, flexible teams, new frontiers in social advertising and the rise of the CMO.

For more information or to book your place visit: the Big Rethink website, follow @EconomistEvents, #BigRethinkLon


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 ...


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.