The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) is the professional body for designers and the authority on professional design practice.
It is the world's largest chartered body of professional designers with members in 33 countries and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines.
CSD is governed by Royal Charter (click here to read) supported by the Byelaws (read the Byelaws) and as such its members are required to practice to the highest professional standards.
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The Society is a registered charity working for the benefit of the community and operates accreditation of:
- professional practice to individuals via its own membership programme
- design consultancies and in-house design teams by the Design Association
- design courses through its CSD Course Endorsement Programme
It provides a range of benefits and services to support these programmes.
The Society is NOT a trade body or association and CSD membership is only awarded to designers who prove their professional competences as defined in the CSD Genetic Matrix™.
If a designer has MCSD™ or FCSD™ after their name you should expect a professional service.
The Society exists to promote concern for the sound principles of design in all areas in which design considerations apply, to further design practice and encourage the study of design techniques for the benefit of the community.
In so doing, it seeks to secure and promote a professional body of designers and regulate and control their practice for the benefit of industry and the public.
The Society engages with three key stakeholder groups:
designers, design consultancies and in-house design teams
clients in the public, third and private sector, consumers and customers
teaching and learning through school, further and higher education and Continuing Professional Development
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organisation - Observer Status
DESIGN POOL - Founding Member
HKDC - Hong Kong Design Centre - Founding Member
MADE Materials And Design Exchange - Board Member
ADM-HEA - Art Design Media Higher Education Academy Subject Centre - Board Member
UKTI Design Partners - Board Member