Amic Ho MCSD, Graphic Design
Sam Townshend MCSD, Product Design
Peter Ramskill MCSD, Graphic Design
Philip Whiting MCSD, Graphic Design
Victoria Lovegrove MCSD, Graphic Design
Corin Martin MCSD, Graphic Design
Bruce Renfrew FCSD, Product Design
Andy Fuller MCSD, Graphic Design
Chartered Society of Designers the internationally recognised body for the design profession, providing support and guidance for designers at every stage of their career 'from learning to earning'™.
Membership of CSD signals to clients, employers and others in the design sector that you have been recognised by the professional body as practicing to the highest standards.
Members benefit from the use of post nominal letters, certificates, membership marques, signboards and online portfolios enabling them to promote their professional achievement.
We are the internationally recognised professional body for designers in all disciplines, benchmarking and accrediting best professional design practice and study.
04 Public Benefit
As a registered charity we provide public benefit by promoting, qualifying and maintaining professional standards for designers.
Our programmes, initiatives, benefits, services and advice support designers in practice, those studying and teaching design and design users whether in the public or private sector.
We have developed the CSD Genetic Matrix™ (CPSK) against which professional design practice is benchmarked and which underpins design practice, education, training and accreditation. It harmonises with frameworks adopted by other professions.
We have been granted exclusive powers by HM Queen Elizabeth II to hold The Register of Chartered Designers enabling the award of Chartered Designer.
We designed, developed and offer the Course Endorsement Programme which supports and acknowledges those design courses preparing students for a career as professional designers.
We offer membership categories to suit designers at every stage in their professional career and to engage with those practicing in design related fields.
We represent the interests of professional designers to sector stakeholders and ensure there are communication channels available for designers to influence developments affecting their profession.
Our members are encouraged to continually develop their competencies for the benefit of their employers and clients ultimately benefitting the public. A range of events, tools and modules are provided to assist our members.
A range of activities, events and social media channels allows our members the opportunity to connect and engage with others either in their own design field or in other design disciplines as well as with those in education and related practice.
We provide our members with opportunities for business development through inclusion on Find-a-Designer and specific matchmaking events, nationally and internationally, organised by both the public and private sectors.
Whatever the situation, we are there to support our members and either offer one-to-one counselling on a range of matters or partner with others to provide the specific expertise required.
Our members benefit from a range of discounts and special offers including: books, events, exhibitions, conferences, insurances, software, business services, etc.
We keep the design sector up to date with TheDesigner for practitioners and OnCourse for those in education. Our full range of social media channels allows two way communications and we broadcast specific emails targeted to members’ interests.
As a member of CSD you are welcome to participate in any of our initiatives such as: assessing, sitting on accreditation panels, working on committees, visiting schools and universities, giving talks, participating at exhibitions, sitting on advisory boards, etc.
We offer a variety of awards spanning all levels of design practice: CEP annual student prizes, Minerva Medal, Honorary Membership and Fellowship plus prizes and competitions in collaboration with other entities.
We administer the Anice Alexander fund, British Institute of Interior Design fund, Life fund, Chartered Society of Designers Trust fund and a further yet unnamed fund. All support various aspects of design practice and education.
We maintain a complete archive of journals dating back to the 1930s together with membership data spanning decades. Other publications in the archive provide insights into the development of the profession since 1930. Members regularly donate material to the archive.
This enables us to engage with a wide audience to promote professional design practice and our members. It also enables us to more readily fulfil our public benefit remit. We collaborate on research, training, professional development, education and other initiatives.
We inspire: those seeking career information to consider all design areas, design students to excel in their study of design, academic staff with innovative programmes and briefs, design practitioners to continually develop their professional competences and professionals in related fields to collaborate with designers.
Our database of designers covering almost a century provides invaluable material that is able to inform the academic study of the profession and offers a wealth of statistical information now being complimented by our regular design surveys providing current data and future trends.
Our programmes of support, benefits and services are all structured to protect designers working across all design disciplines as much as possible. In protecting designers we in turn protect clients, customers and consumers.
We set, maintain, promote and uphold the standards for professional design practice.
Events View more
|Interior Lifestyle Tokyo||
1-3 June 2016
Venue: Various locations, Tokyo
|Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an international trade fair for Tokyo to propose lifestyle concepts in interior design markets from around the world. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo derives from two trade fairs – Ambiente, the largest consumer goods trade fair in the world, and Heimtextil, an international trade fair for household and commercial textiles.|
|Hong Kong KoDW||
13-17 June 2016
Venue: Hotel ICON - Hong Kong
The Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2016, with the forum theme of “design. cities. health in the new economy”, is scheduled for 13-17 June 2016 at Hotel ICON – Hong Kong. KoDW has become as popular as the Business of Design Week BoDW and is staged by the Hong Kong Design Centre. As founding members [...]
14-15 June 2016
Venue: Telford International Centre, Telford, UK
|PDM is the leading exhibition and conference for the plastics industry. This year’s show will incorporate multiple elements of the plastics industry with a particular focus on design, moulding, packaging, recycling and new for this year composites.|
|Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference||
27-30 June 2016
Venue: Brighton UK
DRS2016 – Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. DRS2016 considers how design research can help address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead by asking three questions: How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us? [...]
|ND New Designers 2016 Part 1||
29 Jun to 02 Jul 2016
Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH
New Designers 2016 showcases the fresh-thinking of over 3,000 innovative design graduates, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries. CSD has once again partnered with the New Designers exhibition, which this year celebrates its 30th year. New Designers continues to deliver new generations of brilliant individuals, year on year, ready [...]
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Featured - 19.05.16
40 years of our Royal Charter
Thursday 19 May 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the granting of our Royal Charter by The Queen Elizabeth II in 1976. On the same day 40 years ago HRH The Duke of Edinburgh became Patron of the Society. Over the coming year we will be marking the anniversary with articles and archive material in […]
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