Stuart Scott MCSD, Product Design
Lee John Birchall MCSD, Interior Design
Gareth Wyld MCSD, Graphic Design
Peter Golding FCSD, fashion design
Ryan Harty MCSD, Graphic Design
Martin Darbyshire FCSD, Product Design
Victoria Lovegrove MCSD, Graphic Design
Boysie Woi Keung Tong MCSD, Interior 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
5-6 May 2016
Venue: Alice Tully Hall / Lincoln Center,
New York, USA
|The goal of the 99U Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. Providing road-tested insights on how to make your ideas happen. We bring together some of the world’s most productive creative visionaries & leading researchers to share pragmatic insights on how ideas are brought to life.|
12-14 May 2016
Venue: House of World Cultures,
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany
TYPO Berlin 2016 “Beyond Design” is dedicated to the mental tool called designing. It’s not about the well-worn narrative forms of graphic design that are readily available on every street corner. And it’s not about flash in the pan sensations. It’s about a strategy of responsible design. It’s about the design of the future. And [...]
14-17 May 2016
10am - 5pm
Venue: Jacob K Javits Convention Center,
New York City
The 28th annual ICFF, North America’s platform for global design, will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next. North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of [...]
|14th International Design Conference||
16-19 May 2016
Venue: Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia
|The International Design Conference offers discussion and further development of all aspects of design knowledge from cognition and philosophy, to methods and tools, from research theory to practice. The DESIGN Conference programme offers broad exchange possibilities to researchers and practitioners, strategic decision makers, managers, design and engineering professionals, national or regional agencies or governmental bodies.|
|HOW Design Live||
19-23 May 2016
Venue: Atlanta, USA
HOW Design Live 2016 offers the creative inspiration to refuel your passion for your work combined with the practical knowledge you need to achieve and advance in your career. It’s no surprise that at the largest gathering of creative professionals and designers, you will also have ample opportunity to network with the best and brightest [...]
CSD news View more
Featured - 02.03.16
Tangerine: Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Martin Darbyshire FCSD is the founder and CEO of strategic design consultancy tangerine; he is a Fellow of CSD and has been a member for more than 20 years. Martin will share his insights as the leader of the multi-disciplinary team that created many iconic designs including the Sky + box and both generations of […]
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