CSD Genetic Matrix™
The CSD Genetic Matrix™ CPSK underpins all of the Society’s initiatives including:
CSD membership categories, Pathway to Chartered Designer, training & CPD and the CSD Course Endorsement Programme.
The matrix is formed of 4 core criteria ‘CPSK’ each of which comprises of 4 key competences. There are competences generic to design practice and contextual competences applicable to a particular design discipline in each criteria.
CPSK is now the recognised framework for professional design practice offering metrics benchmarking in both practice and design study.
Imagination, intuition, insight and inspiration
Able to generate ideas and negotiate the inhibitors of creative thinking
Development and management of ideas from scoping and analysis to evaluation and selection
Able to exploit the potential of ideas and creative thinking
Able to practice whilst adhering to the values expected of professional designers
Adopting best practice and appropriate methodologies
Competence to communicate appropriately with relevant audiences
Awareness, understanding and knowledge of practice requirements, regulations and standards
Ability to deliver creative ideas and innovative solutions using a range of tools
Competence in the skills required within particular operating environments
Developing and maintaining interpersonal, complementary and transferable skills
Ability to practice at the appropriate level within a chosen field of design
Theoretical and general knowledge supporting other competencies
Ability to apply to knowledge gained from prior experiences
Ability to research, acquire and employ knowledge for specific purposes
Knowledge of the sector to include operating environment, markets, history, culture, etc.