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Chartered Society of Designers


Chartered Society of Designers

Formation 1930
Type Learned society
Headquarters London, England
3,000 (34 countries)
Official language
English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian
Mr David Callcott FCSD
Key people

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Royal Patron) Mr. Jake Leith FCSD (Immediate Past President) John Sermon FCSD (Hon Treasurer) Mr. Metin Demiray FCSD (Hon Secretary)

Frank Peters FCSD (Chief Executive)

The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), is the professional body for designers. It is the world's only Royal Chartered body of professional designers. It is unique in that it is multi-disciplinary – representing designers in all design disciplines including Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textile Design.

Founded in 1930 as Society of Industrial Artists, the Society is governed by Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The CSD is not a trade body or association and functions as a learned society. Membership to the Society is only awarded to qualified designers who must also prove their professional capability during an admission assessment. Members can use the post-nominal letters, MCSD or FCSD (indicating Member or Fellow, respectively), after their names. Both MCSD and FCSD are registered trademarks of the Society.

In addition membership exists for those embarking on a career in professional design and those in design related areas such as research, management and design education. Membership is offered as Associate and enables the use of the post-nominal Assoc.CSD.

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. It also seeks to secure and promote a professional body of designers and regulate and control their practice for the benefit of the design industry and the general public.

The Society's head office is at 1 Cedar Court, Royal Oak Yard, Bermondsey Street in London.


  • The Design Association 1
  • History 2
    • Older versions of the CSD logo 2.1
  • Design Disciplines 3
    • Interior Design 3.1
    • Exhibition Design 3.2
    • Fashion Design 3.3
    • Graphic Design 3.4
    • Interactive Media Design 3.5
    • Product Design 3.6
    • Textile Design 3.7
  • Published works 4
  • Awards 5
    • Member recognition 5.1
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

The Design Association

The Chartered Society of Designers oversees The Register of Chartered Designers. In addition it operates The Design Association Limited and incorporates the British Institute of Interior Design.


The history of the Society reflects the changes and developments in the design profession in the United Kingdom since 1930.

Year Description
1930 Society of Industrial Artists formed following inaugural meeting at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern in London's Fleet Street.[1][2]
1932 First Regional Group formed in Stafford, West Midlands.
1951 The Society and its members take a leading role in the redesign of Britain after World War II.
1963 The Society changes its name to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.
1976 Royal Charter granted in recognition of its work in establishing the profession of design. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh becomes Patron and remains so to this day.
1986 Changes its name again to the Chartered Society of Designers.
1988 Society acquires the goodwill and incorporates the British Institute of Interior Design
2001 The Design Association established as a trading and corporate entity of CSD.
2006 DA Accreditation programme commenced.
2010 CSD Course Endorsement Programme launched
2010 Design Pool formed – a collaboration between IOM3 and IED – and establishing Design Mine – a materials resource for designers.
2011 The Society granted the power by HM The Queen Elizabeth to set up The Register of Chartered Designers and enabling the award of Chartered Designer.

Design Disciplines

The Designer CSD magazine

Interior Design

  • Office, shop, hotel, factory, public, commercial, and industrial interiors
  • Domestic interiors
  • Television, film and theatre design including sets, lighting and costumes

Exhibition Design

  • Exhibition and display including permanent and temporary display
  • Museum design

Fashion Design

  • Fashion and clothing including garments, bags, footwear, millinery and other accessories

Graphic Design

  • Type design, typography, lettering and calligraphy for reproduction
  • Illustration
  • Design for advertising
  • Design for print including annual reports, brochures, books and magazines
  • Design for two- and three-dimensional packaging
  • Corporate identity
  • Applied graphics including signing systems
  • Vehicle livery and graphics on product design
  • Architectural graphics
  • Design for film, television or video reproduction including multi-sensual, time-based or still imagery
  • Photography

Interactive Media Design

  • Web sites, intranets and extranets
  • Multimedia CD-ROMs, DVDs and kiosks
  • Computer games
  • Interactive elements for video DVDs
  • Interactive elements for use within web sites
  • Interactive content for mobile devices

Product Design

  • Engineering based, three dimensional products including capital goods, and consumer goods, environmental and interactive information technology design
  • Transportation/automotive design
  • Furniture including contract, domestic, free-standing ranges and individual pieces
  • Craft related products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, silver, cutlery, toys, souvenirs, travel and leather goods and decorative building elements

Textile Design

  • Surface pattern including printed textiles, printed carpets, patterned papers, patterns for ceramics and tiles
  • Woven and knitted textiles including rugs and carpets, non-printed wall coverings, laminates

Published works

A wide variety of books have been published under the "Chartered Society of Designers" name, see here.


CSD has an awards programme to ensure that designers are recognised for their work.

Member recognition

The Minerva Service Award is to be awarded to members of the Society who have made an outstanding contribution to the life and success of the Society. Consideration is given to those who have played a leading role in the work of CSD and assisted it to achieve its objects under the Royal Charter. This award has only been recently introduced and as yet, there have been no recipients.

The Minerva Medal is the highest award the Society can give to its members, usually for an overall lifetime achievement in design. Many who have received it are recognisable names, each having helped to raise the professionalism of design. The Medal is cast from sterling silver, bearing the profile of Minerva, Roman Goddess of Wisdom, Knowledge and Education, and the CSD logo.

The CSD Life Fund was established through the generosity of a group of CSD Fellows in 2000. Since then the fund has grown substantially through donations from other Society members. The aim of the fund is to make awards to members who have suffered severe hardship or trauma in order that they may be able to continue with design study or practice.

The Buckingham Palace to determine the winner from a shortlist of inspiring designers in all fields of activity. The nominations were received from various professional bodies. The winner of the Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2005 was the influential graphic designer Derek Birdsall FCSD. Design engineer Alex Moulton and architect Edward Cullinan were both awarded special commendations. The award is currently under review, the last recipient being Quentin Blake CBE FCSD RDI who was nominated by the Society.

See also


  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Saler, Michael. The Avant-Garde in Interwar England.  

External links

  • Official website

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