The SDS has a long tradition of involvement with standardisation, going right back to founder member Anthony Williams, and one of our stated aims is to promote international standards for graphic communication and to harmonise legislation affecting signing throughout Europe and worldwide.
Currently Barry Gray chairs the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 145 Graphical symbols. Despite the title, and rather like the SDS itself, the work goes well beyond symbols and covers safety signs, maps, wayfinding and other associated areas.
A good introduction to the work of TC 145 is in this video: Click here to watch it on youtube
Barry also is the convenor of working groups on public information symbols and water safety signs standards and he has given talks to the SDS on the work of ISO and the British Standards Institution (BSI) where he chairs PH/8, the Graphical symbols and signs committee and PH/8/1 Public information symbols.
Mike Wolff leads the British involvement with wayfinding at both ISO and BSI. One ISO standard has already been published on location plans, maps and diagrams and currently work is progressing on a second part covering guidelines for the design and use of location signs and direction signs.
Jim Creak, a recent speaker at one of our meetings, convenes one of the panels at BSI and has been particularly active in the field of safety signs for many, many years.