Welcome to the Sign Design Society

The Sign Design Society (SDS) is for anyone interested in information and graphic communication within buildings and public spaces, including:

As well as raising the profile of our disciplines, we offer members a programme of events, resources and initiatives to help them:

To join choose a membership plan that suits you and sign up!

Our events

rsz_1what_is_sustainable_lighting_in_signage (1)

Join us for this crash course seminar in sustainable signage illumination, with Applelec’s Lauren Flint. Lauren goes back to basics: dispelling myths, busting the jargon and explaining the key features you need to look for in your illumination solution and what that means for your signage/wayfinding designs, as well as for the end user. By the end of this session, Lauren hopes to have given you the confidence to identify the right solutions and talk to your customers about the sustainable benefits of your products.

Read more

Interested in a membership?


Third party events

14th international space syntax symposium 2024

Start date: 24 June 2024
End date: 27 June 2024

The Space Syntax Symposium aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and students who are currently working on Space Syntax and related approaches all over the world to share knowledge, to discuss theoretical and methodological advances as well as practical applications, and to explore directions for further collaborations with other disciplines.

Read more


Learn how to effectively forecast and manage financial resources and carbon emissions on your client’s behalf during global rebranding initiatives. Discover strategies for optimising budgets, modelling CO2 emissions and reducing environmental impact by allocating sufficient resources and thought at the early stages of your project.

Read more

Our world and places are characterised by a diversity of individuals and groups representing the global majority, different cultures, gender identities, abilities and LGBTQIA+ people. However not everyone feels they have the same right to shape the city, from policy to practice to placemaking. What are the mechanisms that we can create or advocate to ensure our spaces and places reflect the diversity of those around us? Taking inspiration from Henri Lefvbre’s The Right to The City, this chat will explore what makes places special to different people and how the city can be shaped for the diversity of those around us.

Read more

SEGD Academic Summit 2024

Start date: 26 June 2024
End date: 27 June 2024

The SEGD Academic Summit is a forum for trends in design education research, projects and curriculum innovation for design academics, students and researchers. This event is great for industry members as well, to reconnect and learn about new ideas evolving from current research. This event is entirely free and promotes the latest developments in design research and education.

Read more


An illustrated talk with Matt Lamont of Design Reviewed. Matt’s vast collection of graphic design spans over a century, encompassing a remarkable collection of well over 5,000 artefacts. Ranging from the opulent and decorative crafted designs of the Victorian era to the rebellious and boundary-pushing graphic assemblage of the 1980s, Matt is excited to present a selection of his cherished typographic items, which will be available to view on the evening (in the foyer). His engaging talk celebrates Graphic Design History whilst shedding light on the motivations behind his passion for collecting and emphasising the significance of graphic design history.

Read more


Typotheque worked on a largest project up to date, developing a series of fonts to be easy to read by the widest range of readers. The project identifies and addresses situations where people are excluded from using certain technologies, and worked with digitally disadvantaged communities to support marginalised languages. For the Latin script Typotheque team carried out a series of laboratory acuity tests at the National Centre of Ophthalmology in France to determine the ideal letter proportions for their visually impaired patients, and developed fonts that benefit readers with declining vision. Zed Text is an exceptionally readable typeface that has been shown to benefit healthy readers as well as those with visual impairments such as age-related macular degeneration, loss of central vision, peripheral vision loss and blurred vision.

Read more

In order to bring about change, it is essential to examine phenomena from various angles, with different disciplinary perspectives (transdisciplinary), theoretical and methodological approaches, in order to come up with solutions to socially and environmentally important issues and ultimately work towards the well-being of people and society as a whole. Considering these challenges, the congress will focus on seeking strategies to promote sustainable environments that favour greater inclusion, social participation, and transdisciplinarity in addressing the needs of housing, mobility, and sustainability.

Read more

Join Peter Murray for the inaugural Murray Lecture, followed by a conversation with Beatrice Galilee, exploring London’s position on the global stage. Delving into the essence of what makes London the greatest city in the world, Peter Murray will discuss the key elements of great cities, with Beatrice Galilee, British curator and international writer on design and architecture, currently living in New York.

Read more

Three-day lettercarving workshop with Pip Hall

Start date: 10 July 2024
End date: 12 July 2024

Three-day lettercarving course for beginners and intermediates, with Pip Hall, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Read more


Join the launch of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s handbook, “Creating Places that Work for Women and Girls”. This document is the outcome of three years of research and practice in gender-informed urban design and planning. For too long, cities have been designed by and for men, with a lack of consideration or understanding of the lived experiences of women and girls. This approach has embedded gender biases into every aspect of city design. By adopting gender-informed principles, built environment professionals can take an important role in addressing gender inequality. They can ensure fair access to services and opportunities, thereby advancing the socio-economic mobility of women and girls. This will not only improve, protect and empower the lives of women and girls but unlock the full potential of both our cities and individual developments in influencing wider issues such as climate change mitigation, sustainable development, and economic growth.

For these reasons, the built environment sector must assume its share of responsibility and help change the status quo.

This event will introduce the handbook and explore practical solutions for creating more positive spaces for women and girls. You will hear from experts working across London on their challenges and successes, as well as discover projects where the report’s recommendations have been trialled.

Read more