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

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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.

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A journey through the time tunnel back to the 1970s when proletariat lettering artists created their artwork using plastic circle templates, German cartridge pens, adjustable triangles, and razor blades. Contemporary designers are infatuated with lettering generated during the seventies but have had little access to how the designs were actually produced. Norman Hathaway will interrogate Michael Doret about the training he received working under the great Ed Benguiat and how he established his technical processes. Type design went crazy during the 1970s due to the introduction of photo lettering technology, and Doret got his start during the hubbub of that time.  

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Communities come in many forms, from isolated rural villages to sprawling urban metropolises or online global networks. With the thoughtful and creative use of interventions from mixed reality and immersive experiences to AI and avatars, virtual twins and next-gen transportation, our future will include the connected and harmonious communities we all aspire to live in. Join us to hear Senior Creative at Squint/Opera Eleanor Greenleaf explore visions of the Next Gen Neighbourhood. Using the lens of some of the projects she has worked on, from designing digital media in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station to spearheading the inhouse R&D Apple Vision Pro project around mindful digital nature in the home, we invite you to explore and imagine the oncoming wave of innovation to elevate our communities, connect us, extend our environments and empower our shared history

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2024 SEGD exhibition + experience design

Start date: 20 June 2024
End date: 21 June 2024

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This biannual 2024 SEGD event in Washington DC, themed “Transformational Impact of Exhibition and Experience Design,” is set to explore the pivotal role of design in addressing today’s complex global challenges. Focusing on issues like climate crisis, societal polarization, and technological ethics, it positions exhibition designers as change agents. The event offers a mix of keynote speeches, case studies, interactive workshops, and networking, aiming to foster conversations on controversial topics, engage diverse audiences, and showcase design’s transformative power. Attendees can expect immersive experiences, behind-the-scenes insights, and opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.

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The Bartlett Summer Show 2024

Start date: 21 June 2024
End date: 6 July 2024

The Bartlett Summer Show 2024 will showcase the architectural work of over 900 students, displayed across six floors throughout our Bloomsbury home. This event is free.

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BuiltEnvironInclusive

This talk explores cutting-edge research and projects that are revolutionizing our perception of gender in the construction industry and built environment. It addresses the systemic obstacles that women encounter in these fields, while also highlighting proven strategies to promote gender equality. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how gender-transformative approaches can lead to more inclusive spaces, better working conditions, and increased sustainability in the built environment. Through innovative design solutions, policy interventions, and community engagement strategies, we will chart a path towards a more inclusive future where everyone feels safe, empowered, and valued. This talk aims to inspire both academics and practitioners to challenge conventional norms and strive for a built environment that authentically represents the diversity of our society.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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