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!

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This mini-course is designed for practitioners currently working on or interested in leading community engagement as part of their projects (from urban planning efforts to transit planning to redevelopment and more). Over two sessions, we will provide participants with the foundational theory, tools, and case studies to build an inclusive and equitable outreach and engagement strategy. Special attention will be given to overlaying topics such as building trust, accessibility, and human-centred design.

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Hosted in partnership between UCL’s Circularity Hub and TU Delft’s Circular Built Environment Hub, ‘The Circulars’ is a seminar series which seeks to uncover challenges to and levers for implementing circular urban systems. You are warmly invited to join a day of seminars, led by experts in circular systems from UCL and TU Delft. Both institutions are leaders in the field of circular urban systems.

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RIBA CPD Expo 2024

Date: 7 March 2024

RIBA CPD Expos provide a unique opportunity to stay at the forefront of industry developments by connecting you with members of RIBA’s CPD providers network at a location near you. The expos are free to attend and enable you to gain free CPD hours, enhance your personal proficiency and maintain a competitive edge.

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Imagination now & next

Date: 8 March 2024


Design research allows us to question prevailing approaches and inspire new ones, demonstrating not just what could be plausible in the near future but why it might be preferable. Join us at the Festival of Futures as Imagination and our partners showcase and explore the transformative power of design research, the difference we have made and how we can collaboratively design for a better tomorrow.

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Festival of Futures

Start date: 8 March 2024
End date: 15 March 2024

Flagship events, workshops and an exhibition of cutting-edge design research drawn from four centres of design research excellence across the UK, 8-15th March 2024 at Lancaster University.

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Map industry summit 2024

Date: 11 March 2024

This summit begins with a mini-conference (at Harper Collins Publishers) where industry trends and the future will be discussed. There will be a keynote speaker with a Q&A session and a speed networking session. Refreshments will be provided when attendees can catch up with industry colleagues. It will be followed by an industry social at Stanfords London, providing the opportunity to connect with industry colleagues over drinks and light fare while exploring the world’s largest map store.

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This lecture will trace the influence of Arts et Métiers Graphiques through vivid reproductions, drawn from holdings at the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

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As we continue to shape our places, we are faced with the huge challenge of balancing our personal needs, the collective needs of our communities and those of our increasingly fragile planet. In this session, we will be exploring the opportunities and synergies that exist when we strive to balance people, place and planet in placemaking. How can we think differently about how we shape our places? How can we collaborate more through design and placemaking to value and respect people, place and planet equally?

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Social design symposium

Date: 14 March 2024


The Social Design Special Interest Group (SIG) at ImaginationLancaster is pleased to invite you to a full-day symposium to discuss the importance of design in social contexts. The symposium will bring together academics and practitioners seeking to use design to generate social good. We will discuss the role of design in promoting social justice and the practice of design in social contexts and draw together a future social agenda for design.

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Throughout his career, Peter Saville has consistently put type to work, often in conjunction with imagery, to elegantly sign the ‘way’ for many of us. In conversation with his friend and typographic consultant, Paul Barnes, Saville will discuss how his work, from his time as Co-founder and Art Director of legendary UK label Factory Records through to a more recent collaboration with Sir Jonathan Ive’s studio LoveFrom, has been informed by an intuitive understanding of the semiotic power typography has to shape contemporary culture.

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