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SDS Talks and Events

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The Society offers a regular programme of talks designed to inspire, improve practice and encourage innovation. We cover a wide range of topics from design and associated disciplines to academic research, technology, processes and standards.

Our talks are usually monthly, take place in London and are often hosted by SDS members. For members that are unable to join in person the talks are livestreamed via our dedicated member Facebook page and recordings posted in the talks archive. Subject to availability and other conditions, non-members and guests are very welcome to attend.


Brick Lane Threads

Thursday 22 February 2018

Celebrating the Best in British Wayfinding

Thursday 25 January 2018  The SDS New Year Party Come and join the party and hear from the winning entries in the 2017 British Sign Awards. We celebrate the best in class in wayfinding with presentations from two of the shortlisted projects Read More...

London Underground sign design: when good intentions get ignored

Thursday 23 November 2017  Sign design often involves integrating/extending a client’s brand and identity. Consistency of information and design is also at the heart of reliable wayfinding systems. But what about after installation? How do we ensure our clients appreciate the need Read More...

Designing for an Ageing Population

Wednesday 6 September 2017 In a departure from our usual format, September will see the first SDS Big debate. With the help of a multidisciplinary panel we’ll be addressing the role of wayfinding consultancy within the built environment.

The Big Debate – Architecture versus People

Wednesday 6 September 2017 In a departure from our usual format, September will see the first SDS Big debate. With the help of a multidisciplinary panel we’ll be addressing the role of wayfinding consultancy within the built environment. We’ll be exploring whether it’s really needed, why it’s needed and perhaps touch upon what the future holds for those practicing the art Read More...

Collaborate to Innovate

Thursday 11 May 2017 Man drawing mind map of experiential design ideas Innovation is driving the heart of our future economies. As we push for greater innovation the need to collaborate across widely different specialisms has become a requirement to gain more and more innovative solutions. The question is HOW? How do we enable professionals who have long been separate, or even incompatible, and ask them to produce something new and innova Read More...

The Adventures of a Type Tourist

Tuesday 4 April 2017 Type designer David Quay is fascinated by urban typography and how cities use typefaces to express their individual identities. Describing himself as a ‘Type Tourist’, David has visited and extensively photographed the type styles that characterise many cities Read More...

Wayfinding for industrial estates and business parks

Thursday 16th March 2017 Spaces where vehicles and pedestrians interact and interchange is no more felt than at a busy and bustling industrial estate or business park. In this talk, Jonathan Docksey from wayfinding agency Design JD will explore the different needs of pedestrians and vehicles on industrial estates. He will also explain how the agency engages with users to ensure success. Read More...