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Update on the SDS 2020 event programme

This year’s event programme may be on pause for the time being but in the meantime, why not take a break from working from home to enjoy livestreams and presentation PDFs of seminars past? Available to all paid-up SDS members via the Read More…

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ABG Design features in the Parliamentary Review on creative industries

Photo featuring ABG Design co-founders Howard Miles (left) and Chris Hubert (right). Congratulations to SDS member ABG Design who feature in the most recent edition of The Parliamentary Review, with its focus on creative industries. The Truro-based studio, founded in 1999 by Read More…

Changing Places Toilet Logo showing carer at an adult change area in a toilet with a person in a wheelchair

Changing Places win March 2020 Budget backing victory

Some great news for inclusion that you may have missed in recent weeks. To celebrate that in his March 12 2020 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged to accelerate the provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in new and existing buildings. As well Read More…

Image of a thermometer (with COVID-19 written on it) juxtaposed against a hospital 'isolation' ward' sign and hospital background

Why good wayfinding words matter: UK hospital apologises for poor signage to Coronavirus isolation unit

A recent incident reported in The Guardian has highlighted why robust signage is so important in a hospital setting and what happens when it falls short of best practice. A woman who experienced flu-like symptoms after a trip to Singapore and Hong Read More…

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Announcement: changes to the SDS management

Dear Members After a good three years as Chair of the SDS, I have decided it is time to step down. I am very pleased to announce that Colette Jeffrey and Andrew Barker will be taking the SDS forward as Co-Chairs. Colette and Andrew have been Read More…

Man talking at ThinkStation workshop

Recent ThinkStation initiative findings to feed into the brief for an upcoming international station design competition

Some SDS members may have been fortunate to be amongst the 350 people who had the opportunity to attend one of the series of pioneering ThinkStation workshops held in recent months across the UK. Run by the Design Council in partnership with Read More…

External shot of iconic London Underground signage (featuring purple Elizabeth Line)

Why TfL chose the colour purple for the Elizabeth Line

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/crossrail-real-reason-tfl-chose-17404241 Yesterday, 15 December 2019, marked the dawn of a new era in London/Home Counties train travel.  Transport for London (TFL) started the rolling out process for the new Elizabeth Line (formerly known as Crossrail), taking over from Great Western Railway (GWR) Read More…

View of the British Sign Awards 2019 winners receiving their trophies

British Sign Awards 2019 – SDS member companies win trophies in four categories

On 14th November, British sign industry colleagues including many SDS members gathered at the Athena Centre in Leicester to celebrate the best UK-based sign makers of 2019. Now in their seventh year, the British Sign Awards have become a beacon for the Read More…

Example of external wayfinding/branding signage for the Spurs stadium

It’s a hat trick for Populous at World Interiors News Awards 2019!

Populous‘s work on the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium picked up three trophies at the recently held World Interiors News Awards 2019: Gold Award for the general concourse design in the Leisure and Entertainment Interiors category; Gold Award for branding and wayfinding; Bronze Read More…

Promotional image for the 9 July 2019 Festival of Place (London)

Festival of Place 2019 – a member’s perspective

Back in July, Festival of Place gifted the Society two tickets to their inaugural conference. The aim was to bring people that work in the built environment together to explore how to create places that thrive. The tickets were offered to two Read More…