The Chartered Society of Designers’ graphic designers’ group is under way again after a year-long lapse.
The new group has been set up to “invigorate and stimulate further activity as well as helping the society play a more energetic role in members’ lives”, says CSD director Brian Lymbery.
The last group was led by David Prout, of Creed Lane. “These things happen in cycles and a number of people who were on the last committee had given their time for many years,” says Lymbery.
Mark Rollinson, director of graphics consultancy Giant and chairman of the new graphics group, acknowledges that the “last graphics group vanished into obscurity”. He says that the new group “doesn’t give a monkey’s for any internal CSD politics – we just want to deliver a worthy service which will increase graphics membership of the CSD”.
Members of the new group include Katie Arup, Anita Brightly, Phillip Carter, Shaun Dew, Annie Eaves, Simon Ingleton, Michael Johnson and Valerie Wickes. Rollinson is optimistic about the group’s plans.”We’re actual doers, not talkers,” he says.
The group is aiming to get a substantial part of its programme under way by early July.
Plans include setting up a new awards scheme for graduates; a series of talks at the Houses of Parliament which may include MPs, and social events – such as design groups hosting evenings at their local pubs “as a forum for designers to network, socialise and talk”, says Rollinson.