1930 - ?

The Society of Industrial Artists and Designers was founded in 1930 as the British Society of Industrial Artists following an inaugural meeting at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern in Londonís Fleet Street, the society was set up to look after the interest of designers and it was particularly keen to develop design as a legitimate vocation. It required members to hold professional qualifications, such as those awarded to architects by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1969, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh became Patron of the Society until his death in April 2021. In 1963 the Society changed its name to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers and in 1976 it was granted a Royal Charter. A decade late it again re-invented itself as the Chartered Society of Designers and in 2001 the Design Association was established as a trading and corporate entity known as CSD. The Minerva Medal is awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of design. Recipients include Milner Gray, furniture designer Gordon Russell, Abraham Games, Edward Bawden, Mischa Black, fashion designer Mary Quant, photographer Bill Brandt and architects Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.