Regulations regarding membership

General Policy

  • In pursuing its objectives the Society shall observe the basic policy of non-discrimination.
  • Membership will be without regard to race, religion, political philosophy, ethnic origin, citizenship, language or gender.
  • Procedures to become an Associate Member, a Member, a Fellow or an Honorary Fellow will be defined and announced by the Board of Management.
  • Associate Membership, for new members joining from 2010, is restricted to 5 years.
  • An individual who has fully paid the designated membership subscription for a year is considered a member during that year.
  • The membership year runs form 1st July – 30th June annually.
  • Please remember that membership is personal and not transferable to other colleagues or students

Refund Policy

Your membership application/renewal of membership will normally take two working days to process. If for any reason you wish to cancel you application then you must do so within 7 days of the payment transaction by emailing membership at designsociety dot org. A full refund will be made to your card account. If for any reason your application is declined then a full refund will be made to your card account within 7 working days of the decision.

Membership normally runs from 1st July to 30th June but it is possible to join the Society at any time of year – please email membership at designsociety dot org with any queries.

Terms and Conditions

By applying for membership you agree that the Design Society verify the data contained in your application; may use your personal data for the purposes of running and administering the Society; maintaining and updating the Society's membership list; and contacting you in relation to the Society's activities. The Design Society does not make Members' data including email addresses available for external commercial or any other purposes.

Cancelling your membership

You may cancel your membership at any time during the year by contacting the membership administration (membership at designsociety dot org). Your membership will lapse at the end of the payment period. Refunds for part of the year are not given.

Complaints Procedure

If you have a complaint about any aspect of the Design Society’s activities please write to president at designsociety dot org. The Society will respond within 7 working days.


Purpose of Code of Professional Conduct

The DS has adopted a Code of Professional Conduct to lay down the standards by which its members should abide, both for its members and for the general public. The code applies to all its members, irrespective of grade, professional role, and country in which they work.

The Design Society Code Of Professional Conduct

  1. All members of the Design Society (Members) must abide by the Society’s ethos of collaboration in the creation and propagation of a body of knowledge in design while following common rules of ethical behaviour and respect for intellectual property.
  2. Respect for the rights of intellectual property, is an underpinning principle of the Society and all members agree to be open in acknowledgment of their sources or collaborators.
  3. Members are expected to be generous in promoting shared understanding and to support the development of young colleagues.
  4. Members shall discharge their professional activities as Society members with integrity.
  5. Members shall show due regard for the environment and for the sustainable management of natural resources. This includes encouraging conservation of energy and the recycling of used products.
  6. As members of a learning community, Members shall develop their professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis. Members will support design knowledge development and propagation by all other Members, professional colleagues and the public at large, through their individual research and pedagogy, as well as through shared activities such as Special Interest Groups.
  7. Members should not misuse entrusted power for personal gain, for example seeking or taking inducement in the form of gifts, rewards or favours in return for actions which are unethical or a breach of trust.
  8. Members shall contribute their ideas and opinions to the Society while at the same time respecting the efforts and opinions of those with elected but voluntary responsibility in leading the Society. Therefore, Members may not issue public statements on behalf of the Society without the express authority of the Board of Management.

The Duty To Behave Ethically

The Members' duty to behave ethically is, in effect, the duty to behave honourably: ‘to do the right thing’. At its most basic, this duty means that Members should be truthful and honest in dealings with colleagues, other professionals, and anyone else they come into contact with. Members shall abide by the codes of ethics, conduct and laws in force in the countries and jurisdictions where they provide professional services.

Application to Society membership automatically implies agreement to abide by the Society's Code of Professional Conduct. Breach of this code will result in discussion by the BM/AB and possible actions up to removal from the Society.

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