Education is a constant in ISTD. From our beginnings as the British Typographers Guild in 1928, education has been a fundamental part of our activity.
The Society's education activities are coordinated by the Education Team, led by Head of Education Jill Spratt, successor to John Paul Dowling. The team comprises educators and practicing designers who reflect our international make-up with members from Australia, Europe, Ireland, Lebanon, North America, South Africa and the UK.
Our main education activity is the annual Assessment Scheme that, since 1975, has offered students the opportunity to gain ISTD membership. Now running in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East, North America, South Africa and Australasia, it attracts submissions worldwide.
The ratio of members entering through the Assessment grows by the year. The significance of this cannot be under-estimated as each annual cohort of young designers is a source of energy and ideas that we value for the future of the society.
While the team coordinate our education work, we hope that members will take the opportunity to submit suggestions or observations that will help improve our education pursuits. Experience of teaching methods, assessment, essential knowledge, skills and how these relate to preparation for professional practice or research are all valuable to us, and will benefit ISTD's future work.