Working closely with graphic design educationalists and the professional community, the International Society of Typographic Designers establishes, maintains and promotes typographic standards through the forum of debate and design practice. Membership is awarded to practicing designers, educators and students who demonstrate, through the quality of their work, their commitment to achieving the highest possible quality of visual communication.
The International Society of Typographic Designers, ISTD, is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. As the name suggests, the Society has an international membership, all of whom share its mission to establish and maintain standards of typography and to provide a forum for debate.
Recognised as the authoritative body for typography in the UK, and with growing influence internationally, the Society also keeps sight of its original purpose as described by its founder, Vincent Steer: ' ... to bring together in friendship and mutual help, all those with a love of the printed word'. What Steer could not foresee more than eighty years ago was the development of desktop publishing and the importance of the typeset word 'on-screen' – both significant challenges to the quality of typography that informs us all. But his ethos is still intact today, as the Society works closely with education and industry to deliver major projects and events that promote and sustain typographic standards.