Established in 1936 by the Royal Society of Arts as a select body of designers, the Royal Designers for Industry initiative was one of a number of initiatives in the interwar years to raise the status of the industrial design profession in Britain and was an award given to individuals who had demonstrated ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’. In 1938 the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) was formed as the association of RDIs committed to excellence in industrial design and was representative of a wide range of professional design activity in Britain, from engineering design to graphics, and fashion to product design. Most leading British designers have been elected to the Faculty by its membership, the total of which is now limited to 200 at any one time. Members have included the following: Robin Day (elected 1959), Lucienne Day (elected 1962), Mary Quant (elected 1964), Kenneth Grange (elected 1969), Perry King (elected 1990, see King‐Miranda Associati), Eva Jiricná (elected 1991), and Jasper Morrison (elected 2001). Designers from outside Britain can also be awarded the status of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.