Welcome to the IED website

Welcome to the IED, the home for designers working in engineering and product design.


As everyone is well aware, the current situation relating to COVID-19 is resulting in a change of working practice for everyone. We are managing this at IED HQ, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers by limiting social contact and encouraging working from home. This inevitably means that some aspects of the service you expect from us may be interrupted – please be patient at this time, we will continue to work hard at responding to enquiries, processing applications and generally being as helpful as we can, it may just take a little longer to get things done.

Why Become a Member?

Member Benefits

Membership of the IED is open to all who work in, study, manage, research, teach or practice design. Membership is welcomed at all grades of academic study and levels of expertise. The purpose of the IED is to support our members to achieve their career goals by mentoring and guiding designers to the appropriate grade of professional registration.

The first step to achieving this professional registration is to complete our simple application form.

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View From The Chair

In the beginning…

Every design can trace its history back to an idea, muses Colin Ledsome CEng FIED

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The Design News

Engineering our way out of a crisis: mobilising engineering capability

As the COVID crisis developed in the UK in March, the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a positive response programme to provide brokerage, policy advice and expertise and funding and support through grant and delivery programmes

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T Level Placements Survey for EDT

The EDT has been commissioned by the Gatsby Foundation to find out employers' views on industry placements for students being introduced as part of the Engineering and Manufacturing T Levels from 2022.

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Nominations are invited for the Geoff Kirk Young Members Award for 2021

The award was introduced in 2011 by Professor Geoff Kirk to mark his time as President of the Institution.

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Self Employed Directory

Mr Ben Smith MDes MBA MIED Mr Ben Smith MDes MBA MIED

Mr M Robins CEng MIED MIMechE FIPlantE Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Mr J Bryden MDes(Hons) MIED Stamford, Lincolnshire

Mr T Bird MIED Trowbridge, Wiltshire


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If you've got any questions about the IED or our membership process then we'd be more than happy to hear from you. Simply click on the 'submit question' button, fill in the contact form and we'll get back to you with a response as soon as possible.