confessions of a design geek is an award-winning blog established in 2010 by Katie Treggiden to discover, champion and inspire new designers. It has been named as a top design blog by Dwell US, Elle Decor Italia and The Sunday Times. Katie also writes for the Guardian, Elle Decoration and Dezeen.
Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Reading glasses and strategically placed cappuccinos at the ready – it’s time for the fifth confessions of a design geek book club. Objects of Desire by Adrian Forty was recommended by one of our members. First published in 1986, it’s since become required reading on many design courses. “In this...
Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up, the annual festival for the graphic arts, is back at Somerset House for its seventh year. Showcasing illustration, animation, 3-D installations, stationery, and for the first time this year – ceramics, the show is in town until 02 May 2016. confessions of a design geek founding editor,...
Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits the Dingley centre to meet an occupational therapist to get feedback on some of her ideas, and makes Heidi a playing cards tray… 07:00: I wake up in Hungerford and gather my camera, measuring equipment and sketchbook. 07:30: I leave for the Dingley Centre...
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Weaver Rowenna Mason breathes new life into the ancient craft

Weaver Rowenna Mason breathes new life into the ancient craft

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Maya Alvarado has a day of testing with Fix Partners

Maya Alvarado has a day of testing with Fix Partners

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado builds an art tray prototype for Fix Partner Philly’s wheelchair, visits new week-old twins, and delivers a resonance board to the Dingley Centre… 06:20: I wake up and get ready for work. I have some Swedish ‘quilted bread’ with honey and a cup of tea for breakfast. 07:30:...
Time out enabled Jennifer Stafford to get back to basics

Time out enabled Jennifer Stafford to get back to basics

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado gathers oak offcuts, packs up tools and materials and leads a making workshop for residents at local housing charity Two Saints’ hostel… 06:20: I wake up and ensure that my camera batteries are charged, as today my sister Rhianna will make a film documenting a workshop that I...
Iceland's unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Iceland’s unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Borne out of the 2009 financial crisis, and populated with design inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscape, Design March has been celebrating both local and global design since 2009. Gero Grundmanne’s Driftwood Cantilevered Box was part of an exhibition of products made from driftwood – an alternative source of timber for the active volcanic and geological island, which...
interview :: os ∆ oos

interview :: os ∆ oos

Eindhoven-based Os ∆ Oos were one of those brands that seemed to appear as if from nowhere and then keep popping up. In a short space of time, I saw their work at Northmodern in Copenhagen, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week and then again at Dutch Design Week. I decided it was high...
Benchmarks' resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs 'wearable toothbrushes'

Benchmarks’ resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs ‘wearable toothbrushes’

This week, British Furniture Manufacturer Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado delivers the second sofa fix to The Dingley Centre, puts up a new coat hook for their staff and designs some alternative toothbrushes… 06:20: I wake up in Hungerford and get my things ready for work. Today I will be investigating ways to make tooth brushing...
Designer-maker Kate Colin transforms paper into intricate 3D forms

Designer-maker Kate Colin transforms paper into intricate 3D forms

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out for...
Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

It’s time for the fourth confessions of a design geek #designbookclub. So far, we’ve read Eden by Tim Smit (you can read the full transcript here), The Craftsman by Richard Sennett (you can read the transcript here), and Design Like You Give A Damn by Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair (you can read the full...
interview :: visibility

interview :: visibility

Visibility is a New York based industrial design studio, founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab in 2012. I met the design duo at Ambiente Frankfurt at the beginning of last year where their work had been selected as part of the Ambiente Talents showcase of new designers. I finally managed to grab two minutes...
Eva Radulova takes a sympathetic approach to mass produced design

Eva Radulova takes a sympathetic approach to mass produced design

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out for...
interview :: silje nesdal

interview :: silje nesdal

I met Silje Nesdal both in Oslo for the 100% Norway preview and then again at 100% Norway itself during the London Design Festival last year. I immediately loved her style and her approach to design, so this interview has been a long time coming. We talked yellow coats, post-war design and tiny Japanese rulers… What’s...