confessions of a design geek
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 Dezeen, Design Milk, Telegraph and Ideal Home.
design for good :: kangaroo cups

design for good :: kangaroo cups

This month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts of 2014 and I loved the story of 11 year old Lily, who invented a cup that you can’t knock over… I am always inspired by young designers, but they’re not often quite as young as Lily Born. Lily’s grandfather has...
coadgbursary :: meet the mentors

coadgbursary :: meet the mentors

The 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary winner, Alicja Patanowska has won mentoring sessions with October Communications’ Daniel Nelson, Decorum’s Justyna Sowa, Mini Moderns’ Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, The Design Trust’s Patricia van den Akker, Seen PR’s David Gorrod, The Southbank Centre’s Adam Thow, and West Elm creative...
out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

It’s a sort of greatest hits December, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from this year. This one still really inspires me… It must be tempting to show off. When the Design Museum calls to say they want to put on a retrospective of your work, a solo...
coadgbursary :: 2015 winner

coadgbursary :: 2015 winner

We have a winner! I am delighted to announce that after a whopping 16,404 people cast their vote, the winner of the 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary is…. Alicja Patanowska. “I am moved and grateful to all the amazing people from all over the world who believed in...
interview :: studio ljung ljung

interview :: studio ljung ljung

I spotted Studio Ljung Ljung’s smoked bamboo lamps, made in collaboration with Thai artisans, at the London Design Festival’s desigjunction. They were exhibited as part of Ventura London, a showcase of new design talent. I caught up with founders Martin Hedenström Ljung and designer Greta Ljung to find out more…...
out and about :: walead beshty

out and about :: walead beshty

Determined to lift my head from my desk in what has been an incredibly work-intensive month, I dived into the Barbican between meetings last week, and happened across an exhibition of London born Los Angeles based photographer Walead Beshty’s work in the Curve space. I immediately recognised the work as...
fiera :: fiera magazine has gone to print!

fiera :: fiera magazine has gone to print!

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to type these words: Fiera Magazine has gone to print! After a few technical issues, bumps in the roads and other euphemisms for the general stresses and strains of the last few days of getting a magazine out the door, we...
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interview :: jessica walsh

interview :: jessica walsh

This month I’m sharing my favourite posts from 2014, and this is one my favourite interviews of all time, with the incredibly talented Jessica Walsh… Sagmeister & Walsh are a top New York graphic design agency run by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh. Quite aside from having some serious studio envy (#creativespaces!), I’m a big...
feature :: the law of jante

feature :: the law of jante

I’m sharing some of my favourite 2014 posts throughout December – this one was actually inspired by the interview with Petter that I shared on Tuesday… As I typed the pleasingly alliterative phrase ‘Danish design duo’ for the umpteenth time, it struck me how often I’ve met Scandinavian designers working in pairs or teams, versus...
here's one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

here’s one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

This month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from 2014 – I loved Kirsi Enkovaara approach to pattern creation – really clever, with stunning results… I spotted Kirsi Enkovaara‘s final project Landscape of Gravity at Show RCA 2014, the Royal College of Art’s degree show. Being a girl who loves water and printing, I...
interview :: petter johansson

interview :: petter johansson

I’m sharing some of my favourite post from this year all throughout December – I loved meeting Petter and am still really inspired by his experimental approach to creativity… Whenever I visit a city for Design Week, alongside the organised events, I always try to meet up with some locally based new designers. By a...
photos of numbers :: 5, e293 & 639

photos of numbers :: 5, e293 & 639

Hello and happy Friday! I’m still catching up with belated Instagram challenge pics – here my faves from the week before last… The beautifully autumnal number 5 was by the lovely @kirsty_whyte while out on a run, @lulabelle_75 spotted e293 in Devon, and the ubiquitous @jackbarnes snapped the 639 as part of We One Thousand,...
photos of numbers :: 25, 20,15,5,78,15,20,19,5,82,20,23,5,78 & 8

photos of numbers :: 25, 20,15,5,78,15,20,19,5,82,20,23,5,78 & 8

I’ve been unable to access my beloved Instagram for a couple of weeks due to mobile phone issues, so I’m a bit behind on sharing my favourites from our weekly #photosofnumbers challenge. Here are my top picks from the week before last… The clay 25 is from @helenyoyo who had a while kiln full of...
interview :: ted jefferis

interview :: ted jefferis

I saw Ted Jefferis’ leather Hangup lamps at Total Fabrication at Craft Central during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated. The son of a boat builder, Ted studied at Oxford Brookes University, where he began to explore the concept of furniture as a scaled down form of architecture. I was keen to find...
coadgbursary :: the 2015 shortlist

coadgbursary :: the 2015 shortlist

We have a shortlist! A massive thank you to everyone who applied – we had more applications than ever before and the standard was really impressive! The hard work that had gone into each an every application was evident, so thank you for all the time you all put in. It was a real pleasure reviewing them...
interview :: rhian malin

interview :: rhian malin

I met Rhian Malin at designjunction during the London Design Festival and was immediately drawn to her passion and enthusiasm. Her Hand Held Vessels collection is shaped in other people’s hands before it is fully dry and then project patterns are traced onto each one by hand. I love the contrast between the ancient making...
out and about :: biennale interieur expo

out and about :: biennale interieur expo

This year I went to Biennale Interieur for the first time. Run as a not-for-profit organisation, it is a biannual showcase of good design in the Belgian city of Kortrijk. The Expo provides the commercial side of the event and cultural events around the city support it. More on the latter next week, first, the...
coadg bursary :: deadline today

coadg bursary :: deadline today

The deadline for the 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary is at midnight tonight, so if you haven’t already submitted your application, get it in quick! One lucky winner will receive a complimentary stand at Home London, their products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop and the chance to participate in a one week...
interview :: rhian mclaren

interview :: rhian mclaren

I met Rhian McLaren when she exhibited as part of Spotted at Top Drawer during the London Design Festival. I was instantly drawn to her mid-century patterns and keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That despite their appearance, all of my fabrics are printed by hand using...