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. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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design for good :: the bradley timepiece

design for good :: the bradley timepiece

The Bradley Timepiece was originally designed for blind people. Its titanium body contains a magnet that rotates two ball bearings allowing people to tell the time just by touching it. One ball moves around in a groove in the watch face, indicating minutes, while the hour ball moves around its edge. It was designed by...
interview :: rob ryan

interview :: rob ryan

I have been a Rob Ryan fan since his entire studio decamped to Somerset House for the very first Pick Me Up, a graphic art exhibition now in its fourth year. So I was very excited to finally get the chance to interview the man himself… What’s the most important thing to know about you?...
out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

New Designers is the annual showcase of over 3,000 graduating design students’ final projects, split across two weeks. I went along to Part 1 specifically to see the textiles and ceramics. The first thing I spotted was Sophie Southgate‘s Landscape // Colour. Sophie starts a one-year graduate residency at Cardiff’s Fireworks Clay Studios in September....
photos of numbers :: 17, 333 & 3511

photos of numbers :: 17, 333 & 3511

Hello and happy Friday! Here is this week’s colourful little selection of photos of numbers… The 17 at the top is from the Design Museum in Milan, back in April when I was there for Design Week, the 333 in the middle is from the 3rd floor of The Cass, spotted when I popped in...
here's one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

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

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 was intrigued to find out more. Kirsi has created a printing technique that aims to capture the movement of water and used it to decorate vessels,...
interview :: sam osborne

interview :: sam osborne

Graphic designer and illustrator Sam Osborne has been on my periphery for a little while now, so it was really exciting to finally see her designs properly and get to know her a little better. We talked colour, science fiction B-movies, and plain old hard work… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I...
fiera :: we did it!!

fiera :: we did it!!

We did it! Fiera Magazine has just hit its Kickstarter target! I can’t quite believe it… Thank you so much to every single one of you who pledged, whether it was £1 or £1,000. Thank you for tweeting, Facebooking, emailing, and telling your friends. Thank you to everyone who’s given their time for free, often...
out and about :: rca degree show

out and about :: rca degree show

I headed down to the Royal College of Art’s Kensignton Gore campus to see Show RCA 2014, the final degree show for students graduating from Architecture, Interior Design, Design Interactions, Design Products and Innovation Design among other courses. Here are a few of the projects that caught my eye… From top to bottom, left to...
fiera :: 26 designs and 6 days to go...

fiera :: 26 designs and 6 days to go…

I am absolutely over the moon to announce that Fiera Magazine will be working with 26, a creative writing organisation with the aim “to inspire a greater love of words.” Following in the footsteps of 26 Treasures, I will be running a project called 26 Designs. I will pair 26 writers with 26 new designers...
design for good :: wheelchairs of hope

design for good :: wheelchairs of hope

I spotted this wheelchair at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum and was intrigued to find out more. It is the first children’s wheelchair to be designed specifically for children, rather than being just a scaled down version of an adult wheelchair. Its design was inspired by seats on theme park...
interview :: sir kenneth grange

interview :: sir kenneth grange

During Clerkenwell Design Week I had the honour and the privilege* of being “In Conversation With” Sir Kenneth Grange, one of Britain’s most influential product designers. The man behind the first UK parking meters, the Intercity 125 and the Anglepoise Type 75 lamp and one of the founding partners of  global design agency Pentagram was...
out and about :: cass degree show

out and about :: cass degree show

The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, part of London Metropolitan University, or The Cass, as it is more affectionately known, opened its doors to showcase the final projects of its graduating students and I went along to take a look. From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what caught my...