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.
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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 Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition...
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...
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 director Vanessa Holden, and will...
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...
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 show dedicated just to you,...
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,...
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 my project,” said Alicja. Alicja...
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… What’s the most important thing...
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 cyanotypes, having dabbled in the...
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...