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, Dezeen, Design Milk, the Telegraph and Ideal Home.
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coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

So, the big day finally came and after months of preparation the confessions of a design geek bursary shortlisted designers made their way to Home London to set up their stands, ready to take part in their first trade show. 2015 bursary winner Alicja Patanowska went for a minimalist aesthetic that put her products at...
coadgbursary :: meet the partners

coadgbursary :: meet the partners

Alongside mentoring with the wonderful people I introduced you to last week, 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary winner, Alicja Patanowska, has also won a stand at Home London within the bursary area of the New Talent Zone, her products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop for three months and included in the window...
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...
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...
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...
coadg bursary :: open for applications

coadg bursary :: open for applications

The confessions of a design geek bursary is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever! I am delighted to be partnering with Home London again this year to offer one new designer an incredible opportunity right at the beginning of their career. The winner will receive: A complimentary stand at Home London within the bursary area of...
out and about :: coadg bursary at home london

out and about :: coadg bursary at home london

The big day has finally arrived and the confessions of a design geek 2014 bursary shortlisted designers are all at Home London. We’re on stand A55, right next door to winner Fanny Shorter on B55. Set-up day was one of those if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will-go-wrong sort of days, but we got there in the end with a lot...
coadg bursary :: stand design mentoring

coadg bursary :: stand design mentoring

Jo Robinson, the driving force behind one of my favourite design brands, HAM, won Best Stand at Home London in 2013, so I was delighted when she agreed to be the stand design mentor for the confessions of a design geek bursary. She and bursary winner Fanny Shorter have already been hard at work designing...
coadg bursary :: southbank centre shop

coadg bursary :: southbank centre shop

Hello – and happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas break and you’re back feeling full of energy and inspiration for 2014. One of the things I am most proud of is the confessions of a design geek bursary, as part of which Fanny Shorter has won a prize worth £10,000, including...
coadg bursary :: seo, social media and a film

coadg bursary :: seo, social media and a film

It’s a full post this week, as we hear from bursary partners; Daniel Nelson from October Communications, who will be giving 2014’s winner Fanny Shorter mentoring in SEO and e-commerce; Justyna Sowa from Decorum, who will be providing social media mentoring; and Richard Foot from R&A Collaborations, who will be working with Fanny to make...
coadg bursary :: wallunica

coadg bursary :: wallunica

wallunica has been a huge supporter of the confessions of a design geek bursary since day one, even jumping in to save the day at very short notice last year(!), so I was delighted when Ingo Claus agreed to take part again this year, offering bespoke wall coverings for both the winner’s stand and the...
coadg bursary :: business coaching

coadg bursary :: business coaching

I was absolutely thrilled when Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, agreed to be involved in the confessions of a design geek bursary again this year. The Design Trust helps people to start, run and grow design and crafts businesses. Patricia said: “It was great to be able to offer the 2013...