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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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...
coadg bursary :: and the winner is...

coadg bursary :: and the winner is…

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who stayed up until midnight last night to find out who won the bursary, but for those of you who missed it, I am delighted to announce that Fanny Shorter is 2014’s confessions of a design geek bursary winner. Fanny said (through the medium of twitter in the...
coadg bursary :: cast your vote

coadg bursary :: cast your vote

At the time of writing, a staggering 2,503 people have already voted for their favourite shortlisted designer in the confessions of a design geek bursary. It’s too close to call at the moment, and voting is open until 23.59 on Wednesday 27th November 2013, so I thought I would hand over to the shortlisted designers,...
coadg bursary :: the 2014 shortlist

coadg bursary :: the 2014 shortlist

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s bursary. More than twice as many people applied this year, and the quality was absolutely outstanding – so thank you for all the thought, effort, hard work, creativity (and all-nighters!) that went into making our jobs as the judges...
coadg bursary :: pr mentoring

coadg bursary :: pr mentoring

I am chuffed to bits that Brighton-based PR agency Seen PR (formerly PR Girl) is supporting the confessions of a design geek bursary again this year, offering the winner an hour of PR mentoring that will really help them to make the most of their stand at Home London and the fact their products will...
coadg bursary :: photo shoot

coadg bursary :: photo shoot

Super talented product photographer Yeshen Venema has once again very kindly agreed to provide the confessions of a design geek bursary winner with a free photo shoot in the run up to Home London to help them make the most of being there. I spoke to him about his experiences last year and why he...
coadg bursary :: 2013 winner jessica hogarth

coadg bursary :: 2013 winner jessica hogarth

Jessica Hogarth was the worthy winner of the 2013 bursary, so I was keen to catch up with her to see what she’s been up to since she won and what advice she might have for this year’s applicants. Jess has very kindly agreed to take on the role of this year’s “buddy” – someone...