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.
interviews
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?...
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...
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...
interview :: ola

interview :: ola

East London based designer maker Katy Goutefangea launched new surface pattern design brand, Ola, at Pulse London in May. I’m a big fan of Katy’s work, so I was eager to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Ola is about creating well made, timeless everyday objects. The aesthetic is...
interview :: jessica walsh

interview :: 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 fan of their work, so I was delighted when Jessica agreed to do an interview for the blog. What’s the most important thing to know...
interview :: felix proctor

interview :: felix proctor

I spotted new designer Felix Proctor’s work at Platform in the House of Detention during Clerkenwell Design Week, but didn’t get to meet the man himself, so I was keen to catch up with him afterwards. We talked about the difference between art and design, music to design by, and getting chainsaws stuck in trees…...
interview :: custhom

interview :: custhom

I first discovered Custhom’s work at Maison et Objet in Paris at the beginning of this year and was excited to discover they had created an entire range inspired by the Godfather of Dutch Design Wim Crouwel, of whom I am a huge fan. I went to visit Jemma in their studio in March and...
interview :: paulo goldstein

interview :: paulo goldstein

I first met Paulo Goldstein at designersblock two years ago, so I was honoured to accept an invitation to interview him at Desso during Clerkenwell Design Week. He’s a thoughtful and considered designer who was absolutely fascinating to talk to. It didn’t make the final cut of the film, but when I asked him what...
interview :: ptolemy mann

interview :: ptolemy mann

Textile designer and colour artist Ptolemy Mann joined forces with Johnson Tiles to create the rainbow of tiles that welcomed visitors to the Farmiloe Buidling during Clerkenwell Design Week last week. I caught up with her to find out more about her love of colour… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Colour....
interview :: lovely pigeon

interview :: lovely pigeon

Additions is a new show at Clerkenwell Design Week, dedicated to small design pieces and interior accessories. I was very excited to discover that Lovely Pigeon will be showing there, so I thought I’d catch up with founder and designer Kirsty Thomas… What’s the most important thing to know about you? “It’s really worthwhile doing...
interview :: camberwell collective

interview :: camberwell collective

It’s the last day of Pulse London today, and already time to get ready for Clerkenwell Design Week (no rest for the wicked!). I am especially excited about seeing the work of the newly formed Camberwell Collective, a bunch of Camberwell College of Arts 3D Design students and graduates. I grabbed five minutes with Dunia...
interview :: stefan scholten

interview :: stefan scholten

The seemingly contrary combination of neons and pastels has taken the design world by storm and is now commonplace, but it was breathtakingly innovative the first time I saw Scholten & Baijings do it at Stockholm Design Week a few years ago. Having conquered colour, they’ve now set their sights on texture, in a series...