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 Dezeen, Design Milk, We Heart, Telegraph, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

Last week I wrote about New Designers Part 1, and this week it’s time for Part 2. New Designers is an annual showcase of design graduates’ final projects and I was particularly keen to see the work that had come from the furniture, product, spatial and industrial Design courses. Here is what caught my eye…...
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....
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...
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...
out and about :: central saint martin's degree show 2014

out and about :: central saint martin’s degree show 2014

I love this time of year. Design students all over the country present their final projects in a grand finale of three years’ work. The excitement is palpable and it’s a real treat to meet the designers of the future. New designers still believe in the impossible, and that’s quite contagious! It’s also crucial if...
out and about :: the new craftsmen

out and about :: the new craftsmen

I fell in love with The New Craftsmen the moment I popped my head into their Mayfair pop-up on a cold, dark December day last year, by which time they already had a cult following. The team are lovely, the products are stunning, and the ethos, to champion British craftspeople, is admirable. They have just...
out and about :: littlehampton

out and about :: littlehampton

Who says a day trip to the seaside can’t turn into an architectural tour? Not this geek! I headed down to Littlehampton for a walk on the beach to “blow the cobwebs away,” as my Dad says, and found myself exploring the town’s fascinating architecture… The story of Littlehampton is really the story of local...
out and about :: colour run

out and about :: colour run

There are all sorts of things you can do to improve your creativity and productivity from sticking a plant on your desk to implementing the Stephen Covey method, but sometimes there’s nothing quite as effective as taking the weekend off, letting your (multicoloured) hair down and just having a blast, which is just what I...
out and about :: coppicing with sebastian cox

out and about :: coppicing with sebastian cox

Earlier this year I had the privilege of being invited to go coppicing with furniture designer Sebastian Cox. Coppicing is an ancient method of forest management which involves cutting trees down every seven years – the trees regrow and in fact a well coppiced hazel will never die of old age. A section of the...
out and about :: clerkenwell design week 2014

out and about :: clerkenwell design week 2014

Clerkenwell Design Week, now in its fifth year, once again filled the streets of Clerkenwell with a vibrant festival atmosphere and an eye candy overdose for the design inclined. The street installations are always a highlight and I particularly enjoyed the Russ + Henshaw‘s Tile Mile, in association with Turkishceramics, which celebrated, re-interpreted and distorted...
out and about :: cdw 2014 preview

out and about :: cdw 2014 preview

I am delighted to announce that confessions of a design geek is the official blog partner for Clerkenwell Design Week again this year. Now in it’s 5th year, this local festival of design never fails to delight – and the sun usually comes out to play too. The fun starts tomorrow. I’m super excited about...
out and about :: pulse london

out and about :: pulse london

Pulse London opened at Earl’s Court yesterday, so I popped in to see what was new and shiny. This year’s theme is “First Peek,” so the emphasis was firmly on the “new.” Brand new for Pulse was Ola by Katy Goutefangea (above and last image below). Katy’s simple range of elegantly styled notebooks and papers...