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.
interview :: head & haft

interview :: head & haft

I spotted Head & Haft at Platform during Clerkenwell Design Week and then again at One Year On at New Designers and have been trying to pin founder Chris Thorpe down for an interview ever since, especially as he hails from my home county of Cornwall, and uses materials like...
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...
design for good :: the bradley timepiece

design for good :: the bradley timepiece

The Bradley Timepiece was originally designed for blind people. Its titanium body contains a magnet that rotates two ball bearings allowing people to tell the time just by touching it. One ball moves around in a groove in the watch face, indicating minutes, while the hour ball moves around its...
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photos of numbers :: 323, 2 & 1212

photos of numbers :: 323, 2 & 1212

Hello and happy Friday! Another selection of numbers I’ve spotted on my travels for you – the 323 is my race number for my second ever 10K this weekend – eeek, what have I done?! The 2 in the middle is from the Grafik relaunch party a couple of weeks ago and the 1s and...
fiera :: in the press again

fiera :: in the press again

Fiera Magazine has been getting more coverage in the press and on blogs, so I thought I would share some of it with you here. “A collaboration between MagCulture’s Jeremy Leslie and journalist Katie Treggiden, Fiera is a new model of design magazine crowd-funded by readers – but how will it stand out in such...
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...
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...
photos of numbers :: 191, 5,6,8 & 1

photos of numbers :: 191, 5,6,8 & 1

Afternoon all! Thank you so much to those of you who made it to last night’s Fiera Magazine launch and to all of you who have pledged so far – more on that later! First, I have some numbers for you… The first one was spotted on my way to a writing job. I often...
fiera :: launch event

fiera :: launch event

Last night was the official launch party for Fiera Magazine and it was fantastic! Over 100 people came along to The New Craftsmen and we broke through the £3k mark, putting us at 25% of our funding target within just four days of launching! Amazing! I want to say a huge thank you to those...
fiera :: in the press

fiera :: in the press

Fiera Magazine has been getting some fantastic press coverage, so I thought I would share some of it with you. “Hang the bunting, strike up the band and let loose the fireworks, for our very own Katie Treggiden is launching a new print magazine,” said We Heart‘s Executive Editor Rob Wilkes. “The new magazine will...
creative spaces :: james uk

creative spaces :: james uk

I bumped into the ever lovely James Harrison at Clerkenwell Design Week and as we got chatting we discovered that I spend two days every week in the building right next door to his studio! So I couldn’t not pop in and have a nose around… He’s based in a shared workspace in London’s Stoke...
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...
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...
fiera :: live on kickstarter

fiera :: live on kickstarter

For anyone who missed last week’s news, I am working with magCulture‘s Jeremy Leslie to launch Fiera, an independent print magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. I am very excited to announce that The Kickstarter campaign is now live, so you can pre-order your copy now. A huge thank you to everyone...
photos of numbers :: 40, 32 & 79

photos of numbers :: 40, 32 & 79

Hello, hello! This week, number 40 comes all the way from Copenhagen and I absolutely love it – that 4! Number 32 comes from much closer to home – James Harrison’s studio to be specific – creative spaces post to follow! And number 79 is back in Copenhagen. Good numbers spotting over there! Have a...