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.
out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

Despite being one of the biggest consumer goods fairs in the world, Ambiente Frankfurt has so far eluded me, so I was over the moon to make my first trip there last weekend. Between Ambiente Talent, Next, Design Plus and the German Design Award, the investment in new talent is...
out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

Greenhouse is the reason I brave the snow in Stockholm every February. The Stockholm Furniture Fair‘s showcase of design graduates and new designers, it’s always an amazing place to spot new talent and meet passionate designers. The space was designed by Note Design Studio, for the third year running, with slightly...
out and about :: northmodern

out and about :: northmodern

My first overseas trade show of the year was a new one – Northmodern in Copenhagen. I was really excited to be back in a city I visited for the first time only last August and keen to check out the new design talent at the show. One of the first...
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here's one I made earlier :: emma alington's with a twist

here’s one I made earlier :: emma alington’s with a twist

I’m sharing some of the best posts of 2014 throughout this month, and I love Emma Alington’s surface pattern design technique which mostly involves blowing bubbles… Emma Alington is forever blowing bubbles! Her With A Twist collection is decorated by blowing bubbles in soapy water and underglaze before applying the bubbly result to the surface....
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

December is “Greatest Hits” month, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from the past year – this interview with Florrie + Bill founder Amy Cawson has been one of the most popular posts this year… Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather...
out and about :: littlehampton

out and about :: littlehampton

How about a little blast of summer on this winter’s day? Here’s post I first wrote in June of this year, about the fascinating seaside town of 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...
feature :: concrete; the quintessential hard stuff

feature :: concrete; the quintessential hard stuff

All this month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts for 2014 – you can have too much concrete… I work as a freelance design writer as well as writing this blog and in that work, I really enjoy writing feature articles; they allow a more in-depth look at a subject than is possible on a blog....
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...
design for good :: kangaroo cups

design for good :: kangaroo cups

This month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts of 2014 and I loved the story of 11 year old Lily, who invented a cup that you can’t knock over… I am always inspired by young designers, but they’re not often quite as young as Lily Born. Lily’s grandfather has Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition...
interview :: jessica walsh

interview :: jessica walsh

This month I’m sharing my favourite posts from 2014, and this is one my favourite interviews of all time, with the incredibly talented 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...
out and about :: desso best in class exhibition

out and about :: desso best in class exhibition

Earlier this year, I was honoured to be asked by Desso to curate an exhibition of design graduates’ work entitled Best in Class. I scoured degree shows up and down the country and selected work by six incredible new designers. Inventor and founder of the Special Projects studio in London, Adrian Westaway who spoke at...
feature :: the law of jante

feature :: the law of jante

I’m sharing some of my favourite 2014 posts throughout December – this one was actually inspired by the interview with Petter that I shared on Tuesday… As I typed the pleasingly alliterative phrase ‘Danish design duo’ for the umpteenth time, it struck me how often I’ve met Scandinavian designers working in pairs or teams, versus...
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...
here's one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

here’s one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

This month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from 2014 – I loved Kirsi Enkovaara approach to pattern creation – really clever, with stunning results… I spotted Kirsi Enkovaara‘s final project Landscape of Gravity at Show RCA 2014, the Royal College of Art’s degree show. Being a girl who loves water and printing, I...
interview :: petter johansson

interview :: petter johansson

I’m sharing some of my favourite post from this year all throughout December – I loved meeting Petter and am still really inspired by his experimental approach to creativity… Whenever I visit a city for Design Week, alongside the organised events, I always try to meet up with some locally based new designers. By a...