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.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

It’s a sort of greatest hits December, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from this year. This one still really inspires me… It must be tempting to show off. When the Design Museum calls to say they want to put on a retrospective of your work, a solo...
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interview :: rhian malin

interview :: rhian malin

I met Rhian Malin at designjunction during the London Design Festival and was immediately drawn to her passion and enthusiasm. Her Hand Held Vessels collection is shaped in other people’s hands before it is fully dry and then project patterns are traced onto each one by hand. I love the contrast between the ancient making...
out and about :: biennale interieur expo

out and about :: biennale interieur expo

This year I went to Biennale Interieur for the first time. Run as a not-for-profit organisation, it is a biannual showcase of good design in the Belgian city of Kortrijk. The Expo provides the commercial side of the event and cultural events around the city support it. More on the latter next week, first, the...
coadg bursary :: deadline today

coadg bursary :: deadline today

The deadline for the 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary is at midnight tonight, so if you haven’t already submitted your application, get it in quick! One lucky winner will receive a complimentary stand at Home London, their products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop and the chance to participate in a one week...
interview :: rhian mclaren

interview :: rhian mclaren

I met Rhian McLaren when she exhibited as part of Spotted at Top Drawer during the London Design Festival. I was instantly drawn to her mid-century patterns and keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That despite their appearance, all of my fabrics are printed by hand using...
out and about :: lodz design festival

out and about :: lodz design festival

One of the most exciting things about launching Fiera Magazine, is that it allows me to go to even more design festivals to meet even more new designers! As well as Designblok in Prague, I was lucky enough to go to the Lodz Design Festival in Poland. I loved their branded bags, which read “Design won’t...
photos of numbers :: 14, 75 & 2

photos of numbers :: 14, 75 & 2

Thank you again to everyone who played last week’s #photosofnumbers Instagram challenge – some fantastic shots! It’s so much fun watching them come in every Friday. It was a tough call, but here are my top three for this week… “14,14,14” as they put it is by graphic designers @unlimiteddesign – I love shadows of...
interview :: richard brendon

interview :: richard brendon

Richard Brendon is one of those designers who has been on my radar for so long, that I am amazed I haven’t already interviewed him for the blog. He is a young London-based designer and British bone china specialist, who I first became aware of when he launched his reflective cups designed to be paired...
out and about :: art house, designblok

out and about :: art house, designblok

The third exhibition at Prague’s Designblok was held within the baroque Colloredo Mansfeld Palace, as part of the festival’s remit of opening interesting buildings to the public – the image above is a close-up of the huge wooden doors that marks its boundary. The exhibition was called Art House, a reference to the work inside...
photos of numbers :: 1,2,3,4,5, 55 & 2

photos of numbers :: 1,2,3,4,5, 55 & 2

Hello and happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who got involved in last week’s Instagram challenge – these are my favourite three… The first is from the @thebookshopat, who says “#photosofnumbers in my new street #NW10.” The 55 in the middle is from the lovely @sabinezetteler, although she does confess in the comments that it was...
coadg bursary :: open for applications

coadg bursary :: open for applications

The confessions of a design geek bursary is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever! I am delighted to be partnering with Home London again this year to offer one new designer an incredible opportunity right at the beginning of their career. The winner will receive: A complimentary stand at Home London within the bursary area of...
design for good :: lostfound

design for good :: lostfound

LostFound is a concept by Evan Gant – a ‘lost and found’ system for the modern age. 3D-printed hooks placed within the community, alongside social media, connect people with the things they’ve lost. Attention grabbing red hooks are designed to be attached to sign posts and chain link fences, which can be found in most...
interview :: tom pigeon

interview :: tom pigeon

Lovely Pigeon has become Tom Pigeon and although I’ve interviewed Lovely Pigeon founder Kirsty before, I thought it was time to interview her again alongside husband Pete, who has now joined the team. We talked inspirations, the importance of hard work, and of course favourite colours! What’s the most important thing to know about you?...