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.
interview :: matej chabera

interview :: matej chabera

I met Matej Chabera at his graduate show at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and I was blown away by his hard work and dedication – he was presenting not one, but four final projects! When I asked him why, he looked at me a little blankly and said,...
out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

The countdown to the 2014 London Design Festival has begun – the fun starts on Saturday! This year’s theme is “Lose Yourself in Design.” There are over 300 events, so to help make sure you do that metaphorically, but not literally, I have trawled through all 208 pages of the...
creative spaces :: sagmeister and walsh

creative spaces :: sagmeister and walsh

If you’re going to install a video camera in the ceiling of your studio and use the live feed as the homepage of your website, your studio better be pretty damn nice. And Sagmeister & Walsh’s studio is certainly that. I have been cooing over their space ever since I...
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photos of numbers :: 23, 2 & 3

photos of numbers :: 23, 2 & 3

I jetted off to Bergen for a flying 24 hour visit and a sneak preview of London Design Festival’s 100% Norway this week. It was lots of fun and Bergen is really beautiful – explore post with more on that coming soon. In the meantime, Bergen also boasts some pretty cool numbers… One of my...
here's one I made earlier :: emma alington's with a twist

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

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. We might have already had the behind-the-scenes tour of her studio, but this is a making method that warrants further investigation! “Everything begins with a ball...
interview :: pattern foundry

interview :: pattern foundry

Founder Richard Rhys describes the Pattern Foundry as “a conceptual factory” where existing ideas and archival materials collide with the new to produce designs. He translates these new pattern-based designs into objects such as ceramics, textiles, carpets, etc. The patterns are stunning and Richard has even worked with one of my heroes, Wim Crouwel, so...
out and about :: temple of agape

out and about :: temple of agape

Martin Luther King said, “I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh...
photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

I might have been on a complete break in Cornwall, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few numbers while I was there. The 324 was on the side of a boat in a tiny fishing village on The Lizard called Cadgwith Cove. The 202 on a pebble is a table number in the grounds of...
creative spaces :: hector & haddock

creative spaces :: hector & haddock

Justine Wall aka Hector & Haddock has a studio in her 1650s thatched cottage on Salisbury Plain, from where she creates linocut, letterpress and screen print designs inspired by, and often incorporating, paper ephemera and traditional printing methods. She describes her cottage as looking “like it’s been iced with Royal Icing and topped with Shredded...
interview :: hokolo

interview :: hokolo

I met Hokolo founder Jen at Pulse back in May and was immediately taken with her bright, bold designs. I was keen to find out more about what inspired them and where that name comes from… What’s the most important thing to know about you? My background is in architecture, I love working with materials...
out and about :: cornish inspiration

out and about :: cornish inspiration

Carl Jung proposed that anything taken to extreme becomes its opposite. When you do what you love for a living, the temptation is to work really hard and to work all the time. The danger is, that taken to extreme, the thing you love can become a thing you hate. I don’t ever want this...
photos of numbers :: 0123456, 22 & 20

photos of numbers :: 0123456, 22 & 20

One of the things I love about this column is that people have started sending me their photos of numbers via social media! I love that my little nerdy obsession has crept into other people’s lives! So, this week I thought I would share some of my recent favourites… London based interior design studio Born...
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 found wood and local granite....
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…...
photos of numbers :: 64554, 12345678 & 17

photos of numbers :: 64554, 12345678 & 17

Paul Smith said, “You can find inspiration in everything – and if you can’t, look again.” So, taking him at his word, I decided to try to find all my numbers of this week’s post during my commute. And it turns out, Mr Smith was right – you can find inspiration in everything. I found...