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 Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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...
interview :: rob ryan

interview :: rob ryan

I have been a Rob Ryan fan since his entire studio decamped to Somerset House for the very first Pick Me Up, a graphic art exhibition now in its fourth year. So I was very excited to finally get the chance to interview the man himself… What’s the most important...
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...
here's one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

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

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 was intrigued to find out more. Kirsi has created a printing technique that aims to capture the movement of water and...
interview :: sam osborne

interview :: sam osborne

Graphic designer and illustrator Sam Osborne has been on my periphery for a little while now, so it was really exciting to finally see her designs properly and get to know her a little better. We talked colour, science fiction B-movies, and plain old hard work… What’s the most important thing...
fiera :: we did it!!

fiera :: we did it!!

We did it! Fiera Magazine has just hit its Kickstarter target! I can’t quite believe it… Thank you so much to every single one of you who pledged, whether it was £1 or £1,000. Thank you for tweeting, Facebooking, emailing, and telling your friends. Thank you to everyone who’s given...
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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...
fiera :: making a kickstarter page

fiera :: making a kickstarter page

We’ve been hard at work getting everything ready to the launch the KIckstarter campaign that will fund Fiera Magazine, with the help of a few friends, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a few thank yous. Firstly a huge thank you to Yeshen Venema for shooting our dummy magazine for us....
design for good :: braigo

design for good :: braigo

A 12-year boy has designed an open-source braille printer made from Lego. Having spotted a flyer that came through the door of his Californian home raising money for the visually impaired, Shubham Banerjee did some online research and discovered that braille printers cost $2,000 – putting them completely out of reach for most people. Using...
interview :: felix proctor

interview :: felix proctor

I spotted new designer Felix Proctor’s work at Platform in the House of Detention during Clerkenwell Design Week, but didn’t get to meet the man himself, so I was keen to catch up with him afterwards. We talked about the difference between art and design, music to design by, and getting chainsaws stuck in trees…...
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...
photos of numbers :: 9, 5 & 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,0

photos of numbers :: 9, 5 & 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,0

  The number 9 at the top was taken as we cycled past Kaf Bar on a lovely sunny Friday and the assortment of numbers at the bottom was inside two days later as we sheltered from the rain. And the 5 in the middle was of course my trusty stead for the weekend. Have...