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.
Posts tagged "craft"
design for good :: shake the dust

design for good :: shake the dust

Named after a rousing poem by Anis Mojgani, Shake the Dust is a social enterprise founded by Kathy Shenoy in late 2012 after she spent three years living in Africa, working on craft and design projects. Shake The Dust creates collaborations and opportunities for emerging British designers and skilled makers in developing countries – through...
interview :: the new craftsmen

interview :: the new craftsmen

I’ve been talking a lot about the Danish concept of Hygge lately and about how this year I want to slow down and enjoy what Christmas is really about, which for me is being grateful for what I’ve got and sharing good food and good times with the people I love. So far I’ve talked...
interview :: stitch by stitch

interview :: stitch by stitch

I met Karen, one half of Stitch by Stitch, via twitter when I was putting together my Design for Good panel for Clerkenwell Design Week. By that point, I’d already found Kathy of Shake the Dust to talk about using producers in the developing world, but Karen’s story captured my imagination, so I wanted to...
out and about :: craftica

out and about :: craftica

I am usually pretty cynical when it comes to big brands trying to ‘engage with a design audience,’ particularly when those brands fall outside of my, admittedly fairly arbitrary, definition of design. (Furniture design and product design in, for example, fashion design and automotive design out. I did say it was arbitrary – I have never won...
interview :: kirstie allsopp

interview :: kirstie allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp seems to divide people into two camps… well, I am a huge fan and proud to say so. I absolutely love her! I love her honesty and the fact she has the courage of her convictions – and I think what’s she’s doing for British craft through shows like Kirstie’s Home Made Home is really...
out and about :: origin

out and about :: origin

I was so happy that I made it to Origin this year, having missed it last year. Focused on contemporary craft, it’s got a slightly different vibe from other shows at the London Design Festival and features a wonderful array of everything from understated craftsmanship to the positively quirky. Here are my favourites… I’m a big fan...
creative spaces :: allan manham

creative spaces :: allan manham

Allan Manham's pots have a wonderful organic quality that drew me to them from the first time I saw them. So you can imagine how excited I was when Allan agreed to show me around his studio.
here's one I made earlier :: yellow owl workshop

here’s one I made earlier :: yellow owl workshop

I love the Yellow Owl Workshop so I was very excited indeed to hear that Christine and Evan were coming to London, for the launch of Christine’s new book, Print Workshop. So excited in fact that I booked the afternoon of work and went along to Urban Outfitters in Spitalfields for the launch, and I’m very glad...
out and about :: origin

out and about :: origin

I am very sad to have been greeted by these closed doors when I excitedly arrived at Origin. Happily, some of my fellow bloggers were luckier and so here are my best bits of their best bits
thinking about :: design democracy

thinking about :: design democracy

For me, design democracy is sites like made.com and ponoko.com that give users involvement in designing the products they buy, it's the public day at 100% Design, it's furniture design courses at CSM, it lets me have not only access to all the glorious design out there, but also the chance to engage with it...
out and about :: campana brothers

out and about :: campana brothers

The Design Museum Camapana Bothers talk was a fascinating insight into Brazillian culture and the Campana brothers' design process.