Katie Treggiden

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.

Website - katietreggiden.com

If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
Ha ha - what a terrifying thought! Can I have a few accessories? The ultimate action blogger would need: a MacBook Air, a Moleskine diary, a Staedtler HB pencil with a rubber on the end, an iPhone and a dSLR.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
I have wanted to be a writer since I was five years old, but it wasn't until I discovered my passion for design that I found my muse. Like most people I spent the first couple of years of my career saying yes to everything in order to get experience. Once I had established myself, I decided exactly what I wanted to do and have pursued that with a laser-like focus ever since!

What’s something you know you do differently to most people?
There are people who work to live and there are people who live to work - I'm definitely in the latter category. I really believe that the work I'm doing now in discovering and championing new designers is my life's work, so I am absolutely committed to getting it right. While that's probably different to most people, I'm lucky enough to have a found a tribe of people in the design industry who feel the same way about their work and they mean the world to me.

What product or event inspired you to to get involved with the design world?
I went to an exhibition at the V&A called Modernism: Designing A New World in 2006 and it opened my eyes to design as a tool to make the world a better place. I was hooked from that moment and haven't looked back since.

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
That's a really difficult question! Perhaps Charles and Ray Eames' leg splint? A wonderful example of good design in so many ways.