Katie writes for print publications such as Crafts Magazine, the Guardian, Stylist, Elle Decoration, Icon, OnOffice, and Ideal Home, and for online publications such as Design Milk, The Spaces, AnOther Magazine, Norwegian Arts and Dezeen. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015, The Residents, for which she wrote the foreword, was published in 2016 and she is currently working on a third book, due out in the autumn of 2017.
“I feel grateful and lucky to have Katie as part of my team.” Jaime Derringer, Design Milk
Visiting at least ten international design festivals every year gives Katie a unique insight into emerging talent, breaking trends and the very latest in design thinking – to the extent that she is called upon by the likes of Monocle24, Design Week and the Independent for commentary. She was one of a panel of industry experts called upon to nominate designers for both the 2017 V&A Jameel Prize and the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in Furniture Design, and served as a judge for the Dulux Colour Awards in 2015. She also volunteers as a Specialist for the Design Council's Spark programme, mentoring new designers and entrepreneurs.
“Katie’s opinions and insights have an invaluable and considered clarity, informed by her tireless coverage of the design world’s densest trade shows.” Josh Fehnert, Monocle
In 2010, Katie launched the award-winning confessions of a design geek, which ran for seven years, becoming the UK’s leading online magazine for product and furniture design. In 2014, she launched Fiera, the magazine discovering new talent at the world's design fairs. Four issues were published over two years and it was nominated for Magpile’s Best New Magazine and shortlisted for Stack’s Best Launch and Best Use of Illustration awards. Katie also created, executed and edited a new concept for Maggie's in-house magazine, Maggie's Matters. The understanding this gives her of the logistical side of running a design publication makes her an incredibly safe pair of hands as a writer – and Katie also offers consultancy on every stage of magazine and blog production from ideas to execution.
“Fiera is a textbook example of how to launch and build an engaging, reader-friendly and visually striking magazine.” Robert Newman, Newmanology
Katie has curated exhibitions, talks and workshop programmes, and commissioned window installations for clients including Desso, Clerkenwell London, UBM, and Tent London, around themes such as emerging talent, ‘design undefined’, and the maker movement in East London.
“Katie introduces us to some wonderful designers – we could never have dreamt of working with the sort of emerging talent she commissions and curates for us. Her endless enthusiasm and inspirational ideas help us to deliver really outstanding campaigns.” Louise Palmer, PR for Desso
A confident and engaging public speaker, Katie has chaired panel events and interviewed designers in front of a live audience for events including 100% Design, Tent London, designjunction, Milliken, Desso, Stack, magCulture, and Clerkenwell London.
“Kenneth Grange just dropped me an email to say how impressed he was with you after you were ‘In Conversation With' him at Clerkenwell Design Week.” Kathryn Dighton, PR for Anglepoise
Katie has contributed to product design research for Samsung, Panasonic and For People research and lectured in brand strategy and communications at London College of Communication (LCC) – part of the University of the Arts London (UAL), at Plymouth College of Art (PCA), at Regent’s University, and at The Hive Conference in Helsinki.
"Katie really brought the subject to life, leaving me feeling inspired and motivated to tackle that side of my business." Zoe Tynan-Campbell, founder of Stumped Studio and student at LCC
Content consultant and copy writer
Combining her editorial expertise with a background of 12 years in marketing and brand strategy at top London advertising agencies, Katie is an adept content consultant and copywriter. Following Pentagram's rebrand of design-led cancer charity Maggie's, she created a Lexicon to sit alongside Pentagram’s visual guidelines and re-crafted all of Maggie's written content. She has since worked on everything from helping design brands to shape their communications strategies to writing thought leadership pieces, creating documentary films and writing website content and press releases. She also ghost writes opinion pieces and blogs for leading figures in the design industry.
“Katie was a joy to work with on the Emma Shipley docu-film: professional, thoughtful, well prepared and totally natural…” Ian Burn, Camira Fabrics Ltd