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. Makers of East London, was published in 2015, The Residents, for which she wrote the foreword, was published in 2016 and her third book, Urban Potters: Makers in the City was published by Ludion and distributed by Thames & Hudson / Abrams in September 2017.
“I can always count on Katie to find the best design both locally and globally. Her respect and admiration for makers and the written word shines through.” Jaime Derringer, Design Milk
Katie has 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 has contributed to product design research for Samsung, Panasonic and For People and was one of a panel of industry experts invited to nominate designers for both the 2017 V&A Jameel Prize and the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in Furniture Design. She also volunteers as a Specialist for the Design Council's Spark programme, mentoring new designers and entrepreneurs, and sits on the Arts and Communications committee for charity Standing Voice.
“Katie cuts through the bluff and bluster of trends to eke out the underlying ideas shaping the design industry. As a critic and commentator in print, online or radio, her reporting and analysis enriches the debate with hard-gleaned insight, clarity and charm.” – Josh Fehnert, Monocle 24
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 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 Milliken, Desso, Clerkenwell London, UBM, and Tent London, around themes such as 'Creativity in the City,' emerging talent, ‘design undefined’, and the maker movement in East London. She often works with a brand to develop their strategy for a given event such as the London Design Festival and then puts together the programme of events, commissioning content and securing high profile speakers that will help to meet coverage and visitor number targets.
“Katie never ceases to delight and deliver. She is straight talking and intuitive with a firm finger on the pulse. She is also a superb commercial matchmaker with a great nose for a story.” Malin Cunningham, Hattrick PR for Desso / Tarkett
A confident and engaging public speaker, Katie has given talks, 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. Katie has 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 spoken at The Hive Conference in Helsinki.
“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
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