About

Diary of a Tile Addict

Joe SimpsonIn case you hadn’t guessed, I’m a self-certified tile fanatic.

I have been writing about the tile industry for more than 25 years.  I started this blog to share some of my knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, ceramic tiles.  I also wanted to shine a light on the many artists, architects and designers who produce wonderful work around the globe using ceramic tiles.

To give you some personal background, I was the Founding Editor of Tile UK back in 1996.  Today I am the Editor of three tile-related publications in the UK: Tile & Stone Journal, The Specifier’s Guide to Ceramic Tile & Calibrated Natural Stone; and TDY: Tile Design Yearbook.  And, as I like being busy, I am also International Correspondent for Tile Today and Discovering Stone, both published in Australia.

I have edited many B2B interiors and architectural magazines in my time, but I am most proud of having founded ECO magazine; possibly the first mainstream sustainable architecture magazine in the UK.  And, in 2009, I had the great honour of being named International Journalist of the Year by the Spanish tile trade association ASCER.

I am a regular speaker in two main areas: architecture and ceramic tiling; and have ‘entertained’ audiences at RIBA, various London Boroughs and County Councils, The UK Earth Sheltering Association and a spectrum of UK and international exhibitions including Interbuild, Design Interiors, UK Construction Week and Coverings.

My aim with Diary of a Tile Addict is share with other tile enthusiasts key trends in tile design, significant architectural and interior design projects that get the best out of tiles, technological developments that are driving the ceramic tile sector forward, and breaking news from tile exhibitions around the world.

I will also introduce readers to some of the talented and inspiring individuals who help make the ceramic tile world so creatively diverse, technically advanced and intellectually fascinating.

So, this is the ceramic tile world as I know, love and experience it.

I hope you enjoy sharing it with me!

Joe