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Hello, we’re Cog. We help arts organisations inspire their audiences, through websites, branding, campaigns and editorial design. We partner with many of the most interesting arts clients in the UK.

We work exclusively in the world of arts, culture and visitor attractions. Our specialism affords us efficiencies because we understand audiences, ticketing systems, shops, collections, fundraising, and the culture of arts organisations. But we are never complacent. We know that every audience, every team and every communication challenge is unique; that’s what inspires us.

We are a studio-based team, without silos. Our designers, developers and project managers work in partnership (with each other and with our clients) throughout every project.

Our work comes from an audience-focused approach; we bring decades of marketing, design and communication experience to every project, alongside unparalleled technical expertise.

Forming long-term, productive working partnerships with brilliant people is our main priority. You’ll know our clients so we encourage you to contact to ask how well we work together.

Email: hello@cogdesign.com
Tel: 020 8269 1800

Visit: www.cogdesign.com



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Sustainable websites
Cog share their approach to sustainable websites, looking at website hosting, server updates and efficiency in data processing among other issues...
Tags: Websites that Work

Introducing Google Analytics 4
Google have updated their Analytics platform recently. In this blog post, Emily from Cog takes a look at some of the key changes in Google Analytics 4.
Tags: Metrics & Data | Platforms & Tools

Live-streaming: frequently asked FAQs
Here are our top ten tips for writing the best FAQs for live-streamed events.
Tags: Platforms & Tools

Live-streaming: watching on TV
A lot of your audience will want to view your live content through their TV. What are the options?
Tags: Audience Behaviour | Content Creation

Arts Index 2020
June saw the launch of the latest edition of Arts Index – a statistical health check on the state of the arts in England and the UK. Michael tells us about it.
Tags: Research

In it together
With the arts sector in crisis, would it be sensible to pivot to another sector? Probably. Are we going to do that? Absolutely not. Michael explains why.
Tags: Business Planning

8 things we’ve learnt from 8 months of lockdown
It’s been just over eight months since Cog closed their studio in mid-March. Ed, Studio Manager guides us through the top eight takeaways from the situation.

Marlowe Theatre: rebrand case study
The challenges of the brief included the sensitivities of being a Council run project, with an independent delivery team, in a world heritage site. Cog share the process and outcomes.
Tags: Websites that Work

The essence of arts audiences: design case study
Cog designed eight new identities for Morris Hargreaves McIntyre’s Culture Segments audience mapping tool
Tags: Content Creation

Rich Mix rebrand and website: case study
Cog help Rich Mix with a quick overhaul of their website, to resolve the complexity and simplify the ticketing integration that a previous website project had introduced.
Tags: Websites that Work




What our clients say

Cog listened and evaluated to help us establish a strategy for the new site and clear brief for the design team. Everyone says that building a new website is really stressful but we knew we were in safe hands with Cog. We couldn’t be happier with the result and we have been very proud to share the site.

Lucy Fox – Head of Communications, Candoco Dance Company


Cog embedded themselves in our team, they came to shows, drank in our bar and really got to know us. That insight meant we trusted them and took risks in creating a unique design for the site. Their solution perfectly meets the needs of our audiences and eclectic projects and programming.

Peter Flynn – Sales & Marketing Director, Soho Theatre


The team at Cog carefully considered the needs of our audiences and created an entirely bespoke ‘build your day’ functionality that has transformed the way people book their tickets – minimising phone calls and upping our ticket sales. Working with Cog was a pleasure from start to finish.

Jess Ziebland – Head of Marketing, Discover Children’s Story Centre


Cog made the somewhat daunting process of a brand new website not only easy and stress-free, but positively enjoyable, and all the team were such a pleasure to work with.

Richard Matthews – Head of Marketing and Development, Graeae


Cog guided us through what might otherwise have been a complex and intimidating undertaking. The site captures the essence of why people come to live comedy at the Store. And they turned our complex booking procedure into a simple, intuitive online interface. We couldn’t be happier.

Sébastien Ward – Director, The Comedy Store


Cog managed the complex process and made it feel simple…early engagement from across the organisation fed smoothly into the design and development processes, and has led to a new website the whole team is hugely proud of. We look forward to a long working partnership.

Connie Churcher – Digital Manager, Horniman Museum and Gardens


The Belgrade is a theatre that focuses on sharing stories with its communities, and it has people at its heart, so it was great that Cog understood that from the start and subsequently brought such a human-centred approach to the technical challenges of redesigning and building our site.

Ray Clenshaw – Communications Manager, Belgrade Theatre


Rebranding an organisation like The Place was never going to be a simple task, but Anna and the Cog team guided us through with tact and efficiency. They built trust with our team which led us to bold solutions and a rebrand we are hugely proud of.

Caroline Schreiber – Director of Communications, The Place


The team at Cog were brilliant throughout our winter marketing campaign – from delivering a range of imaginative and workable concepts, to practical aspects such as finding photographers and setting up shoots. We had a really professional yet fun working relationship.

Jennifer Edwards – Marketing Officer, South Bank London