About

Working exclusively in the cultural and heritage sector, we distil complex messages into simple, inspired, intelligent communication that demands attention.

You can call it consulting, branding, design, marketing or advertising. We don’t care what it’s called as long as you’re delighted with the results.

Passionate about culture

We are an agency obsessed with design and culture; that’s how we fill our days and nights. We have a monthly cultural outing that we call Cog Nights.

We firmly believe in the power of culture to transform lives. We work pro-bono to lobby for greater public funding and recognition in education.


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Our studio team

Cog Design has a core, full-time team, based in our studio in Greenwich, plus a distributed network across Europe. We operate a flat and flexible creative structure; everyone is involved in the creative output of every project.

As part of our expansion into digital services, we acquired the business of the respected web agency, Red Leader, in 2014.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

A designer by training, Michael founded Cog Design in 1991 and has managed the development of the company ever since.

He takes the lead on large-scale branding or complex communications projects and provides a creative overview of all of the studio’s output.

Beyond the studio, Michael is a Fellow of the RSA, an occasional lecturer in branding and design, a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts, and a regular contributor to design journals.

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Jack Bazeley-Harris

Jack Bazeley-Harris

Jack is our Head of Digital.

With a wealth of client and agency experience, Jack joined us in January to head up our digital team.

Most recently he was Website and Digital Manager at Heritage Lottery Fund and before that he spent more than three years as Digital Manager
at Shakespeare’s Globe.

With a degree in fine art, Jack combines an aesthetic sensibility with in-depth technical knowledge and a passion for delivering the best of both.

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AMA conference 2017

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Our highlights and top-tips from the Arts Marketing Association’s 2017 conference, titled ‘The Value of Everything’,… more

Becca Muir

Becca Muir

Becca is a designer and illustrator by training which gives her a great grounding as one of our experienced project managers.

She is the first point of contact for many clients and she juggles the demands of our designers and the workload of our development team, here and abroad. She’s also hands-on in the day-to-day running of projects, making updates and running training sessions.

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Anna Serocold

Anna Serocold

Anna cut her teeth with some of London’s best agencies, working with arts clients such as Royal Academy.

She leads many of our large-scale projects, including branding, editorial and campaigns.

Anna also takes the creative lead on website projects for some of our highest profile clients.

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Matt Olczak

Matt Olczak

We persuaded Matt to join us after being hugely impressed by his portfolio of work for organisations such as SOAS and British Museum.

He’s an accomplished designer and typographer and takes the lead on numerous high-profile web, branding and campaign projects.

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Dan Cox

Dan Cox

After six years with the creative marketing agency ArtScience, we persuaded Dan to join us in 2016.

He takes the lead on projects for King’s College London and Wimbledon Foundation, and has been working on major website commissions that we’ll be launching soon.

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Emily Rozan

Emily Rozan

Emily is our Studio Manager. If you call or call in then it’s Emily you’ll speak to first; she’s also does our bookkeeping and maintains our impeccable admin systems.

A design graduate from Ravensbourne she provides and maintains the perfect studio environment for our creative team to thrive.

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Tom Rowlands

Tom Rowlands

Tom has a degree in History and Politics from UWE, but has pursued a career in project management since becoming fascinated by websites at university.

Since joining the Cog team, he’s taking the lead on a number of client relationships, leading new build and ongoing website projects.

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The rest of our team

In addition to our London base, we also have an international reach. We have a network of developers and designers across Europe. And, we have a pool of trusted Associates with specialist skills in the UK that we know we can trust, including developers, photographers, copywriters, illustrators and many more.

Razvan Merla

Razvan Merla

Working from Romania, Razvan is an extremely experienced web developer, working across many digital platforms and content management systems.

His vast number of websites includes our work for Turner Contemporary, University of Essex, Live Art Development Agency and Creative United.

He also manages much of our eflyer, desktop applications and digital publishing work.

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Zoltán Király

Zoltán Király

As well as having a fabulous name, Zoltan is also a brilliant web developer, specialising in WordPress sites.

Zoltan is based in central Romania so he’s in constant contact via Skype. He’s our lead developer on many high-profile projects, including Art on the Underground.

In his spare time, Zoltan DJs under the name Silver Boy.

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Sam Scott Wood

Sam Scott Wood

Sam was our Head of Digital before setting up her own consultancy in 2017.

She has a dozen years experience in the cultural sector, working in marketing, development and digital roles.

She is brilliant at all things digital and comms related – especially in areas of strategy and planning for large, complex projects.

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Tim Etchells

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Visual artist, writer and performer Tim Etchells wanted a clean, uncluttered site that would showcase his… more

Ocky Murray

Ocky Murray

Ocky studied typographic design and gained an MA from Edinburgh. After three years at the international branding consultancy, Navyblue he joined the Cog team in 2006.

He was part of our full-time team for nine years, working on big projects, including the London Jazz Festival, Antony Gormley’s One & Other, and branding for Cast and The Marlowe Theatre. In 2015 he moved to become a freelance associate but he’s hardly been out of our studio ever since.

Ocky’s passion for typography extends to an obsession for abandoned signs and faded advertising.

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Pox!

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They say love is blind. But is it also covered in boils, shedding hair, and missing… more