In his retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, Martin Creed asks 'What's the point of it?' Michael went to find out.
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Michael went to the second of Design Council's Take 5 series, to hear from one of the heroes of his youth, Andy Altmann from Why Not Associates.
For February's Cognight, we visited 18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields for a unique form of theatre.
This multi award-winning play has transfered from the Donmar Warehouse to Wyndham's Theatre. Michael went to see why critics love it so much.
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We popped over to the Business Design Centre, 'the UK's premiere destination for modern British and contemporary art'.
We've been to Goddards traditional Pie and Mash shop for our monthly Cog Lunch.
Tom Hiddleston leads an all-star cast in the Donmar’s production of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays, Michael was there to soak up the atmosphere (and not the blood).
David Tennant takes the lead as the capricious King for the RSC's return to their one-time home at The Barbican.
The co-founder of graphic design studio 8vo on ‘Octavo', their highly influential ‘International journal of typography’.
Yesterday, we had our annual Christmas celebrations, sharing Secret Santa gifts, enjoying great food and telling awful cracker jokes.
The Xmas 2013 image created by the Cog team.
Unlike everyone else in the audience, Michael did not enjoy Director Jamie Lloyd's glitzy jukebox musical treatment of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments.
Michael was invited to a breakfast viewing of the latest exhibition at National Maritime Museum. He returned almost giddy from the experience.
November's Cog Night was a trip to see James Graham's Tory Boyz at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Day 5 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - LOXX Miniature World, Museum für Gegenwart, The Story of Berlin (with nuclear bunker)
Day 4 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie and Neue Nationalgalerie
Day 3 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Computer Spiele, Museum Für Film und Fernsehen, Dali Berlin and the Reichstag
Day 2 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Karl-Marx-Allee and Museum Island: Pergamon, Bode and Neues Museum
Day 1 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Berliner Dom and Checkpoint Charlie Museum
An introduction to Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin
We've been to the Bishopsgate Institute to hear Ruth Cherrington discuss the social history of Working Men's clubs.
In a Typographic Circle talk, Michael Johnson argued that Design Can Make a Difference. Our Michael listened and sometimes disagreed (in his head).
Michael signed up for a Museums Showoff slot. He expected quiet academics, he got a raucous room of booing and cheering. He loved it.
We've been ot the National Maritime Museum's Café for our monthly Cog lunch.
AGI is a self-proclaimed elitist club. Each year they gather for a week to chat about design, Michael wonders why they bother.
For our September Cog Night, we took a walking tour of ancient riverside buildings – discovering their connections to Shakespeare, Chaucer and the Bishops of Winchester.
Nicola has been to the Science Museum to see the Only in England photography exhibition.
Once a month or so Wolff Olins put on an inspiring talk, under the title ‘Because’, at their studios in King’s Cross. Michael went along to see what he had to say.
As part of the London Design Festival, I went to see Michael Johnson talk about museum branding at the V&A.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garrett is nestled in the roof of an early eighteenth century church near London Bridge station.
For August's Cog Lunch we paid a visit to Bianco 43 for some wood fired pizza
Michael's been to see Othello at the National Theatre. Nicholas Hytner's production gives a contemporary twist to Shakepeare's play.
For our August Cog Night, we visited Shakespeare's Globe to watch The Tempest.
For July’s monthly Cog lunch we went to The Vanbrugh, a pub described as a hidden gem in Greenwich.
We've been to the V&A for July's Cog Night, to hear two high-profile writers talk about David Bowie and the music scene of the 1970s and 80s.
For June's Cog night, the team visited the 245th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, 'the world’s largest open-submission exhibition'.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is an exhibition at the British Library, which explores international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries.
This DBA Seminar was all about how best to achieve effectiveness within design and offered perspectives from clients and agencies.
Michael's been to the National Theatre to see the much-lauded new play about the whips’ office in mid 1970s Parliament.
An open mic night for everyone who works in or loves museums; Ross made his way to The Black Heart in Camden for the May installment.
For our Cog Lunch this month we visited the Gagarin Terrace at The Royal Observatory. With a terrace over-looking Greenwich Park, we had high hopes for this al-fresco lunch.
We've been to Pick Me Up Festival at Somerset House, it's the UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival, celebrating graphic art, design and illustration.