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We do lots stuff that some people wouldn’t call work. We think it gives us more interesting perspectives on our projects for clients but that might just be an excuse.

This page contains snippets of news and titbits of visual gossip from the studio and beyond.

We are an agency obsessed by design and culture; that’s how we fill our days. Many of the entries are from our monthly cultural outings that we call Cognights, you can also read our reviews and see more photos on Facebook.

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Handwritten type, in red white and blue, in the style of a Victorian billposter. The type reads 'Andy Altmann, 27th March 2014'.
Handwritten type, in red white and blue, in the style of a Victorian billposter. The type reads 'Andy Altmann, 27th March 2014'.

Andy Altmann at Design Council

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.

To the left, a sign reads 'Filing and photography are not permitted inside this auditorium at any time'. To the right, behind a glass screen, is a blurred figure of a man.
To the left, a sign reads 'Filing and photography are not permitted inside this auditorium at any time'. To the right, behind a glass screen, is a blurred figure of a man.

The Weir at Wyndham’s 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.

Disastrous dates

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man and woman looking at painting
man and woman looking at painting

The London Art Fair 2014

We popped over to the Business Design Centre, 'the UK's premiere destination for modern British and contemporary art'.

An illuminated sign, the word 'Donmar' within a brick recess.
An illuminated sign, the word 'Donmar' within a brick recess.

Coriolanus at Donmar Warehouse

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).

Cog Christmas 2013

Yesterday, we had our annual Christmas celebrations, sharing Secret Santa gifts, enjoying great food and telling awful cracker jokes.

Large, red, glittering lettering of the words The Commitments
Large, red, glittering lettering of the words The Commitments

The Commitments

Unlike everyone else in the audience, Michael did not enjoy Director Jamie Lloyd's glitzy jukebox musical treatment of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments.

A vertical hanging banner with the words Turner & the Sea printed in white on a painted background.
A vertical hanging banner with the words Turner & the Sea printed in white on a painted background.

Turner & the Sea

Michael was invited to a breakfast viewing of the latest exhibition at National Maritime Museum. He returned almost giddy from the experience.

A warehouse style room with vaulted ceiling, the polished grey floor houses various sculptures
A warehouse style room with vaulted ceiling, the polished grey floor houses various sculptures

Cultural Berlin - Day 5

Day 5 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - LOXX Miniature World, Museum für Gegenwart, The Story of Berlin (with nuclear bunker)

A wide, neoclassical building with many columns along its front
A wide, neoclassical building with many columns along its front

Cultural Berlin - Day 4

Day 4 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Gemäldegalerie and Neue Nationalgalerie

Looking up through a circular roof, constructed from sail-like strips of material
Looking up through a circular roof, constructed from sail-like strips of material

Cultural Berlin - Day 3

Day 3 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Computer Spiele, Museum Für Film und Fernsehen, Dali Berlin and the Reichstag

The statue of a man on a horse, in a large, marble atrium
The statue of a man on a horse, in a large, marble atrium

Cultural Berlin - Day 2

Day 2 of Michael's five-day cultural excursion to Berlin - Karl-Marx-Allee and Museum Island: Pergamon, Bode and Neues Museum

Michael Johnson at St Bride’s

In a Typographic Circle talk, Michael Johnson argued that Design Can Make a Difference. Our Michael listened and sometimes disagreed (in his head).

A man talking to a crowd in front of a screen
A man talking to a crowd in front of a screen

Museums Showoff

Michael signed up for a Museums Showoff slot. He expected quiet academics, he got a raucous room of booing and cheering. He loved it.

View of Tower Bridge
View of Tower Bridge

Brothels, Bishops And Bards

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.

Tony Ray-Jones image of man and woman in field having picnic at fold away table, they are dressed formally and there are cows in the background
Tony Ray-Jones image of man and woman in field having picnic at fold away table, they are dressed formally and there are cows in the background

Only In England

Nicola has been to the Science Museum to see the Only in England photography exhibition.

Anthony Burrill at Wolff Olins

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.

Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garrett is nestled in the roof of an early eighteenth century church near London Bridge station.

A building with a piece of artwork draped over the front.
A building with a piece of artwork draped over the front.

RA Summer Exhibition

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

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is an exhibition at the British Library, which explores international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries.

a close up image of This House poster
a close up image of This House poster

This House by James Graham

Michael's been to the National Theatre to see the much-lauded new play about the whips’ office in mid 1970s Parliament.

View of stage through a crowd
View of stage through a crowd

Museums Show Off

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.

Picture of three men and two women in front of a statue
Picture of three men and two women in front of a statue

The Gagarin Terrace

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.

4 women and 3 men mid-jump by water fountains
4 women and 3 men mid-jump by water fountains

Pick Me Up

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.

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