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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We’re recruiting

We are looking for at least two new team members.

And we’re always delighted to hear from great people who want to be be part of our team, full time or freelance.

Experienced project manager (digital)
We need someone with the perfect mix of technical, creative, practical and personable; a confident project manager, a thoughtful negotiator, and a creative problem solver.

Experienced designer
We need a confident, articulate, intelligent designer to get stuck-in and work across branding, digital, editorial and campaigns for some of the UK’s most exciting arts clients.

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 Executive Chair at the National Campaign for the Arts, a Fellow of the RSA, an occasional lecturer in branding and design 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 2017 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 2018

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Categories: Insights, Opinions

Jack’s highlights and top-tips from the Arts Marketing Association’s 2018 conference, titled ‘The Power of Play’,… more

Anna Serocold

Anna Serocold

Anna is our design lead

Anna joined us in 2015. She leads our design team and oversees the day-to-day creative output of the studio.

She manages many of our larger and higher profile projects, working across branding, digital, campaigns and editorial design.

As well as client work, Anna oversees our monthly cultural calendar, commissioning a bespoke illustration and curating the content.

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Alex Conway

Alex Conway

A music graduate who conducts an orchestra in his spare time, Alex knows how to get the best out of people.

As one of our digital project managers he is detail driven and amazes us with his ability to juggle tasks and keep all the balls in the air.

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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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Em Storey

Em Storey

Em is a versatile all-rounder. With an MA in graphic design and many years working in client management, she brings a particularly well-informed perspective to our projects.

As a senior project manager in our team she is an ever-cheerful facilitator, putting plans in place and getting stuff done.

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Emily Kerr

Emily Kerr

As well as having amazing hair, Emily is an accomplished member of our design team.

She took an unusual path to us, through roles in youth engagement and marketing at Roundhouse before retraining as a designer. That background gives her a particular insight into our clients and their audiences.

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Claire Horne

Claire Horne

As a key member of our design team, Claire works across branding, digital, campaigns and editorial design.

With a background in design for museums, and an MA in narrative environments, she is particularly adept at using simple visual cues to convey complex ideas.

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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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