Aerowaves Since 2020
ABRSM Since 2016
ABRSM are here for their weekly catch up with Anna and Michael. Here's Triona pointing out some detail to Ed. In a couple of weeks, we hope to show you what she's pointing at.
Michael and Anna are at our regular catch up meeting with ABRSM. New work to be revealed in mid July.
Akram Khan Company Since 2015
The lovely people from Akram Khan Company are here to chat with Anna, Jen and Michael about the plans for their anniversary year.
Céline and Max from the Akram Khan Company came into the studio today to chat about an exciting new project.
Akram Khan's influences from Kathak and contemporary offer a striking take on the classic romantic ballet, beautifully performed by the cast of English National Ballet.
Anna and Sæunn pulling out the moves as part of the Big Dance Pledge, a worldwide co-ordinated performance choreographed by Akram Kahn, and with music composed by Nitin Sawhney.
January's Cog Night was the World Premiere of Akram Khan Company's Until the Lions at Roundhouse.
Over lunch we're talking about our favourite websites. Michael's choice was our own design for Akram Khan Company's site which we launched yesterday.
It's January's Cog Night, we're out at Roundhouse for the World Premiere of Akram Khan's Until the Lions.
Céline and Natalie from Akram Khan company are here so we can handover the new website which will launch in the new year.
Anna and Sam are meeting Céline from Akram Khan Company to go over our designs for their new website.
Art on the Underground Since 2006
Always lovely to meet with Eleanor Pinfield and Jess Davies-Malloy from the Art on the Underground team. Even better when we get to do it on the swanky roof-terrace of the Transport for London offices.
Artist Giles Round is here with Kiera Blakey and Polly Wright from the Art on the Underground team.
We are really pleased with the new Art on The Underground website. We think it looks great...and it comes in different sizes.
Becca popped over to Art on the Underground. Here is Polly working on the new website that we built for them.
Sam and Michael are at the Transport for London HQ, talking websites with the Art on the Underground team... they took the bus there.
Arts Council England Since 1991
Michael and Anna are at Arts Council England, planning for the new annual review we are designing.
Sir Peter Bazalgette (Chair of Arts Council England) gave a talk about the engineering works of his ancestor, the Victorian civil engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
Michael’s at Arts Council England’s new HQ, in Manchester. It’s the kick-off meeting about this year’s Annual Review. Shown here are Nicola, Laura and Guy from the comms team.
Arts Council England have all but moved out of their Great Peter Street headquarters. When Michael went in today, he and Dan Smith (from their comms team) had their fancy board room to themselves.
After week’s of work, this year’s Arts Council Annual Review was laid before Parliament and published online. We’ve also provided some of the pages as interactive info-graphics.
Gráinne and Susan from Arts Council England have been in, to see our work in progress on this year’s Annual Review (our third in a row).
It’s that time of year again. Gráinne and Susan from Arts Council England popped in to talk about this year’s Annual Report design (our 3rd for them). They brought biscuits.
Mike and Michael take a moment to admire the Cultural Olympiad brochures we’ve just produced for the Arts Council.
Michael’s at Arts Council England talking about the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad. He found this reminder of a time when they were The Arts Council of Great Britain (as they were when we first worked with them in 1991).
We’ve received copies of the Acceptance in Lieu brochure, we designed for Arts Council England.
Annalise, from the Arts Council, has been in the studio today to make some live edits to a project we are working on.
Grainne Cook is here visiting us from the Arts Council today. There’s a lot to talk about, so plenty of tea and biscuits are on hand as Grainne and Dave discuss another big project we are working on.
Today, a very happy Ocky, took delivery of the Cultural Olympiad North West brochure, which we designed for the Arts Council England.
Belgrade Theatre Since 2019
We've launched a new site for Belgrade Theatre – we couldn't quite give it the fanfare it deserved but we tried with home-made confetti.
The lovely people from Belgrade Theatre have travelled from Coventry to see us (and get training on their wonderful new website).
Nicola, Ray and Emma from the Belgrade came in to see how the website designs are taking shape
On Love Theatre Day Jen, Anna and Claire are meeting the team at the Belgrade Theatre.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Since 2019
Using some Spektrix magic we've created a more personalised experience for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's digital audiences.
The BSO are running a series of concerts in person and online. Ed caught a livestream of their latest performance.
Monetise your digital content using your ticketing system. Jen explains how we’ve helped Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra by setting up a digital paywall using Spektrix.
Anthony and Nick from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are in the studio to chat about their new website with Jack and Anna.
Anna and Emily K are chatting through site plans and designs for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Emily K, Jack and Anna are in Poole meeting with the team at The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Jack, Emily and Michael are in Poole, running a web workshop with our new client, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Breathe Arts Health Research Since 2021
Michael, Anna and Alex were at the 10th anniversary party for Breathe Arts, Health Research last night. In the very swanky Sea Containers building.
British Council Since 2002
Ryan's here, from British Council, looking at some video work we're producing for a forthcoming project – launching very soon.
Michael is at the OneDayer music conference. The first panel, chaired by Julia Payne (The Hub) was a lively debate between Chris Bryant, Ed Vaizey, Vick Bain and a relaxed Peter Bazalgette.
BPI Since 2016
We must be nearing the end of the year because it's time for our annual catch-up meeting with Chris and Rob from the BPI, about their annual round-up of music industry statistics.
Dan is in the board room of the BPI. He's flanked by Brit Award statues, designed by Philip Treacy and Tracey Emin.
Cambridge Corn Exchange Since 2012
Michael's in Cambridge, presenting branding ideas to the Cambridge Live team - Sara Garnham, Neil Jones and Steve Bagnall.
Michael's in Cambridge, visiting clients and talking about new projects. They met in a swanky members club and drank water with a twist of cucumber; how very decadent.
Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, here’s Ross putting the finishing touches to Michael’s presentation as they travel to Cambridge to meet a potential new client.
Today the Cambridge Corn Exchange team have been in to the studio to see the initial rebranding concepts we have been working on. Here’s John talking them through one of our ideas.
Today the team have been busy contemplating the Cambridge Corn Exchange re-branding project. Here’s Mike, Ocky and Dave with their ‘thinking faces’ on.
John’s subtle note to make sure research, for the Cambridge Corn Exchange rebrand, doesn’t get muddled up.
Michael and John, discussing the results of the brand workshop we held for the Cambridge Corn Exchange, last week.
Kick-off meeting with a new client. Michael and John in Cambridge for an early morning meeting at the Corn Exchange.
Candoco Dance Company Since 2018
Anna, Michael, and Ed are at Laban Theatre this evening to see a double bill of shows by Candoco.
Lucy is pushing our big red button to launch the new site we've created for the fantastic Candoco Dance Company live.
Jack, Lucy, Claire and Anna went over to Laban Theatre to see a preview of Candoco's new work 'Hot Mess.'
Client klaxon, Alex had a great catch-up with Lucy from Candoco about all things digital.
Anna, Jack and Alex are chatting to Candoco's artistic co-directors, Charlotte and Ben, and executive director, Jo, about their new website.
Anna, Alex and Jack are chatting with the dancers from Candoco about creating new work and what Candoco means to different people.
Alex, Jack and Michael are meeting with Candoco's Lucy and Jo. Excitingly, they are here to kick-off a new website project.
Cast Since 2012
In 2013, after the success of our work for Cast, The Stage asked me to write an article about the process of naming a venue. Here's that article...
Ocky’s been for a Christmas catch up at Cast in Doncaster, with Michael Kent from Tincan (sporting a santa-esque beard) and Oliver Eastwood from Cast.
Michael’s reading an article in The Stage, which he’s written, about the naming of venues and how we came up with the name ‘Cast’ for the Doncaster’s newest performance venue.
We’ve just received our copies of the Cast season brochure, which we designed. Along with the branding, we’ve done our bit to make sure the grand launch event this weekend goes with a bang.
Ocky’s been ‘hanging out’ with Graham and Oliver from Cast, and Michael from from Tin Can. They’re discussing final tweaks to the design of Cast’s new website.
We’ve brought the biscuits out as Michael and Ben from Tincan are here, discussing the website design for Cast, the new performance venue in Doncaster.
Graham from Cast was back in the studio today for another all day planning meeting. Plenty of fruit and pastries helped get things started.
Today was an all day planning meeting with Graham from Cast. Brian from Tincan led on the whiteboards.
Today was a 7hr session with Graham from Cast, talking websites and brochures for their launch season. Joining us were Michael and Brian from Tincan.
Exciting to receive the first piece of print featuring our new branding for Cast in Doncaster
Another trip up to Doncaster to see Cast, this time with Brian from Tincan (pictured). Great to see the copper cladding in place and the building nearing completion.
We’re working on the branding for Doncaster’s new performance venue, Cast. Kully Thiarai and Graham Whitehead are in the studio today see the how our work is progressing.
Lesa, Kully and Michael came down from Doncaster to our studio today. We had a really good meeting about our ideas for the branding of a new venue, which is opening in Doncaster next year.
Two more branding workshops in Doncaster today, this time for the Council teams and local creative groups. Great to see so much enthusiasm, particularly from Sue Wilson when comparing the old venue to a clunky old brick-phone.
Ocky and Michael have been to Doncaster to hold a branding workshop for a new venue in the town centre. The participants seemed to have a good time, and Ocky and Michael have come back to the studio full of enthusiasm.
Michael’s been to Doncaster to discuss a branding project. The weather, trains and battery power of all his electronic devices have not been in his favour, but he had a productive meeting, so it’s not been all bad.
Commonwealth Foundation Since 1998
We’ve designed a report for the Commonwealth Foundation. File copies have just been delivered so Dave and Annelise are having a little look.
Michael’s been at the very swanky (see chandelier) Marlborough House. He was presenting to the Commonwealth Foundation, and handing over their new brand guidelines.
Michael has spent the morning at the Commonwealth Foundation, for a quarterly catch up about their website.
Ross has been to the Commonwealth Foundation today. He’s been taking some measurements of their reception area, ready for the installation of the new wall graphics we’ve been working on.
We’ve just received file copies of a folder we designed for the Commonwealth Foundation, it’s great to see the branding rolled out in so many formats.
Ross has been to Westiminster Abbey, for the Commonwealth Observance. Unfortunately the Queen couldn’t make it this year, so Ross was a little disappointed.
Hannah Thomas and Claire Turner from the Commonwealth Foundation are here today meeting with Michael and Mike. A long agenda and plenty of tea has resulted in a productive meeting.
Mike and Michael are at The Commonwealth Foundation, pouring over the detail of their new brand guidelines, with Claire Turner and Hannah Thomas.
Michael’s been to the potential venue for the launch of a rebrand we’ve been working on, but we can’t tell you what it’s for, yet.
Today, Michael and John have been holding a branding workshop, this time at the Commonweath Foundation. Another really positive workshop with great participants.
Michael’s at a planning and development seminar with our clients The Commonwealth Foundation, at the Royal Over-Seas League.
A lovely sunny day and Claire Turner, from the Commonwealth Foundation, has popped in to the studio, she seems to have brought the t-shirt weather with her, so Mike’s all smiles.
Michael’s been to the magnificent Guildhall for this year’s Commonwealth Lecture by the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Michael spent the afternoon at the Commonwealth Foundation. Photography wasn’t encouraged.
The annual Commonwealth Lecture is a keynote address by an internationally renowned public figure. Past lecturers have included Kofi Anan, Mary Robinson and Terry Waite.
Contact Since 2016
The team from Contact travelled down form Manchester to see us today. We squeezed in a lot of talk about websites and branding.
Plotting and planning.... Sam and Matt are working on a site plan for Contact's new website.
Matt, Sam and Michael are at Contact in Manchester. They're presenting initial design concepts. It looks like everything's been well received.
Crafts Council Since 2013
Michael and Ross are at the private view for Collect 15, the international craft fair presented by Crafts Council. Here's Ross in the cafe, reading through the manifesto we designed with Anthony Burrill.
Ross checks over the latest set of proofs for the 'Collect' project that we've been working on with the Crafts Council.
Early start for Michael and Ross. An 8.30 meeting with Fiona Moorhead, from Crafts Council, chatting about the manifesto we designed for them.
At long last, we're delighted to be able to show-off about the Crafts Manifesto we've been working on with Anthony Burrill for Crafts Council. It's being launched, today in Parliament.
Ross has been to the Crafts Council to discuss last years ‘Collect’ campaign with Fiona, Femke and Louise.
The world’s galleries and makers clamour to be part of this prestigious annual showcase, organised by the Crafts Council, and hosted at the Saatchi Gallery.
Michael’s at Collect, at the Saatchi Gallery. He bumped into Femke from Crafts Council, looking at her favourite spotty ceramic (Forms that Reveal the Absurd - 1306 by Harumi Nakashima).
We’ve just had a delivery from our printers and Nicola’s having a nose through the ‘Trends in craft and education summary report’, which we’ve produced for the Crafts Council.
Crying Out Loud Since 2003
Jackie from Crying Out Loud popped in the studio to talk about their website and their big plans for next year.
Goldsmith's photography student, Anna, is on a work placement with our friends at Crying Out Loud. She popped in to hear more about how we work and the process behind our websites.
Sam's in Brighton to see Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and also spotted Crying Out Loud on the cover of the Brighton Dome brochure.
Derby Theatre Since 2022
Discover Children’s Story Centre Since 2019
Breakfast briefing with the always lovely Jess from Discover Children's Story Centre.
Anna, Jack and Jen are at Discover to meet some of their board members and talk about their new website.
For our June Cog Night we visited Drawing Room in Elephant and Castle to check out their Drawing Biennial. Emma shares her thoughts on the exhibition.
We're at Drawing Room's biennial for our June Cog Night, where co-director Mary is pointing out some exhibition highlights.
England’s Cultural Coast Since 2018
Great to be joined by the wonderful Sarah Dance for today’s Breakfast Briefing, talking about England's Creative Coast.
English National Ballet Since 2013
Spencer and Lottie are visiting the incredible rehearsal studio at English National Ballet.
Our May Cog Night was our first in-person experience in nine months. Ed gives his take on ENB's grand Reunion at Sadler's Wells.
Anna, Jen and Michael are at English National Ballet's HQ, talking with Dan and Heather about branding and websites.
Jen and Kathleen are running a training session with Gabrielle from English National Ballet.
Today is all about English National Ballet. Sofie is here to learn more about how to upload content, and Dan is chatting with Jack about Tessitura ticketing.
Croissants, cake and Coke Zero. We're meeting with Dan from English National Ballet, chatting about their newly launched website as part of our post-launch process.
It's website training day. Becca and Jack are taking the English National Ballet team through their new site.
We're putting the finishing touches to a new website for English National Ballet. Dan's here to talk with Anna about the details.
Akram Khan's influences from Kathak and contemporary offer a striking take on the classic romantic ballet, beautifully performed by the cast of English National Ballet.
The Cog team at Sadler's Wells, all sparkly excited for English National Ballet's performance of Akram Kahn's Giselle...
English National Ballet's Daniel and Heather are here to look through their latest website designs.
We're running a workshop at English National Ballet. The mirrored room is a bit intimidating.
Heather and Dan from English National Ballet are here for the kick-off meeting about a new project.
"OK, one last time. This is small… but the one back there is far away. Small… far away…" Michael teaches the Cog team about perspective.
Choices, choices. Heather Clark Charrington, from English National Ballet, is here to look over the results from a recent photoshoot.
The looming figure of Ross and his magnifying glass, comparing photos from last week’s shoot for ENB.
'Alas, poor Yulerick, I knew him well…’ We’ve taken delivery of some glittery baubles this afternoon for a christmas photo shoot project.
Ross is at the Royal Albert Hall to see a performance by one of our clients. Who is it? Here is a subtle clue, by way of a 10-foot-tall logo (on a luminous pink lorry-trailer).
Foundling Museum Since 2021
Emma, Anna and Michael are running a workshop with The Foundling Museum. Their first website (in 2004) was our job #152. Their new site is #9994.
Graeae Theatre Company Since 2016
Sæunn's ready to launch the beautiful new Graeae website ... happy days!! We're really proud of all the work that's gone into this.
We're at Graeae's London 2012 Paralympics panel event at the National Theatre. The discussion centred around the impact of the opening ceremony, Spasticus Autisticus.
Michael met an old foe tonight. He and Matt were at Graeae for a dress rehearsal of their joyous Reasons To Be Cheerful show.
Gulbenkian Arts Centre Since 2016
Dave and Jess, from The Gulbenkian, are here for training in their new website's content management system.
HOME Since 2021
Nick has pressed the red button and launched our new website for HOME in Manchester.
After attending an AMA session about sustainability, Ed's checking out HOME's fantastic bee project.
Alex has pressed the red button for the launch of our latest site with HOME in Manchester
Horniman Museum and Gardens Since 2019
We're celebrating the Horniman's Great Walrus Tea Party today. Here's Patsy Alex's home stitched walrus, tucking into the cakes early.
Jack and Connie are butterfly spotting, having been chatting through the site architecture for the Horniman's new site.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a landmark for South London. Lots of the team had visited over the years, but do we know it as well as we think?
Anna and Jack are visiting the Horniman's Study Collection Centre and delving into lots of their many, many objects.
Anna, Alex and Jack are at the Horniman, leading a communications workshop with their staff team.
Anna, Jack and Michael are at Horniman Museum, meeting with Connie and Nick, their Director. Chatting about future vision planning and how our website project will feed into those plans.
Anna, Jack and Michael are at Horniman Museum, kicking-off the major website project we've just begun with them.
Jack's meeting our new client Connie, and the Walrus, at the Horniman Museum & Gardens to talk about a new website for them.
Jerwood Arts Since 2015
Today we had the Director of Jerwood Arts, Lili Geissendorfer for our Breakfast briefing to tell us all about the innovative lottery application process for their 1:1 fund
Michael and Jack are visiting the team at Jerwood Foundation. Lili and Alexis chose to pose with citrus fruit while Harriet looked on.
Becca, Ross and Sæunn are at the Private View for the Jerwood FVU Awards at Jerwood Space. Here they are looking at How to Do Things with Salad.
Michael has been using our whiteboards to sketch out a site-map for a new website we've commissioned to build by Jerwood Visual Arts. He's made such a mess it looks like he's finger-painting.
Sam and Becca were at the lovely Jerwood Charitable Foundation offices running a workshop for not two new website projects.
Lewisham Borough of Culture Since 2021
For our July Cog Night we were excited for a collaboration between three of our clients. Emily gives her verdict.
It's Day One of Lewisham Borough of Culture. Here's Sadiq Khan in a branded mask, looking on while Gavin Barlow is interviewed on the telly.
It was great to hear from Gavin Barlow, about Lewisham Borough of Culture, at this morning's Breakfast Briefing.
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts Since 2022
Liverpool Biennial Since 2022
London Philharmonic Orchestra Since 2013
Spencer was ecstatic to push the big red button and launch the new London Philharmonic Orchestra's website this week.
Ross is reading through the fourth and final edition of The Centurion newspaper, which we designed for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s ”The Rest is Noise” season.
We’ve just received copies of the Centurion newspaper we’ve designed for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Rest is Noise season. It’s the 3rd issue we’ve designed and work has already begun on issue 4.
Ross is shocked at our decision to join Europe. We’re yet to tell him that the paper’s actually from 1973. It’s research for our next edition of The Centurion, part of our work for the London Philharmonic Orchestra to promote The Rest is Noise season.
Great to see our second London Philharmonic newspaper being given out at Greenwich Station yesterday. Good take-up, despite sub-zero conditions.
Just taken delivery of issue 2 of our London Philharmonic ‘The Rest Is Noise’ newspapers, which are being distributed around London this week.
Extra! Extra! We’ve got our hands on the first edition of The Centurion, the newspaper we designed for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to promote The Rest Is Noise season. Keep your eyes open for copies being handed out in London tube stations next week.
Lyric Since 2016
For our April Cog night we headed to Lyric Hammersmith to see the highly anticipated return of Ghost Stories. Emily gives her chilling take on the evening.
Jack, Anna and Michael are at the RSA, chatting with Dion and Amy, from Lyric Hammersmith.
Jack and Ehti are catching up with the team at the Lyric about some changes to their site.
Jack and Tom are catching up with some of the Spektrix team to talk about a new project for Lyric, Hammersmith.
October's Cog Night was the revival of Mark Ravenhill's shocking debut. Would this production at Lyric Hammersmith still have the power to offend? Matt gives us his opinions.
Sam, Anna and Michael are in Hammersmith, at Lyric, kicking off their new website project with a staff workshop.
Michael's in Hammersmith for a first meeting with new clients, Lyric. Catrin John gave him a tour of their amazing new building. And they couldn't resist having a quick walk through the stunning main auditorium.
Making Music Since 2012
The Making Music team are here to chat about upgrades to the site we designed for them four years ago.
Lovely to see our friends, Ollie and Barbara, from Making Music. Looking forward to working together again this year.
Ollie, Barbara and Ben from the Making Music team have popped in to meet with Michael about a new project.
Michael and Ross are at Making Music for a 'website discovery' session. 8hrs was a very long (and fruitful) day. Ross enjoyed it so much that he's going back tomorrow.
Michael and Ross are in Shoreditch, meeting with our friends at Making Music. Barbara, Ben and Ollie are doing their best to look busy as Michael takes their photo.
The Making Music team are here to brief us on new work and to talk about the success of the campaign we designed late last year.
Ross joined staff and volunteers from Making Music this afternoon, on their training day at King’s Place. He presented the work we’re doing, for their membership campaign, ahead of the launch in September.
Making Music were in again this morning and Michael talked through our latest ideas with a presentation. Apparently it’s always sunny when they visit us. Coincidence? Well probably, but we prefer to think not.
Morris Hargreaves McIntyre Since 2018
We've been converted to a photo studio for the day – we're bathed in purple light rom a neon sign that we can't show you yet.
Emily K visited Kemp London's amazing workshop to explore neon possibilities for our collaboration with MHM.
It's an 8am start. Jo Taylor is here to talk us through MHM's Culture Segments. Emily has laid on a wonderful breakfast spread.
Museum & Library of the Order of St John Since 2010
For May's Cog Night we took Matt to the Museum of the Order of St John for his first ever 'pub' quiz. He tells us what he made of the event.
Matt and Michael are at St Brides for a Typographic Circle talk by Emma and Kirsty from A Practice For Everyday Life.
Becca and Sæunn have been invited to the Museum of the Order of Saint John for an 18th Century themed evening of frolicking, frivolity and gin.
Wine, crisps and quizzing. Jenny, Sam, Bryony, Sæunn and Michael are at the Museum of the Order of St John for a fundraising pub quiz. They've been joined by special guest, Lydia.
Becca is pushing the launch button on a new website for The Museum of the Order of St John.
Peter from the Museum of the Order of St John has popped in. Becca is giving him a sneak peek of their new website. Ross is lurking behind.
As our longstanding relationship with the historic museum continues, Curator Tom Foakes suggested a private tour for our April Cog night.
Michael and Sam are at the Museum of the Order of St John. Here's Sam meeting with Curator, Tom Foakes.
Michael’s out again. A multi-meeting tour of London, ending at the Museum of the Order of St John, about a possible new project.
National Campaign for the Arts Since 2011
In his role as Executive Chair at the National Campaign for the Arts, Michael has published his top ten transformative moments in the arts.
Faye's here, from the National Campaign for the Arts, chatting with Michael about their plans for the future.
Michael's at the Royal Festival Hall for a catch up with fellow National Campaign for the Arts trustees Samuel West and Julia Payne.
Kim and Sarah, from the National Campaign for the Arts, are here for a good sort out of their archives, which we store as Michale is their Executive Chair.
Michael's at his first meeting since becoming Exec Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts. There was a great turnout, including Jenny on the video screen.
In his capacity as Exec Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts, Michael's been interviewing candidates for a new admin role, alongside Amanda Jones and Samuel West.
Michael's received an artwork from Bob and Roberta Smith, made especially for the National Campaign for the Arts.
Michael's at a board meeting of the National Campaign for the Arts. You can just spot Bob & Roberta Smith, even in his camouflage jacket.
Michael's at the bi-monthly trustees meeting of the National Campaign for the Arts. Some great acting from the others as Michael shows ideas for a new website.
Michael's at a board meeting of the National Campaign for the Arts, talking about the recent 'increase' in arts funding, announced at last week's Government Spending Review.
8:30am at the National Campaign for the Arts, with David Brownlee; Peter Manning, conductor; Leo Thomson, Barbican; AL Kennedy, author; Julia Payne, The Hub; Samuel West; Mark Pemberton, ABO.
For the first time in our lifetimes we have a fixed date for the general election – 7th May. Arts and heritage organisations are upping their games and lobbying for culture; we've been lucky enough to help a few.
The end of Michael's first board meeting with the National Campaign for the Arts. Still round the table – AL Kennedy, Mark Pemberton, Sam West, Bob & Roberta Smith, and Peter Manning.
Michael’s in an anonymous meeting room in the glamorous West End, discussing our involvement in new campaign with National Campaign for the Arts and others.
Nottingham Playhouse Since 2020
Breakfast briefing with the lovely Jo Sigsworth, telling us about the Unlocked season at Nottingham Playhouse.
For our October Cog Night we watched a live-stream of James Graham's play about the Covid-19 pandemic. Ed shares his account of the evening.
It's launch day again! We've just put a new website for the Nottingham Playhouse live.
Opera Holland Park Since 2018
Philippa and Chloe from Opera Holland Park have popped in to talk about print with Anna.
For our July’s Cog night we headed off to see the dress rehearsal of L’arlesiana at Opera Holland Park. Emily gives her take on the evening's entertainment.
The team from Opera Holland Park have popped in to see us and chat about their new website before they head off to their Christmas party.
Felicity, Chloe and Philippa from Opera Holland Park are in the studio to go through designs for their new site.
Michael, Anna and Jack are meeting with Felicity and Chloe at Opera Holland Park. It's the first presentation of visuals for their new site.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Since 2018
Michael and Alex are visiting Edward, Doug and the OAE team at their new home in Acland Burghley School.
Our breakfast briefing was with Elle from OAE. A fascinating insight into what it's like to be an orchestral organisation that isn't allowed to perform concerts.
Michael and Jen have popped in to see John Holmes on his last day at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Jen and Jack are on a video call with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Tessitura.
Marina from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is for our breakfast briefing. She's here to chat with us about fundraising, memberships and philanthropy.
For our February Cog Night, we ventured into Peckham to see members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform at the CLF Art Cafe. Jack tells us what it was like.
Jack and Anna are running a communications workshop with our new clients, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Rich Mix Since 2018
To help us celebrate our 28th we’ve thrown a party at Rich Mix for our clients, friends and family. Chief party organiser, Emily gives her take on the evening.
Anna and Michael are at Rich Mix for the launch of their new season (and branding and website). They took a lot of photos of the lovely new signage.
The Rich Mix team are here to learn more about the ways their new website is going to make the venue even better than it already is.
Drama in venue one at Rich Mix as Jack and Anna prepare to share some initial website concepts with Jen and Eddie.
It's workshop day at Rich Mix. Michael and Anna worked with a big group of enthusiastic staff, in Venue 1.
Jack and Michael are visiting our new clients, Rich Mix. They're in the board room, chatting with Eddie Berg and Jen Bartle.
Jack and Michael are meeting with Jen at Rick Mix for a kick-off meeting about a new website.
The Cog team went to the Rich Mix to watch the UK premiere of Time Share as part of the East End Film Festival.
Royal College of Music Since 2015
Jack and Matt were at the Royal College of Music today to chat about the next phases for RCM's new website.
Jack and Sæunn are at Royal College of Music in their fancy digital meeting room. New website coming soon.
Sam and Sæunn went to Kensington today to meet with Katherine and Adam at the Royal College of Music.
It's lovely to have Katherine and Adam here from Royal College of Music. Hobnobs just sweeten the deal.
The comms and computers team, from Royal College of Music, are here to start planning their new website.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Since 2021
Alex is pressing a virtual big red button to find out about the RSNO's new season on the site we launched for them today.
The final push. We'll be launching a new site next week. We're working through the finishing touches with our lovely clients in Glasgow.
Selladoor Since 2020
Alex had some help from Harris the puppy to launch our latest site for the team at Selladoor.
We're pressing the go live button on the first of a few sites for Selladoor. It's our first site launch from the studio in quite some time.
After a design catch up with the team, Sam from Selladoor is working from the studio. This is his serious face.
Shakespeare North Playhouse Since 2021
Shakespeare North Playhouse
Nick is back up to see the Shakespeare North Playhouse for a project meeting. Cheers to Shakespeare.
Soho Theatre Since 2018
For our Cog Night we were back at Soho Theatre, catching the award-winning and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Queens of Sheba.
For this month's Cog Night we're back at the Soho Theatre to catch the Queens of Sheba
For our August Cog Night, we enjoyed ‘Rob Auton: The Time Show’ at Soho Theatre. Nick gives his take on this funny and thoughtful evening.
Alex has framed the print he bought at our Cog Night to see Rob Auton at Soho Theatre
Our April Cog Night was an intimate evening with Mae Martin, via Zoom. A chance to watch their Soho Theatre stand-up show 'Us', and an opportunity for us to chat with Mae afterwards. Ed gives his thoughts.
Fleabag has dominated our day. Alex has been looking after Soho Theatre's site and the many thousands of visitors who have rushed to buy West End tickets for the show in August.
When stars of successful TV shows come back after 10 years it's hard not to be cynical.... Would the Flight of the Conchords be making a welcome comeback or cold hard cash-in?
Becca, Jack and Michael are at Soho Theatre, meeting with Peter and James, celebrating the success of their new website.
Michael and Ryan are at Soho Theatre for the day, filming clips for their new site. Their team are playing their roles – ticket buyer (Associate Director, Charlotte Bennett) and Sales & Box Office Manager (James Bush)
Michael's being given a tour of the quirky backstage areas at Soho Theatre. Here are Paul and James in Jess de Wahls's hairdressing room.
Admiring their work, Anna and Jack take some time out to look at the designs for a new Soho Theatre website, coming soon.
Michael, Jack and Anna were presenting website designs to Soho Theatre this afternoon. So they relocated this week's gin round to the bar.
A busy day in the studio. Website training with Contact in the meeting room, design presentation with Soho Theatre in the creative room.
We're running a website workshop at Soho Theatre. Whilst the others were preoccupied, Michael jumped up on the stage to take this photo.
Michael and Jack are at Spektrix, talking ticketing with our new clients Peter and James from Soho Theatre.
January's Cog Night was another outing to Soho Theatre, this time to see Richard Gadd's very personal show, Monkey See, Monkey Do. Dan manned-up to review it [with spoiler alerts].
We're at Soho Theatre for our January Cog Night, that's Richard Gadd peering over our shoulders.
An absurd, surreal and fascinating story delivered through speech, song and dance. A brilliant performance that has you laughing one minute and crying the next.
For our August Cog Night we're off to see Stuart Bowden's 'Wilting in Reverse' at Soho Theatre. We were lured by the promise of "vigorous dance moves, understandable words and a fair bit of profound (probably life-changing) body movement". What more could you ask for in an evening's entertainment?
The best thing about Cog nights is that you get to see or do something which you wouldn’t usually choose yourself. So, when a puppet play called ‘Bears in Space’ was suggested, everyone jumped at the chance to see something a bit out of the ordinary.
Taking advantage of Michael's UK Theatre membership, he and Becca have booked a booth in their 'members' bar' at Soho Theatre. Here's Becca and conductor, Peter Manning talking about the designs for Peter's website.
South London Gallery Since 2017
Michael and Emily are in the cafe at South London Gallery, chatting websites with Sophie and Maisie.
Ed's on a virtual lunch time tour of Chris Burden's exhibition '14 Magnolia Double Lamps', led by director of SLG Margot Heller.
Ed enjoyed this perception-bending show at South London Gallery.
As contributors to South London Gallery's crowd-funding campaign we've received a framed print of their architect's drawing.
Jack’s at the REcreative editorial board meeting at South London Gallery to chat about websites and how they want to communicate with audiences.
Jack and Becca meet with the South London Gallery team to talk about their recently launched website
Anna and Freya from South London Gallery popped in today to chat about designing some new email newsletter templates.
Training day. The team from South London Gallery are here for a glimpse at their new site. Becca's teaching them how to add content.
Emi's here, talking though the specifics of the new site we've designed for South London Gallery.
We're in the middle of a big room at South London Gallery, presenting ideas for a new website.
Michael and Jack have popped-in to South London Gallery to follow up on conversations about their new website.
Michael, Jack and Matt are at Geffrye Museum, they're leading a workshop as part of South London Gallery's annual away day.
The Beaney Since 2010
It’s coming up to the 5th anniversary of the opening of The Beaney in Canterbury. They’ve come to the studio to record an interview with Michael about our role in naming and creating their branding.
Michael's at The Beaney to see Grayson Perry's The Vanity of Small Differences. He met Jill Constantine, Head of Collections and Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England. And Janice McGuinness and Jo Jones from Canterbury City Council.
Michael's at the Museums Association conference in Cardiff. He's giving a talk - Branding is all Bull - with Jo Jones from The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.
Michael’s speaking at a Museums Show-off event in Camden. He has nine minutes to explain our two years of work for The Beaney.
Jon and Ross have been building and photographing boxes for a project we are working on for The Beaney
At last, the 3-metre wide sign above the door at The Beaney has been installed. Sadly, the fitters wouldn’t give Michael a go in the hoist.
After a month of planning, road closures, safety form-filling, staff briefed in high-vis jackets, emergency exits moved… the hydraulic lift broke and the whole thing was called off. Not a great day.
Michael has been in Canterbury today. Here is one of the large cases in the Explorers & Collectors room in the Beaney, we sourced an original 19th Century map to create the background vinyls.
Michael has been to the Beaney, here are real people using the Wayfinding signage we’ve designed.
Mike and Michael went to The Beaney today for its official opening. Here’s Mike, dressing up and striking a pose.
Another trip to the Beaney for Michael, this time our wayfinding signage has, mostly, been installed. Here is one of the more tricky signs to fit.
Michael has been to Canterbury again today. This time as the wayfinding signs for the Beaney are out of the factory and ready to be installed.
We’re a week away from installation of the wayfinding system we’ve created for The Beaney in Canterbury. Here are a few of the signs, in the factory.
Mike and Michael have been to the Beaney today. Mike is looking at a display of doll’s house furniture, which has been put together from a variety of collections to create this striking display.
Mike has been in Canterbury today, at the Beaney, to have final discussions about signing and way finding, before the opening weekend in September.
Mike and Michael are in Canterbury. Krystyna, from The Beaney, is talking through her vision for their collections.
These Mid 19th Century maps have arrived in the studio for a project we are working on for The Beaney, they smell amazing.
Mike and Michael have been to The Beaney. They were left alone to run amok in the empty galleries.
A big job (like the signage and wayfinding design of The Beaney) takes a lot of planning; here’s Mike, assessing the project timetable.
Michael and Mike had to dress like Oompa Loompas as they visited the nearly completed site of The Beaney in Canterbury.
The Beaney B is dominating our days while we work on their signage and wayfinding system.
Mike and Michael went on a research visit, to National Maritime Museum, with Canterbury Museums’ Jo Jones and Caroline Cooper.
Mike and Michael have been the Canterbury for a site visit to The Beaney, House of Art & Knowledge.
The Comedy Store Since 2019
Tommy and Seb, from The Comedy Store are here to chat about a final polish of their new website (going live very soon). They bought us gifts of mango bubble tea. Cheers!
Anna and Jen met the Comedy Store team (in person and on Skype) to look over the designs for their new site.
The Comedy Store team are here. Anna is showing initial design ideas for a new website.
Our September Cog night was a trip to Leicester Square's legendary The Comedy Store. It was Lydia's first Cog outing and we promised her 'the best of stand up'.
Jen and Claire are at The Comedy Store, chatting about websites. A great excuse to grace that world-famous stage.
The Crystal Maze Live Experience Since 2020
The Marlowe Since 2009
Michael and Jack are being given a tour of The Kit in Canterbury – their guides are John, Ben and Helene from The Marlowe.
Jack’s having a look at The Marlowe’s new venue, The Kit, before meeting with their senior management team to talk about changes to their site.
Jack and Michael are at The Marlowe, chatting about ways to make their website even better.
Anna's received a delivery of the colourful Marlowe Summer season brochures that we've designed.
It's lunchtime. Jason and Helene are here, from The Marlowe, and Ben is here, from Spektrix. We're talking ticketing and how we can make the their site even better for audiences
Anna is getting busy checking through the proofs for Marlowe Theatre's season brochure.
We're in Canterbury, celebrating the success of the website we've built for The Marlowe. Ben and Helene kindly posed to recreate a photo from 2011.
John, Helene and Ben from The Marlowe are here. Becca is guiding them through the backstage scenes of their new website.
Michael's at The Marlowe. His visit coincided with a photoshoot of the auditorium. He found himself on the set of Ray Cooney's Out of Order, with Helene and photographer Tim Stubbings.
Jack, Becca and Michael are back in Canterbury. They're presenting website designs to the whole team at The Marlowe.
Michael, Matt and Jack are in Canterbury, presenting initial website concepts to our friends at The Marlowe.
In a brief gap between a long day of meetings, Michael's staked his claim on a quiet corner of The Green Room, at The Marlowe, in Canterbury.
Michael, Becca and Anna are in Canterbury, running a communications workshop with the lovely people from The Marlowe.
Michael and Anna are at The Marlowe in Canterbury. Here's Anna being given a tour of their wonderful, aisle free, theatre by Kate Evans and John Baker.
Jenny's donned the headset. It must be time to take detailed amends for the latest season brochure for The Marlowe.
Michael and Jenny are in Canterbury, chatting with The Marlowe team – Kate, John, Helene and Ben.
Jenny has just received the new Studio brochures in the post from The Marlowe Theatre. She's blown way by the neon colour.
It's fluoro-day, the day when Jenny gets to choose the colour for the next Studio brochure for The Marlowe.
Jenny's been taking amends for the next season brochure for The Marlowe Theatre. She's all smiles, one hour in.
Michael and Jenny are in an epic meeting with most of the staff from The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
The proofs have arrived and are being checked by Jenny, bringing the curtain down on another round of season brochures for The Marlowe.
Michael and Jenny are at The Marlowe in Canterbury, meeting with John and Kate to plan their next brochure.
A surprise visit from The Marlowe's communications team. We went to Davy's for our first outdoor lunch of the year.
Jenny and Michael are at The Marlowe, chatting about how to position their contemporary music offer.
We've been at The Marlowe all day. Anti-clockwise from bottom left: John Baker, Helene Skoge, Mia Power, Sarah Munday, Ben Travis, Lucie Blockley, Amy Smith, oh and Michael.
Ross is dazzled by our new issue of The Marlowe Theatre Studio brochure, printed in fluorescent (coincidentally Cog Green).
Ocky and Michael are at the BFI cafe (one of our regular meeting points), talking to John Baker, from The Marlowe Theatre, about our new two year contract with them.
Michael’s in Canterbury, taking photos of our branding work for The Green Room, the restaurant at The Marlowe Theatre. You can just about see him, reflected in the right hand window against the backdrop of the cathedral.
Mike’s dazzled by our new issue of The Marlowe Theatre Studio brochure, printed in fluorescent.
Ocky, loving the excuse to pop on a head-set, is on a lengthy phone call. He’s running through amends with the Marlowe team for their season brochure, which we produce with them 3 times a year.
Our two new brochures for The Marlowe came in today. Ocky’s after some family fare in the main auditorium, whereas Mike’s looking for something more edgy in the Studio.
Michael and Annelise have spent the day in Canterbury in back-to-back meetings at The Marlowe, including this gathering to talk about the interior design of their restaurant refurbishment.
Greg’s checking proofs we’ve received of The Marlowe Theatre’s Spring Season brochure, which we’ve been working on for the past few weeks.
Michael’s in Canterbury for the second day in a row. This time here’s there to talk to John Baker about their season brochure and membership magazine.
Michael’s in Canterbury, running a workshop with The Marlowe Theatre team. There were some pretty intense discussions, fuelled by biscuits and sweets.
Ross has been planning a summer of cultural events, aided by our new Marlowe Theatre brochure.
Alan Bennett dropped in on us today, courtesy of the new cover of Spotlight magazine. Who knew he had such brawny hands?
We’ve picked a copy of the The Marlowe Theatre’s summer season brochure which we’ve designed. Annelise is having a flick through before work begins on the autumn brochure next week.
Dolly Parton made an appearance in the studio today, in the form of the front cover of our latest issue of Spotlight, The Marlowe Theatre’s membership magazine.
Michael and Ocky are in Canterbury for a meeting at The Marlowe. Whilst in town, they popped by to see our branding and interpretation materials going up at Canterbury Roman Museum.
Michael met with John and Paula, from the Marlowe, today. They were discussing ways to extend their hugely successful, award winning, brand.
We’ve in Canterbury, visiting The Marlowe team and Jo at The Beaney. Here we are at the Marlowe, before sneaking into the matinée performance of Sleeping Beauty.
Michael went to The Marlowe Theatre to watch their Sleeping Beauty panto, Here’s (some of) the Marlowe team, Ben Travis, Amy Smith, Sarah Munday, John Baker and Mia Power, having had post panto drinks.
Ocky is poised and ready to go through amends with John Baker for the Marlowe Theatre brochure.
John, Ben and Helene from the Marlowe have popped down to the studio for a catch-up, this time however, the panto van stayed in Canterbury.
We’ve received our file copies for the latest edition of The Marlowe Friends membership magazine, Spotlight. This edition’s cover star is Gareth Gates, who is in panto at the Marlowe later in the year.
Ocky and Michael are at the Southbank, meeting with John Baker from The Marlowe Theatre. Here’s John and Ocky ‘relaxing’ on deckchairs in front of the BFI.
An unexpected surprise. We’d kind of forgotten that Ben Travis and Helene Skoge, from The Marlowe, were coming in. Luckily Ocky was well prepared.
Our studio has been dominated by the design of the latest season brochure for The Marlowe Theatre, now it’s filled with printer’s proofs.
Michael and Ocky spent the day in Canterbury with The Marlowe team - Ben Travis, John Baker and Helene Skoge.
Michael’s been to the panto in Canterbury: press night at Cinderella. The Marlowe’s Ben and Helene kept him company.
The Royal Gala opening of The Marlowe Theatre. Michael, Ocky, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and 1200 other people were there to celebrate.
Michael received this lovely invite to The Marlowe’s gala opening, featuring the logo we designed, many months ago.
John and Mike, checking every detail of the season brochure for The Marlowe Theatre, a 56pg publication.
Proofs, proofs and more proofs. John and Ocky and surrounded by sheets from The Marlowe's brochure and magazine.
The Place Since 2019
Our October Cog night took us to Gary Clarke Company’s ‘Wasteland’ at The Place. Ed gives his account of this striking dance show.
Theatre by the Lake Since 2020
Anna is presenting our first designs for a new website for Theatre by the Lake. Everyone seems happy.
Day 2 of Michael and Anna's Discovery meetings with Theatre by the Lake team in Kewsick. Good social distancing everyone.
Theatre Centre Since 2020
Theatre Hullabaloo Since 2017
It's handover day for the Hullabaloo website. Kimberley and Laura are here for a training session with Tom.
Our studio is full of enthusiastic kids getting photographed for Theatre Hullabaloo's new website.
Jack was up in Darlington to see Laura and Kimberley at Theatre Hullabaloo about their new website.
Dan, Jack and Michael are in Darlington for a workshop with the Theatre Hullabaloo team, with special guest Rebecca from the Darlington Hippodrome.
Jack's with Laura and Kimberley from Theatre Hullabaloo at the Spektrix 'Ginterval' drinks.