Popping-in?

We designed our studio; it's filled with light and music. There are multiple meeting rooms, a well stocked kitchen, and an indoor garden (with fishpond). Pop-in for tea and stay to use a spare desk for as long as you need.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

Public transport

We’re next to Greenwich train and DLR station. We have a door right on the concourse but it’s different to our postal address.

From Greenwich rail platform

This video shows the route to take from the train that will arrive at Greenwich rail station from London Bridge.

From Greenwich DLR station

This video shows the route to take from the DLR that will arrive at Greenwich DLR station from Bank.

By car

If you have to come by car, we have a couple of parking spaces in front of our studio. Call ahead to make sure they’re free, and use our postcode (SE10 9QF) to guide you in.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. Use whichever medium works best for you.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

New project enquiry

It's exciting to chat about potential new projects. We don't have a ‘sales’ team or a form to fill in. Call us or give us a little detail via email and we'll get straight back to you.

enquiry@cogdesign.com

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If you're a client then you'll be best served by calling us or contacting us via Basecamp, otherwise you can use this dedicated email that reaches all of the digital team.

digital@cogdesign.com

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accounts@cogdesign.com

Just want a chat?

Sometimes enquiries don't fall neatly under a heading, do they?

hello@cogdesign.com

Cultural Calendar

A round-up of recommendations and reviews, sent on the first Friday of each month, topped-off with a commissioned image from a talented new illustrator. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Cultural Berlin – overview

Cultural Berlin – overview

I’ve just returned from a five-day family holiday in Berlin. I’m calling it a holiday but, as a family, we aren’t prone to relaxation when we go away so we tried to squeeze in as many museums and galleries as we could manage.

In total, we visited 15 official museums plus a fair few churches, cathedrals and tourist sites. Rather than trying to tackle them all in one entry, I thought I’d take them day-by-day, noting a few of the high points (and occasional low points) of the week. But first I thought I’d start with a few overarching observations:

1. Berlin does transport very well
You can buy a Berlin Welcome Card that gives unlimited public transport (and discounts at tourist sites) for five days, for €36,50, from the tourist information booth at the airport.

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2. Traffic is a surprising problem when walking
Unlike most major capital cities, Berlin has not pedestrianised its major tourist areas. Jaywalking is socially unacceptable (and illegal) so every intersection requires a wait for the little green man*.

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3. The three-day Museum Pass is exceptional value at €24,00
Most museums are state-run and charge an entry fee. The Museum Pass gives access to them all, with a free audio-guide at most.

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4. Signage is surprisingly poor
The main museums have great, building wrap signs but the rest of the wayfinding is surprisingly poor. Subtlety and consistency usually win out over practicality. Cafés are almost impossible to track down in most museums.

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5. The architecture is inhuman in scale
Berlin has been rebuilt almost from scratch (first after WWII and then after reunification). This has afforded the city some incredible architectural statements but they can sometimes feel vast, echoing and unapproachable.

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6. There is still a surprising amount of building going on
The city was famously the world’s biggest building site after the fall of the wall. But it was a shock that so much work is still going on 25 years later, it made many museums difficult to get to and move between.

7. Grand schemes aren’t great ’til they’re finished
Berlin Museums have been in a state of perpetual reinvention. These visionary schemes are great but not when museums are closed whilst you are visiting.

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8. Germans are remarkably relaxed about photography
There are very few places where photography is not allowed. That’s got to be a great thing for tourism (with all the social media posts it encourages) but didn’t help me with my Tumblr of signs.

9. Berlin’s art was split by WWII, reunification hasn’t reunited it
Culture was a weapon of the Cold War, with both sides building or rebuilding huge galleries. All of those institutions (and more) are still there so the National collection is spread, sometimes too thinly.

10. State museums are closed on Mondays
This is a well advertised fact but that’s only of any use if you do research before you go (which I didn’t).

* Ampelmännchen is the name of the little green man, still used on pedestrian lights in the East of Berlin. He was designed by psychologist, Karl Peglau for the East German government. He is one of the few state symbols to have survived the reunification and has been enthusiastically embraced as a tourist motif.