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

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

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

Website support

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

Finance questions

This email hits the inboxes of the people who deal with our bookkeeping and finances.

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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Cog News

An irregular update of activity from our studio. Showing off about great new projects, announcements, job opportunities, that sort of thing. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up

On what turned out to be a glorious, almost summer-like evening, the Cog team meandered their way along the Strand to the wonderful Somerset House for this year’s Pick Me Up festival.

Pick Me Up is a cramped, multi-floored marketplace packed full of young, all-too-eager art and design types, proudly boasting their best mark-making achievements, both on paper and on themselves.

Other attractions included live illustrating, “I’ll draw anything you want for £5” stalls, screen-printing in the Print Club London stall, a bar and a DJ and band setup (although the band were nowhere to be seen).

As I wandered around I couldn’t help but feel a little overwhelmed by the wall-to-wall plastering of prints, drawings and sketches. The large-scale cardboard constructions that dotted the show were a welcome break from the small scale images that were often given no room to breathe in some of the confined rooms.

As much as I was overwhelmed by the setup, I was a little underwhelmed by much of the work itself.

Apart from a few cases, I couldn’t help but feel that much of it was the same — eclectic collectives of students, with names that match their make-up. Perhaps I do them all a disservice but I struggle to take them seriously. They remind me of the youngsters that interrupt your determined walk to “take 5 minutes of your time to talk about [insert charity name here]”. Some of the work just felt saccharine and ready-made for the greeting cards industry, with cute hand drawn letters commanding us all to “Be nice to everyone…”.

There were some highlights though. The stand-out displays were naturally Print Club London, with their screen-print offering and this years collaboration with Bob Gill (which I was delighted to see). The room hosted by Unlimited, a Brighton based collective, had a number of gems. In particular Paul Farrell’s one-colour prints were amongst my favourite from the show. The stand that drew a lot of attention was Malika Favre, whose alphabet from human figures for Penguin’s recent edition of the Kama Sutra received much acclaim and publicity in the design press last year.

I may be over-critical of Pick Me Up. There were a number of talks and special events that were going on during the day and late evening that we missed so there was a lot on offer if you have more than an hour or so to spare. There is also something special about seeing works created by hand that has a certain charm and an admiration for the skill involved. The whole place certainly had a buzz and a lively feel that was reflected in the work — bold, colourful, noisy but mostly lost in the cacophony and confusion.