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. We have a charging point that you are welcome to use if you have an electric car. Call ahead and we'll make sure the spaces are free. 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

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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Shakey Monkey Space App – 2011

Shakey Monkey Space App – 2011

In 2011 we created an App that allowed hipsters to shake and create almost limitless poster layouts. We did it tongue in cheek but not everyone took it as a joke.

In early 2011, Apps were an exciting new platform. Clients kept asking if we did them but we had no past record to show. So we set ourselves up as Apple registered developers and created two Apps to show off our skills.

The first was used to detail our monthly cultural outings – Cog Nights. It was a relatively simple app with a map of venues, a short review of each outing and a photo gallery.

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Our second App was more of a game – The Shakey Monkey Space App.

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We’d spotted an aesthetic trend. Every magazine, every website, every student portfolio seemed to have a poster featuring an animal in space with some colourful geometric patterns behind it.

We set about making an App to spoof that trend. With a shake of the wrist you could create your own trendy design, apply it to a poster (displayed, of course, by someone holding it from behind by their fingertips), and post it on social media.  

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Essentially we created layers of space imagery, geometric shapes and cut-out animals which, when activated by a shake, selected randomly into a single image. There were more than a million combinations.

The App got us a lot of interest from other designers who enjoyed the joke but I don’t think many of our clients cared as much. We also got a fair amount of interest from people who took it very seriously. One Belgian fashion house asked, with no sense of irony, if they could use the images across their website; we were so flattered that we said yes.

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Almost as quickly as they became popular, Apps were superseded (in most of our client’s needs) by mobile-responsive websites. With a few exceptions, we never did break into the big-time of App development.

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Sadly, the Shakey Monkey Space App is no longer available on the App Store. And, as I pulled out my old iPhone 3G to help write this entry, I noticed that the battery had bloomed and the phone has died, taking our only working copy of the App with it. If anyone still has a version, please do let us know, we’d love to play with it again.