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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.

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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

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

hello@cogdesign.com

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Akram Khan Company

The essence of world-class choreography

Akram Khan Company website

Website

It was a joy to work with world renowned Akram Khan Company, they had such beautiful contemporary dance imagery and video. They needed a new site to launch alongside the world premiere of a new work.

The existing site was restrictive and didn’t allow the company to show-off their incredible archive of imagery and video.

They felt that the site had to work much harder to convey the impact of seeing the company performing live.

Having long admired Cog’s work, we were delighted to commission them to create our new website. Right from the outset, Sam and the team impressed us all with their clear understanding of our needs and obvious passion for good design. Without exception, every member of the team was efficient, responsive, open, friendly and professional.
Lindsey Dear, General Manager, Akram Khan Company

Discovery

We started by looking at analytics data from the existing site, studying the sites of peers and competitors, reading through audience feedback, and picking the brains of the in house team. We thought about the key users of the site and the kinds of information they are looking to find. We build personas for those who want to quickly book tickets, students and researchers looking for background information, and professional dancers looking to work with the company.

Working with the in house team we planned the site’s structure to best suit those audiences, adapting the language used for menus, and reducing the need for sub-sections and complex navigation.

We created a hierarchy of information, using images and video to full effect. By clearly signposting the content in that way, users can find the information they need as quickly as possible, whilst having a rich visual experience throughout the site.

Meeting with Celine and Lindsay from Akram Khan Company to discuss the structure Meeting with Celine and Lindsay from Akram Khan Company to discuss the structure
Mapping out site structure Mapping out site structure

Design

We kept the visual styling pared-back and simple (so as not to overshadow the images) but we also wanted to give the site a unique visual personality. So, we introduced an unusual serif font for headlines and large text. Confident quotes are used throughout, bringing out the thoughtful, narrative nature of Akram Khan’s work.

Of course, with any new site it was also important that the viewing experience was seamless across any device – mobile, tablet and desktop. That responsive approach was key to all our design thinking.

To reinforce the simplicity of the navigation we introduced large text explanations to clearly signpost what is in which section of the site. The large text echoes the quote styling, creating a consistent visual language throughout the site.

Using an interactive map we made a feature of the world tours in the What’s on section by. It gives users a new way to find performances as well as emphasising that world touring is an important part of the company’s work.

At the heart of the site, each production has its own details page which we’ve designed as a modular template. Our clients can use that template to build up layers of content as it becomes available: rehearsal images, initial press quotes, video, production images, audience quotes and production images can all be easily updated as the production is developed.

The production overview page, shown here, also makes use of large imagery, giving a beautiful overview of the company’s work, past and present.

Development

Once we started building and coding the site we crafted every detail, particularly the transitions between pages and the way that page elements interact with mouse-clicks (or screen-taps). This level of detailing has helped to create a sense of movement that reflects the work shown on the site.

Despite the tight deadline, Cog delivered on time and to the brief – the new website exceeds all of our expectations and is a wonderful representation of Akram’s creative spirit. For us, this is the beginning of an ongoing relationship with Cog, and we’re extremely grateful for their excellent work.
Lindsey Dear, General Manager, Akram Khan Company

Deployment

Undeterred by the extremely tight deadline (it was designed and built in two months) we delivered the site to our clients with time for them to upload content and for us to check and test on different platforms and devices before the world premiere of their new work, Until The Lions.

To celebrate the successful partnership, the whole team went along to experience the show ourselves.

Akram Khan’s Until the Lions at Roundhouse

January's Cog Night was the World Premiere of Akram Khan Company's Until the Lions at Roundhouse.

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Content Management System: Wordpress
Launched: January 2016
www.akramkhancompany.net