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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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Questioning convention and reinventing classical

Website for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Website

A spirit of enquiry, inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, permeates everything the OAE do, giving them a clear personality in all of their communications. How could we bring that spirit to building them a new website?

We remember the old OAE website going live, in fact it was designed by an alumni of the Cog team.

It was bold, original and felt very daring. But a decade on the site was no longer fit for purpose and needed replacing.

We met with their senior team and convened an audience-focused workshop at our studio. We learned about the orchestra’s commitment to playing early instruments but being anything but stuffy in how they did it.

It was clear that their musical rigour and experimental attitude is what keeps audiences interested, so that became our mantra: a site that challenged the preconceptions of classical in the ways that OAE do.

We also got a real sense of the value of data, especially to their development team. They’d recently begun selling their own tickets, through the Southbank Centre’s Tessitura consortium, so we knew that a seamless integration of that system was going to be vital.

Exploring language early helped set the tone and translate the Discovery work into the Design stage. We took the approach to use active language, which might not usually be seen in relation to a traditional orchestra.

We adopted the inclusive language of ‘See us live’ and ‘Watch and listen’ as routes into the content,  and ‘Who we are’ replaced the more traditional ‘About us’.

Through lots of experimentation and play, we settled upon the visual language that mimics the layered sound of the orchestra (shown in the early mock up, above)

Large blocks of layered colour bring an unconventional approach to navigation, and provide a quick and simple overview of what the OAE are all about.

Through refinements and plenty of detailed designs, we worked that experimental style through the entire site, designing every permutation across mobile, tablet and desktop screens.

The result is a site that oozes personality and sets the orchestra apart from any of their peers. The OAE are truly a peerless orchestra with a website to match.

And of course we didn’t forget the Tessitura ticketing and donations integration.

We used TNEW to provide slick integration that has reinvented the ways that OAE sell tickets and interact with their donors and members.

Content Management System: WordPress
Integrations: Tessitura / TNEW
Launched: August 2019
oae.co.uk