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2013-2023

How it all happened

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2013

2013

We are young, We are free, we're alright!

2013

Special K - Our first KOTA branding.

2013

Our first clients - Concept Venues & OB Ibiza.

2014

2014

Our first shared studio with Halo in Battersea.

2014

Pho Café - Our first major project win.

2015

2015

Our second shared studio @ Unruly on Bricklane.

2015

Very relaxing summer party @ Lovebox.

2015

Penhaligon's perfumer - Our second major client win.

2016

2016

We went a bit spacey with a brand update.

2016

We turned to the darkside & joined the Empire.

2016

Pretty cool client win - Jazz Café, Camden.

2017

2017

(Very almost) our own studio in Old Street.

2017

No biggie, but we won the Jamie Oliver campaign.

2017

Pretty cool client win - M&C Saatchi Merlin.

2018

2018

Spooky goings-on at the KOTA studio.

2018

Another year, another brand update. Getting closer!

2018

We starred in our own shoot for Preto socials.

2018

We surprised Ed with a trip to Chicago!

2019

2019

We finally did it! Our own studio in Clerkenwell.

2019

Another Jamie campaign - This time, VEG.

2019

Yes we updated it again... but made our current logo.

2019

Christmas party @ Stranger Things Secret Cinema.

2020

2020

Making the most of Lockdown.

2020

Pretty cool client win - Super Yachts Monaco.

2020

Pretty cool client win - Matchroom Boxing.

2021

2021

We rode bikes & captained boats in Amsterdam.

2021

Pretty cool client win - Stoli Vodka.

2022

2022

Pretty cool client win - Tangerine Design.

2022

So. Many. Hills. We went to Porto, Portugal.

2022

Pretty cool client win - Wogan Coffee, Bristol.

2023

2023

Whoop Whoop. It's our 10 year birthday!

2023

…and to celebrate we went to Athens, Greece.

2023

Pretty cool client win - Kester Associates.

RETURN

Explore the Kotaverse

The meaning of KOTA

KOTA is the name of our favourite Bonobo track

Honourable Mention

The meaning of KOTA

In the Greek language it means:

Chicken!

Values

Think Diversely

The meaning of KOTA

KOTA is a city in NW India, in Rajasthan on the Chambal River

Testimonials

We were impressed by KOTA’s portfolio and chose them for their creativity.

The meaning of KOTA

In Japanese culture it means:

Happiness and good fortune

The meaning of KOTA

In Native American culture, KOTA means

Ally and Friend

Honourable Mention

James

Head of Design

aka

Huuuuuuse

Unique power

Taking one small step for design and one giant leap for designkind.

Item of choice

iPhone 2000

  • UX/UI
  • Adobe suite
  • Ideas generation
Honourable Mention

Values

Leave no Crumbs

Values

Get Dirty

Values

Leave a Legacy

Honourable Mention

Values

Tune in

Maja

Head of Projects

aka

The Boss

Unique power

Intergalactic omniscience (seriously)

Item of choice

All the weapons, all the time

  • Project Management
  • Notion

Alex

Front-end Developer

aka

Greek God of SiteCare

Unique power

Awarded Universe’s Best Moustache 2023

Item of choice

Nerves of vibranium

  • CSS
  • Javascript

Nicola

Designer

aka

Cookie

Unique power

Illustration skills powered by the rings of Saturn

Item of choice

Bulletproof UX

  • UX/UI
  • Adobe suite
  • Illustration

Ed

Design Director

aka

The Sloth

Unique power

Guiding the troops through complex foreign landscapes, whilst finding new allies to partner with along the way.

Item of choice

Fantastic hats

  • UI/UX
  • Adobe Suite
  • Branding

Em

Project Manager

aka

The Sustainability Chief

Unique power

Juggling spreadsheets with her six independently powered arms

Item of choice

Notion app

  • Project Management
  • Notion

Piper

Creative Director

aka

The Observant

Unique power

Ability to locate and repair visual anomalies with his mind.

Item of choice

Wacom laser pen

  • UI/UX
  • Motion Graphics
  • Adobe Suite
Site of the Day

Testimonials

It’s also a joy to work with such a dedicated and sound team, can’t wait to work with them again.

Testimonials

Highly recommend KOTA to anybody looking for a high-quality, responsive website.

Margo

Designer

aka

The Margarita

Unique power

Could probably beat you at bowling in a no-gravity situation.

Item of choice

Impeccable taste level

  • UX/UI
  • Adobe Suite

Matt

Senior Designer

aka

Dr Futuristic

Unique power

Scoring the winning goal at space football.

Item of choice

Augmented knee implant.

  • UX/UI
  • Adobe suite
  • Motion graphics

Testimonials

We are super happy with the outcome. What a talented digital partner.

Nat

Head of Technology

aka

Uncle Mike’s Nephew

Unique power

Proverbial plate spinning (but knowing him, probably real plates too)

Item of choice

His three brains

  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • React

Testimonials

KOTA is hands-down one of the best firms that I've worked with.

Honourable Mention

Bekah

Creative Developer

aka

The Bandit

Unique power

Coding the universe while discreetly stealing your coat.

Item of choice

Technicolour Dreamcoat

  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Shopify

Jonny

Managing Director

aka

Mega Jonny

Unique power

Being an agency glue so strong that it could fix a black hole

Item of choice

Hot air

Rebecca

Copywriter

aka

Chief Constable of the Grammar Police

Unique power

Being able to spot a typo from a million light-years away.

Item of choice

Her three cats, mid-zoomies.

  • Copywriting
  • Brand Positioning

Ffion

Marketing

aka

‘Pero’s mum

Unique power

Holding the secret to virality on social media

Item of choice

Spreadsheet

  • Notion
  • Excel

You are now in the

Here you will discover five elements of KOTA, the most important being the fifth element… our team.

We embrace how varied life is. Whether it’s the clients and industries we work in, our interests and inspiration, or our attitudes to life in general.

Good is the enemy of great. We strive for the best, we give a shit, and care about what we do. We don’t cut corners, every pixel matters. We don’t leave it for someone else to tidy up, we leave no crumbs.

Embrace every challenge. Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty. We have a collective, active curiosity that constantly moves us forwards, keeps us forever learning, and challenges us without any fear of failure.

We care about our legacy and the impact we have. It’s our duty to leave the world a better place than we found it.

We actually listen. We listen to everyone around us and respect each other's opinions, whether it’s our team, our clients, or our friends and family. Two heads are often better than one.