DNCO is the creative studio for place and culture.
From neighbourhoods to museums, it creates award-winning identities, digital tools, and immersive content.
As an employee-owned business, with a strong dedicated team, DNCO is shaping brands for the world we need next.
Design and Branding
Design, Strategy, Digital, Content and Editorial, Wayfinding, Client Services
DNCO specialises in creating stand-out brands for places and cultural organisations.
Based between an old spice warehouse in Bermondsey Street in London, and a new and growing office in New York, DNCO works on projects internationally from Malaysia to California, and from individual hotels to whole cities.
DNCO’s story is rooted in a shared fascination with place and identity, with team members from Indonesia to Brazil.
It has been particularly involved in reshaping London over the last 16 years, having worked with historical locations like St James’s to the capital’s most important regeneration project in generations, the Royal Docks.
An employee-owned business with a multidisciplinary team of 40, DNCO works across brand research and strategy, brand identity, graphic design, digital, content creation, editorial, and exhibition and spatial design.
DNCO believes design is how we bring people together to create the world we need next.
Committed to countering the rise of monoculture and placelessness, as well as creating the right studio culture, the studio has three values that define how it works.
Citizens of the world – that the best ideas come from getting stuck in and being curious about the world. From Dagenham in East London to Dogpatch in San Francisco, they immerse themselves and get locally resident.
Culture of care – that caring deeply is a powerful motivation, from helping clients be more sustainable to nurturing talent to do their best.
One big table – that being an employee-owned business means everyone has a meaningful stake in the business.
Everyone benefits from a profit share annually as well as regular parties and cultural outings as a whole studio.
A founding principle of the studio is ‘one big table’, with free lunches every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the whole team to come together to share ideas and think over food.
As part of its culture of care, DNCO also provides private healthcare with access to physical and mental health rewards and benefits.
New talent is fundamentally important to DNCO, with many long-standing senior members of the team having joined as juniors or through an active internship programme.
The DNCO mentorship scheme pairs junior designers with more senior colleagues to ensure a sharing of skills and experience, including opportunities to contribute to pitches.
There are also weekly crits to share work and critical thinking, as well as quarterly reviews to set personal goals.
All members of DNCO receive presentation training and opportunities to advance skills through career development programmes.