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Cottleston Pie designs & builds websites for organizations making a positive impact in the world.

Cottleston Pie is the design studio of Dave Dawson. We work with companies and organizations to design and build websites and products that solve real business problems.

Specializing in responsive web design & development as well as user experience & interface design. Available for full website design projects or as an individual consultant, working alongside your team.

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Recent Clients (case studies in the works)

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Cottleston Pie took the potentially daunting redesign of two complex websites and broke it all down into a clear, organized process. They calmly guided our team through many tough decisions, presenting elegant design solutions that respected our unique business priorities. The finished websites grown beautifully and customer feedback has been very positive.

Michael Gibbons, Director of Digital Platforms Film Society of Lincoln Center

Dave is a pleasure to work with. He’s a talented designer who can quickly grasp clients’ business goals and deliver polished, thoughtful and beautiful designs. Dave is also a strong design presenter and articulates his design decisions in a way that clients can easily understand.

Daniela Botterbusch, Digital Strategist ExpandTheRoom

Recent Projects

Rethinking digital programming for a NYC film institution

Creating a digital home for a prominent print magazine

Bringing climate change to the forefront of American politics

Changing the minumum wage to a livable wage in LA

Designing Paul Allen’s push to Tackle Ebola

A filmmaker’s expanding empire

Enabling the citizens of the Internet to control one man, living in the woods

Fighting for the right to an excellent education

Designing a web app to allow festival attendees to share ideas

Designing the democratization of hardware

Remixing the Internet with one of the world's biggest DJs

A website for the New Directors New Films Festival 2013, 2014 & 2015

Making the experience of booking at an extraordinary hotel, extraordinary

Commitment to Good

From the work that we do with clients, the types of projects we choose to take, to how we spend our time, money, and resources; all of these elements come back to this core idea: Cottleston Pie exists to make the world a more positive place.


Cottleston Pie donates 10% of profits to support an important cause. Each quarter, a different cause is chosen and the money is used to support nonprofits, events, and organizations working to support that cause.

This quarter’s cause is Women’s Health. Cottleston Pie donated 10% of profits to the Center for Reproductive Rights to support their fight to protect the fundamental human rights that have come under fire.

Time & Expertise

Cottleston Pie is proud to have participated in the Civic Labs Delta.NYC pilot program in 2016. The program brings together people who donate their time to collaborate with other digital professionals and pairs them with an organization in need to improve their digital product. The project benefited Build NYC, an incredible group of people who are mentoring high schoolers in entrepreneurship.

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Cottleston Pie is led by Dave Dawson

Learn about the studio
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Based out of Small City in Gowanus, Brooklyn