About Cogknockers

Every project we take on is managed with integrity, professionalism and dedication.

"Hand it off to the Cogknockers..."

During World War II, whenever the allies would capture a device that they were not sure of its function, it was always handed off to the Cogknockers. The Cogknockers were groups of scientists, engineers, mechanics and intellectuals who would take the device apart, find out how it worked, and then,  reverse engineer it to be used against the enemy.

Our version of Cogknockers is very similar. Once we get an overview of what you want for your business, we research and disassemble your competitor’s websites in order to find out exactly what it is they are doing that you are not. We will then build or rebuild your site using the same techniques and technologies that allow them to have the upper hand in your field of business. It is a practice that has been used for hundreds of years and here at Cogknockers we have stepped it up in order to help our clients achieve their business goals and to give them  advantages over their competitors.

Whether you need a secure eCommerce website or a high ranking portfolio website to display your best work and tell potential clients about your business, we’ve got the experience and web designers to make it happen. We specialize in website design & development, search engine optimization (SEO) and online/internet marketing.

From custom designed websites to tailored marketing strategies, we put our all into our projects. We build websites that actually do something – whether that’s showing off your portfolio, generating leads or turning leads into customers.

A Few of Our Clients


At Cogknockers, we’re all about the experience. We can design from very simple static pages websites to very complicated interactive websites. In all cases our designs are compelling and functional websites that make it easy for users to quickly find exactly what they’re looking for when they arrive at your site.

We do this by listening to you, understanding your target audience, and putting our extensive online knowledge to work on a plan that will improve your business goals and change the way you think about the potential of the internet.

Since 2008, Cogknockers has consistently won Best Web Design Firms’ Top Web Design Firm award as well as top honors at Clutch.co, Expertise.com, Kev’s Best and others.

We establish and maintain long-term relationships with our clients. We deliver high-quality work through our focus on bidirectional communication, responsive customer service, client education, accurate project management, product quality, and an ethical approach to business. We have a well documented track record of performing work on time and budget.

Cogknockers is a boutique design firm that focuses on quality, innovation, and ease-of-use. We utilize technology to bring results to grow our client’s businesses. We pride ourselves in a great work ethic, integrity, and satisfied clients. Throughout the years, developer and designer Eric Key has been able to create stunning, award winning designs in multiple platforms while allowing our clients to obtain an overall better web presence.

Our Lead Developer and Designer Eric Key has twenty-five years experience in the industry. Eric has created stunning, award winning designs in multiple platforms, allowing our clients to obtain an overall better web presence and ROI.



With each having over 25 years of experience in both web, media and print design, owners, Eric and Soyung Key decided to leave the corporate world in 2007 to pursue their long-time dream of owning their own design firm.

It started out as a side project, Marin Design Company in 2002 in Marin County, California, then, renamed and rebranded as PDX Design Company upon a move to Portland, Oregon.

In May, 2008, the business was renamed yet again.  This time to imgforge – as in we “forge images”. Sixteen years later, imgforge is still going strong and Cogknockers was added at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic in order to offer a more focused, researched based firm specializing in websites for Public Works such as local government web design, websites for nonprofits and school website design.

Cogknockers is the result of all the experience gained from these past endeavors. High-end development and design with a great team in the background. Besides our six members listed here, Cogknockers employs three additional developers.

Cogknockers is both a Woman-Owned Business as well as a Minority-Owned Business.


Trust makes every job work.


This isn’t brain surgery.


Client Retention near 100%


We’re an established, experienced and trusted, California based design firm with over two decades’ experience in providing custom web design solutions – we’re well equipped to take your organization’s concept from initial idea to reality.

The Cogknockers Team

Our experienced team will work with you to drive your business forward online by creating websites that are fast, powerful and built to last.

Hand your project over to the Cogknockers, today.

President/Content Manager

A business leader for the past 20 years, Soyung is a force of nature when it comes to working with clients and making sure they are happy with the services we provide.


A right-brained guy who lives in a left-brained world, Eric is comfortable with both.  Design and development are his contributions to the Cogknockers family.

Content/Business Relations

Eric and Gary have been changing the world since they were just kids.  In fact, the two of them introduced Karaoke to the State of Alabama in 1991!  True Story!

Web Developer/Intern

Griffin grew up being surrounded by web developers.  He was four years old when he first googled, “KFC” after seeing a commercial on TV – The rest is history!

Web Developer

Mijanur takes a great deal of pride in his development work and is always looking out for the clients’ best interests, even though he rarely gets to meet any of them.

City Consultant

Tena and Eric have been like brother and sister for thirty years.  Their seemingly separate paths led them together again thanks to their love of home.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will add to this list periodically.

This completely depends on what you need. It takes longer to build a 1000 page megasite than a smaller eight page brochure website.

We like to work with all sorts and sizes of businesses and individuals, and we bring the same skills used to support our celebrity and big business clients to the work we do for smaller clients. We’re just as willing to work with small businesses as we are large ones, and as a local firm we’re ideally placed to understand the needs of growing organizations.

Absolutely. It’s important to approach website redesigns sensibly to make sure your reasons for redesigning are valid. This will ensure the project is an overall success from your ROI point of view.

It most certainly will! More people are accessing the web via small screens than ever, and the trend is likely to carry on. If your site doesn’t display or work properly on a mobile or tablet screen, you risk losing a big chunk of your potential audience. It means mobile responsive web design is essential these days. Every website we create is 100% mobile responsive.

Yes all of our websites have website and email hosting which is fully managed by Cogknockers. Once we decide to work together, we will provide you with all our hosting information.

Yes we do! If you need our help with web support and maintenance, we’ll be here for you. If not, we will leave you to it. If you change your mind and need us after all, we’ll still be here for you!


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