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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


New Economy

It’s about labor, environment, obesity, air quality, climate change… Oh yes, and happiness. In his recent note in the Opinion blog of the NYTimes, Marc Bittman points out the real importance of the Slow Food movement. Counter to the suspicion that caring about food is a pastime for elites, Bittman talks with Slow Food’s founder […]

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L Studio is proud to be working on an App for one of America’s most iconic national parks. This project has put us on the lookout for other apps about national treasures and events. Monday’s Marketplace discussion about the history of new technologies at presidential inaugurations was really fascinating. It turns out these events have […]

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We’re thinking a lot about ways to dress up a building with exterior graphics. L Studio is honored to work on one of the first sites in the blighted Hunters Point Shipyard that will be visibly improved, albeit simply, in the next few years. If the walls and grounds of the Shipyard could talk, they […]

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I love the NPR Cities Project. Here’s an excerpt from just one of their fascinating stories. As our cities have become more complex the physics embodying their behavior and organization has also become more nuanced, subtle and profound… [The] city becomes a vast interconnected system designed for turning energy into work. Seen through that lens, […]

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More from Richard Florida, champion of the Creative Class: They shop at Urban Outfitters, they drive a Prius and, you guessed it, they love cities. And who can blame them? Would you rather drive 90 minutes to a heat island of concrete parking lots to enter a low-slung, overly-air conditioned office building, or stroll through […]

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In typical California fashion, solar energy companies are finding a way to bring us the very essence of our Golden State in a the form of affordable electrical power. They’ve figured out how to lease the hardware so that we can enjoy cheaper home electricity today without a huge capital outlay. I love the quote […]

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I’m a huge fan of variety shops, and from the photos and stories, it looks as if Otto Leuschel (brother of L Studio creative director Marianna Leuschel) is making them even more fun at his new shop in Upstate New York. By selling well-curated and useful products, he’s encouraging Germantown residents to go downtown for […]

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Orion Magazine published several photos by mulitmedia photographer Douglas Gayeton in its May / June issue. Check out the work in the magazine, and learn about the artist’s motivations for putting writing over pictures in this narrated slide show of his work.

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Many of us watched the Sun with awe (and hopefully with protective glasses) to witness a dazzling solar eclipse, and last Tuesday, to see little Venus skirting her way between us and our favorite star. The Californian’s described in this article have also been feeling the Sun’s warmth in terms of their wallets and bank […]

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Fast Company writers talk about the real reality of the new New Economy. Guess what folks? It’s fast, its furious, and we don’t know what’s next. What. A. Rush. This article is the hallmark of Silicon Valley tech culture. Half of my brain buys in. The other half wants to be more critical, to point out […]

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