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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.


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This week kicked off the COP21 climate talks in Paris, a city still reeling from the attacks on November 13th. In his speech on Monday, President Obama stressed the need to come to an agreement at this year’s summit, and how Paris’ hosting of the talks just weeks after the violence was an act of […]

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The latest issue of L Studio favorite GOOD magazine focuses on human potential. And they’re not the only ones. Last week, we arrived at the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of the War on Poverty. This segment of his 1964 State of the Union Address is essentially a call to make government act […]

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Audio Slide Show: From Farm to Table from Orion Magazine on Vimeo. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be apt to talk about the state of food in America. Not the obesity epidemic, or GMO’s (though those are related), but the infrastructure of regulation and food distribution that binds us to […]

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The Landfillharmonic in Paraguay is making music (and Classical at that) out of trash. Inspiration to all upcyclers!

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Hi everyone, I’m writing because I just joined an important campaign to stop the tar sands in Canada–and I want you to join me. It only takes a minute to sign the petition: www.350.org/take-a-stand If you haven’t heard of the tar sands, they’re a massive operation that many people call the most environmentally destructive project […]

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Guess what? Fossil fuels have no value if burning them ruins the world. It’s time to for individuals and institutions to divest. Learn more and get involved at from 350.org’s Do The Math campaign

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Carrotmob has partnered with the green-minded multinational Unilever. “We want to scale it to factories and big policies”, says Carrotmob’s Founder Brent Schulkin. Read more on GreenBiz.

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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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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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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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