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Field / Sichuan

A three day retreat deep in Sichuan, China.

who we are, What we do


The world is awash with data. 

There are many ways to reveal what people do and how. We can reveal why.

Founded by Jan Chipchase, Studio D specialises in international strategy, design and research projects. Our work spans commercial, nonprofit and government clients, all with a global remit.

We use human centered design, remote sensing, social listening, prototyping, rapid calibration and many other established and experimental techniques to document and decipher human motivation. Our projects impact strategy, design, public policy, community engagement, partnership models and brands. 

We're as comfortable running projects in modern metropolises in China to edge-of-grid Afghanistan and pretty much anywhere in between.


 For a sense of scale, and reach, see where we operate. A small, focussed and highly motivated team, can achieve big things.

Every project starts with pioneering research that is able to pinpoint underlying motivations and why people do what they do. We use this foundational understanding of human behaviour to reframe the world, define untapped markets, and identify existential opportunities, and threats. 

We work on those projects. 

To discuss a project, contact us.

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How did we fare in our third year?

2016 End Of Year Report

Our sister studio, SDR Traveller, makes ultra light, ultra strong and very discreet luggage and accessories including the Field Kit, Journal.


Behind the scenes at the studio, read Field Notes,  @studiodradiodurans on Instagram, and @studio_d_rad on twitter.