The world is awash with data.

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

Studio D provides discreet international research, design and strategy services to multinational clients with a global remit.

The studio is able to draw on unparalleled international user and consumer research experience. The team have hands-on experience running complex projects across the globe. Most of the Studio's work is for commercial clients, although we also take on nonprofit and governmental projects.  

We use human centered design, remote sensing, 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. 

Studio D operates The Fixer List. We also manufacture our own field equipment, some of which is made available to the public under the SDR Traveller brand.  






From dense-urban to edge-of-grid, and pretty much everywhere in between. It's not easy, but that's half the point.

We have on-the-ground experience of Afghanistan, Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia/Somaliland, South Korea, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

We have offices in San Francisco and Tokyo, although the team spend most of the time on the road.




Jan is the award-winning founder and director of Studio D, with over 15 years experience of running international projects . He has authored three books, including The Field Study Handbook, and is an accomplished international keynote speaker from TED to WEF.

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The studio is named after Deinococcus Radiodurans, an extremophilic bacteria that can survive acid, drought and has extraordinary tolerance to radiation. The origins of its name are deino- (strange) -coccus (berry) radius- (radiation) -durare (surviving).

The bacteria was discovered in 1956 by Arthur W. Anderson at the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station through experiments to understand whether canned food could be sterilised using high doses of gamma rays. The cans were bombarded with radiation that was thought to kill all known forms of life but the meat spoiled and the Deinococcus Radiodurans bacterium was later isolated. It has a unique quality in which it can repair radiation induced damage in both single- and double-stranded DNA.

For the original research see: Anderson, A W; H C Nordan, R F Cain, G Parrish, D Duggan (1956). "Studies on a radio-resistant micrococcus. I. Isolation, morphology, cultural characteristics, and resistance to gamma radiation". Food Technology. 10 (1): 575–577.

It is quite the art to survive where others do not.