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ABOUT


We develop and deploy creative responses to the diverse challenges of today.

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ABOUT


We develop and deploy creative responses to the diverse challenges of today.

We believe that the diverse challenges of today demand new ways of seeing, engaging and responding. Drawing upon our eclectic experience, we collaborate with organizations, agencies, and companies to realize their goals and maximize their social impact.  We achieve this by leveraging the creative power of design through a human centered, custom fit, and action based process.  

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SERVICES


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In order to deeply understand the context of any given challenge, we identify and engage directly with all stakeholders from the very beginning to align their diverse needs and perspectives.

From a foundation of informed ideas, we identify the most effective response.  We employ an iterative and divergent process of prototyping, testing, and improving until we arrive at a unique, custom-fit solution to the challenge at hand.  

 

Even the best ideas often require a huge leap to become a reality.  We work with our partners to develop an actionable plan to bring all aspects of the project to life successfully and sustainably.  

 

Whether you’re a start-up looking to enter the social marketplace, or an established company seeking ways to grow responsibly, we can offer a fresh and creative perspective on your business, product, or service.

 

 

Learning the design process can equip you with tools to become more creative, confident and collaborative.  Drawing upon our deep understanding of design methodology, we can help you learn how to think like a designer by facilitating a workshop on-site at your campus or office.

 

 

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TEAM


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Coming together through a shared sense of creative urgency, Kim and Danny founded Commonstudio in 2008 and have embraced the friction of collaboration ever since.

Daniel Phillips has worked in the realms of architecture, landscape, and urban design. His interest in the contemporary issues of the human habitat, including issues of urban ecology and public space have provided a lens for many of Commonstudio’s self-initiated projects.  He graduated summa cum laude from Otis College of Art and Design with a degree in Environmental Design, and co-founded Commonstudio in 2008. He is a founding member of Commongood, a social design think tank. Danny has an eye for detail and a knack for making unexpected connections and always laughs at his own jokes.

Kim Karlsrud  has extensive experience managing relationships and projects with a variety of private clients and non-profit partners. Before co-founding Commonstudio, Kim established the Los Angeles chapter of Project H Design, a global social design non-profit and worked in fields ranging from consumer electronics to soft goods.  She holds a degree in Product Design from Otis College, and also studied at Ravensbourne College of Design in London. Her passion for social enterprise, her strategic multi-track mind, and perennial curiosity are at the heart of our approach and response to complex challenges.  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.