Based in Washington, DC and Oakland, California, Free Range Studios is a creative agency that helps companies and organizations tell great stories that deliver world-changing messages. The graphic design and digital storytelling agency was founded by lifelong best friends Jonah Sachs and Louis Fox. Both human rights and environmental activists, they saw no lack of passion in these movements, but the messages needed to spread them further had been shut out by those who controlled the media marketplace. With the advent of the Internet, however, Sachs and Fox realized that “something big” was happening – unlike in the broadcast era, audiences could now choose what media they consumed and passed along. Additionally, getting one’s message heard no longer required a lot of money or special access.
Since then, Free Range has created story-based brands for corporations, foundations, NGOs, and educational institutions such as Levi’s, Autodesk, The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, WWF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The Nature Conservancy, and Stanford University. The agency transforms its clients’ visions for a better future into emotionally compelling media like movies, websites, and print. Some of its most popular works include Grocery Store Wars, The Meatrix, and The Story of Stuff series.
Free Range Studios not only serves the movement for a better world, it’s an active participant in it as well. As a socially responsible business, Free Range works to reduce its environmental impact and give back to the community. The agency observes triple bottom line accounting, which measures success in profits, benefit to employees, and the environment. It gives preference to socially responsible third-party vendors for supplies and other needs to help the businesses that are trying to change the world. Free Range also has a paid employee volunteer program and offers a yearly grant to provide pro bono services to the social change community.