I'm visiting Raw tomorrow and Studio One Nine Four next week as part of my contextual research, so in the name of preparation here are some questions I should ask them:
What is your philosophy/approach to design?
How did your studio begin and evolve?
How did you first start getting clients?/ What was your first lucky break into the industry?
What are the greatest influences on the visual language you use?
Who are your design heroes?
Hopefully these are enough to generate some conversation and I don't get all awkward and clammy.