Compostmodern convenes designers interested in exploring the intersection of their profession with sustainable business practice. It provides fertile ground for the development of ideas and solutions.
Initially conceived in 2003 in conjunction with Jennifer Pattee and Amos Klausner (the AIGA SF chapter director at the time), the first Compostmodern took place in January 2004 — attracting over 400 attendees. I also produced the second iteration, which was held in 2006.
The conference has run in many forms over the years and become a signature property for the AIGA San Francisco Chapter. As such, it is usually represented at San Francisco Design Week in some shape, form or fashion.
Over the years, Compostmoderns have been produced by Gaby Brink, Rahul Raj, Sarah Brooks, Rhonda Rubinstein, David Peters and Rachel Beth Egenhoefer. Satellite Compostmoderns have been produced at AIGA chapters across the country. Speakers have included Alex Steffen, Eames Demetrious, Kalle Lasn, Chris Hacker, Jon Thackara, Adam Werbach, Valerie Casey and representatives of Google, IDEO, Nike, Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Company, DeLoach Vineyards, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dwell and Wired magazine.
Dynamic ribbon art courtesy Perin Rambhia (AAU MFA 2012) from Compostmodern 2013