January 21, 2006
Morgan Auditorium, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Compostmodern 2006 was presented by the San Francisco chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA SF) and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA SF).

Opening remarks from Adbusters magazine founder Kalle Lasn set the stage for the day’s events. Case studies from Dwell magazine and Marmol Radziner Architects provided insight into architectural business practice. Author Dan Imhoff and Jay Bolus from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry identified entrenched industry and business dynamics to overcome, while Chris Hacker from Johnson & Johnson, Roian Atwood from American Apparel and the owners of Heath Ceramics presented the business case for sustainability. Gregg Moore, Michael Schwab and Amy Franceschini demonstrated the possibilities from a design firm perspective and closing keynote Paul Saffo provided insight into design’s role in the future. Additional speakers included representatives from IDEO, ReadyMade magazine and Cenveo.

Also on hand was a gallery of sustainable project examples, a sustainable café and housewares store, a bookstore and sponsor tables for additional information. With fourteen speakers and a crowd of over 400 attendees — several of whom stayed through the DJ set that ended the day — Compostmodern 2006 was a success by any measure.

Compostmodern 2006 was made possible by generous donations from Adobe Systems, Mohawk Paper, Aquent, Inkworks Press, Hemlock Printing, Sappi, Williamson Printing Company, as well as in-kind donations by The Academy of Art University, Branch Home, Cenveo and New Leaf Paper. Promotional consideration was provided by Dwell and ReadyMade magazines.