The Unconference is a democratic and open way to convert great thinking and passion into action. With a unique format of breakouts, presentations and audience interaction, attendees will be able to propose topics about which they are passionate, engage like-minded individuals in open discussions, and build projects that can help us all realize social change. The Unconference promises to be a rich experience for all attendees, encouraging them to build upon the thought-provoking ideas shared throughout the first day. As an attendee, you'll be able to experience the following:
  • Suggest a topic about which you are passionate and engage in discussion.
  • Network with like-minded people and turn your interest into action.
  • Meet and work with design and sustainability luminaries.
  • Start real-world projects, which can continue after the conference.
The Compostmodern Unconference will be held in the Green Room at the Herbst Theatre located at 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.

Sponsored Workshops

Sappi: Navigating Sustainability and Designing for Print

How do you navigate through the maze of information about sustainability when designing for print. Join us for a vibrant discussion about print, paper, and the environment, featuring Laura Thompson Ph.D., Sappi’s Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development; Beto Lopez, Senior Designer of IDEO’s Sustainability Initiative; Allan Chochinov, Core77 Partner and Advisory Member of the Designers Accord; and Richard Kouwenhoven, Vice President of Client Services at Hemlock Printers Ltd. Participants will engage in an open dialogue about the entire print life cycle and leave with a framework for making the best sustainability decisions as they go forward with their design work.

New Resource Bank: Selling Sustainable Design

You want to create design solutions that rock and respect people and planet. It can be challenging to sell clients, though, on the value of incorporating sustainability principles into design work. New Resource knows all about that—the pioneering sustainability-focused bank makes the case all the time, and helps clients advance their planet-smart vision. New Resource CEO Vince Siciliano leads this session featuring a real-life report from Jeff Mendelsohn of New Leaf Paper (a New Resource client) on redesigning paper products for sustainability, as well as hands-on “sustainability circles” where you’ll strategize about overcoming objections and managing a sustainable design process.

Compostmodern Fellows

To support the second day of Compostmodern, we will convene a group of well-known designers, thinkers, and leaders, who are doing great things in their disciplines and communities. The Compostmodern Fellows will attend sessions and work with attendees to ensure a successful dialogue.
Joe Khirallah

Joe Khirallah

Unconference Moderator

CEO, Green Bear Group

Joe Khirallah, CEO of Green Bear Group, is passionate about the power of story to inspire and transform - both in the listening and the telling. Joe developed his career on listening, building teams, and leading collaborative processes – helping organizations like Best Buy, Clean Tech Open, HP, Intel, IBM, Leapfrog Toys, Livescribe, Marine Science Institute, Microsoft, Renewable Fuel Technologies, Symantec, Tech TV, Tomorrow's Children's Fund, Tyson Foods, and WBZ – plus many local businesses and nonprofits in the Bay area and greater Boston. Clients report that Joe's energy and genuine love of people put them immediately at ease, and make them feel quickly understood – especially in high-stakes situations. Joe is a partner at the innovation training firm New & Improved, and a frequent instructor at the Creative Problem Solving Institute and CREA/Italy, including the popular, Tell Your Story, Sell Your Story workshop he created. When not working, he can be found at the ocean renewing his own creative spirit by walking, swimming, or kayaking. His favorite vacations involve combining sports, kids, and travel, such as going to Baja Mexico to donate sports gear and run clinics with school kids. Green Bear Group, www.greenbeargroup.com New & Improved, www.newandimproved.com

John Bielenberg

John Bielenberg

Partner C2 and Founder of Project M

What John does best is help organizations find the courage and the sense of humor to consider whole new "wrong" ways of bringing their stories, ideas, and innovations out into the world. John feels so strongly about the value of thinking wrong that he created a program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers by proving that their work—especially their wrongest thinking—can have a positive and significant impact on the world. Project M has developed projects to help a conservation area in Costa Rica, Micro-financing in Ghana, New Orleans after Katrina, the community of East Baltimore and connecting households to fresh water in Hale County Alabama. Last year, Project M created a multi-use community space called PieLab that was nominated for a James Beard Award for restaurant design. In his career, John has won over 250 design awards, was nominated for 2 National Design Awards from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, served on the AIGA National Board of Directors, and teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his projects and staged a solo exhibition in 2000. In addition, John is a founding partner of C2, MavLab, and Nada Bike Collective, and a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique International). Most recently, John was awarded the Skandalaris Award for Entrepreneurship in Design from Washington University in St. Louis. C2, c2llc.com Project M, www.projectmlab.com PieLab, www.pielab.org Nada Bike Collective, www.nadabike.com
Kristen Bouvier

Kristen Bouvier

Principal and Creative Director, morphos arts

Kristen is the founder and creative director of morphos arts, a boutique creative firm utilizing design for positive social change. With a background in both Sociology and Design, Kristen provides a unique approach and understanding of human behavior, user experience, and effective communication. Working in close partnership with clients, she creates strategic, compelling, results-driven brands, campaigns, and initiatives. Her clients include Banana Republic, Gap, Genentech, Gymboree, National Semiconductor, Roche, and Shaklee, as well as local not-for-profits including the Marsh Theater, SF Contemporary Music Players, and the Sierra Club. Kristen serves on the board of the AIGA SF as the Social Impact Co-chair, developing tools to help designers make a positive impact in their communities and helping promote design for the greater good through the cause/affect design competition. She has co-chaired the cross-disciplinary San Francisco "Design Makes a Difference" Week since 2007, organizing workshops teaching the use of design thinking for business and social innovation. morphos arts, morphosarts.com
Gabby Brink

Gaby Brink

Founder and Creative Director, Tomorrow Partners

Co-Author, The Living Principles

AIGA Board of Directors

Gaby Brink is the founder and creative director of Tomorrow Partners, where she leads an inter-disciplinary team of creative talents to craft communication programs that turn heads and grab hearts everywhere that brands live. She works with a wide spectrum of top global marketers and emerging companies. And because she believes that design plays a vital role in building a brighter future, she regularly applies her creative firepower to nurture environmental and social causes and help organizations with sustainability at their core thrive. Gaby co-authored The Living Principles for Design, and with her team at Tomorrow, built its online community. Through her leadership on the Board of Directors of AIGA, she fosters dialogue and collaboration amongst professional organizations and the global design community to co-create tools and best practices for design as a catalyst for positive cultural change. Gaby's work has been celebrated globally and was most recently highlighted in the book Masters of Design: A Collection of the Most Inspiring Corporate Communications Designers in the World. Tomorrow Partners, www.tomorrowpartners.com The Living Principles, www.livingprinciples.org Masters of Design. Masters of Design on Amazon
John Creson

John Creson

Partner and Chief Design Officer, Addis Creson Founder of The Curious Collective

John is the Chief Design Officer at Addis Creson, a boutique brand design firm focused on creating positive change for inspired companies. John is a well-regarded designer, thinker, and speaker on the intersection of design, business, culture, and sustainability. Clients include, Better Place, GE Healthcare, Intel, Kashi, Mozilla/Firefox, Johnson & Johnson, Sungevity, and Caesars Palace. He is currently advising the AIGA SF chapter, Silvertip Capital, and Sustainable Brands and is the founder of The Curious Collective, an ideas lab that instigates meaningful change. Addis Creson, www.addiscreson.com
Dawn Danby

Dawn Danby

Sustainable Design Program Manager, Autodesk, Autodesk's Sustainable Design Program

Dawn Danby, recognized by Fast Company in 2009 as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, has spent over a decade working in sustainable design. Her projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge to closed-loop manufacturing, furniture and food distribution. She currently works with Autodesk's Sustainability team, which works to integrate ecological and human impact considerations into the digital tools used by 10 million designers, architects, and engineers worldwide. Her most recent work has centered around the creation of Sustainability Workshop, a new online resource that teaches the principles and practice of sustainable design in engineering. Dawn co-authored WorldChanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. She has an industrial design degree from RISD and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Barking Crickets, www.barkingcrickets.org Sustainability Workshop, www.autodesk.com/sustainabilityworkshop
Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty

Founding Partner, Celery Design Collaborative

Brian Dougherty is a founding partner at Celery Design Collaborative and the author of the new book, Green Graphic Design. He focuses on creating communications that have a positive impact in the world. His work approaches sustainability as a springboard for innovation and an important brand differentiator. Celery's studios in California and Paris, France help clients craft values-based brands, eco-innovative packaging, CSR communications, web communities and interactive exhibits. Clients include HP, Autodesk, EBay, Mattel and Sun Microsystems. Brian lecturers frequently on the subject of sustainable design and serves on the board of advisors for the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design. Celery Design Collaborative, www.celerydesign.com
Jeremy Faludi

Jeremy Faludi

Sustainable Design Strategist

Jeremy Faludi (LEED AP) is a sustainable design strategist and researcher. He has taught sustainable design at Stanford, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and other universities. He has contributed to five books on sustainability, including Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, and he designed the prototype of AskNature.org for the Biomimicry Institute. Jeremy spent two years as sustainability research manager for Project Frog, leaders in modular green buildings; he has also worked for Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and Rocky Mountain Institute. A cargo-carrying bicycle for Africa that he helped design appeared in the Cooper-Hewitt design museum. Jeremy is helping create the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop series online; he speaks and teaches workshops on green design at conferences, schools, and businesses around the world. Faludi Design, www.faludidesign.com Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, students.autodesk.com
Phil Hamlett

Phil Hamlett

Founder of Compostmodern Director of Graduate Graphic Design, Academy of Art University

Phil Hamlett has over twenty-three years of experience in a wide variety of design and communications roles. Currently, he is the Graduate Director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. His students emerge from the MFA Program as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at the highest levels of the profession. Prior to the Academy, Phil was communications director at Turner & Associates in San Francisco, and in a previous life, a principal and director of creative services for EAI/Atlanta. His lectures, work and written contributions can be seen in numerous design publications, competitions and award annuals. Phil's remaining energy is directed at setting the agenda for sustainable business practice within the design community at large. He founded and co-produced four iterations of Compostmodern, the premier design conference devoted to sustainability and is one of the co-authors of the Living Principles for Design, a comprehensive framework to guide the ongoing development of sustainable design solutions. Phil also serves as a board member for AIGA, the largest and oldest professional organization for designers. Academy of Art University, www.academyart.edu The Living Principles, www.livingprinciples.org
Josh Morenstein

Josh Morenstein

Creative Director, fuseproject

Josh Morenstein is the Creative Director for fuseproject, a multidisciplinary design and branding agency with offices in San Francisco and New York. A second generation Industrial Designer, Josh was exposed at an early age not only to the world of art and design but also to the notion of craftsmanship, and the importance and permanence of objects in our lives. After years of summer jobs pouring metal at his father's foundry, Josh worked at Lucasfilms Industrial Light and Magic, setting the stage for his career in design. Prior to fuseproject, Josh was Design Director at newdealdesign and Senior Designer at frogdesign. Josh's category-leading work for clients such as General Electric, Coca Cola, Johnson and Johnson, Swarovski, Samsung, Target, and Puma have established him at the forefront of marrying form with function, and of brand with product. In addition, Josh's work has been exhibited in museums and competitions including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial, MOMA and Chicago Art Institute. His products have appeared in countless magazines and graced the covers of many international journals and volumes. His work has been recognized with over 40 international design awards from organizations such as IDSA, ID Magazine, iF, and reddot. fuseproject, www.fuseproject.com
Adam Reineck

Adam Reineck

Senior Designer, IDEO

Adam Reineck is a senior designer at IDEO in Palo Alto, CA. He works at the intersection of product design and systems thinking to create goods and services that look toward the future from an ecological and aesthetic point of view. Adam believes that design will evolve from new and unique collaborations between diverse disciplines taking on the challenges of our time; from creating sustainable food networks to interacting at the nanoscale. Since joining the company in 2005, Adam has worked for a broad range of clients around the world, including Nike, Samsung, HP, Intel, and the US Department of Energy, and his work has been published in Wired, BBC.com and The New York Times. He graduated with distinction from California College of the Arts in 2005, and was the IDSA merit award winner for his year. IDEO, www.ideo.com
Arvi Raquel Santos

Arvi Raquel-Santos

Design Director, Weymouth Design

Arvi is an avid snowboarder and wishes to one day be a snowboard bum living in a small cottage in Zermatt, Switzerland. But for the time being, Arvi can be found in San Francisco working as a Design Director with Weymouth Design. He has worked with a number of companies from small start-ups to Fortune 500 on projects ranging from corporate identity, annual reports, websites, environmental design to branding. Arvi is involved with Sappi's Ideas that Matter program, the industry's only grant program aimed at helping designers contribute their talents to the charitable activities that they care about most. Arvi is involved with Project M, an intensive summer program designed to inspire young graphic designers, writers, photographers and other creative people that their work can have a positive and significant impact on the world. In 2009, Arvi joined the board of AIGA San Francisco as Co-Chair for Social Impact. Arvi's work has been recognized by a number of design shows and publications including: Graphis, AR100, Communication Arts, Print, HOW, the BoNE show (Best of New England), Graphic Design USA, The Big Book of Logos, Best of Brochure Design and 1,000 Greetings. In 2009, Arvi joined the board of AIGA San Francisco as Co-Chair for Social Impact.
Christopher Simmons

Christopher Simmons

Creative Director, MINE

Christopher Simmons is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate, and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE™. MINE™ designs identities, books, consumer products, packaging, and print and interactive collateral for scientific visionaries, educational reformists, best-selling authors, museums, design institutions, entrepreneurs, telecommunications giants, and Hollywood producers. Simmons is an adjunct professor of design at the California College of the Arts, a frequent judge and lecturer on design issues around the country, and the author of four books. His most recent book, Just Design, focuses on designing for social causes. MINE, www.minesf.com
Joshua To

Joshua To

Director of Soup Founder of Brute Labs

Joshua founded BRUTE LABS in early 2006 as an experiment to explore what impact a small group of passionate but fully-employed young people could have. He is currently working in Half Moon Bay to start Soup, a company focused on convening diverse groups to address pressing social issues through products, services, and events. For the past 4 years, Josh served as a Program Manager at Google leading technology development for global email communications to advertisers, publishers and users. Joshua founded a socially conscious clothing brand called RESONANCE during his sophomore year at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). By developing strategic partnerships, Joshua created a global label that was sold in 50 international stores. In 2005, Newsweek named Joshua as "one of the top 15 college students in America" for the humanitarian impact he was creating as a result of thoughtful design aimed at fostering social and political awareness. Joshua holds bachelors degrees in Design and Communication Studies from UCLA. Brute Labs, www.brutelabs.org