Compostmodern was conceived and produced by Phil Hamlett, Jennifer Pattee and Amos Klausner as a production of the AIGA San Francisco chapter in conjunction with Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA SF). The inaugural event drew over 400 people — demonstrating there was a very high interest level in sustainable design solutions. 

January 24, 2004
California College of the Arts, San Francisco 

At the 2004 event, remarks from keynote speaker Richard Nelson Swett — a former US Congressman, US Ambassador (to Denmark) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow — set the stage for the day. Additional speakers included representatives from Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, WSP/Environmental North America and ReadyMade magazine. Presenters from Anderson Lithograph, New Leaf Paper, Stora Enso and MOTO Engineering addressed production considerations, while Bob Adams from IDEO, John Bielenberg, Nathan Shedroff and Brian Dougherty of Celery Design examined business practice from a design firm perspective.

Also on hand was an exhibit of sustainable project examples, a bookstore and sponsor tables for further information. With seventeen speakers and a sellout crowd of over 300 attendees — most of whom stayed through the DJ set that capped the day’s events — Compostmodern 2004 was a success by any measure.

Compostmodern 2004 was made possible by generous donations from Hewlett-Packard and Stora Enso, a grant from Alameda County Waste Management, as well as in-kind donations by Anderson Lithograph and New Leaf Paper.

Compostmodern 2004 creative development by Gary and Robert Williams.