Compostmodern Sustainability Conference


Presented by AIGA San Francisco, Compostmodern is an interdisciplinary design conference dedicated to transforming products, industries, and lives through sustainable design choices. What started as a way to catalyze the sustainability conversation has now become a world-class event and a reference point for the design profession.

The conference name was conceived as a way to view communication in a new way that pushed the boundaries of what is possible. The 2011 event will build upon the success of 2009, expanding the one-day event to two days. The new format will include inspirational speakers, as in the past, and will also feature networking sessions, opportunities for open discussion, and platforms for launching real-world projects.

  • Day one, which will be held in the Herbst Theatre, includes presentations from luminaries and cutting-edge thinkers.
  • Day two will be an UnConference where participants will drive breakout sessions and incubate projects.



Gaby Brink (AIGA SF Sustainability Chair) was lead producer with counterparts Phil Hamlett (AIGA Center for Sustainable Design) and Don Savoie (AIGA SF Executive Director). The 2008 event drew 600 attendees from all over the country. The addition of Joel Makower as emcee and speaker podcasts on the website further extended the conference’s reach and appeal.


The event was moved to the Herbst Theatre and once again Gaby Brink was lead producer with counterparts Phil Hamlett and Don Savoie. The event drew 600 attendees from all over the country. The event was webcast live and edited content was made available to other AIGA chapters and educational institutions for viewing parties.


Two-Day Compostmodern