CompostModern 2011: Design Influencing Consumption Behaviors

Autodesk’s recent partnership with UK-based Granta Design has the sustainable design world all abuzz. It partnered Autodesk’s world class design software with one of the best databases of sustainability characteristics of input materials. There is a strong and growing awareness that sustainable design can contribute significantly to a sustainable economy.

An upcoming event in San Francisco, January 22-23rd, produced by the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)-San Francisco, pushes the envelope on how design influences consumption. Titled “Fertile Ground for Designing a Sustainable Future,” CompostModern was founded in 2003.

Speakers at the event include Yves Behar, Designer of One Laptop per Child’s $100 laptop, and Scott Thomas, Design Director at Obama for America. The first day consists of workshop sessions and speakers. The second day, which is new for this year’s CompostModern, is an unconference, where participants can come together to discuss design concepts, educate each other, and co-create projects.

Last year, 600+ participants attended from all over the country. This year, a similar crowd is expected. Events are also simulcast and videos will be edited for use by other AIGA chapters outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Registration is $99 for students, $199 for professionals.


Scott Cooney is author of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill), and Principal of, through which he teaches workshops to help people start green businesses both online and in person.

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Scott Cooney, Principal of and author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill, November 2008), is also a serial ecopreneur who has started and grown several green businesses and consulted several other green startups. He co-founded the ReDirect Guide, a green business directory, in Salt Lake City, UT. He greened his home in Salt Lake City, including xeriscaping, an organic orchard, extra natural fiber insulation, a 1.8kW solar PV array, on-demand hot water, energy star appliances, and natural paints. He is a vegetarian, an avid cyclist, ultimate frisbee player, and surfer, and currently lives in the sunny Mission district of San Francisco. Scott is working on his second book, a look at microeconomics in the green sector.In June 2010, Scott launched, a sustainability consulting firm dedicated to providing solutions to common business problems by leveraging the power of the triple bottom line. Focused exclusively on small business, GBO's mission is to facilitate the creation and success of small, green businesses.