In conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, Compostmodern presents an interactive dialog that will challenge and inspire designers and non-designers alike to consider how we live in an interconnected designed world.
Join Celery Design Studio owner Brian Dougherty and Biomimicry Institute Executive Director Beth Rattner as they discuss their own lens on how the sustainable design landscape has changed in their respective fields of graphic design and non-profit advocacy. The very term “sustainable design” has morphed over the last fifteen years: what’s better now because of it, what isn’t, and what’s next?
Moving beyond material choices, sustainable designers have been using systems thinking and user experience design to create sustainable solutions. This dialogue traces these histories and explores what might be next as we try to design for disruption, behavior change and resilience.
As an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit, this event expands on the summits’ theme of ‘sustainable communities’ when looking at how design, as a holistic practice, shapes behaviors and impacts our communities. We hope that this lively and engaging discussion will inspire deeper commitments from designers to take action and create sustainable change in their communities.
Compostmodern is an event series produced by AIGA SF that connects designers, scientists, and thought leaders to delve into what is known and what is predicted for our future on this planet. The potential —and urgency — of radical creativity achieved through discovery, new thinking and collaboration has never been greater. Since its founding in 2004, Compostmodern has been an internationally recognized forum inspiring and guiding designers to transform products, industries and lives through sustainable design. AIGA SF is the local San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the design professions oldest and largest professional membership organization. AIGA SF is the region’s largest association for designers of all disciplines, backgrounds and levels of experience. AIGA strives to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.
About Global Action Climate Summit
The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.
It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. The Global Action Climate Summit takes place September 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco.
Getting to AIGA SF
Street parking is limited and the nearest parking garage is located at Sutter & Stockton. We encourage guests to use car sharing or take public transportation. We're located blocks away from the Montgomery BART station. We cannot accommodate bikes in our space, however, secure bike parking is located at the Embarcadero BART station, a 15-minute walk to our office.
Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Associate Professor of Design and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco
This event is organized and moderated by Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Associate Professor of Design and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses on Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design, Design Activism Community Engaged Learning and others. She is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design.
Brian Dougherty, Founding Partner + Creative Director, Celery Design
Brian Dougherty is a founding partner and creative director at Celery Design. He specializes in impact design. Brian works across multiple media, including brand strategy, graphics, packaging, and industrial design. Brian is the author of Green Graphic Design and co-founder of The Charlie Cart Project, a mobile teaching kitchen and nutrition education program that has expanded to over 100 communities nationwide. He lectures internationally on the topic of sustainable innovation.
Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry
Beth Rattner is the executive director at the Biomimicry Institute where she guides the Institute’s strategic vision, and manages the organization’s program development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. She speaks publicly on how biomimetic design in products, systems, and processes can bring about a new level of resilience to our economy and ecosystem, which in turn spur new levels of social equity. Previously Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on helping to launch the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, serving as ED and vice president. An attorney by training, Beth was also a managing director for one of the first sustainability business consultant firms, Blu Skye, and business manager for Hewlett Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions (EMS) group. Beth is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School and lives in Marin County, California.