New Sharing Systems


Sarah Grubisich
The Everyday Potluck
We make meals and share moments where the joy of good food connects people and promotes a healthier, happier community.

Alex Phan
We are committed to providing a convenient, affordable, and sustainable bike waste service that increases cycling, promotes health, reduces emissions, and preserves the environment.
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Margot O'Malley
Harvest Your Hopes
We help communities reduce their food waste footprint to grow into resilient and self-sufficient neighborhoods. Our app connects individuals together in order to share food by passing over leftovers, hosting dinner parties, or coordinating meal preps for those who need it. We also provide compost resources and collection.

Sylvia Coogan
We strive to provide accessible and affordable board games through a rental/trading system that reduces waste and offsets negative environmental impacts. Our service minimizes shelf time while maximizing playing time. Through our programs, we aim to ensure that no board game component in our possession gets sent to the landfill. We remain transparent with our customers and invite them to join us in making the world a bit greener by connecting with their communities.

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Project Brief

Locate a product or service that just keeps adding to our landfill and/or carbon to our atmosphere and rethink it as a NEW sharing service-based system. Like DepopLinks or a Gigcarshare, find a model that is already working and use that as inspiration for yours keeping in mind the carbon footprint of your solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Information Design
  • Systems Thinking
  • Branding
  • Circular Economy 


  • A visual system for how this service works. This can happen on a website, printed materials, or video (or all/other)
  • Branding applied to the necessary components of the service system (in mockups)



This was the first time teaching this project. So, there were hiccups. Namely, this is more of a visual communication project, but the Sustainable Design students involved have a deeper experience in architecture and urban planning. Therefore, the learning curve with branding, information design, and the software best to complete both was steeper than if this was in a senior visual communication design classroom.  

This project should run more smoothly in a visual communications classroom, with the caveat that the learning curve will be about learning more about the circular economy models. 

This project was co-created with Sage Lenier, a youth climate activist who runs Sustainable and Just Future. It was conceived on the podcast Climify.

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