What Is Community Supportive Design?

Community Supportive Design (CSD) is loosely based upon the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) food system model. In a traditional CSA, members buy a “share” in the farm early in the season allowing the farmer to purchase seed, amendments, etc., in preparation for the growing season. Once the season is underway, CSA members receive a weekly box of in-season produce. If the weather is good, the crop is bountiful. If the weather is not, well…

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk: in most CSAs, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of “we’re in this together.”  – localharvest.org/csa/

Shared risk. What a wonderful concept. The notion of community members striving to support one another in earnest is really quite remarkable in its simplicity. It strips away all pretentiousness from the “usual commercial transaction.” At its core, shared risk boils down to trust, faith, and goodwill. It is with these three principles that Community Supportive Design was born.

How Does It Work?

There are three primary ways CSD works:

1. Purchase a CSD share for any amount you want and then “draw” from the share as you like for any graphic design needs that may arise.

2. Make interest-free monthly payments (after a minimum 20% share deposit*) for up to 12 months.

3. Just simply pay cash for each service.

The CSD system can really be that simple. Of course, there will always be the occasional hiccup to any plan, so send me a message and let’s talk.

Interest-Free? Really?

Yes, interest-free for up to 12 months. Why? Well, paying $1,000 for a service you need can be a financial strain for many of us. But $200 down for the same service and 8 monthly payments of $100 is manageable. It seems like a fair and reasonable thing to do. It’s my way of being supportive of the community.

 * A minimum 50% share deposit required for Silk Screen orders and other similar orders that require a third-party vendor.