Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Pour Back Grant!

Do you have a great idea to use your design superpower to positively impact your community? We want to hear it!

The Pour Back Grant is officially accepting submissions. How would you use your design power to improve our community socially, economically, environmentally and/or culturally?

If you have an idea, we want to hear it. Send us a completed application for the Pour Back Fund and if your idea is something our judges want to see come to life, you will be awarded a grant to make it happen.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on May 01, 2016.

Submit completed applications to:

Apply now!

Pour Back Winter Wonderland Fundraiser

The holidays may be over, but don’t let the winter blues get you down—it’s time for the first Pour Back fundraiser of 2016! Our winter fundraising party will be hosted by the creative minds at Digital Kitchen and feature cocktails from our sponsor OOLA distillery. Join us for a winter lodge themed evening celebrating local design culture and giving back to the community in the PNW!

When: Thursday, January 28 | 6—9pm
Where: Digital Kitchen | 
720 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

What To Expect
• Silent Auction featuring fantastic work by local artists
• Raffle with lots of awesome prizes from our sponsors
• Winter photo booth
• 2 drinks included with admission
• Delectable snacks
• A great time!

All ticket sales, auction sales, and donations will go directly to the Pour Back Grant Fund to be awarded to designers who want to use their talents to help the community.

Event Sponsors
• Digital Kitchen
• OOLA Distillery
• Tubbs Snowshoes
• Bellevue Martial Arts Academy / Hufana Traditional Arnis Intl.
• Beecher's Handmade Cheese
• The Lusty Letter

Don’t wait, get your tickets now! Quantities are limited and ticket prices go up at the door. You must be 21+ to attend.

AIGA Members: $12 / Potential Members: $17

Door Prices: 
AIGA Members: $15 / Potential Members: $20


Pour Back: Summer Fiesta Fundraiser

It’s time to kick off our first Pour Back fundraiser of the year! Our summer fundraiser will be hosted by PMI on their fabulous rooftop deck in Belltown. Join us for a fiesta-themed evening on the Sound celebrating local design culture and giving back to the community in the Pacific Northwest!

All ticket sales, tips, and donations will go directly to the AIGA Pour Back Fund to be awarded to designers who want to use their talents to help the community.

What to expect
• Silent Auction featuring work by local artists and designers
• Raffle with lots of great prizes
• Rooftop photo booth
• 2 drinks included with admission
• A good time!

What are some of the raffle prizes and auction items? 
• A class voucher from School of Visual Concepts (worth up to a $525)
• Tickets & swag from the Seattle Art Museum
• A variety of notebooks from Shitty Notebooks
• Art prints from local artists
• More to come!

Get your tickets now! 

Advance: $12 for members / $17 for non-members*

Door: $15 for members / $20 for non-members*

*Admission for non-members can also be used towards AIGA membership

You must be 21+ to attend. 

Pour Back 2015 Grant Award goes to "Design for a Trans* Inclusive Seattle"

Last week, we were proud to announce the 3 finalists for the Pour Back 2015 grant, an award of $2500 given to designers who choose to make a positive impact through design. In the end, it was a diverse selection of designers; all of them proposing projects with the best intentions, but tackling different problems. The final teams were:

Archivo - Tyler Monteferrante, Catherine Lim, and Jennifer Cheng 

Design for a Trans* Inclusive Seattle: Towards a Gender Neutral Restroom Locating App - Kate Powell, Caitlin Esworthy, and Michel DeBauge  

Food: Too Good to Waste - Kaito Gengo, Karen Cheng, and Jennifer Otten 

Each team was invited to present their projects at Deloitte Digital, where they were evaluated by three creative leaders in Seattle: Nicole Sarsfield (Deloitte Digital), Gabriel Stromberg (CIVILIZATION), and Devin Liddell (TEAGUE). As each team showcased their ideas and design solutions for social/environmental problems, it became clear that this would be a hard decision. All teams had impressive presentations with thorough research, clear plans, and thoughtful design. At the end of the night, the judges awarded the "Design for a Trans* Inclusive Seattle" team the $2500 grant and mentorship to assist their project's development. The other teams did not go empty handed. Donations were given to the non-profits organizations that they are affiliated with, in hopes that they will aid their cause. 

We congratulate all teams and applaud you for using your talents and designs skills for good.


Meet the Judges

We've got a great panel of judges to award this year's Pour Back winners. Here they are:


Nicole Sarfield  Art Director at Deloitte Digital

Nicole Sarsfield is a senior level creative born and raised in Seattle. She works primarily in digital, but enjoys side projects in letterpress and silk screen. Whatever the medium, she tries to understand the goals of the project and make sure the outcome is pleasing to both users and the client. She has years of design experience in Seattle including The Stranger, ZAAZ, Deloitte Digital and Microsoft.  Outside of work she creates cards, takes photos of chicken, makes meals based on color and hangs out with her dog tidbit aka itty bitty tiddy biddy.

Gabriel Stromberg  Creative Director at CIVILIZATION

Gabriel Stromberg is a Seattle based designer, illustrator, and creative director. He has worked as a lead creative for numerous organizations such as Totokaelo and the Henry Art Gallery. He is currently the Creative Director at Civilization, a design firm with humanity in mind. Civilization is passionate about communicating the greater social, cultural and environmental value of their projects. They work on wide range of multi-disciplinary projects for public, private, non-profit and international clients.

Devin Liddell  Principal Brand Strategist at TEAGUE 

Devin Liddell leads the brand strategy offer for design consultancy Teague, working collaboratively with clients such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Boeing Company, Intel, JW Marriott, Microsoft, and SC Johnson to create research-driven brand strategies and consumer experiences. With more than a decade of experience in brand strategy and design, Liddell has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, higher education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail; his past clients include Amazon, GE, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Nordstrom, Seattle Symphony and Starbucks. His work has been featured in Brandweek and Brand Strategy, and he teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, Washington.