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.