Pour Back is awarding $2500 for your next project!

Design is a Superpower, capable of influencing people and solving big problems. We’re looking for a few good Superheroes.

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 of $2500 to make it happen. Apply here.

Submissions will be accepted until February 2, 2015 at midnight. 

 Application Criteria

  • You must be a graphic designer in North America. You might work solo, in a studio, an agency, in-house, as a teacher, or as a student – so long as you call yourself a designer, you’re qualified to apply for the Pour Back grant. Group applications are cool so long as everyone in the group complies with the above.
  • Your project must use the power of Design for Good. We judge projects based on how much positive impact they can have on the community socially, economically, environmentally, and culturally. If we can’t see the good, you can’t see the cash.
  • Fill out the PDF application COMPLETELY. Unfinished and poorly completed applications are a waste of your time and the judges. Make sure your application clearly explains what you want to do, how you plan to do it and why it’s important. Your judges will include the AIGA community, industry leaders, and your peers. 
  • Submit supporting visuals for your concept. Include with your application final visualizations, and other supporting media such as; video, photos, sketches, graphics, writings, renderings, etc. Your visual (excluding videos) should be high quality (300 dpi) and fit on an 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper. You’re a visual designer; this should be the easy part. Keep in mind your work may also be displayed on the AIGA site.
  • If you win, we expect to see action. The Pour Back Fund was established to benefit the community through design, so we want to see it happen. If awarded the grant, we require you to check in quarterly with AIGA to give progress updates, including your fund-use specified in the application and any results. You will be given opportunities to promote your project on the AIGA blog and potentially to present at future Pour Back events.

Pour Back: Thanksgiving Edition

Give thanks and give back at our fall fundraiser at WeWork in South Lake Union! 

Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving party, as we support design for good. All of the ticket sales will go to the Pour Back Fund, a grant given to designers with projects that benefit the Pacific Northwest Community. We'd be really thankful if you made it!

What to expect?

  • Silent Auction featuring Seattle artists and designers
  • Raffle with lots of great prizes
  • -Sip and Sketch hosted by FiftyThree
  • Woodland Creatures Photobooth
  • Cornhole
  • Hilliard's Beer station
  • Schilling Cider station
  • Pie Station with sweet & savory Thanksgiving pies
  • More to come!


Raffle prizes / Auction items


Tickets
AIGA $10 ($15 at the door)
Non-Member $15 ($17 at the door)

You must be 21+ to attend.

Design for Good: A Dialogue on Creative Social Change

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Design for good is an important movement in the global design community, but what exactly does it mean and how can you become a part of it? How does design thinking come into play when it comes to solving social problems?  How can you make an impact and still make a living? We are starting the conversation here in Seattle and want to invite you to become a part of it.

Join AIGA Seattle Wednesday October 15, 2014 at the Frye Art Museum, as we start to define what design for social change means in the Seattle design community. We are bringing together a multidisciplinary panel of graphic designers, strategists, business owners, and product designers to open up the conversation and share what it means for them in their professional lives.

Perspectives will be presented on funding self-initiated projects, working with non-profit clients, the importance of corporate social responsibility for large companies, running your own design firm focused on social change, leading an in-house creative department of a global non-profit, and product design that improves people's lives. We look forward to a lively Q&A following the panel.

Let’s start the conversation together.

Our panelists include:
Cornelius Brudi, PATH, Creative Director
Michael Ellsworth, CIVILIZATION, Founding Partner / Principal
Leslie Hale, Methodologie, Chief Strategy Officer
Masuma Henry, Artefact, Executive Director
Joel Meyers, Fuse IQ, Founding Partner and Director of Business Development

Moderator:
Gage Mitchell, Modern Species, Partner & Creative Director and AIGA Seattle President

Doors open at 6pm
Panel Begins at 6:30pm

Following the event, walk a couple blocks to the after party at Vito's for a chance to talk with the panelists further and make some new connections.

Get updates and invite your friends and colleagues on our Facebook event page!