Meet the Judges

Next week, one person will be awarded $1500 for their Pour Back project. So who will determine the winner? Our awesome panel of judges of course! We invited three of Seattle's very talented creatives to evaluate the finalists' projects. Here they are:



Aaron Shurts - Aaron is an Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Digital, a mobile and emerging technology agency. He is a passionate designer, leader and design educator who attributes his success in the field to his love of all things design and his strong focus on the conceptual creative.

Aaron is also in his second year serving as President of the Seattle chapter of AIGA, The Professional Association for Design. 


David Wykes - With a passion for design that shines through everything he does, David is a Creative Director who works across disciplines to connect dots and develop compelling stories and solutions. He is dedicated to inspiring teams to reach the next level in content quality. David received a degree from the Design For Industry program at Northumbria University in the UK where he won the prestigious Royal Society of Arts and Industry student award. After graduating with highest honors, David worked at London based consultancy PDD for clients including Braun, AT&T, Philips Medical and Yoplait, and also spent time at Microsoft, piloting a design incubation lab. At Teague, David has worked across categories, from medical to consumer packaged goods and everything in between. He has won multiple awards for his high quality work with clients such as Nike, HP, Samsung, Panasonic, Microsoft and SC Johnson. David never stops learning, so he thrives in unfamiliar situations. It’s no surprise that he loves attacking challenges that are out of his comfort zone as he often finds that the trickiest problems have the most exciting solutions. For inspiration, David turns to friends, films and poking fun… often at himself.


Izzie Zahorian - Izzie Zahorian is a Designer at Google who aims to make the world feel smaller. She is currently working on a project called WarmFood, whose goal is to make information on where to find warm meals and shelter more accessible to the homeless. She feels passionate about design as an enabler of change, and is excited about the creative energy in the PNW.