Let's Collaborate

“A designer's role is a role of good citizenship.”
— Milton Glaser

Civilization is a design practice that works with causes, clients and partners that share our commitment for creating positive change and promoting a greater awareness of the world.

We do this by building brands, concepts, experiences, printed matter, and digital platforms. Education is integrated into our day-to-day practice. Through hosting workshops, lectures, and our on-going podcast–Beyond This Point, we hope to inspire conversation and connection.

Our work has been featured in NPR, Fast Company, Under Consideration, IDPure, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, TedMed, Time, Buzzfeed, The Verge, Wired

We have led talks, workshops and classes at CreativeMornings, Practivism, Seattle Interactive Conference, Western Washington University, Seattle Art Museum, The Frye Art Museum, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, Northwest College of Art & Design, Yesler Community Center, General Assembly, In Bed with Designers — Hong Kong

Clients + Partners

  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • AIA
  • AIGA
  • Alaskan Design Forum
  • Amanda Ringstad
  • Bianco Artist Management
  • Bianco Light + Space
  • Brian Paquette
  • Butterfly
  • City Arts Magazine
  • The Clymb
  • Cornell University
  • Design in Public
  • Design Within Reach
  • Dunn and Hobbes
  • Forterra
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Global Yodel
  • Granite Films
  • Gray Magazine
  • Henry Art Gallery
  • The JANDS Center
  • Knoll
  • Linksbridge
  • Marten Law
  • Mastercard Foundation
  • Michael Hebb
  • Microsoft
  • Mohawk
  • NBBJ
  • The New Foundation
  • Noise for the Needy
  • Northwest Film Forum
  • Now Matters Now / Group Health
  • Nube9
  • Ogden Murphy Wallace
  • Olderbrother
  • One Pot
  • Orleans + Winder
  • Owen Richards Architects
  • Project No. 8
  • Saffel Creative
  • Seattle Design Foundation
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
  • Shabazz Palaces
  • So So Def Recordings
  • Sorrento Hotel
  • Sound Transit
  • Sub Pop
  • Tendai Maraire
  • Tim Leberecht
  • Totokaelo
  • Trefethen Family Vineyards
  • US Department of Energy
  • Usmani
  • Visual Contact
  • Vitruvi
  • Vulcan
  • World Economic Forum


Civilization was built on a collaborative foundation by Michael Ellsworth, Corey Gutch and Gabriel Stromberg. The collective intelligence of our team comes from dedication and experience in the fields of graphic design, technology and the arts with diverse organizations — from museums to Fortune 100 companies.

Michael Ellsworth
Co-Founder / Principal
Molly Derse
Programming & Partnerships
Raya Leary
Project Manager
Corey Gutch
Co-Founder / Principal
Shaun Kardinal
Lead Web Developer
Alison McKay
Web Developer
Gabriel Stromberg
Creative Director
Òscar Viñas
Giancarlo Cateriano
Junior Designer


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