Jacob Ballard

Senior Industrial Designer, Newell Brands 

Jacob is a Senior Industrial Designer at Newell Brands in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated from Purdue University in 2009 and after, started his own freelance design business. He then transitioned to the global ID team at Purina Petcare in St. Louis. There, he helped the team create the future product vision for pet owners and their furry family members. His last design adventure brought him to Denver, CO where he co-ran a design studio focused on lifestyle products and tapping into the rich entrepreneurial culture that Denver fostered. Today, at Newell, he works within the Global Design Center and gets to play with cross-disciplines to help create the future within an ever-growing portfolio of products and brands. His desk is guarded by Gundam models and an 18in Ninja Turtle figure. Over the past year, he's found a love for interacting with the Instagram Design Community and you can find him through his handle @sketchfresh. He loves chatting nerdy design, so feel free to say hello. If you have a new hip hop mixtape to turn him onto, you'll be fast friends!