An industrial designer with a career that has connected aesthetics, form and function, Greg Ball has brought his passion for the intersections of creativity and technical need to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at SAIT since 2009.
Ball earned his master’s degree in environmental design from the University of Calgary in 2015. His thesis, investigating the history and invention of sound reproduction technology, stemmed from his own interest in listening to records and digital music. This degree built from a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Alberta and an art and design diploma received from Red Deer College.
While teaching at SAIT, Ball continues to explore his passions as the principle designer for his eponymous design studio and as an instructor in the School of Craft and Emerging Media at the Alberta University of the Arts. From 2007 to 2012, he also taught for the AUA’s Jewelry and Metals Department.
Along with guiding Mechanical Engineering Technology students in product design and development, drawing and future technologies, Ball has served as a faculty advisor for SAIT’s Mechanical Society, Beakerhead Club, Makerspace and the Baja Racing Club, which sees students design, build and race a small off-road vehicle against competing teams from other universities.
Awards and achievements:
- Along with work being published in a variety of online media, books and magazines, was named One to Watch by Western Living Magazine in 2011
- The hoodoo lamp (designed with Shoko Cesar) won Best of Canada and People’s Choice Award by Canadian Interiors magazine and the Best of Canadian Design award from Reader’s Digest in 2006
- Design work has been exhibited at the Toronto Interior Design Show and the Olympics in Vancouver, 2010.
If I wasn't doing this: "I would still be working as an Industrial Designer — designing products and architectural environments in industry."