Jonathan Ball – Principal, Designmine

Jonathan is an independent designer who has built his career on using the practice of human-centred design to help organisations achieve new levels of innovation. He began his career in product design, where he designed a diverse range of consumer products, from toys to toilet seats to industrial products for the oil, fishing and forestry sectors. All of Jonathan’s designs were manufactured and sold with great success – success that he attributes to the human-centred design principles that have been with him from the very beginning. Jonathan is a part of a number of respected associate networks.

As a Design Associate for Design Council he initiated the internationally recognised Design Atlas and created the Design Opportunities Tool, which sits as the core of all Design Council coaching activity. He is a part of the team that led the creation and delivery of its coaching programmes, which accelerate the commercialisation of science, speed businesses growth and transform the delivery of public services.

Jonathan has worked directly with many of Design Council’s clients, including manufacturing and service businesses and public bodies of all sizes, as well as the Government departments Home Office, BIS and Government Office for Science. Having helped shape and deliver Innovation by Design at the Centre for Design Innovation in Ireland – the first EU sponsored user-centred business support programme – Jonathan co-authored the Business Support Canvas; a strategic approach to the evaluation, development and delivery of publicly funded design and innovation programmes.

Recent work includes three years as an independent Programme Director and Lead Instructor for LUMA Institute in Pittsburgh where his work supported LUMA’s rapid growth and enabled their global reach with clients that include McDonalds, Honeywell, Autodesk, Prudential and DBS; one of Asia’s leading banks. Jonathan also works with a leading broadcasting and media corporation, where he is developing an approach to creative decision-making.