John Greg Ball is an Industrial Designer Artist living in Calgary, Alberta. His body of work includes: large-scale public art, architectural + urban design, residential furniture, street furniture, and commercial product design consultant.
Ball is an instructor of design and technology courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) in Calgary. In past years, worked various capacites in the design industry, was a founding member of the Industrial Designers of Edmonton Association (IDEA), and past President of Media, Architecture, Design, Edmonton (MADE).
My deepest interest lies in the intersection between creative thinking, and the technical processes that enable one to realize an artistic work. At the very core, I am painter and a sculptor. I thrive in creative environments, collaborating with others who share my passion developing ideas to their final form.
Trained as an Artist first, my craft meanders from pencils, brushes and hand carving implements, to more sophisticated digital tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), and CNC fabrication. This inventory of tools allows me to explore and amplify the technical communication of my work through digital images, three-dimensional modelling, simulations, and physical prototyping. I believe strongly that the best projects, no matter the subject, begin with a strong concept- followed by a technically-sound product.
Lastly, I am fascinated with past, present, and future technologies. I find the sophistication of a pre-historic stone tool just as intriguing as the most futuristic of technologies. I am a keen observer of human behavior and fascinated with technologies’ effects on people. Aware that tools and "media" (McLuhan, 1964) are perpetually changing, I am captivated by the idea that “we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” (Culkin, 1967).
-John Greg Ball, MEDes
McLuhan, Marshall. (1964). Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: New York American Library.
Culkin, John. (1967). A Schoolman’s Guide to Marshall McLuhan (Saturday Review: March 18).