Jan Ballard holds a BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the Texas Christian University faculty in 1986. Since then she has taught and assisted in the development of courses including Communication Graphics, Intermediate Communication Graphics, Typography I, II, and III, Corporate Identity, Publication Design, Professional Recognition, and Senior Thesis. Her teaching provides students with a solid foundation of the history and anatomy of type, and an examination of the principles of hierarchy and legibility at work within an individual letterform, to sentence, to paragraph, to page.
In her professional practice, she has worked for non profits, local design studios, regional advertising agencies, and a national public relations firm. Jan’s design work has been featured in Print’s Regional Design Annual, AAF Fort Worth ADDY Awards, and International Association of Business Communicators’ Bronze Quill Awards. She is committed to arts in elementary education and is a founding board member of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts charter school.
In 2018, Jan was one of sixty international teachers featured in Teaching Graphic Design, Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, edited by Steven Heller and published by Allsworth Press. Mr. Heller is the chair of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Design: The Designer as Author + Entrepreneur, NYC. He is the author of over 140 books about graphic design.
In June 2017, Jan presented a poster featuring a Corporate Identity assignment collaborating with Neeley Entrepreneurs at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Educators Community (DEC) sponsored “Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship” Conference at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).
Later in 2017, she presented at Big Design Conference in Addison, Texas. An event for user experience and usability professionals, digital marketers, designers, content strategists and developers. With over 1,000 attendees, the event features speakers from Verizon, MetLife, Kent State University, IBM, Sabre, Cisco, Microsoft, University of Texas at Dallas, ADT, ExxonMobil, projekt202, Oracle, Shopify, AT&T, and Adobe.
In 2016, she presented at the National Student Show and Conference (NSSC), Educator Forum, sponsored by Dallas Society of Visual Communications (DSVC). She is also a frequent attendee and presenter at TypeCon sponsored by the Society of Typographic Aficionados (STA).
Jan has been nominated for the Wassenich Award for Mentoring, and was honored as the Faculty of the Year in the TCU College of Fine Arts by the TCU Student Government Association.
In 2016, Jan won a TCU Global Innovator grant. This program brings groundbreaking individuals from developing countries to the TCU campus to participate in multi-disciplined curricular and co-curricular programs. Ms. Ballard is working with seventeen year old Filipino UN-affiliated youth activist, Chloe Reynaldo, on a book about youth sexual and gender rights.
In 2015, Ms. Ballard was selected as one of fifteen international participants in the School of Visual Art (SVA) Masters Workshop in Rome with co-founders Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. She worked with faculty including Louise Fili, Mauro Zennaro, and James Clough.