Roger Ball (designer)

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Roger Ball is a professor of industrial design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in the School of Design and the Leader of Master of Design Practices and the Asian Ergonomics Lab.[1]

Ball was also the co-founder of Paradox Design, a Canadian design firm that created sports products such as helmets, body armor, eyewear, for clients such as Itech Sports, Burton Snowboards, Bell Sports, Brine Lacrosse, Nike, Bauer, Fisher-Price, and Smith Goggles.[2]

Roger Ball received his Master of Fine Arts from Domus Academy and his PhD in Design and Ergonomics from the Delft University of Technology.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1998 he won the IDEA/BusinessWeek Award Silver Medal - Sports Category for the Skycap Snowboard helmet.In 2008 his SizeChina anthropometric research survey won four major international awards: IDEA/BusinessWeek Gold Medal -Research Category,[3] IDEA/BusinessWeek - Best in Show (co-winner with Apple iPhone),[4] Fortune Magazine(China)- China's Most Successful Design Award{, Design For Asia Award- Grand Prize. In 2009 he won the Red Dot Award and was a finalist for the Index: Award - Design to Improve Life.[5] He won the 2009 Presidents Award for Research from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Dr. Ball is the Director of the SizeChina research project which created a database of over 2000 Chinese head and face shapes in order to develop the first generation of "China Fit" products for the sports, entertainment, fashion, and medical fields.

Work with Suzanne Somers on Broadway[edit]

In 2003 he was the lighting director for Suzanne Somers' 2003 Broadway debut, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, which garnered mostly negative reviews and closed early, with one reviewer commenting, "Roger Ball lights Somers obsessively." [6]


  1. ^ "Master of Design Scheme (Design Practices)". Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty". The Hong Kong Polytechnical University: School of Design. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  3. ^ Mak, Bill. "SizeChina". Industrial Designers Society of America. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  4. ^ Thompson, Gigi. "IDSA AND BUSINESSWEEK NAME IDEA08 WINNERS". International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  5. ^ Anderson, Porter. "SizeChina". Design to Improve Life. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Review: The Blonde in the Thunderbird". 17 July 2005. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

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