Jan Ballard holds the 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 a gamut of courses including Communication Graphics, Portfolio&Marketing, Typography, 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 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, 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. Recently, Jan 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. 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.