CHRIS AND RENÉE BALLARD LAUNCHED LEX DESIGN AGENCY IN NOVEMBER 2018.

WE HAVE ONE SINGULAR GOAL - DELIVER OUR CLIENTS BRILLIANT DESIGN BALANCED WITH PRACTICAL APPLICATION.

HOW WE WORK

We value collaboration, innovation and ideation, but that’s only ever our starting point. It’s where we go from there that separates the wheat from the chaff, and us from every other design agency.

With every brief that comes is, we get curious. We pick and unpick, we research, we think big, we think macro, we create, we refine, we work and re-work, until what we’ve designed exceeds the expectations of what our clients asked for.

Located in Melbourne, we work locally, nationally & globally.

 

“THERE ARE THREE RESPONSES TO A PIECE OF DESIGN – YES, NO, AND WOW!”

MILTON GLASER - NEW YORK

WHO RUNS THE SHOW…

Renée Ballard

Co-founder - Sales & Marketing Director

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Renée’s love of retail started early. The first time she realised retail was her spiritual home, was in the 1980s. As a kid, every year, Melbourne’s infamous Georges Department Store would throw their annual invite-only Christmas party. It was pure 80s opulence; harpists played as champagne and canapés circulated the floor and legendary cartoonist Weg was on-hand to sketch caricatures. It was at this precise moment, Renée knew she was where she rightfully belonged! Since then, she has lent forward and watched the Australian retail scene explode into the thriving industry it is now.

Running alongside Renée’s love of retail, is her ten years’ of experience in marketing, PR and communications. Working with companies of all sizes, from the ASX listed to solopreneurs, Renée helped companies identify their unique DNA and voice, so they could attract their target audience. Renée draws from her marketing and communications experience and skills to help Lex’s clients realise their bigger business goals through the design solutions Lex delivers.  

Chris Ballard

Co-founder - Design Director

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Chris is one of those rare humans who knew what he wanted to do, and then went and did it. After graduating from RMIT with a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1999, Chris has been working in the design industry ever since. The secret to Chris’ endless creativity is he is a natural problem solver. He pulls things apart just to find out how they work, then enjoys putting them back together again. Chris sees a design problem as a design challenge just looking for a solution.

Originally an industrial designer, Chris is Australia’s leading retail designer. Chris began his career as a Junior Designer back in 2000 with an international agency, based in Melbourne. As the agency’s client portfolio grew, Chris moved up through the ranks to Senior Designer, then following a move to Sydney, he became the General Manager of Design. In 2016, Chris was promoted to Design Director – Asia and moved to Hong Kong to oversee design teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Jakarta. After two years in Hong Kong, Chris returned to Australia to launch Lex Design Agency.