Visual Designer | Influenster
New York City, United States
January 2018 - Present

Ambassador + Freelance Designer | The 5 Gyres Institute
New York City, United States
December 2016 - Present

Design Consultant | Taproot Foundation
New York City, United States
May 2017 - Present

Strategic Design Consultant | Todd Bracher Studio
New York City, United States
September - December 2017

Design Strategist, Parsons - The New School Chapter | Net Impact
New York City, United States
February - May 2017

Design + Research Intern | Parley for the Oceans
New York City, United States
September - December 2016

Jr. Creative Designer | Please See Advertising
Mumbai, India
January - August 2015

Summer Intern | 17000 ft. Foundation
Ladakh, India
May - August 2014

Graphic Designer | Beyondesign
Mumbai, India
November 2013 - April 2014

Jr. Designer | Brandmovers India
Mumbai, India
August - October 2013




Suma Balaram is a designer who enjoys exploring different mediums of craft and illustration. Her expertise lies in branding, art direction, end-to-end experience design and design research. 

After graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Design Communication in 2013, Suma moved back to India where she was a part of a wide range of projects. From UI/UX to packaging and print design, her interest in visual communication grew immensely while she worked in Mumbai. Curious to learn more about the integration between business and design, Suma moved to New York City in 2015 to pursue her Masters in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design. 

Professionally, Suma has experience working across several industries - consumer goods, skincare & beauty, fashion, hospitality, entertainment and technology. 

Largely focussing her personal work on creating awareness around social and environmental problems, she has worked closely with non profits and other organizations in India, Mexico, Africa and the United States. Her passion for the ocean and wildlife have a strong influence on her work.

Branding, Illustration, Packaging, Art Direction, UX/UI Design, Service Design, Design Research, Brand Strategy, Design Thinking, Prototyping, Human-centered Design, Facilitating Workshops

Adobe Creative Suite - Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects,  Premiere Pro, Flash - InVision, Sketch, Keynote, iMovie, Microsoft Office