Suma has a background in art direction, branding and human-centered design. She has studied and worked in New Delhi, Singapore, Mumbai and New York City.

She strongly believe that design is a powerful tool to bring about change and solve complex social problems. 


Work Experience

Suma currently works as a Senior Visual Designer & Design Researcher at Purpose - where they build and support movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world.

Prior to this, she has worked at creative agencies like Influenster, Please See and Beyondesign. She is also the Founder of Say S, an independent design studio, through which she consults with multiple brands and organizations.


Select clients

  • IKEA Foundation

  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation

  • Fred Hollows Foundation

  • Hewlett Foundation 

  • The 5 Gyres Institute

  • L’Oréal

  • Mamagoto

  • Kalpataru Group 

  • ICICI Bank 

  • The Four Seasons Resorts

Parsons School of Design

Master of Science, Strategic Design & Management

New York City | 2015 - 2017 

LASALLE College of the Arts

B.A. Design Communication

Singapore | 2009 - 2013

Art Direction 
Branding, Advertising, Illustration, User Experience Design, Packaging, Typography, Digital Photography


Strategic Design 

Rapid Prototyping, Design Research, Design Thinking, Design Sprint Methodology, Business Model Development




key skills

© Suma Balaram, 2020 

Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Email