Blair Barnes — Product

Blair brings 30 years of experience designing products, building brands, and bringing product innovations to the world, on behalf of some of the world’s most admired brands, including Oasis, The Scotts Company, Texas Instruments, Gerry Baby (Evenflo), Nike and Leatherman. His recent experiences include directing performance footwear innovations at Nike, and serving as intrepreneur at Leatherman, to create new hand tool products. Blair is named on numerous utility and design patents and his work has appeared in I.D. magazine, Baseball Japan, Outdoor Retailer, Core 77 and Thrasher. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and a Masters of Arts in Design Management and Planning.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“In 1991 I lived in a “granny flat” on the edge of a cliff in Haitaitai (Wellington) New Zealand. The cozy 200 m2 flat had a “million dollar” view of Evan’s bay in the Summer and terrifying Winter gales that rattled the whole house. In January, I loved to watch the Inter-island ferry set out for the South Island from a big picture window in the lounge but there were some August nights when the gale rattling off that same window and lifting the flat created a bit of terror.”