Daniel Ballou is a Long Beach native who grew up immersed in Southern California culture; i.e. skateboarding, playing music and hanging out in parking lots. Equipped with a degree in Industrial Design from California State University and after working for several leading firms in Los Angeles and Boston, he founded dashdot, a design consulting studio, in 2007. Since then, he and his team have been operating in a wide range of industries including consumer products, housewares and apparel. He has won numerous awards, including an IDEA Award and several Good Design Awards.