Robert Ayerst

Robert Ayerst

Industrial Designer
Currently: Associate Industrial Designer at Graphic Packaging International
Location: Atlanta GA
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I have a unique and diverse background, with jobs ranging from an in-water crew member on a dive boat to selling text books door to door in Mississippi, and now I design packaging solutions for the beer and soda industry. Every job and experience has brought me closer to my passion - design. I am a thoughtful and meticulous designer, eager to learn and improve my environment through problem solving.

Within my first year of employment out of design school, I filed for six utility patents and was named as primary inventor on five of them. One of those filings represented a design that I created in a pinch for one of our biggest clients, who was threatening to take its business to a competitor. My design saved the contract. I create new packaging solutions and refine old designs in a collaborative environment. I strive to improve the interaction between the user and products as well as furthering the connection of individual brands to packaging. The multi-disciplinary environment of GPI enables me to realize solutions which are not only appealing to consumers and the supply chain, but are also manufacturable at a large scale.

When I am not designing packaging, I am endlessly looking for pain-points and problems to solve in every environment. In the last year, I have come up with two awesome products to make outdoor sport climbing safer and more accessible - both of which I am currently taking steps to commercialize. Although working for a packaging company has given me ample opportunity to learn about scaled manufacturing first hand, my goal is to move to an industry with more emphasis on user-centric design with a larger palate of materials to utilize.

Work Experience



Interests & Groups

  • Anything outdoors
  • Being in the mountains
  • Anything ocean related
  • Scuba diving
  • Free diving
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Survival skills
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpting
  • Problem solving
  • Finding cool backpacks
  • Playing music (banjo and Acoustic/electric guitar)
  • Sewing
  • Machining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bouldering
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Endurance Mountain Biking
  • Road Cycling
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • SUP (stand up paddle boarding)
  • no groups

Education History





Founder & CEO at Rad Season  


Pearl Izumi USA, Inc.
CamelBak Products, LLC
Patagonia, Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.