David Gardner

About The Founder

David Gardner is a former professional basketball player turned entrepreneur who started ColorJar from his bedroom in 2008.

Now one Chicago’s top-rated brand consulting and design firms, ColorJar is on a mission to unlock potential for brands that matter. ColorJar specializes in revitalizing brands at key moments of change to drive business results.

David began his branding career in 2003 when he co-founded positive news website Buzzflood, while balancing student-athlete life as an All-Ivy League basketball player and team MVP at Dartmouth.

He’s also the host of a popular podcast, The Big Jump, where he interviews professional athletes who have created success beyond sports.

David is regularly featured in the media and speaks across the US and internationally on the topics of branding and human reinvention.

David Gardner

David has won awards, spoken, and been featured at:

The Wall Street Journal

The White House

National Public Radio

Chicago Tribune

United Nations



US Department of State


World Economic Forum

Check Out Our Podcast On Reinvention

The Big Jump

Join ColorJar Founder David Gardner as he interviews pro athletes to uncover how they reinvent their identity to create success beyond sports. Listen to the popular podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or search “The Big Jump” on your favorite podcast app.