Thank you for visiting. I’m Nigel Ball, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Suffolk and Course Leader for its undergraduate Graphic Design programmes within the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology, (EAST). I am also currently interim Head of Arts, the Arts representative on the School of EAST’s Ethical Research Committee, and the University of Suffolk’s representative on the Ipswich Conservation and Design Panel.

I have written about graphic design, visual culture and creative education for a range of publications. I am the revision author of the second edition of The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (2019, Bloomsbury), and I self-publish my own text and photographic research projects in print and online. Alongside my teaching and writing, I provide design consultancy services to artists, community groups, education providers and freelance practitioners.

My interest in graphic design grew out of the ‘do-it-yourself’ culture of the 1980s, creating artwork for bands and activist groups while working as a print finisher and book-binder. After leaving the print trade to complete a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, I set up a freelance design practice focused on socially responsible design, dedicating my services to clients in the public, cultural and voluntary sectors. In 2003 I started my first teaching post, and joined the University of Suffolk’s graphic design team in 2007.

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