Hello, my name is Nigel Ball, I am a graphic design educator, photographer and writer based in Ipswich, UK. This website serves as an online hub for my writing and as a repository for my ongoing research.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Suffolk and Course Leader for its undergraduate Graphic Design programmes. Alongside academia, I write about graphic design and visual culture. I am an occasional contributor to the blog of Eye magazine, the revision author for the second edition of Bloomsbury’s Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (2019), and I have contributed to a number of publications and self-published my own texts and photography.
My interest in graphic design grew out of the do-it-yourself culture of the 1980s and ‘90s, when I created artwork for bands and environmental / social justice activist groups while working as a print finisher and book binder. After leaving the print trade and studying graphic design, I ran my own freelance practice dedicating my services to the cultural, social and voluntary sectors. I started my first teaching post in 2003.
Published design writing / contributions
(2020) Virtually speaking Eye Magazine
(2020) The Graphic Design Process: How to be Successful in Design School Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education (v. 19, no. 1)
(2019) The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, 2nd edition (with Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris) Bloomsbury
(2019) The Aesthetics of Convenience Field Readings Publications
(2019) The People’s History Museum Mainly Museums
(2018) Ending the war on wildlife Eye Magazine
(2018) Creative Collaboration, a report Creative Review / Dropbox
(2017) Proposing the Graphic Commons Field Readings Publications
(2016) Survival guide Eye Magazine
(2016) Graphic Interruptions Dubdog
(2016) Gutter press Eye Magazine
(2015) Graphic language English Language Blog
(2014) Design for life Eye Magazine
(2013) Back when the future looked bright Eye Magazine
(2011) McJunk Dubdog
Writings on music
(2018–present) A Different Kitchen
All views expressed on this website and in his writing elsewhere are those of Nigel Ball and do not represent the opinions of his employer, clients, publishers or collaborators.
All material, unless otherwise stated © Nigel Ball