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Nigel Ball

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Nigel Ball started teaching on the Graphic Design programme in 2007 and has been its Course Leader since 2011. He lectures across all levels of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Graphic Illustration) courses on both practical and contextual modules.

Nigel's research investigates visual communication in the everyday, and questions how graphic design in shared environments and public spaces affects human behaviour and psychology. As a result, he has a keen interest in the discipline's wider societal responsibilities. 

Keen to encourage design discourse, Nigel maintains the Field Readings blog dedicated to writing about graphic design and visual culture. He has also contributed to the blog of Eye Magazine: the international review of graphic design; and is currently the revising author for the new edition of Fundamentals of Graphic Design (Bloomsbury, due late 2019). 

Nigel worked in the print trade as a book binder and finisher before gaining his BA (Hons) in Graphic Design & Illustration. He went on to run his own graphic design practice dedicated to clients from the cultural, public and voluntary sectors. He gained his PGCE in Post Compulsory Education in 2005 alongside teaching art and design in Further Education. More recently Nigel completed an MA in Arts Practice, specialising in critical design writing.

Read Nigel's blog here: Field Readings


Specialist interest – Graphic design in shared environments and social responsibility.

General interest – Political graphic design and protest movements.

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