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Nigel Ball

Senior Lecturer and Graphic Design Course Leader

Nigel joined the Graphic Design programme at University of Suffolk in 2007 and has been Course Leader since 2011. His graphic design practice grew out of the 'do-it-yourself' culture of the 1980s, producing artwork for bands and activist groups while working as a print finisher and book binder. After leaving the print trade to complete a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design & Illustration, Nigel set up his own studio practice dedicated to clients from the cultural, public and voluntary sectors. Nigel started his first teaching post in 2003, and has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and an MA in Arts Practice.

Ideas Generation in Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration
Contexts in Graphic Design and Illustration
Design and Illustration Analysis
Conceptual Projects
Work Based Learning
Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration Portfolio Development
Personal Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration Projects
Dissertation (contributor)
Critical Review


Research interests
Nigel's research investigates the visual culture of shared environments, and in particular how graphic design in public spaces can affect psychology and behaviour. He explores these contexts through writing, photography and self-publishing. Nigel also maintains the Field Readings blog dedicated to critical writing about graphic design and visual culture, and is an occasional contributor to the blog of Eye magazine, the International Review of Graphic Design.

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Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (London, Bloomsbury Academic) Forthcoming 2019.

Field Readings: On Graphic Design and Visual Culture, (2019) Available at:

Ending the War on Wildlife, (2018) Available at:

Creative Collaboration, (London, Creative Review and Dropbox, 2018) Available at: 

Proposing The Graphic Commons, (Ipswich, Field Readings, 2017).

Survival Guide, (2016) Available at:

Gutter Press, (2016) Available at:

Graphic Language, (2015) Available at:

Design For Life, (2015) Available at:

Back When The Future Looked Bright, (2013) Available at:

McJunk, (Ipswich, Dubdog Publishing, 2011).