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Nigel Ball

Senior Lecturer / Course Leader for Graphic Design

Nigel's 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 and completing a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design & Illustration, he set-up his own studio practice dedicating his time to clients from the cultural, public and voluntary sectors. He started his first teaching post in 2003 and joined University of Suffolk’s graphic design team in 2007. He has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and an MA in Arts Practice.


Ideas Generation in Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration
Contextual Studies
Applying Critical Perspectives
Work Based Learning
Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration Portfolio Development
Personal and Professional Critical Review


Research interests

Nigel’s research focuses on the visual culture of public space, questioning how graphic design in the everyday affects environmental ambiences and human behaviour. In this, he positions his research within the wider studies of urbanism and visual sociology. He investigates these contexts through photography and writing, self-publishing his visual and textual responses in print and online. Nigel 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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Virtually Speaking, (London, Eye Magazine, 2020) Read here

Review: The Graphic Design Process: How to be Successful in Design School by Anitra Nottingham and Jeremy Stout in Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, Volume 19, Number 1 (Intellect, 2020)

The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, Second Edition with Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) 

Aesthetics of Convenience, (Ipswich, Field Readings, 2019)

The People's History Museum, (Ontario, Mainly Museums, 2019) Read here

Ending the War on Wildlife, (London, Eye Magazine, 2018) Read here 

Creative Collaboration, (London, Creative Review and Dropbox, 2018) Download 

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

Survival Guide, (London, Eye Magazine, 2016) Read here 

Gutter Press, (London, Eye Magazine, 2016) Read here

Graphic Language, (Essex, EngLangBlog, 2015) Read here 

Design For Life, (London, Eye Magazine, 2015) Read here 

Back When The Future Looked Bright, (London, Eye Magazine, 2013) Read here

McJunk, (Ipswich, Dubdog Publishing, 2011).