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Nigel Ball

Lecturer and Course Leader


Nigel Ball joined the Graphic Design team in 2007 and has been 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 shared environments, and in particular, how graphic design in the everyday affects human behaviour and psychology. As a result he has a keen interest in the discipline's wider societal responsibilities. He explores these contexts through photography and writing, producing self-published texts and photobooks as a record of his investigations.

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 peer-reviews publications for Bloomsbury Publishing. He regularly attends design conferences, lectures and events; and is a member of the Typographic Circle and the Graphic Design Educators' Network.

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 in 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 achieved an MA in Arts Practice, specialising in critical design writing.

Read Nigel's blog here: Field Readings