You are here

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
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
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.

Read Nigel's blog at
Follow @_nigelball on Twitter and Instagram 



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) Available at:

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

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

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

Survival Guide, (London, Eye Magazine, 2016) Available at:

Gutter Press, (London, Eye Magazine, 2016) Available at:

Graphic Language, (Essex, EngLangBlog, 2015) Available at:

Design For Life, (London, Eye Magazine, 2015) Available at:

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

McJunk, (Ipswich, Dubdog Publishing, 2011).