Hello, my name is Nigel Ball, welcome to Field Readings. I am a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Course Leader for the undergraduate Graphic Design provision at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich.
Field Readings exists as a place for me to publish my writing about graphic design and visual culture, as well as serving as a repository for some of my ongoing research. While Field Readings is mainly published to be of interest to graphic designers, design students and academics; it also aims to be accessible to a wider audience with a general interest in visual communication.
I have a specific interest in the relationship between graphic design and public space, (the graphic commons), as well as the discipline’s wider societal responsibilities. However, Field Readings also touches on design education, design history, alongside exhibition and book reviews and many other aspects of graphic design and its related contexts.
As well as writing here, I have also written for the blog of Eye magazine, (see Elsewhere), and I am currently the revision author for The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (Bloomsbury Academic, due 2019).
Field Readings takes its name from Helen Armstrong’s Graphic Design Theory: Readings From The Field, (2009), published by Princeton Architectural Press.
All views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the opinions of my employer, clients, publisher or collaborators.
All material, unless otherwise stated, © Nigel Ball