Welcome to Field Readings, a blog about graphic design and visual culture by Nigel Ball.

Nigel is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich, and Course Leader for its undergraduate Graphic Design programmes.

Field Readings exists as an online hub for Nigel’s writing about design and visual culture, as well as serving as a repository for some of his ongoing research. While published to be of interest to practicing designers, design students and academics, Field Readings also aims to be accessible to a wider audience with a general interest in visual communication.

Alongside posting his writing here, Nigel has written for the blog of Eye magazine, (see Elsewhere), and he is the revision author of the second edition of The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, (Bloomsbury, 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 Nigel’s own and do not represent the opinions of his employer, clients, publishers or collaborators.

All material, unless otherwise stated, © Nigel Ball