Hello, my name is Nigel Ball, welcome to Field Readings. I am 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 my writing about graphic design and visual culture, as well as serving as a repository for some of my 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.
Although the contents of Field Readings is deliberately broad, I have a specific interest in the visual culture of public space. In my research, I seek to question how graphic design in the everyday affects environmental ambiences and human behaviour, positioning this within the wider studies of urbanism and visual sociology. Such themes and contexts weave themselves through many of the posts here.
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, publishers or collaborators.
All material, unless otherwise stated © Nigel Ball