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.

Although the contents of Field Readings is deliberately broad, Nigel has a specific interest in the visual culture of public space. In this, he seeks to question how graphic design in the everyday affects environmental ambiences and human behaviour, and positions his research within the wider studies of urbanism and visual sociology. These 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 Nigel’s own and do not represent the opinions of his employer, clients, publishers or collaborators.

All material, unless otherwise stated © Nigel Ball