Nigel Ball

Recent blog posts by Nigel Ball

Virtually speaking

24 June 2020

Design educator Nigel Ball weighs in on the positives that Covid-instigated online talks have offered students who live far from big cities
It seems inappropriate to suggest that some good has come out of Covid-19 – given the number of people who have died, and the sacrifices that many have made, writes Nigel Ball

Ending the war on wildlife

24 October 2018

Harry Woodgate’s science-driven illustration and design for A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife creates a human connection for its readers
In the long history of manifestos, many are as visually engaging as they are strong in their rhetoric. So when Chris Packham decided to publish A People’s Manifesto For Wildlife, he turned to illustrator and designer Harry Woodgate to help with his vision, writes Nigel Ball.

Survival guide

17 November 2016

At Firstsite in Essex, Gee Vaucher’s ‘Introspective’ covers a long career spent tackling political and social issues that are more urgent than ever.By Nigel Ball
When I was a teenage punk in the early 1980s it would have seemed inconceivable that Gee Vaucher’s artwork might ever grace the walls of a gallery, let alone the front page of a daily newspaper, writes Nigel Ball.

Gutter press

21 January 2016

Nigel Ball on packaging graphics, ‘gutter share’ – and whether design blogs should be more sceptical about big brand news stories
As a design educator I need to keep on top of the latest developments, writes Nigel Ball, and a large aspect of this involves reading design blogs.

Design for life

28 February 2014

To mark First Things First’s 50th anniversary – an initiative to update the manifesto’s aims for the digital age
If you are not a graphic designer, you are unlikely to have heard of the ‘First Things First’ manifesto, writes Nigel Ball.

Back when the future looked bright

25 January 2013

A printed guide to the 1951 Festival of Britain prompted Nigel Ball to consider the value placed on design by governments – then and now
Not seeing the value of investment in design is a folly of the current British government, writes Nigel Ball.