Matthew Ball Editorial Design



Work Update

Carlisle Living Redesign

PPA Scotland 2013 awards brochure

Redesign sales boost



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Cumbria Life Redesign

Dumfries & Galloway Life redesign


Blog Update

Photo essay tips



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Fly Fishing & Fly Tying covers

A map of rock venues in Escape

Scotland in Trust: "Interesting, attractive and modern"

Boots & Spurs featuring Sir Chris Hoy, Simon Yates and Gustav Holst


JULY 2013

Design artefacts

It's a wrap: packaging for Spanish oranges


MARCH 2013

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A new look for the National Trust for Scotland member magazine

An infographic for the PPA



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101 acrivities for all the family

A cool new cover for Boots & Spurs




Boots & Spurs wins cover of the decade

Escape Customer Publication of the Year at the 2012 CIPR awards


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Recent consultancy work

Talks and workshops

PPA Scottish Awards brochure

Print advert

One to one training

Latest Fly Fishing & Fly Tying covers

New Historic Scotland magazine

New Escape magazine



Blog Update

Scottish PPA Awards shortlist announced


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Industry lore says dogs boost cover sales

Historic Scotland's new look

Bauer's MCN looking good 6 months into its new-look



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New issue of Boots & Spurs gets a cover wrap


JULY 2012

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Escape: 75 things to do this Summer

Horse Box Spycam!

New logo for Equipped


Blog Update

Working for free!


JUNE 2012

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Bauer's Your Horse made simple

Super fly and the Purple Prawn at Fly Fishing & Fly Tying


MAY 2012

Blog Update

UK Government loses 100m in X-plane switch


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Historic Scotland Summer issue


APRIL 2012

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Training and a design freshen up for

Discover NLS new issue published with a Scottish cinema special

The Escape Summer issue features loads of things to do in the South West

Fly Fishing & Fly tying and the 10 best urban trout rivers


Blog posts

BD still looking good


MARCH 2012

Blog posts

Interview with Paul McNamee, editor of the Big Issue

Jacqui Oakley: Bit of Alright

Classic FM closes with sales on the up

RIP Amid Capeci


Work Update

Equipped gets bigger again



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The redesigned BD (Building Design) goes to press. BD editor-in-chief Amanda Baillieu asked me back to freshen up the weekly newspaper. Amanda said "We’re all really thrilled with the new look. It feels so fresh, it’s been great working with Matthew again".


The biggest ever issue of Equipped goes to press.

The Spring issue of Historic Scotland is published

Boots & Spurs is picked up by leading design sites

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying's March cover



New role

I've taken over the editor's role on Boots & Spurs, the National Clarion Cycling Club member magazine. The Spring issue goes to press and features illustration by Garry Marshall and photography by See a sneak peek of the


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The Spring issue of Escape (the First Great Western passenger magazine) is sent to press.


Blog posts

"Why I bought Marie Claire" (A view from the trenches)

The Bauer back issue library.


New team member

Ex Scotland on Sunday Art Director Angela Mckean joins the team. Angela has bags of experience and is already having a big impact on our busy schedule.




The Institute of Internal Communication asked me to join their 2011 awards judging panel.


Work Update

Equipped magazine breaks its advertising revenue record after the new look proves popular with readers, the latest issue is sent to press. . MD David Riddell said "I am happy to say that after the redesign work carried out by Matthew, the magazine now receives more enquires and editorial participation from our readers than ever before and is a magazine that our staff are all rightfully proud."


Fly Fishing and Fly Tying's February cover continues its bold, clean and modern cover style



Awards season

Historic Scotland gets shortlisted for the APA awards:

5 magazines I'm involved with get nominated at the Scottish PPA Magazine Awards including
Boots & Spurs


Work Update

Discover NLS, the National Library of Scotland magazine gets a design refresh.

The January issue of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine gets a sales boost with a new bold front cover.



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Equipped gets a new look and training for staff

Think publishing's Countryside Voice says the UK Government's National Planning Policy Framework is fundamentally flawed

Escape magazine's Winter issue now available on First Great Western trains:


Blog post

Using the hotspot.



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The new look monthly, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine is sent to the printers.

The Bradley and Friends animation 'bible' for RedKite animation gets distributed at animation shows:


Blog post

I posted two items about 9/11. The first recollects my memories of 9/11 whilst working at Popular Science in New York, the second examines how 4 magazines responded to 9/11.



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Summer issue of Countryside Voice the Campaign for Rural England member magazine goes to press.


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Issue 3 of Escape (First Great Western passenger magazine) now available on trains accross the South West and London.


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The Autumn issue of the Historic Scotland member magazine goes to press.


Blog post

The PPA asked me to draw up judging guidelines for a new cover award at their 2011 Scottish Magazine Awards


JULY 2011

Work update

Summer issue of Boots and Spurs delivered to members of the National Clarion Cycling Club. Cover is picked up by industry taste setters , and


MAY 2011


Part of the judging panel for the Scottish PPA School Magazine Awards.


Judge x 2

The Three by Three Illustration annual is published - I was on the judging panel.


Work update

The Summer issues of Discover NLS and Historic Scotland member magazine go to press


MARCH 2011

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Issue 2 of Escape (First Great Western passenger magazine) goes to press.


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The new-look TESS went on sale at the end of February. Editor Gillian Macdonald says: “It has been really popular with our readers, even those who were fond of the old newspaper. It looks fresh and lively and they find it much more attractive and engaging.”


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Congratulations to Think Publishing who used my designs on the winning pitch for UK Excellence, the British Quality Foundation member magazine.



Work update

The Spring issues of Discover NLS and Historic Scotland member magazine go to press.



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The TESS mini-mag goes to press.

Part of team that wins the pitch for the British Quality Foundation magazine on behalf of Think Publishing.



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Issue 1 of Escape magazine and issue 2 of Trees magazine go to press for Think Publishing.

Issue 2 of Boots & Spurs, the National Clarion Cycling Club member magazine goes to press.



Work update

Redesign the International pages for BD (Building Design).

Commissioned to redesign TESS (Times Educational Supplement Scotland).

Part of the team that wins the pitch for Escape magazine (First Great Western passenger magazine) on behalf of Think Publishing.



Congratulations to Tree News (best designed consumer magazine), Discover NLS (best customer magazine) and Historic Scotland (best member magazine) at the 2010 Scottish PPA Magazine Awards.



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Commissioned to design cover of new launch, Smart Phone Developer, based in Germany.

Winter issues of member magazines, Historic Scotland and Discover NLS go to press.



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The new-look Classic FM magazine magazine goes on sale. Publisher, Kate Law, says "We’re delighted with the new look - the whole package is strong and cohesive. Thanks for all your efforts on our behalf"



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Part of team that produces the winning pitch for the Motor Sport Association magazine on behalf of Think publishing


JULY 2010

Work update

Throughout July I'm working on a redesign prioject at in London, the production of Historic Scotland magazine and the redesign of the PressData website.


JULY 2010

Publishing venture

I have taken on the publishing, alongside Editor Giles Perkins, of 'Boots & Spurs', the member magazine of the National Clarion Cycling club. The club was established in 1895 and is one of the largest cycling clubs in the UK.


MAY 2010

Judge: The Seventh Annual 33 Professional IllustratIon Competition

I was on the judging panel of this prestigious international competition. There were 12 categories and over 3500 submissions from all over the world, including animation, editorial, advertising, books and three dimensional work. James Yang was awarded best in show, with 11 other illustrators awarded gold. For more details see: .


MAY 2010

Judge: Scottish Schools Magazine Competition

I was invited to be a judge at the 2010 Scottish PPA Scottish School Magazine Competition. The competition is a ground-breaking initiative open to every secondary school in Scotland and provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils who are interested in writing, design, web development or business to work as a team and create a school magazine, newsletter or online edition.


Entries were very strong and included journalism and design that could easily grace the pages of professional publications. The students have limited access to software such as Indesign or Photoshop, but this doesn't prevent strong ideas from shining through.


MARCH 2010


Congratulations to Discover NLS, which won Customer Magazine of the Year, and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, which won Consumer Specialist Magazine of the Year 2009 at the Scottish PPA Magazine Awards. Discover NLS also won Best corporate Publication 2009 (public sector) at the CorpComms awards.


The Whale and Dolphin redesign, Discover NLS and Historic Scotland Magazines were all Highly Commended at the Institute of Internal Communication (Scotland) Awards for 2009.



Workshops and Lectures

I gave a talk and ran a workshop for journalism post-grad students at Edinburgh Napier University. The talk ran thorugh some of my principles of good cover design and communication and how to effectively target a readership.






Training programmes are aimed at journalists and designers of all levels to help build confidence and...

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