Matthew Ball Editorial Design


“It was always a pleasure to work with someone who had equal parts cheer and talent.”

Jann Wenner, Editor & Publisher, Rolling Stone


"Matthew was ideal for TESS’s big move from newspaper to magazine. He quickly captured the type of news magazine combined with features that we wanted to create, came up with the perfect look and fed in lots of fresh ideas for quirky corners, columns and little details to engage the readers – these have been very popular. He was friendly and easy to work with, able to draw on lots of experience, and great at steering you in a new direction. The magazine has been very popular with our readers. They say it has a strong identity that really appeals to them – a lot of that is down to Matthew."

Gillian Macdonald, Editor TESS


"The next time we launch or redesign any magazine in any market Matthew will be our first choice colouring-in man. He interpreted the brief perfectly, had a real feel for the reader we were targeting and with his instinctive visual flair he introduced a new look to Mixmag which has got the whole industry excited about the magazine again."

Jerry Perkins and David Hepworth, Development Hell


"When Matthew pitched for the redesign of Construction News, one of emap's biggest brands, I was really excited by the freshness he brought to the table. He didn't just re-heat past work but was able to really listen to our needs and react flexibly. He was a joy to work with and the results were outstanding."

Nick Edwards, Editor, Construction News


"Matthew was fantastic to work with. He worked with the team to give us a design that is robust and fast to put together, but manages to develop BD by giving it a younger, more contemporary feel. The response has been great, and I would unreservedly recommend Matthew to any editor wanting to reinvigorate a tired looking title or come up with a totally new look."

Amanda Baillieu, Editor BD


"I'm impressed with the new look MA. The very robust design Matthew put in place is working wonders. Our in-house design team have found it very easy to work with the new templates. I have had nothing but compliments from the trade, so many thanks indeed".

Tim Brooke-Webb, Publisher, Morning Advertiser


“Matthew is an exceptional designer. I recommend him unreservedly.”

Andy Cowles, Editorial Director, IPC Media


"It’s rare to find a designer who understands the business of publishing as well as design. This mix in Matthew is invaluable."

John Innes, Director, Think


"A brilliant workshop session, everyone really enjoyed it and it gave them a real sense of achievement, especially how much they were able to get done in such a short space of time. I was impressed by how well Matthew facilitated the workshop, a great skill to have on top of his already outstanding design ability."

Jonathan Newby, Managing Director, Built Environment Division, CMP Information Ltd


"Matthew gave a seminar on Typography at the Emap Active Design Conference. A few weeks later one of the delegates told me they couldn't work with a piece of type without thinking about Matthew's advice. There aren't many speakers that have such an effect."

Rachel Thickpenny, Design Conference Organiser, Emap Active


"Having immediately understood our goals, Mathew was a delight to work with, responding positively and flexibly to an evolving brief, delivering high quality executions quickly and with zero fuss or drama."

Mark Williams, New Product Development, Dennis Publishing


"Matthew is a pleasure to work with, a dedicated and talented designer who cares deeply about what he’s doing without getting distracted by preciousness."

Jeremy Leslie, John Brown Citrus Publishing


"Matthew recently spent a day at Craven Publishing, running workshops with our editorial and design team in the run-up to the relaunch of Able Magazine. The day was really good fun and we were delighted with the designs that our team came up with thanks to Matthew’s coaching."

Emily Rodway, Editor, Craven Publishing


"Matthew quickly gets to grip with the needs of a consumer magazine, in both the creative and commercial sense. In addition he is highly committed and most likeable"

James Burnay, Publisher, Test Drive


"Matthew gave us a complete range of terrific looking dummy magazine designs that were exactly on brief.”

Nick Paul, Art Director, Archant Dialogue


“Bally is a quality designer whose visual skills radically changed the look and feel of my magazine. He's also a very amusing chap.”

Steve Prentice, former Editor, Fore!


“Matthew's persistence and passion for graphic design and art direction always brought excellent solutions to the pages of Popular Science.”

Dirk Barnett, former Creative Director, Popular Science


“Matthew's redesign of the Scotsman's Saturday magazine produced a very coherent and contemporary newspaper supplement.”

Ally Palmer, Palmer Watson Design Consultants


“Matthew's work: intense, thoughtful, pointed and relevant, with a genuine feel for linking the reader with the subject.”

Richard Fincher, former Editor, Bike







Matthew has 15 years’ experience working as an art director in Europe and the USA...

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