Since Art College I have been wholly involved in design as a means to support the storytelling process - in theatre, TV and film.

I always begin with the basic premise that the designed environment - ‘the set’ - is a character, no less important than the human charactors who inhabit it. The set needs to convey it’s purpose to the audience and to play out it’s role alongside the actors. At all times the set must adhere to the text and fully furnish the demands of the script. Sometimes it simply needs to disappear, other times it must be much more dominant. I believe that effective production design lies in finding that balance.



Ray Ball was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied design from 1976-1979 in an earlier incarnation of what is now IADT. Whilst studying there, Ray developed a keen interest in design for theatre which led to his first job, as design assistant in Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey. His first production design credit there was “LONE STAR”, on the Abbey’s smaller stage; 'The Peacock' in 1981. 

Later that year Ray joined Ireland's National TV Network, RTE and spent seven years in the design department there, working on every conceivable type of programme. Since becoming freelance in 1988 he has designed quite literally countless productions for television and film.  He also returned occasionally to theatre to design main stage productions at the National Theatre, including "Shadow of a Gunman'', "Summer" and “The Devil's Disciple”, along with a number of productions for the Abbey's touring programme and some more for it's smaller sister stage; The Peacock. Ray has designed sets for almost all of Dublin’s theatres.

Around 1990 Ray began to design commercials. Over a roughly twenty year span, best guess is that he designed close to one thousand TV commercials throughout Europe, North Africa, the USA, Japan and China. Advertisers include AT&T, Ballantines, Bisto, British Gas, Burger King, Cadbury’s, Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Coors, Deutsche Telekom, Duracell, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Guinness, Heineken, Hennessy, Hotpoint, K Mart, Kelloggs, Lever Bros., Liptons, Magners, Mastercard, Maxwell House, Mazda, McVities, Minute Maid, National Lottery, Nissan, O2, Pampers, Pepsi, Philips, Proctor & Gamble, Rabobank, Remax, Tetra Pak, Tyco, Visa, Vodafone, Weetabix + + + 

2018 “Sea Fever” Fantasy Films / Director: Neasa Hardiman (Feature Film)

2018 "Drop Dead Weird Series 2" Ambience Entertainment (TV Series)

2017 "Striking Out Series 2" Blinder Films / Directors: Lisa James Larsson + Simon Massey (TV Series 6 episodes)

2017 "End of Sentence" Berserk Films / Director: Elfar Adalsteins (Feature Film)

2016 "The Delinquent Season" Parallel Films / Director: Mark O’Rowe (Feature Film)

2016 "Drop Dead Weird" Ambience Entertainment / Director: Danny Raco (TV Series)

2016 "Striking Out" Blinder Films/ Director: Lisa James Larsson (TV Series 4 episodes)

2016 "Sky Comedy Shorts" Baby Cow / Sky TV (3 x 10 minute TV films)

2015 “Little Roy” CBBC/Jam media ( TV Series 52 episodes )

2015 “Out of Innocence” Defiant Films ( Feature Film)

2014 'Inespktor Jury Mord im Nebel', Crazy Film GmbH. Director: Florian Kern (90 minute TV film)

2014 'The Guarantee' Eustace Productions. Director: Ian Power (90 minute TV film)

2013 “Roy” series 3 and 4 (TV Series 26 episodes)

2013 “Moone Boy” series 3 Sky / Baby Cow (TV Series 6 episodes )

2012“Roy” series 2 CBBC/Jam media ( TV Series 13 episodes )

2012“Moone Boy” series 2 Sky / Baby Cow (TV Series 6 episodes )

2012“Moone Boy” series 1 Sky / Baby Cow(TV Series 6 episodes )

2012"Saving the Titanic” Tile Films ( 90 min TV drama )

“The Runway” Fastnet Films ( Feature Film)

“Stardust” Brackside( 2 x 60 min TV dramas )

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2018 "You Can' / National Lottery /Assembly / Director: Mike Andrews (Commercial)

2018 "Epic Awaits' / Eir / Hot Sauce Productions / Director: Colum Maguire (Commercial)

2018 "Celebrations" / National Lottery / Radical Media / Hinterland / Director: Steve Miller (Commercial)

2018 "Magic Retouch" / L'Oréal / Wanda Productions / Director: Dean Alexander (Commercial)

2018 "Home Delivery" / Tesco / Red Rage Films / Director: Brian Durnin (Commercial)

2018 "Burger King" Special Operations / Assembly / Director: Brad Dixon (Commercial)

2017 "Project Drake"/ Guinness / Tool / Director: Phillip Montgomery (Commercial)

2016 "A Perfect Day"/ Kerrygold / Blink / Directors: Bobbsey Twins (Commercial)

2016 "Baker" / Hotpoint / Movie Magic Int Milan / Directors: Atanasio + Martinez (Commercial)

2014 "All It Takes is Everything" / Three Mobile / RSA Films / Director: Brett Foraker (Commercial)

2014 "Perfect Surprise" / Three Mobile / Knucklehead / Director: Tomas Jonsgarden (Commercial)

2014 "Christmas" / Tesco / Jumper / Director: Ben Whitehouse (Commercial)

2014 "At Home" / Vodafone / Smuggler / Director Neil Harris (Commercial)

2014 "If We Are One" / Mylan / Knucklehead / Directors: Dempsey Bros (Commercial)