Cat Spivey has critically analysed the relationships and sophisticated communication modes in both typography and dance, in publication Typography, Dance and Ritual.
Growing from her interest in typography and in the human ability to transform immaterial thought into a visual language, she explores communication from the physical form of the body, through the development of pictorial marks into, eventually, codified written systems.
With a layout informed by the musical score measurements from the Neoclassical ballet Agon, the soon to be printed publication examines the non-consecutive timeline both typography and dance share; traced through ancient, classical, romantic and neoclassical periods.
Spivey advocates a ‘Pathetic Aesthetic’ approach to crafting her work, justifying all the design choices within the systems and aesthetics of the piece, enabling a careful and considered outcome, carrying meaning within even the smallest components of the work.
Spivey is a graphic designer, typographer and conceptual thinker with a growing interest in developing the discourse on typographic practice, publication design and research-led narratives. Having already completed a year in industry designing in various studios, she has worked across different disciplines including type, brand, print and digital design mediums.
She was also recently recognised as one of D&AD’s ‘One’s to Watch‘ at the New Blood Festival 2020.