Introducing … Catherine Griffiths

introducing … is the first in an ongoing series that features designers in New Zealand working in Experiential Graphic Design, each designer will suggest the next in the series. We begin the series with Catherine Griffiths.

Catherine (b.1966) is an independent designer and typographer who currently lives and works in Auckland and occasionally Paris. Her work is a versatile mix of visual communication design, self-published artist books, typography installations in public and private spaces, and writing memoir-style, on design. In 2002, Catherine won New Zealand’s top graphic design award for the Wellington Writers Walk concrete text sculptures. In 2009, she curated and co-organised New Zealand’s first-ever typography symposium, TypeSHED11. Catherine has been twice shortlisted on teams for Creative Director role at the Venice Architecture Biennale (New Zealand, for 2014, and Australia, for 2016). A large mirror-faced, brass-backed ‘O’ suspended in space is planned for Auckland city, another iteration in her ongoing vowel series.

Fifth Movement, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012 / photograph: Simon Devitt

One of 15 concrete text sculptures Wellington Writers Walk, New Zealand, 2002 — 2004

AEIOU, a typo/sound installation

To find out more about Catherine and her work visit her website:

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