Cat Normoyle is a researcher, writer, designer, artist, and educator in the Memphis area. Her research and creative works explore how design can make a difference in communities, acting as an agent for change in emerging theories, practices, and technologies. She is interested in a range of design topics including social design and impact, community engagement, digital experiences and technology, and speculative design. Her work is interdisciplinary, experimental, collaborative, and strategic at its core. It ranges from the physical to the digital, from the static to the dynamic, and from the 2-dimensional to the 3-dimensional.
She has presented her work nationally and internationally at notable design conferences such as Cumulus Association (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), EAD (European Academy of Design), AIGA Design Educator’s Community, Design Principles & Practices Research Network, and Design Incubation (Research in Communication Design). She is a two-time alumnus of Design Inquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. She has published in numerous design journals including the paper, “A Catalyst for Change: Understanding Characteristics of Citizen-driven Placemaking Endeavors Across Diverse Communities,” which won an International Award for Excellence, Vol. 10, for the Design Principles and Practices collection 2016.
Cat Normoyle is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Graphic Design in the Department of Design Arts at the Memphis College of Art. She recently accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design position at East Carolina University in the School of Art & Design, where she will begin this fall.
Originally from Boston, she has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Georgia State University. Prior to academia, Normoyle worked at the Atlanta-based, brand strategy and innovation agency, Trend Influence, where she worked with fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Toyota, and Levi’s.