Identity and website for Catherine Young Dance company. 
For the past 10 years, Catherine Young Dance has been building a significant body of work and influence with both national and international productions, projects and initiatives. Through work with artists, activists and communities, Catherine and the company are focused on “moving hearts and minds towards our common humanity”. As part of the fulfilment of several strategic goals set out in 2021, an identity and website were designed to give voice to the company’s mission, values and purpose.
Research into Catherine’s practice revealed a core influence of African forms of dance, and more broadly into the semantics of dance and visual notations used to represent movement. The logo aimed to communicate some of the themes — connection, community, flow — and represent them in a form that reflected the clarity of the company’s ideals.
The Earth speaks to the Sky and receives answers through the things which grow upward upon her. The dancer is one of her voices. The dancer is the connection between Earth and Sky.” — Pearl Primus
The resulting logotype took a cue from this quote by an American choreographer and influence on Catherine's practice. By rotating the letters within the anagram, the C becomes the sky, the D the earth and the Y, a dancer with upstretched arms. In much the same way as tribal symbols communicate, the letterforms become a pared-back representation of the identified themes.
An audit of the previous site and the breadth of CYD’s output determined that a website with significant flexibility was needed. The documentation and promotion of the company’s Productions needed to sit alongside The Welcoming Project (a community building initiative of events and workshops). And a third area (Happenings) would contain announcements (broadcasts, festival curation, mentoring). 
The site houses this range of content in a unified manner in a structure that can expand comfortably over time. The ultimate objective is that the site not only serves as a tool to announce upcoming and recent activities but will eventually function as a resource and archive for the wider community.
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Client: Catherine Young Role: Concept, Design and Production.
Credits: Ciaran Hickey (Development)