Cato Barend van Schalkwyk is a South African visual communications designer and visual artist specialising in information design.
Cato is a tutor on the Graduate Diploma Art & Design programme.
Cato began his practice as a digital illustrator and from there moved into information design. Today Cato’s commercial practice encompasses a variety of disciplines including illustration, graphic design and spatial design. Central to Cato’s practice is an emphasis on collaboration; his projects typically involve a variety of specialist practitioners and crafts people, leveraging their skills and experience to increase the scope and possibilities of collaborative work. Cato’s current practice focuses on the creation of experimental artworks which deal with human cognition and machine intelligence.
Cato’s commercial practice has seen him work with a number of exciting brands across multiple sectors, including Facebook, Colt Technology Services, HKD, The Churches Conservation Trust, Imperial College, Lloyds Banking Group and the Department for Education.
Current and recent projects
Physalis in Colour – 2021
Experimental print artwork
CRY / WOLF – 2022
A performance and sound art installation in collaboration with Dr. Matt Lewis.
Raising the Volume and Splitting the Channels – 2023.
Research proposal: How can we increase the representation and diversity of the array of languages within the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP)?