Catherine Oldershaw

Strategic Designer

Catherine is a Strategic Designer. Her fascination with materials, people, and interactions, lead her to study Anthropology, and then later to study Design. At MAYA, she uses both of these skillsets to create insight into complex problems. She likes to work iteratively, designing and researching in tandem. Outside of MAYA, Catherine is typically in her favorite coffee shop reading, in her studio making, or zooming around the city by bike.


BA Anthropology, Kalamazoo College
MA Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Places I’ve worked

Kids Science Labs, Torque Digital, Carnegie Mellon, DesignRegio Kortrijk

Places I’ve Lived

Amherst, MA
Kalamazoo, MI
Philadelphia, PA
Varanasi, India
Kortrijk, Belgium
Pittsburgh, PA

Outside of MAYA

In a ceramics studio.

Quote That Inspires Me

“You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.” - Marvin Minsky

Favorite Places to Visit

Biddeford Pool, Maine

Books I Love

Designing Design, Kenya Hara
A Thousand Plateaus, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
The Witches, Roald Dahl

Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech

Making patterns using a massive harmonograph made by a family friend.

First Thing I Built

When I was six I made an enormous clay frog with a gaping mouth that I designed to hold gummy worms and Swedish fish, ignoring the well-known fact that frogs eat flies.