Julie Spivey is a designer and design educator with a particular fondness for letterforms, typography and effective information hierarchy. She is associate professor of graphic design in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and is also active in design practice, specializing in publication design, information visualization and all things typographic. As a persistent question-asker, Spivey finds graphic design a fitting pursuit, as each new project affords her the opportunity to learn new things about a wide array of subjects, often from disciplinary experts.
Spivey discovered her interest in visual communication while earning her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then developed an obsession for letterforms and fine typography while pursuing an MFA in Communication Arts at East Carolina University.
Spivey has recently collaborated with extension units at UGA working to help coastal Georgia and NC communities prepare for sea level rise and increasing severe weather hazards. She is currently collaborating with faculty in marine science at UGA and U. of Washington/Seattle on a funded project to develop a digital tool to visualize deep ocean habitats. She is also a past co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee.