How Culture Affects Typography

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Food and beverage will be provided.

Join AIGA Portland and Nikki Villagomez for a look into how culture affects both typography and decision-making processes in everyday life. In her presentation, Nikki will use pictures taken throughout her travels to discuss the comparisons (and contrasts) in type choices based on location. Portland will be Nikki’s 38th AIGA chapter talk!


This is where YOU come in! Help shape the event’s content by posting or sending in photos of your favorite Portland typography. We challenge you to really look at the everyday typography in our urban environment that makes Portland unique. Nikki will use your photos to create her presentation. The types of pictures we’d like to see might include graffiti, manhole covers, hand lettering, local signs, and other vernacular uses of lettering. Please submit all photos no later than Friday, September 7.

Here are the ways you can submit photos:

Get the book

Nikki will have copies of her book Culture+Typography: How Culture Affects Typography for sale at the event for $20! Every book purchase will receive a FREE 40 Covers poster!

Our speaker

Nikki Villagomez
is a nationally recognized speaker on typography, speaking regularly at AIGA chapters, HOW Design Live, TypeCon, Creative Mornings, NPR, and to Twitter’s in-house design team in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a designer in New York City, she moved to her home state of South Carolina where she became a fulltime freelancer. Nikki is the founder and former president of the South Carolina chapter of AIGA. She has been an educator teaching Graphic Design and Typography at the University of South Carolina and the University of Akron. Currently, Nikki lives in Charlotte, NC and is the Creative Studio Director at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, one of the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation. In her free time, she maintains her blog about how culture affects typography. Check out Nikki's Culture+Typography blog here.

Thank you to our sponsor

When & Where
Tue, Oct 2, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Wacom Experience Center
1455 Northwest Irving Street
Portland, OR 97209