Nikki Villagomez: How Culture Affects Typography

Culture affects the decision process every day. For those of us who mix words with images, this is as crucial to the message we convey as it is fascinating to an observer of those processes. In my presentation, I will use pictures* I have taken throughout my travels and talk about the comparisons (and contrasts) in type choices based on location**. I encourage local designers in the Atlanta community to really look at the typography*** throughout your city and take pictures that you feel represents the city of Atlanta. Submit your pictures to Philip Berwick at by August 24. These pictures will be sent to me prior to my speaking engagement and will be used as a crucial part of the presentation.

*I am not a professional photographer
**I am not a history buff
***Have fun!

Picture Submission resolution: 300 dpi
format: jpeg size: 5 x 7 inches
File naming: Last name_First Name_description of image
Example: Villagomez_Nikki_AtlantaSign.jpeg

Trustees and Design Leaders - free
Contributing-, Supporting- and Sustaining-level members - $10
Student Members - $5
Student Non-Members - $15
Non-Members - $20


Nikki graduated from Louisiana State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. After working in New York City for Hearst Magazines and Women's Wear Daily (WWD) she moved to her homestate of South Carolina where she became a full-time freelancer. She is founder of the South Carolina chapter of AIGA and served as president for 2 years. She taught Graphic Design and Typography at the University of South Carolina in Columbia for 5 years. Currently, she is a Senior Designer at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Hudson, Ohio.

In her free time she maintains her blog about how culture affects typography at

********* Want to tweet with us before and during the event? Use the hastag #AIGAnikki

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When & Where
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Portfolio Center
125 Bennett St
Atlanta, Georgia 30309