How Culture Affects Typography

Join AIGA Hampton Roads and Nikki Villagomez for a look into how culture affects 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. This is where YOU come in! Help shape the event’s content by sending in photos of your favorite Hampton Roads typography.

Nikki will use the photos you send in to create her presentation. For the next few weeks, we challenge you to really look at the everyday typography that makes our area unique. The types of pictures we’d like to see submitted are graffiti, manhole covers, hand lettering, and local signs. Submit your photos now!

You can submit photos by Twitter: @AIGAHR @nikki_vz // #HamptonRoadsType Instagram: @nikki_vz // #HamptonRoadsType (make sure your profiles are set to Public so that Nikki will see your posts ), or email Nikki at

Please submit all photos by Friday, August 18 to ensure your photo will be part of the presentation. When taking your photos, please be respectful of the property owners and/or any copyright restrictions.

Get the book! Nikki will have copies of her book Culture+Typography: How Culture Affects Typography for sale at the event for $25!

Nikki Villagomez is a nationally recognized speaker on typography. 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.

After working in Ohio for Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, she relocated to the company headquarters in Charlotte, NC to serve as the Creative Studio Manager.

In her free time, she maintains her blog about how culture affects typography. Check out Nikki's Culture+Typography blog here:

Student/General Public: $20
AIGA Member: $15
AIGA Student: $10

When & Where
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Old Dominion University
4401 Hampton Blvd
Batten Arts and Letters (BAL) Building, Room 1012
Norfolk, VA 23508