How Culture Affects Typography

Join AIGA LA and Nikki Villagomez for a look into how culture affects typography and the decision-making process in everyday life. She will use typographic pictures taken throughout her travels to highlight the photos she receives from Los Angeles in a side by side exploration discussing the comparisons (and contrasts) in type choices.

Get the book! Nikki will have copies of her book Culture+Typography: How Culture Affects Typography for sale at the event for $20.


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. Currently, Nikki lives in Charlotte, NC and serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Bernard Robinson & Company, L.L.P. (BRC), a CPA and advisory firm. She has maintained her blog, culture+typography, for over 10 years. You can follow along here.

Instagram: @nikki_vz
Twitter: @nikki_vz


Early Bird Tickets: $20
Students: $20
AIGA Members: $15
Non-members: $25
Day-of Tickets at the Door: $30


6:30 PM: Mix and Mingle
7:00 PM: Introductions
7:15 PM: Nikki Villagomez’s Talk
8:15 PM: Q&A
8:25 PM: Closing remarks


500 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071


The building offers parking with an entrance at 505 South Flower for $15 after 5pm. We are unable to validate parking for a lower rate. Alternative options include the public library across the street with an entrance on Flower just south of 5th, or the J2 Parking Structure on the northeastern corner of Flower and 5th. Miscellaneous metered parking within a couple blocks is also a (very limited) option.

Public transit and ride sharing are also encouraged. For public transportation, visit for schedules. Gensler is located near both the Pershing Square and 7th Street/Metro Center stations. For ride sharing, there is a convenient loading zone directly in front Gensler at 500 S. Figueroa.


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Health is our top priority. For the wellbeing of our participants and volunteers, we will provide masks for those who wish to wear one during the event duration.


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Artwork by Jessy V. Castillo

When & Where
Thu, Oct 26, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
500 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071