American Advertising Federation of Des Moines


2020 May Luncheon: How Culture Affects Typography - Canceled

Event Details:

Event Type: Open to members and non-members
Location: Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Event Description:

This luncheon has been CANCELED

Talk Description: How Culture Affects Typography

Join AAF of Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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: @aafdsm  @nikki_vz // #DesMoinesType 

Instagram: @nikki_vz // #DesMoinesType (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, April 24 to ensure your photo will be part of the presentation. 

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 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.


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