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The American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) is bringing another high-profile speaker to their Charleston chapter on Thursday when the co-founder of Yorklyn, Del.-based House Industries, Rich Roat, gives his talk, “An Emotional Alphabetical Emulsion Of Mixed Media.”

Founded in 1993 by Roat and Andy Cruz, House Industries has an esteemed reputation for their extensive typeface collections and inspiring product design. “We have a whole bunch of things going on in the company,” explains Roat. “Right now, we’re trying to dip our toes into consumer-type products. We’re doing things from alphabet blocks for children, to flower napkins for interior designers, and right now we’re working on a set of archive boxes — really generic, mundane things but our goal is to make them look really cool.”

Roat will be sharing company stories and perspectives, as they are one of the world’s leading type foundries (font design/creation). This presentation is part of a series of events hosted in Charleston by AIGA and will be held at Blue Ion (301-B King Street, above the Apple Store) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

AIGA members get in for free and admittance for non-members is $5. All proceeds go to AIGA and drinks/snacks will be provided. For more information visit the local branch’s website.


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