Tamye Riggs is a writer, editor, typographer, designer, and event planner specializing in typography and the related arts.
The self-titled type geek began her career by working as a typesetter and production artist throughout high school and college. After stints at big ad agencies, an entertainment news weekly, an oil and gas company, a trendy watch manufacturer, and a host of design studios in Dallas, Texas, Riggs moved to the typographic side of life. She has worked in creative, marketing, and management areas for Maryland-based Phil’s Fonts/GarageFonts and FontShop San Francisco (including the editing of FSSF’s recently-revived Font magazine).
For more than a decade, Riggs served as volunteer, founding board member, then Executive Director of the non-profit The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), which presents TypeCon annually. She is co-editor of SOTA’s publication Interrobang with Stephen Coles.
Under the brand TypeLife, Riggs consults for a number of foundries and type distributors and writes for design publications such as How and Computer Arts UK. She has authored seven books on type and motion graphics, including the acclaimed Indie Fonts series with Richard Kegler and James Grieshaber.
A musician since childhood, Riggs has fronted several bands in Dallas and Washington, DC. A native Oregonian, Riggs now lives and works on the island of Alameda, just across the bay from San Francisco.