Thu 11/8, 2018, 7:30pm
A Cultural Atlas

Longtime residents of Seattle have seen the city’s cultures morph dramatically—enough that designers Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson, and Natalie Ross have drawn us a thematic guidebook. They arrive on Town Hall’s stage to offer us insight from Seattleness, their visually rich cultural atlas of Seattle. They invite us to explore the mercurial nature of place through the lens of one of the fastest growing cities in America, examining topics from UFO sightings to pinball legacies, gray skies to frontier psychology, strong women to strong coffee.

Through both experiential and data-driven cartography, Hatfield, Kempson, and Ross provide an extensive cultural map of the moody borough that has brought us airplanes, grunge, gourmet coffee, and e-commerce. With invitations for newcomers to the city and longtime residents alike, these three dynamic designers call us together for a cultural exploration of the green metropolis.

Tera Hatfield, a Seattle native, is a design director with a background in visual design and architecture. Her diverse work focuses on the intersection of digital and physical spaces.


Jenny Kempson is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in urban design, psychology, and human geography. She continuously explores ways to connect people to places through design.


Natalie Ross, a landscape architect with a background in cartography, focuses on the design of urban environments, and works at a Seattle landscape architecture firm.

The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Ellwood, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Washington.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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