Starting her career as a copywriter, Momo wrote commercials for Nintendo and later went on to create Momoland, an annual interactive pixel-art experience. She's currently an Art Director at Wieden+Kennedy, and also the creator of Hair Nah, a video game designed to keep people from touching black women's hair. Both a political statement and a therapeutic outlet, the 8-bit hit has since become a global sensation featured in CNN, Rolling Stone, Essence, Teen Vogue, Vice UK and many (many!) more.

According to a recent interview in Portland Monthly, the Wieden+Kennedy-backed game was developed out of necessity, and has since garnered the support of the agency-made blog, On She Goes:

"Because that's exactly what happens. You're walking down the street and someone's like, "Ooooo. It's so nice." And then they'll just touch your hair and you're like, "What is wrong with you?" One day it happened to me 10 times! People ask while they're already touching your hair. The hands [in the game] are mostly white because I live in Portland, and it's always been white people, mostly white women. I made something for us to have something therapeutic, something fun, something to laugh at."

Join us on April 20th, where she'll share more about pixels as social commentary, as well as other Momo-isms, which include encouraging Portland designers to think more inclusively and colorfully.


Event Details

Venue: Wieden+Kennedy
Location: 224 NW 13th Ave
When: Friday, April 20, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Organizer: Creative Mornings
Cost: Free

Visit the event page to register.