Lonnie Tapia is a brand strategist, designer, social media consultant, web consultant, front-end programmer and blogger. He acts as a mediator between clients, design and technology, integrating social media into business contexts, branding and training marketing gropus on how to listen, engage and serve their clients' more effectively online. View his portoflio of work.
Phoenix Design Week (PHXDW) is a week-long series celebration of the Phoenix design community held each October. It includes a weekend conference with over 30 national and local-based speakers as well as 3 full days of exhibits, receptions and parties that highlight local design talent. As volunteer director in 2010, Lonnie helped recruited 90+ volunteers through social media and organized them to run hundreds of volunteer openings throughout the week.
Formerly on the board of directors for Arizona AIGA, he created and organized events for Phoenix metro area graphic designers, photographers, and other visual artists. As a speaker and advocate for design he presented to southwestern AIGA chapters and design classrooms in Arizona.
He is a strategist and producer at Grip in Chicago, IL. From 2006-2011, he worked for one of the most award design firms in the Southwest, Fervor Creative. In that time he has strategized and designed for various B2B and B2C businesses world-wide.
His blog focuses on how design and social media are saving the world. Prior the the launch he was featured on the cover of Echo Magazine as one of the most visible gay and lesbian bloggers in Arizona. His personal blog won a Cybersocket award for best new blog. And as part of a group, he wrote commentary for PopCultureJunkies.com. He blogs on various subjects in design, urban living, Latin America, the GLBT community, and photoblogs quirkily subjects in his daily life. He also has a photo blog that is populated entirely from his iPhone on to go.
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