Tana M. Llinas is a multi-disciplinary award-winning designer, speaker, and businesswoman with more than 17 years of experience in the creative field. She has worked with local and global organizations, top creative agencies, and notable brands such as VISA, Starwood Resort & Residences, Chronicle Books, Starbucks, University of Miami, and The Cleveland Orchestra. A business leader for more 13 years, Tana is the founder of and creative director behind Brand Poets, a bicoastal marketing agency specializing in integrated brand systems.
Tana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and began her professional career in Barcelona, Spain, as a design assistant to Javier Mariscal, one of Spain’s most well-known modern illustrators. She went on to develop digital and print brand systems for a wide range of private and commercial clients throughout Spain and the United Kingdom: spas, hotels, real estate developers, museums, and fashion brands before returning stateside. Tana enjoys mentoring future creatives by previously serving on the board of AIGA Miami and critiquing prospective RISD applicant portfolios for the past decade.
Originally from Iowa, Tana is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has traveled to over 36 countries (and counting), is an honorary Colombian by way of marriage, and a mother of two young adventurous boys. She finds inspiration in faraway places, innovative thinkers, and well-executed special effects in zombie flicks.