Lonnie Turner


All brands have a story to tell and unique audiences to engage. Storytelling requires creative vision and a compelling voice to be memorable.

I am a collaborative art director and designer with several years of creative direction experience, who thrives on developing solutions that solve problems, accomplish objectives and command attention.

From brainstorming and sketching ideas that merge strategic copy with visuals, to designing with the latest version of Adobe design software, I enjoy teaming up with clients and colleagues to innovate, execute and manage projects from concept through completion.

Diving into hands on creative leadership roles within the fast paced editorial environments of 400,000 - 500,000 circulation publications has allowed me to refine studio and remote photo art direction and editing skills for lifestyle, food, home decor, craft, fashion and travel features. Whether it's for tight mock ups to visualize and communicate concepts or finished production ready artwork, I am also skilled in Photoshop image manipulation and editing calls.

When hand illustrative approaches are called for, I am comfortable both art directing freelance illustrators as well as personally hand rendering, loose sketches and hand drawn illustrative, typographic and infographic design solutions.

From leading a staff of designers to teaching university design and illustration classes, my objective has also been to fostering creativity in others. By seeking out realistic goals that develop the unique strengths of individuals while sharing and implementing a larger vision, excellence can be achieved. I believe in encouraging educated risk taking, and communicating consistent, genuine feedback.

I have a special interest in and care deeply about the environment. In my free time, you may find me spending time in nature, studying and drawing live plants and animals. I also have a very strong interest in contemporary art and film.


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Lonnie Turner Creative Direction
Art Direction | Design | Illustration
Interim Design Manager
Girl Scouts Wisconsin Southeast
Graphic Design Coordinator
Adjunct Graphic Design Professor
Mount Mary University
Art Director
Reader’s Digest, Country Woman Enthusiast Brand
Lead Designer
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Creative Director | Features Design Editor | Features Designer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


BFA Graphic Design
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


30th Edition
Entertainment Cover BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
27th Edition
Health & Science Section Redesign BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
25th Edition
Weekend Entertainment Section Redesign BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
25th Edition
Special Coverage Section Pages BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
24th Edition
22nd Edition
Food & Home Section Redesign BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
19th Edition
Special Section Cover Design BEST of NEWSPAPER DESIGN
Award of Excellence ADDY


  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Redesign
  • Photo Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Infographics
  • Coaching
  • Presentation
  • Concept Development
  • Copywriting
  • Leadership
  • Digital
  • Photo illustration
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Storytelling
  • Project Planning
  • Mentoring
  • Presenting
  • Collaborating
  • Web Banners
  • Publication Design
  • Editorial art direction


  • Adobe CC
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • InCopy
  • K4
  • PlanControl
  • MAC and PC