One of the city’s major news and entertainment weekly, the Houston press,  had it’s first-ever Houston Web Awards, on June 30 at Momentum Audi . As a way to honor those web-savvy “folks who are playing the social media game in Houston correctly, the ones who are helping steer the ship, one Facebook status update and 140-character tweet at a time.” And I’m proud to say we made the cut! The AIGA Houston chapter accepted the “Best Arts Blog” award.


John Luu, April Guzik, Monica Yael Garcia, Nurit Avni


According to Houston Press  the “AIGA’s Houston bloggers find the beauty in everything: QR codes, animal shelters, Houston’s haphazard attempts at architectural preservation. The result is a blog that’s as entertaining to read as it is pleasant to look at.” Truly a blushing moment for all of us who humbly contribute our thoughts and perspectives to all of you in cyberspace.

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean Houston Press is known for it’s brash and carefree attitude, but hosting an awards ceremony at a car dealership? Driving down Richmond towards Kirby on the day of the event  I couldn’t help but wonder what we all were about to experience.  But as I stepped through those sleek glass doors was taken aback. This definitely personified the Houston Press and the direction our city is taking — a mish-mash of high tech and creativity.


Ooh La La Desserts cake pops


From cupcake pops to a large screen streaming real-time tweets about the event (#HWA) Houston Press successfully united online friends and all those award-winning movers and shakers under one roof. “Awards were presented by the Houston Press staff, special guest Fat Tony, High Tech Texan Michael Garfield, the Geek Radio guys of Technology Bytes, and a tag team of Houston Roller Derby girls.”  A summer night to remember.

April, John, Nurit, Jessica and myself really appreciate all the love and recognition, so thanks for reading and following the AIGA Houston Blog. Looking forward to next year’s #HoustonWebAwards!

Click on the “Read more” link to check out the rest of the winners and some more pic of the event (courtesy of the Marco Torres and houstonpress.com).


Jay Rascoe for Best Tweet award

Modern Whole group

Fat Tony




Best Local Activism Site
SaveKTRU.org www.savektru.org

Best Start-Up Blog

Best Sports Blog
Crawfish Boxes

Best Sex Bloggers
Mr. and Mrs. Gentlenibbles

Best Flickr Pool
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Best Use of Video in Entertainment
Keep Houston Rich

Best Wi-Fi Spot
Bungalow Coffee
1219 Marconi, Houston

Best Real Estate Blog

Best-Designed Site
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business

MMM Cupcake

Best Twitterer
Merritt Beck

Best Breaking News/Bloodhound Twitterer
Kyle Nielsen

Best Use of Twitter by a Restaurant
Hubcap Grill

Best Food Blog
Blue Jean Gourmet

Best Use of Video in Food
I Love Flavor

Best Restaurant Web Site

Best Use of Twitter by a Bartender
Justin Burrow

Best Use of Twitter by a Food Truck
Eatsie Boys

Best Use of Twitter by a Chef
Carlos Rodriguez

Best Use of Facebook by a Restaurant
Moon Tower Inn

Best Hashtag

Best Personal Blog
Juan Alanis

Best Use of Facebook by a Band or Musician
the last place you look

Best Locally Built App
MoneyWell for iPhone by No Thirst Software

Best Neighborhood Blog
The Heights Life

Best Arts Blog
AIGA Houston

Best Politics Blog

Best Rush-Hour Traffic Twitterer
Houston TranStar

Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Personal Brand

Best Houston Music Blog
Houston Calling/David Cobb

Best Late Night Twitterer
Allison Matsu

Best Rapper Twitterer
Slim Thug

Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Personal Brand
Andrew Karnavas

Best Tweet of the Year
Jay Rascoe
“Houston is the greatest city on Earth, if you know what you’re doing.”

Best Photo of the Year
Phosphorescence by OneEighteen on Flickr

By Monica Garcia
Published July 5, 2011
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