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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #9 - 2007 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #9 - 2007 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in the beginning, the competition was... ...More
Cover of the Day: Walter Magazine November 2014

Cover of the Day: Walter Magazine November 2014

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Walter Magazine November 2014
Art Director: Jesma Reynolds
Illustration: Peter Max

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From the SPD Archives: Gold Medal Winners, SPD Gala 25, 1990

From the SPD Archives: Gold Medal Winners, SPD Gala 25, 1990

SPD50h.jpgHere are six stellar art directors displaying their gold medals, awarded at the SPD Gala 25 on May 4, 1990. They're pictured in the New York Public Library on 42nd Street, just before the Gala began. Pictured, left to right: Diana LaGuardia, art director, Conde Nast Traveler (and President of SPD); Tom Bentkowski, design director, Life; Seymour Chwast, Push Pin; Rip Georges, former art director, Esquire; Steven Hoffman, creative director, Sports Illustrated; and Fred Woodward, art director, Rolling Stone.

The 25th anniversary SPD Gala was co-chaired by Walter Bernard, principal of WBMG, and Phyllis Richmond Cox, the art director of Bride's. Milton Glaser was the MC of the event. Both Tom Bentkowski and Fred Woodward were on the SPD Board of Directors at this time, and both would later become SPD Presidents.

This photograph was taken by Martha Holmes, who was a photographer for Life for 40 years. Life.com has a remarkable collection of photographs by Holmes.

To accompany this photograph we have a remembrance from Steven Hoffman, and a wonderful essay by Tom Bentkowski.

STEVEN HOFFMAN: This picture is a treasure to me. Surrounded by idols, friends and mentors. At times, the same people were two or all three of those things all at once.

It is clearly from a time when we all dressed formally (undertaker mode) at the New York Public Library. They actually might not have let you in if you were not 'properly attired.' Can't swear to that, but I wasn't about to take a chance.

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Cover of the Day: Glamour December 2014

Cover of the Day: Glamour December 2014

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Glamour December 2014
Creative Director: Paul Ritter
Photographer: Tom Munro
Fashion Editor: Laura Ferrara
Fashion Photo Editor: Ashley Taliento

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Revamping a popular UK newspaper

Revamping a popular UK newspaper

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Our man in London Steven Gregor of Gym Class Magazine is back and inspiring us today with the work of Chris Clarke, The Guardian's Deputy Creative Director.  
The design of British newspaper The Guardian is a fave for many editorial designers.
And it's with good reason. Since it's 2005 redesign by Mark Porter, the paper has been at the forefront of modern, progressive and globally significant news publishing.
Read more of Steven's chat with Chris about the newspaper's recent revamp and future plans after the jump.
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Cover of the Day: Nylon November 2014

Cover of the Day: Nylon November 2014

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Nylon November 2014
Creative Director: Renee Rupcich
Art Director: Haley Stark
Director of Photography: Beth Garrabrant
Photographer: Felisha Tolentino



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#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen
As part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on... ...More
From the SPD Archives: Photo Portraits from the Mag2000 Conference, 1996

From the SPD Archives: Photo Portraits from the Mag2000 Conference, 1996

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For several years in the mid-1990s, Steven Freeman was a ubiquitous presence at SPD events, photographing judgings, conferences, and other activities. His portraits of publication design judges appeared in a number of SPD annuals, as well as the Grids newsletter (back when the SPD newsletter was printed and mailed to members!). One of the highlights of Steven's work was when he photographed participants at SPD's Mag2000 conference in Monterey, California, in early April 1996.

Organized by co-chairs Tom Bentkowski, design director of Life, and Roger Black of Roger Black, Inc., Mag2000 was an historic gathering of close to 300 art directors, designers, editors, and industry professionals. They gathered to hear an all-star collection of presentations from the likes of James Burke, Henry Wolf, Sam Antupit, Martha Stewart, Brendan Gill, Nigel Holmes, and an array of art directors including Gary Koepke, Fred Woodward, Will Hopkins, Mary K. Baumann, David Carson, and many more.

Mag2000 was an amazing gathering of talent. Roger Black said "This is the first conference I've ever been to where any one of the illustrious speakers at the podium could easily switch places with almost anyone in the audience."

Steven Freeman spent several days photographing participants in an improvised studio. The results include sparkling portraits of the cream of magazine art directors, circa 1996, including Roger Black, Fred Woodward, Janet Froelich, Ina Saltz, Diana LaGuardia, David Carson, Michael Grossman, Walter Bernard, and many more, plus a photo of Martha Stewart.

(Pictured above): Richard Baker, art director, Us.


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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in the beginning, the competition was... ...More
Cover Of the Day: WIRED, December 2014
Cover Of the Day: WIRED, December 2014
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.WIRED December, 2014Creative  Director: Billy... ...More
SPD's 50th Anniversary Poster Series
SPD's 50th Anniversary Poster Series
In honor of SPD's 50th Anniversary, we've asked 5 of the industry's top talents to design posters around the theme of... ...More
David Moretti named Deputy Creative Director of WIRED US
Creative director Billy Sorrentino today announced that David Moretti will join WIRED (US) in January as deputy creative director. In... ...More
From the SPD Archives: Publication Design Annual #2, 1976
From the SPD Archives: Publication Design Annual #2, 1976
In 1976 the Society of Publication Designers published its second annual book, collecting the best publication design from the 11th... ...More
Announcing SPD's Pub 50 Competition!
Announcing SPD's Pub 50 Competition!
SPD, 50 YEARS YOUNG!As SPD  enters its golden anniversary, we are more committed than ever to putting the focus of... ...More
Our 2015 Student Design Competition Official Rules
As you've seen here on the blog this fall, our past Student Competition winners have gone on to some awesome... ...More
Jill Armus named Creative Director at O, The Oprah Magazine
Jill Armus has been named Design Director at O, The Oprah Magazine. She previously held Design Director positions at Every... ...More
Gretchen Smelter named Creative Director of Travel + Leisure
November 13-Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump announced that Gretchen Smelter is named the brand's Creative Director, effective November 20.... ...More
Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?
Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?
Okay, so we'll admit it ... even though we have some wonderful, lively, fresh-out-of-college members here at official SPD-U Headquarters,... ...More
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng
As part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on... ...More
Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!
Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!
As you may have noticed on our homepage, next week SPD is hosting "Game Changers: An Evening With David Moretti"... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in the beginning, the competition... ...More
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila
As part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. For the first 5 years of... ...More
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega
As part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in the beginning, the competition... ...More