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Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!
Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!
Once again, SPD-U is teaming up with the College Media Association at their annual spring national convention -- NYC15. We've... ...More

Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream

Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream

On Tuesday, March 3, Dorothy and Otis authors Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel will present a free illustrated lecture at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. Don't miss this rare look at the amazingly talented illustrator/designer team of Dorothy and Otis Shepard.

Dorothy and Otis Shepard were groundbreaking modernist graphic designers and illustrators, whose work, particularly in the 1930s and 40s, but also well into the 1960s, helped define the look of American billboards, advertisements, sports teams, and much more. Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel have compiled Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream, an astonishing visual life of this husband and wife team, thanks to a treasure trove of photographs, artwork, sketches, and diaries compiled by Dorothy before her death in 2000 and passed along by her son and granddaughter. Hathaway is an accomplished illustrator and art director in his own right (I've worked with him on many projects over the years), and he brings that multi-disciplinary approach to compiling this book.

Dorothy and Otis is rich in both visuals and biographical detail. The Shepards, singularly and together, designed and illustrated a series of billboards for Wrigley's chewing gum in the 1930s and 40s. Otis Shepard later became the defacto creative director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team (they were owned by Wrigley), designing program covers, logos, and even uniforms. His cover illustrations for the Cubs programs and yearbooks are probably his most well-known work, striking graphically modern images that pop off the pages.

(Above): Chicago Cubs program designed and illustrated by Otis Shepard, 1953
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Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!
Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!
Happy Friday to all you procrastinators and those of you just hearing about our SPD-U Student Design Competition ... we're... ...More
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?
I'm interested in entering work in the News Category as described in the Call for Entries, but I'm curious about... ...More
HARPER'S BAZAAR Étonne-Moi!

HARPER'S BAZAAR Étonne-Moi!

SPD's 50th Anniversary Speaker Series continues with Harper's Bazaar Étonne-Moi! 
Astonish Me! is the motto Harper's Bazaar lives and designs by. Design Director Elizabeth Hummer and her talented team take the stage to discuss the legacy and the now of one of the industry's most-beloved fashion publications. 
Join us for this rare peek inside the making of this luxury brand and the exploration of how they keep pages fresh, fascinating  and breath-taking month after month.  Tickets are sure to go quickly, so get yours today!

Moderator Peter Yates, Executive Creative Director of Hearst International Branding,

Wednesday, March 11
SVA THEATER (333 W 23rd st, NYC)
Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating • Presentation begins at 7:00pm

SPD Members $15
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General Admission $30
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Cover of the Day: The New York Times Magazine

Cover of the Day: The New York Times Magazine

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

Design Director: Gail Bichler
Art Director: Matt Willey
Director of Photography: Kathy Ryan
Photographer: Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

Read more about he Times Magazine's new redesign HERE and HERE

Want to submit your cover to be considered for our Cover of the Day? Send us a jpeg of your cover with credit info to SPDsubmissions@gmail.com

Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?
Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?
Are we required to use the specific headlines you've provided in the Call for Entries? What if I wanted to... ...More
Student Design Competition Q&A: The Copy
Student Design Competition Q&A: The Copy
So, uh, for this Student Design Competition, where do I get the words to use in my layout? Do... ...More
Cover of the Day : The Believer Jan/Feb 2015

Cover of the Day : The Believer Jan/Feb 2015

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

Art Directors: Dan McKinley, Sunra Thompson
Detail of a mural from Electric Lady Studios: Lance Jost

Want to submit your cover to be considered for our Cover of the Day? Send us a jpeg of your cover with credit info to SPDsubmissions@gmail.com
From the SPD Archives: A Volunteer Army Comic, 2008

From the SPD Archives: A Volunteer Army Comic, 2008

SPD50m2.jpgThe Spring 2008 edition of SPD's Grids newsletter featured a comic strip review of that year's Publication Design judging, as seen by the volunteers. A Volunteer Army was written by Tim Leong (who is currently design director of Entertainment Weekly and Vice-President of SPD) and illustrated by Koren Shadmi.

The cartoon features a look at volunteer fashion, the inability of art directors to fill out entry forms, and a visit to the after-judging party. (Click on the image below to see it full-size).

This judging for Publication Design 50 takes place this weekend, February 6-8, at F.I.T. in New York City, led by co-chairs Florian Bachleda (creative director, Fast Company) and Fred Woodward (design director, GQ).


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Edel Rodriguez's

Edel Rodriguez's "Controversial" Newsweek Cover Illustration

Last week's Newsweek cover, "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," stirred up a storm of controversy on social media, news sites, and TV. The cover, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez and art directed by Grace Lee, was attacked as "sexist," "ignorant," "obscene," and "offensive." (Mediate has a good rundown of the many Twitter attacks on the cover.) The Today Show website ran an article titled "Sexism still alive and well in Silicon Valley (and on Newsweek cover)." and Techcrunch followed with "What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think of Newsweek." The Today Show show even ran an outraged segment on their morning show.

Edel Rodriguez defended the cover and his illustration in interviews with PBS and the Huffington Post. He explained it perfectly to The Huffington Post:

"I wanted to depict the harassment that women suffer. How the harassment can be unexpected and come out of nowhere. To show that frozen moment of shock, when a woman is just going about their life at work and something like this happens. I wanted to have the viewer see that moment when they look on a newsstand, and to be shocked themselves. Then be compelled to pick up the magazine and read the story behind the cover. These harassers have spent much of their lives behind a computer, seeing women as objects. I wanted them to be confronted with their stupidity as well. Hopefully by seeing it there, frozen in time, they could come to terms with what they are doing."

Flavorwire weighed in and said, "Stop Freaking Out About Newsweek's Silicon Valley Cover and Read the Story." Their writer commented that "the cover was an extremely accurate representation of the content" that "did its job."

To put this controversy into context, we've asked for thoughts from former Time magazine art director Arthur Hochstein, and have collected a gallery of eight other Newsweek covers illustrated by Edel over the past few years. Edel (who was a longtime cover art director for Time International) has collected some of his interviews on the subject on his Drawger page.

(Above): Newsweek, February 6, 2015. Illustration: Edel Rodriguez, art director: Grace Lee
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua
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 the... ...More
Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing
Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing
This spring we're following up the success of our fall Pub(lications) Crawl with smaller versions of the office/studio tour event,... ...More
From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 38 Judges, 2003
From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 38 Judges, 2003
With the judging for SPD Publication Design 50 coming up this weekend (February 6-8), it seems a good time to... ...More
From the SPD Archives: Volunteers at Publication Design 40 Judging, 2005
From the SPD Archives: Volunteers at Publication Design 40 Judging, 2005
The judging for SPD's Publication Design 50 is scheduled for this coming weekend, February 6-8. So it seems a good... ...More
Joseph Farris, noted New Yorker cartoonist, dies at 90
Joseph Farris, noted New Yorker cartoonist, dies at 90
Joe Farris, whose cartoons were published in The New Yorker for 57 years, passed away yesterday at his home in... ...More
Cover the Day: Fortune, February 1, 2015
Cover the Day: Fortune, February 1, 2015
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.Acting Creative Director: Chad... ...More
Publication Design 39 Judging Photos, 2004
Publication Design 39 Judging Photos, 2004
One of the highlights of each SPD Publication Design annual is the collection of judges photo portraits, taken by an... ...More