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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 Connecticut. He was most known for his 70's-inspired drawing style, and he was a part of a circle of noted Connecticut cartoonists and artists who also contributed to The New Yorker.… MORE
Cover the Day: Fortune, February 1, 2015

Cover the Day: Fortune, February 1, 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.

Acting Creative Director: Chad McCabe
Illustrator: Jeremy Enecio
Director of Photography: Mia Diehl

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

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2008 Student Competition Winner Jason Sfetko
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2008 Student Competition Winner Jason Sfetko
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
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #15 - 2013 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #15 - 2013 Winners
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Publication Design 39 Judging Photos, 2004

Publication Design 39 Judging Photos, 2004

SPD50m1.jpgOne of the highlights of each SPD Publication Design annual is the collection of judges photo portraits, taken by an ongoing series of talented photographers. For many years the judges were photographed with their judging groups, generally five to six people who were assigned a specific series of pages to review. For most of the 00s, however, judges were photographed individually, in a highly-orchestrated assembly line style. If the judges look tired and haggard, it's because the photos were usually taken at the end of a long day of judging, after looking at literally thousands of examples of publication design.

For the 2004 judging, however, the Publication Design 39 co-chairs Carla Frank, Luke Hayman, and Mitch Shostak created a rock 'n' roll theme for the judges' photographs. The judging groups were photographed by stellar lensman Henry Leutwyler as rock bands, complete with guitars, microphones, and onstage theatrics. There was some serious thrashing and wailing as over 70 of the finest visual magazine makers did their best to recreate classic rock 'n' roll poses.

All photographs by Henry Leutwyler.

(ABOVE L-R): Emily Crawford, design director, Travel + Leisure; Amid Capeci, art director, Rolling Stone; Andy Cowles, creative director, IPC Media; Maxine Davidowitz, group art director, Rodale; Anke Stohlman, design director, Time Inc. Custom Publishing; Tom Brown, principal, TBA+D.
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Special SPD-U Mini Pub(lications) Crawl: Friday, Feb. 13
Special SPD-U Mini Pub(lications) Crawl: Friday, Feb. 13
As you may know, we do a big office-tour event every fall called the Pub(lications) Crawl where students get the... ...More
From the SPD Archives: The First Publication Design Annual, 1975

From the SPD Archives: The First Publication Design Annual, 1975

SPD50m.jpgThis is where it all began: the very first SPD publication design annual, published in 1975. It was printed as a softcover book, with all black and white pages. SPD published two paperback design annuals before starting its series of hardbound editions with Publication Design 12 in 1978.

The book and cover design was by John Barban, The Cricket Press. Cover photo by Raeanne Rubenstein. Typography by Gerard Associates.

The competition chairs were Robert Herald, Hospital Practice; Ira Silberlicht, Emergency Medicine; John Barban, Golf Magazine; and Arline Campbell.

The judges:

Herbert Bleiweiss: art director, Ladies Home Journal
Frank Bowers: editor in chief, Fawcett Special Interest Magazines
Ray Carruthers: illustrator and former art director, Viva
Carol Carson: art director, Scholastic Magazine
Seymour Chwast: designer, Push Pin Studios
Jerry Demoney: art director, Seventeen
Byron Dobel: editor, New York
Otto Feurbringer: editor, Time-Life Magazine Development Group
Robert Herald: art director, Hospital Practice
David Kaestle: former art director, National Lampoon
Emma Landau: art director, American Heritage
Tom Lennon: associate art director, Emergency Medicine
Stan Mack: illustrator and former art director, The New York Times
Don Mennell: art director, Oui
Herb Migdoll: art director, Dance Magazine
Ken Munowitz: art director, Horizon
B. Martin Pederson
Herbert M. Rosenthal, director of graphics, Institutional Investor Systems
Eileen Schultz: art director, Good Housekeeping
Robert Sadler: art director, Astro Minerals
Eric Seidman: art director, The New York Times
J.C. Suares: illustrator and former art director, The New York Times
Chuck Tannen: publisher, N.Y. Business Magazine
Sinichuro Tora: art director, Popular Photography
Rochelle Udell: art director, Vogue
Richard Weigand: art director, Esquire

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Related Stories from the SPD Archives:
1973 Call for Entries, Designed by Massimo Vignelli
The 15th Call for Entries, 1979
Call for Entries Poster, 1972
Call for Entries 20, 1984
25th Anniversary Call for Entries, 1989
The First Issue of Grids, 1982
Society of Publication Designers News, 1966
Publication Design News, 1975
Buttons from the 39th SPD Gala, 2004
Publication Design Annual #2, 1976
Publication Design 12, 1978
Publication Design 13, 14 & 15 Annual, 1982
Publication Design 16 & 17, 1983
Publication Design 20, 1986
Publication Design 21, 1987
Publication Design 22, 1988
Publication Design 23, 1989
Publication Design 24, 1990
Publication Design 39 Cover, 2004
Congrats to Our SPD-U Social Media Survey Raffle Winners!
Congrats to Our SPD-U Social Media Survey Raffle Winners!
In our efforts to spread the word about our Student Design Competition and other terrific opportunities and info, we invited... ...More
Michael Lawton named Creative Director at Fortune
Fortune has hired Michael Lawton as its new creative director. Lawton most recently served as Popular Mechanics' design director.During his... ...More
Cover the Day: Bloomberg Businessweek January 26,2015

Cover the Day: Bloomberg Businessweek January 26,2015

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

Bloomberg Businessweek,  January 26, 2015 
Creative Director: Robert Vargas
Deputy Creative Director: Tracy Ma
Design Director: Cynthia Hoffman
Director of Photography: Clinton Cargill

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


Ann Kwong, 1957 - 2015

Ann Kwong, 1957 - 2015

Very sad news in the publishing community.  Ann Kwong passed away on January 17 of cancer.  Ann was an important part of the New York design and magazine world for thirty years.  
Ann started her career at design-innovative New York Woman magazine, which was owned by American Express Publishing, working under Fabien Baron in 1986.  There she hired photographers such as Mark Seliger, Frank Ockenfels, and Michael Thompson, at the very early stages of their careers.
When Fabien left, Ann become the Design Director of New York Woman until it was folded during the recession of 1992. Ann went on to work at Harper's Bazaar, Calvin Klein, Glamour, New Woman and landed at Cosmopolitan in 1998 where, for the next 15 years, she oversaw all of their editions and their transition to digital platforms. Ann was a mentor to many young designers and photo editors throughout her life. She is survived by her husband and two kids.


From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 23, 1989

From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 23, 1989

SPD50m.jpgThe SPD Publication Design annual has been the state of the art representation of magazine design since the first book was published in the mid-1970s. This edition of Publication Design 23, published in 1989, featured the best editorial design, illustration, and photography from 1987, selected by a stellar group of judges.

The book and jacket design was by Anthony Russell and Samuel Kuo of Anthony Russell, Inc. Cover photograph by Ed Eckstein. The typographer was SGW Associates.

The competition chairperson for Publication Design 23 was Mary K. Baumann, Will Hopkins Group.

Be sure to enter your magazine work into this year's SPD 50 Publication Design competition.

The very final (late) deadline is January 23.

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Related Stories from the SPD Archives:
1973 Call for Entries, Designed by Massimo Vignelli
The 15th Call for Entries, 1979
Call for Entries Poster, 1972
Call for Entries 20, 1984
25th Anniversary Call for Entries, 1989
The First Issue of Grids, 1982
Society of Publication Designers News, 1966
Publication Design News, 1975
Buttons from the 39th SPD Gala, 2004
Publication Design Annual #2, 1976
Publication Design 12, 1978
Publication Design 13, 14 & 15 Annual, 1982
Publication Design 16 & 17, 1983
Publication Design 20, 1986
Publication Design 21, 1987
Publication Design 22, 1988
Publication Design 24, 1990
Publication Design 39 Cover, 2004
Q: What's different about the
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Cover the Day: The Hollywood Reporter, January 23, 2015
Cover the Day: The Hollywood Reporter, January 23, 2015
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Announcing the Pub50 Jury!
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From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 24, 1990
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From the SPD Archives: Publication Design 21, 1987
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#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner T. Leclaire
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If you've ever seen one of our SPD Annuals, you know what an awesome source of inspiration it is for... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #13 - 2011 Winners
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Student Design Competition Q&A: Who Exactly Is Eligible?
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Criswell Lappin and Lisa Lytton join ScrollMotion
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