SPD 47: Magazine of the Year - 15th Anniversary (Part 2)

SPD 47: Magazine of the Year - 15th Anniversary (Part 2) In 1997, SPD debuted the Magazine of the Yearaward at its Pub33 Gala. The idea, conceived by co-chairs Janet Froelich and Robert Newman, was to create a best-of award voted on by all the judges who participated in the awards. It was a recognition of the best magazine of the year, the one with the best all-around design, imagery, graphics, illustration, and general visual magic. 
  • GQ
    GQ
  • Martha Stewart Kids
    Martha Stewart Kids
  • Martha Stewart Kids
    Martha Stewart Kids
  • New York Magazine
    New York Magazine
  • T, The New York Times Magazine
    T, The New York Times Magazine
  • GQ
    GQ
  • New York Magazine
    New York Magazine


The first winner was 2wice, art directed by Abbott Miller. Since then the list of winning magazines and art directors reads like a who's who of publication design: The New York Times Magazine, Details, GQ, Martha Stewart Kids, New York, Wired (add more names, my memory is slipping), and art directors Janet Froelich, Fred Woodward, Patrick Mitchell, Debra Bishop, Luke Hayman, Rockwell Harwood, John Korpics, and Scott Dadich. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Magazine of the Year, and it remains the ultimate SPD award, the acknowledgement by the visual community of the very best in publication design.

In 2007, Pub 42 expanded Magazine of the Year to award top honors across three circulation categories (1M+, 500K to 1M, and under 500K).


PUB 38 (featuring the work of 2002): 
GQ
Fred Woodward, DD


PUB 39 (featuring the work of 2003):
Martha Stewart KIDS
Deb Bishop, DD


PUB 40 (featuring the work of 2004):
Martha Stewart KIDS
Deb Bishop, DD


PUB 41 (featuring the work of 2005):
New York Magazine
Luke Hayman, DD


PUB 42 (featuring the work of 2006*):
T, The New York Times Magazine
Janet Froelich, CD
David Sebbah, Sr. AD

GQ
Fred Woodward, DD

New York Magazine
Luke Hayman, DD


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A SPD Q&A with Deb Bishop (excepted from SPD "Solid Gold"):

When did you first get interested in magazine design?
I have to confess I was not really interested in working on magazines as a young designer. I wanted to do record covers, posters, and book covers, but when I was asked to work at Rolling Stone it seemed like I could apply the same kind of aesthetic there. It was after working there for a while, that I realized the beauty of editorial design.

How do you lead your staff?
I believe in going into battle with the troops.

What is the key to producing constant, memorable work over a number
of years? 
It's important to feel confident so that you are willing to take risks but , don't get too comfortable, even though you are longing to be. Fear is often a good catalyst.

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*In 2006, The Magazine of the Year competition was divided into three circulation categories (1M+, 500K-1M, and under 500K) which is why there are three there.
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