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Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist
Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More
Printing on Paper Never Looked So Cool

Printing on Paper Never Looked So Cool

Perhaps you've already seen mentions of this, but thanks to the efforts of Steven Heller, Reto Caduff, Lars Muller and Designers & Books, they are re-releasing one of the most beautiful and revered books ever published on graphic design and data viz ... Visual Design in Action, by Ladislav Sutnar.

More after the jump...

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Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges!
Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges!
The June 1 deadline (that's THIS COMING MONDAY!) for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show is fast approaching, and we're... ...More
Washingtonian Covers by Creative Director Michael Goesele

Washingtonian Covers by Creative Director Michael Goesele

Michael Goesele has been the creative director of regional magazine Washingtonian for the past four years. During that time he crafted a bright, engaging, energetic visual identity for the magazine, utilizing lots of bold imagery and creative typography.

Michael recently left his post at Washingtonian to move on to other projects, and SPD asked him to select 10 of his favorite covers.

"These covers reflect our desire to make our readers smile and get excited," says Michael. "We wanted to surprise them every month when they reached into their mailboxes or walked by the newsstand."

You can see much more of Michael's cool work at Washingtonian on his website.

(Above): Washingtonian, February 2012. Photo-illustration: Jesse Lenz.
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SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: An Entry is HOW many pages? And How Many Entries Do I Get?
SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: An Entry is HOW many pages? And How Many Entries Do I Get?
So you want to enter some of your work in our SPD-U Spotlight but aren't quite sure what exactly equals... ...More
Pub 50 Gala: Photos from the Big Night!

Pub 50 Gala: Photos from the Big Night!

Check out our SPD Facebook page for photos of all the winners and a few candid shots from the night.   Special thanks to photographer Drew Levin levinvisual.com for capturing all our winners. 

Photo booth pictures coming soon to SPD.org!

Five Questions for Jason Sfetko, Deputy Art Director
Five Questions for Jason Sfetko, Deputy Art Director
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More
Spring Benefits for SPD Student Members
Spring Benefits for SPD Student Members
We've got 2 awesome opportunities coming up in the next few weeks for all students to take advantage of, but... ...More
Big Shots: An SPD Speaker Series Event

Big Shots: An SPD Speaker Series Event

These Photo Directors manage some of the biggest name brands in the business. How do they do it? Who are the photographers they've worked with? How do these collaborations produce the award-winning, stunning images in every issue? 

Moderated by Art Streiber, this prestigious panel will tell the stories, the backstories, and describe the process of magazine image-making.

Our panelists:
Clinton Cargill, Bloomberg Business Week
Casey Stenger, Real Simple
Jeanne Graves, Men's Health
Lisa Martin, InStyle
Lisa Berman, Entertainment Weekly

...Get your tickets now, you don't want to miss this one!

Thursday May 28th
The SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street

Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating.  Presentation begins at 7:00pm

TICKETS:

$10 SPD Members
Current SPD Members get 50% off ticket prices!  But, there is no guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.  Don't miss it!  All tickets and seating are first come, first served.

$20 General Admission
You don't want to miss this evening!  There is no guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.  All Tickets and seating are first come, first serve.  When tickets sell out, they're gone!

...want 50% off tickets, plus more? JOIN NOW!

Attention Students
SPD Student Members get free entry and all students get a discounted rate. Get the details/your ticket on our student blog here.


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A Special Offer for our Members

A Special Offer for our Members

Typographics is a 10-day design festival devoted to contemporary typography, 
with talks, workshops, and tours focusing on where typography is today and where its 
future may lie. It will be held at Cooper Union in New York City as a combined 
effort of Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center.


SPD members receive $50 off the registration price!


 please email wtejada@cooper.edu to receive discount code. 


CLICK HERE to register

Five Questions for Victor Williams, Art Director
Five Questions for Victor Williams, Art Director
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More
Enter Your Work in Our SPD-U Spotlight!
Enter Your Work in Our SPD-U Spotlight!
As you finish up your classes and put the finishing touches on final projects and portfolios, don't pack away all... ...More
A Fresh New Look For Parents Magazine

A Fresh New Look For Parents Magazine

SPD recently spoke with the staff of Parents Magazine about the process of creating their new redesign and the visual changes in store for readers.   Take a look at some of the pages from the new magazine after the jump.

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Parents Magazine has been a trusted brand for over 85 years. We provide expert advice in the latest in kids' health and safety news, nutrition, crafts, beauty, healthy recipes, advice for moms, plus a little laugh (because being a parent requires a sense of humor). Since our last redesign in 2011, much had changed in the landscape of media and social media; The Millennials are now in the life stage of getting married and having babies (perhaps not even in that order!) And we wanted to speak to them in a visual language that made sense to them. Parents already delivers friendly, authoritative and useful content to people navigating the ups and downs of parenthood. We wanted to create a consistent, clean, modern look that stood apart from the (often) busy creative of ads, and helped the reader have better experience navigating through our pages.
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The SPD 50 Gold and Silver Medal Winners

The SPD 50 Gold and Silver Medal Winners

The Society of Publication Designers is proud to announce the Gold and Silver Medal Winners of our 50th Annual Design Competition. A total of 78 Gold Medals and 77 Silver Medals for design, photography, illustration, and digital work were presented at the 2015 SPD Awards Gala, on Friday, May 1 in New York City.

Co-Chairpersons Fred Woodward (Design Director, GQ) and Florian Bachleda (Creative Director, Fast Company) led this year's SPD Competition and hosted the evening. Digital Chairs Melanie McLaughlin (Creative Director, Collide Brand Consultants) and Lisa Michurski (VP of Strategy & Experience, FormScience) presented the digital awards. The ceremony concluded with and The Brand of the Year presented  by Janet Froelich (Design Consultant) and Magazine of the Year presented by Robert Newman (Creative Director, @Newmanology).

Click here to download the press release. (See the complete list of winners after the jump.)


 
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SPDWEST: Unsung Heroes is back!
SPDWEST: Unsung Heroes is back!
SPDWest: Unsung Heroes of the American West 11Thursday, May 21st AESTHESIA STUDIOS 13130 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066Doors open... ...More
Five Questions for Don Kinsella, Deputy Director of Photography
Five Questions for Don Kinsella, Deputy Director of Photography
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More
See You Tonight at Cipriani's! (the one across the street from the charging bull!)
See You Tonight at Cipriani's! (the one across the street from the charging bull!)
The Pub 50 SPD Awards Gala starts at 6:30pm tonight at Cipriani's, 25 Broadway (the one across the street from... ...More
SPD 50: Magazine of the Year Medal Finalists
SPD 50: Magazine of the Year Medal Finalists
On May 1 at the 50th Anniversary SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Super 8 Magazine of the... ...More
Congrats to our 2015 1st-place Student Competition Winner!!!
Congrats to our 2015 1st-place Student Competition Winner!!!
We're super excited to wrap up our announcement of winners from our 2015 Student Design Competition today with our 1st... ...More
SPD 50 Brand of the Year Medal Finalists
SPD 50 Brand of the Year Medal Finalists
On May 1 at the 50th Anniversary SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Super 8 Brand of the... ...More
SPD 50 Print Medal Finalists
SPD 50 Print Medal Finalists
On May 1 at the 50th Anniversary SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winners of this year's Print Publication Gold... ...More