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From the SPD Archives: The Runner, 1979

From the SPD Archives: The Runner, 1979

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Above: The Runner, Special Issue: New York City Marathon, January 1979
Art Directors: Steve Phillips / Patrick Flynn; Publisher: George Hirsch

Just in time for this weekend's New York City Marathon! The Runner was launched in 1978 as an insert in the biweekly newsmagazine New Times. Art directed by Steve Phillips, it was the brainchild of New Times publisher George Hirsch, who was also the original publisher of New York. The Runner soon became a stand-alone magazine. In 1987 it was acquired by Rodale and merged with Runner's World. Hirsch later became the worldwide publisher of Runner's World and the first publishing director of Men's Health.

Obsessed with running, Hirsch helped start the five-borough NYC Marathon in 1976, founded the New Year's Eve Midnight Run in Central Park in 1979, and became the chairman of the New York Road Runners in 2005. At 80, Hirsch remains an avid runner and was recently profiled in an article in Runner's World.

After the jump, we've got a selection of interior pages and comments from art director Steve Phillips about the creation of The Runner logo and this special issue.
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From the SPD Archives: Bob Guccione at the SPD Gala, 1979

From the SPD Archives: Bob Guccione at the SPD Gala, 1979

SPD50g.jpgThe keynote speaker at the SPD 14th Annual Design Awards Presentation was Bob Guccione, the creator and owner of Penthouse, Omni, Viva, and other publicatoins. The event was held on June 15, 1979, in the Tower Suite of the Time Life Building (tickets were $30!). Guccione was enthusiastically received as he regaled the audience with the story of his publishing history, including starting Penthouse in London in 1965.

"You can't put a lid on creativity," said Guccione. "If you're a designer, creating is not something you want to do--it's something you must do." According to one attendee's memory of the event, Guccione later went on to say "In order to fuck a buzzard, you have to play a buzzard's game."

See the list of the evening's award winners on the following page.



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From the SPD Archives: Publication Design News, 1975

From the SPD Archives: Publication Design News, 1975

SPD50g.jpgThe SPD newsletter in 1975 was titled Publication Design News, an eight-page, offset-printed, letter-sized edition. It featured a finely-tweaked logo in a very 1970s typeface, and ads on almost every page for artist reps, printers, typesetters, publications, and more. Publication Design News was created under the direction of SPD President Robert N. Essman, and art directed by Herbert M. Rosenthal, who was the Director of Graphics for Institutional Investor Systems, Inc. There's no month date on the newsletter, but based on the calendar items inside it was probably published in February or March.

This issue contains a healthy calendar of events, news about the annual SPD conference and design competition, commentary on the magazine industry, and much more. It's a fun read, and on the turn page we've got page scans of the entire issue.

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A night of great videos with the people who make them!

A night of great videos with the people who make them!

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! 
A panel discussion with today's top photo directors and web producers about the ever-increasing role of video in magazine brands.
Go behind the scenes of award-winning clips!
Plus the bloopers and the blunders!
 
Panelists include:

Mike Norseng, Photo Director of Esquire 

Gilly Barnes Video producer from Vanity Fair 

Grant Jones, Executive Producer Original Programming - Digital Networks from Conde Nast Entertainment  who created the Emmy award winning series Screw You Cancer for Glamour

Moderated by Kira Pollack  from Time

Wednesday October 29th
SVA Theatre 333 W 23rd St (Eighth Ave)

buy tickets after the jump
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Game Changers: An evening with David Moretti.

Game Changers: An evening with David Moretti.

You know his work, you want to BE him, let's admit it! Join us on November 19th for a night with David Moretti, Creative Director of WIRED Italia, designer of this year's SPD Annual, and the CD whose work has upped the ante for great editorial and infographics design. David will explain how he and his team "use WIRED Italia to drive new and disruptive ideas and concepts, to show a vision through the living example of innovators, scientists, researchers..."
 
...and, yeah, he will show great work. So get your tickets now for what promises to be a sold out event!
 
Wednesday November 19th
The Helen Mills Theatre
137 West 26th Street
Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating.  Presentation begins at 7:00pm

get your tickets after the jump....
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Cover of the Day: New York Design Hunting Winter 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.

New York Magazine: Design Hunting Winter 2015
Design Director: Thomas Alberty
Art Director: Randy Minor
Photo Editor: Marvin Orellana
Photographer: Bobby Doherty

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: Vegetable Costumes at SPD Gala 28, 1993

From the SPD Archives: Vegetable Costumes at SPD Gala 28, 1993

SPD50f.jpgThere were many memorable moments at the SPD Gala 28, held in May 1993. One of the most vivid visual highlights of the evening was the collection of costumed vegetables that were on display. The costumes were designed and modeled by senior fashion design students from Parsons School of Design, and included fanciful takes on broccoli, an onion, garlic, a giant pumpkin, and more.

Gala 28 was hosted by Rhonda Rubenstein, art director of Esquire, and B.W. Honeycutt, art director of Details. It was held at the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library. On the turn page there's a gallery of more vegetable constumes.

Photographs by John Ashworth

(Above): Pumpkin designed by Western Bonime and Lourdes Garcia
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