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Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!
Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!
As our judges finish up their final selections in our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show, let's look at some... ...More
Brian Struble named Art Director at Bonnier Outdoor Group
Brian Struble has been named Art Director of the Bonnier Outdoor Group (which includes Outdoor Life and Field & Stream); 
Struble... ...More
Barack Obama: Portraits of a President

Barack Obama: Portraits of a President

Barack Obama: Portraits of a President is a new Kickstarter project created by art director (and longtime SPD friend and colleague) Richard Baker. He'll be using the funding to sponsor an event that will feature some noted illustrators (Edel Rodriguez and Steve Brodner, among others) and moderator Steven Heller, all discussing how Barack Obama has been portrayed visually by illustrators. It's a great project and promises to be an historic evening.

Sign up to be a supporter of Barack Obama: Portraits of a President here.

(Illustration by Hanoch Piven)
SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22
SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22
While our judges go through all the wonderful SPD-U Spotlight entries, we've got a great event in the works for... ...More
1970s Illustrated Covers of Travel & Leisure Art Directed by Norman Hotz

1970s Illustrated Covers of Travel & Leisure Art Directed by Norman Hotz

[Editor's Note]: Norman Hotz began his art direction career in the late 1960s working for Allen Hurlburt and Will Hopkins at Look magazine. He moved to Travel & Leisure in 1970, where he worked as the deputy to Frank Zachary, and helped create the magazine's iconic logo and design. When Zachary left after 10 issues, the then-25 year old Hotz was named Travel & Leisure's art director. He continued and expanded on Zachary's work, creating a remarkable, award-winning series of illustrated covers and inside pages. After leaving T&L in 1976, Hotz went on to a distinguished career designing and art directing a series of magazines that included Panorama, Families, and Reader's Digest.

For the past 14 years Hotz has worked as a cartoon editor for
Reader's Digest, and continues to work on design projects. In this second part of his magazine design memoir for SPD, Hotz showcases a collection of brilliant illustrated covers of Travel & Leisure, and shares some background on their creation. Don't miss the first part of this memoir, which includes Hotz's memories of working with art director Frank Zachary. This interview was conducted and compiled by Linda Rubes.

(Above): September 1974 cover of Travel & Leisure, art director: Norman Hotz, illustration: Paul Davis.
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Nicholas Blechman Named Creative Director of The New Yorker
Nicholas Blechman has been named The New Yorker's new creative director. Blechman comes to the magazine from The New York... ...More
Remembering Art Director Frank Zachary, by Norman Hotz

Remembering Art Director Frank Zachary, by Norman Hotz

[Editor's Note]: Legendary magazine editor and art director Frank Zachary passed away on June 12 at the age of 101. Zachary was the art director, photography director, and managing editor of Holiday, the beautiful, stylish 1950s-early 60s travel magazine. He later worked as art director of Travel & Leisure and editor of Town and Country. In 1987 Zachary was honored with the SPD Herb Lubalin Award "to acknowledge continuing excellence in publication design."

Zachary's deputy art director in the early 1970s at
Travel & Leisure was Norman Hotz. After a year at the magazine, Zachary left to become editor of Town and Country, and Hotz took over as art director. Hotz's award-winning stint at T&L was followed by a distinguised career redesigning and art directing numerous other magazines, and he continues as a consulting art director for cartoons at Reader's Digest

Hotz shared with SPD his memories of working with Zachary at
Travel & Leisure. We also have a never-before collected set of all 10 of Zachary's Travel & Leisure covers.

This is the first part of a two-part remembrance by Hotz of his years at
T&L. Stay tuned for part two in the near future. The interviews with Hotz were compiled and edited by Linda Rubes.

(Above): Travel & Leisure, June-July 1971. Art director: Frank Zachary, illustration: George Giusti.
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The Gala Photo Booth Pics are in!

The Gala Photo Booth Pics are in!

Head on over to the SPD Facebook page and take a look at all of the fun and shenannigans from this year's Pub50 gala Photo Booth.   

Special thanks to our photographer Ari Michelson for capturing all the great moments.

Thanks again to all of our friends and sponsors who made this night possible.  

CHAIRS
Fred Woodward
Florian Bachleda
Robert Newman
Janet Froelich
Melanie McLaughlin
Lisa Michurski

FRIENDS AND SPONSORS
Circle Press
The School of Visual Arts
Xerox
Conde Nast
Leah Bailey
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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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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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!

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... ...More
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... ...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... ...More
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... ...More
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