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SPD's Autumn Social  - Save the Date!

SPD's Autumn Social - Save the Date!

Take a break from your deadline on October 15th and come have some drinks with SPD at photographer Danielle Levitt's new bar, Wise Men! We'll be there with happy hour specials from 6-9pm, just look for all the cool kids.

RSVP HERE
More Fun, More Often - Summer Edition Recap

More Fun, More Often - Summer Edition Recap

Last Tuesday's Summer Social kicked the steamy season off right with the venue's super-cool vibe and our super-cool guests. A huge thanks to Houston Hall for hosting us, and a big thanks to all who joined us. Check out some photos of the night courtesy of photographer Jacqueline Harriet, after the jump...… MORE
SUMMER SOCIAL Tuesday, 06.25.2013

SUMMER SOCIAL Tuesday, 06.25.2013

Summer is a few days away--and ok, although it isn't exactly that HOT out yet--we can all use a nice cool drink anyway...
So while things may seem quiet during the past few months at the SPD offices, there's a ton of planning in the works for another great year chock full of events for the 2013/14 season.
Join SPD for another More Fun, More Often event at Houston Hall on Tuesday, June 25th and join your peers for that well overdue drink you've been promising one another for months.
Holiday Recap + CS6 Raffle Winner Announced!

Holiday Recap + CS6 Raffle Winner Announced!

The night was quite a bender as many members and friends of SPD as well as many new ones joined us to toast the holidays and enjoy the good times. Captured moments from the shenanigans will be posted in the near future here and on Facebook, so check back in!

Congrats to raffle winning ticket holder # 070 for the Adobe Creative Suite 6. Reach out to mail@spd.org by January 15th to claim your prize. You must provide the matching ticket.

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A huge thanks to our friends that helped make the evening's good times possible: Hotel Chantelle, Mixologist Todd Richman of Sidney Frank, Dark Horse, Radeberger, Adobe and the awesome guys from LED Photo Booth that kept us hashtagging #spdholidayparty with their Instagram photo booth all night!
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And to the volunteers that keep things running smoothly: Courtney Sultan, Nicole Martino, Tess Barber, Juliann Gates and photography by Michele Byrne.

And thanks to your generosity, toys will be enjoyed by needy children via Education Alliance.

Don't forget to start getting those entries together for the PUB 48 Early Bird Deadline, TODAY, December 21st.  Download the Call For Entries here, then enter by clicking the purple button on the right that reads Click Here to Enter PUB 48.
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And for those of you that need to join or renew (great discounts on competition fees!) you can easily do that here.
Stay tuned for the next SPD "More Fun More Often" event!
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Holiday Bash 12/20/12

Holiday Bash 12/20/12

It's already holiday time which means one thing: More fun. More often.

Join SPD for our annual Holiday Bash on Thursday, December 20th at Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow St NYC) in their lower level lounge: SGT's for hours of drinks (wine! beer! cocktails!), food, great tunes and good times.

Members: $15/Advance, $20/door
Non-Members: $30/Advance, $40/door < not a member? JOIN NOW.

Special cover charge: Fall's been a rough one for many, so this year we'd like to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them as holiday gifts for less fortunate children in the community. So if you have anything to contribute, please bring it along! You'll get half-off the cover charge!

Get your tickets (save money! easily expense this!) CLICK HERE!
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Summer Social -- Recap!

Summer Social -- Recap!

Great times were had Monday night during our Summer Social event hosted by your SPD More Fun, More Often crew. Thank you to our friends at Sons of Essex for providing the space as well as the good times with drink specials. Captured moments from the night courtesy of Tristan Wheelock can be viewed after the jump, and stay tuned for upcoming events! … MORE
SEE. YOU. TONIGHT.

SEE. YOU. TONIGHT.

Your Monday at work is almost over, so why not celebrate by joining your More Fun More Often crew at Sons of Essex tonight at 6:30. Enjoy good drink specials, mingling and hey, running into that Art or Photo Director you've been meaning to chat with never hurts ;)

Details:
6:30-9:30PM
Sons of Essex
133 Essex St. (Bet. Stanton & Rivington)

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Dos Equis & Heineken  $5

Spring 44 Vodka & Gin  $5

Jack & Jack Honey  $5

SixPoint & Olde English  $4

Bacardi 8 Rum  $6

Corzo Tequila  $6
SUMMER SOCIAL Monday, 07.16.2012

SUMMER SOCIAL Monday, 07.16.2012

Summer is a day away--and ok, although it isn't exactly that HOT out yet--we can all use a nice cool drink anyway...
So while things may seem quiet during the past few months at the SPD offices, there's a ton of planning in the works for another great year chock full of events for the 2012/13 season.
We've even decided to throw a bash as an early kick-off to it all, so come join SPD for another More Fun, More Often event at Sons of Essex on Monday, July 16. Hey, think of it as an extended weekend. It's summer, people.) Drink specials will be available 6:30-9:30. Details after the jump.

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Don't Forget...

Don't Forget...

...to keep this Monday's after work hours open starting at 7PM to join us for another one of SPD's "More Fun, More Often" events hosted by our friends at BOUNCE.

So gather your buddies (even those in the office) and join SPD for complimentary drinks (available 7-10pm) and some great times.

SPD Members: This is FREE FOR YOU! (need to renew? do that here)

Non-Members: $10 cash at the door

04.09.2012 - 7PM - Bounce - 55 W21 Street (between 5/6 ave) NYC
Spring Fling 04.09.2012

Spring Fling 04.09.2012

Imagine this: It's April 9th. You still have a few more days for that deadline. You've been working so hard, and could use a little unwinding.
SPD has the solution for you not only because we try to provide More Fun, More Often, but it's also Spring: So gather your buddies (even those in the office) and join SPD for complimentary drinks (available 7-10pm) and some great times.

SPD Members: This is FREE FOR YOU! (need to renew? do that here)

Non-Members: $10 cash at the door

04.09.2012 - 7PM - Bounce - 55 W21 Street (between 5/6 ave) NYC
Holiday Party Treats!

Holiday Party Treats!

We've had so many requests at SPD HQ about the delicious treats served at the close of the Holiday Bash on Wednesday, we wanted to share the info with all of you, so you can plot a pick-up of your own. So here's all you need to know about Bomboloni, those delicious treats:
In keeping with Italian design and consummate taste, Bomboloni's lusciously decadent bombolonis (Italian for donut - but nothing at all like Dunkin's) are available in an assortment of incredible gourmet flavors - from Meyer lemon and blood orange to toasted chocolate marshmallow and even chestnut. The flavor options are always on trend with the seasons and customer's latest requests. A box of 6 is available for a mere $7.00; a total must bring as we ramp up those holiday parties. Bomboloni has its home right at 187 Columbus Avenue.
Just in time for everyone on your NICE list!
Holiday Recap + Raffle Winners Announced!

Holiday Recap + Raffle Winners Announced!

The night was quite a bender as many members and friends of SPD (as well as many, many new ones) came out to toast the holidays and enjoy the good times. Captured moments from the shenanigans can be viewed in the slideshow after the jump or here thanks to photographer Lauren Silberman.

Congrats to the list of RAFFLE WINNERS after the jump:
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Reserve Today! + Holiday Raffle Preview

Reserve Today! + Holiday Raffle Preview

Get your tickets now! This Wednesday, December 14th we'll be celebrating the holidays at W.i.P. (Work In Progress) at 150 Varick St NYC (near Vandam St, at the A/C/E Spring Street stop) Reserve your tickets (save money! easily expense this!) after the jump. There will be some fantastic giveaways to be raffled off (silently) after the event. Out of town? Don't fret... for those members that can't join us in person for the festivities, send us a note by 3pm 12/14/2011 to mail@spd.org with "SECRET SANTA" in the subject line, stating what raffle items you'd like your five tickets placed on (all five on one, or split up, we'll do the work for you!). Winning names will be posted with pictures of the swag here on the site the day after the event.
Preview descriptions of the goodies after the jump... … MORE
Holiday Bash! Wednesday 12/14

Holiday Bash! Wednesday 12/14

More Presents. More food. More drinks. More fun. More often.

Join SPD for our annual Holiday Bash on Wednesday, December 14th at W.i.P. (Work In Progress) at 150 Varick St NYC (near Vandam St, at the A/C/E Spring Street stop) for hours of drinks (wine! cocktails! and this year, beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery too!), food, great tunes and sweet prizes.

A special holiday treat for our out-of-town-members: Check back in with spd.org next week for a preview of the great giveaways up for grabs that night to enter your raffles--we want to ship some of these great prizes to you! Winners will be posted online after the event.

Get your tickets (save money! easily expense this!) after the jump...
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SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, 12/14!

SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, 12/14!

Join SPD for our annual Holiday Bash for drinks, food, and great giveaways on Wednesday, December 14th. Be the first to reserve your tickets (and SPD Members! Save even more with the Members Only Early Bird Rate!) after the jump...
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AIGA/NY + Karel Martens: A Don't Miss Event

AIGA/NY + Karel Martens: A Don't Miss Event

Wednesday, September 7th, AIGA/NY will be hosting a special evening with Karel Martens, the cofounder of Werkplaats Typografie and prolific designer; this is a rare appearance in New York, and a stellar shot of excitement to get you out of any back-from-Labor-Day-holiday slump. From AIGA/NY's site announcing the event:
Martens has been practicing for fifty years and continues to create forward-looking and technologically ground-breaking work that is comfortable in the current moment but not consumed by it. He is a highly influential book designer but considers himself more broadly a "designer of the printed word." But he's really a designer of language, even abstract and photographic language. His work extends with equal innovation and clarity of communication across almost all imaginable media, from coins and postage stamps to monoprints to ASCII art to experimental video to electric signs to textiles to building facades.
More info about Martens' work and RSVPing after the jump...
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Texas Monthly Goes to the Movies

Texas Monthly Goes to the Movies

The summer movie season kicks off with a series of Texas classics from Texas Monthly. For its Texas Monthly Rolling Roadshow, the magazine (partnered with The Alamo Draftfouse) created a beautiful set of new posters for the classic films. For those in the Lone Star State this summer movie times and location can be found here

The Last Picture Show directed by Peter Bogdanovich, 1971; 
Giant directed by George Stevens, 1956.
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Art and Cocktails

Art and Cocktails

Need something fun and inspiring to start your Memorial Day weekend off tomorrow evening? Join the AIGA/NY at their Unique New York Auction Party, Thursday, May 26th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Pentagram hosts an evening with no speeches, no awards, just you and your colleagues and friendly conversation. Led by the feisty auctioneer Michael Bierut, the auction features a small collection of covetable framed artwork, collage and constructions from twelve unique talents from the New York creative pool, including Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Paula Scher, Massimo Vignelli and Maira Kalman. There are so many more, you NEED to click here for the full list and gallery of work. This is your chance to get out and have some fun, and possibly pick up a treasure (especially if you, like some of us, are kicking yourself you missed-out on the gems from our Auction last November). And hey, did we mention the open bar? Get tickets and all info here.


above: Paula Scher's
CHINA, 2008, bid here
SVA: Off Course Show

SVA: Off Course Show

Step away from your desk for an hour soon and get over to the School of Visual Arts (209 East 23rd Street). You have to see Kevin O'Callaghan's most recent MFA Designer as Author first-year show; OFF COURSE. I have to admit that I'm just a bit partial here, having taught this talented group of students last fall--but they really are a spectacular bunch. And they've created 18 holes of phobias (!!) that you can actually play through, so give make sure to take a long lunch...
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Spring Fling -- Recap!

Spring Fling -- Recap!

Great times were had Friday night during our Spring Fling event hosted by your SPD More Fun, More Often crew. Thank you to our friends at the Ainsworth for providing the space as well as the good times with complimentary drinks by Ron Zacapa. Captured moments from the night courtesy of Kathryn Allen Hurni can be viewed after the jump. … MORE
Cocktails & Freebies: Tomorrow Night!

Cocktails & Freebies: Tomorrow Night!

As a special treat, our friends at UPPERCASE have sent along copies of Work/Life 2, their new book celebrating illustration and illustrators from around the world, a great directory of new and upcoming talent, and we're lucky enough to have one to give away free to the first 100 of our guests joining us tomorrow night at The Ainsworth. There's a nifty preview of the Work/Life project, along with the RSVP info if you haven't already, after the jump... … MORE
Spring Fling  04.08.2011

Spring Fling 04.08.2011

Imagine this: It's Friday, April 8th. You're feeling good because the work week is over, and better yet, it's Spring. So gather your buddies (even those in the office) and join SPD for a complimentary drink courtesy of Ron Zacapa and drink specials from our friends at The Ainsworth (122 W 26th Street.) Why you ask? Just because.

SPD Members: This is FREE FOR YOU! (but you MUST RSVP so we have you on our list at the door!) (need to renew? do that here)

Non-Members: $5 in advance for drink-specials goodness (or $10 CASH at the door the night of)

04.08.11 - 6PM - The Ainsworth - 122 W 26th Street (between 6th/7th ave)
RSVP after the jump...
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Your Moment of Type Zen #10

Your Moment of Type Zen #10

Okay, I'm not as cool as you are. I only made my first trip to Williamsburg a few months ago, to pick up my cousin. Who knew it was so groovy? Not me, I guess. I could have spent the entire day there taking pictures of amazing signs, but there was family to tend to. But I'll be back.

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Ron Gabriel: The (almost) Graduate

Ron Gabriel: The (almost) Graduate

Ron worked as a magazine art director until August 2009, when he left Hearst Magazines to pursue a MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. He worked for titles including Seventeen, New Woman, The New York Times Upfront, and CosmoGirl, as well as the international editions of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire. We first hooked up with Ron when he was just beginning his two-year stint as a graduate student in SVA's Designer as Author program, so we wanted to check in again as he prepares to graduate.
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Holiday Recap + Raffle Winners Announced!

Holiday Recap + Raffle Winners Announced!

The night was quite a bender as many members and friends of SPD (as well as many, many new ones) came out to toast the holidays and enjoy the good times. Captured moments from the shenanigans can be viewed here.

Congrats to the list of WINNERS after the jump:
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Holiday, Holi-daze: Party Countdown

Holiday, Holi-daze: Party Countdown

This weekend the Off-Duty section of the Wall Street Journal featured a Q&A with Soho House's founder Nick Jones. One of his party deal-breakers? "A cash bar. We are all busy but you've just got to be a generous host."

Whew. Thank heavens we're in the clear here: for just your ticket, the drinks at tonight's SPD Holiday Party are completely on us from 7-10pm, and it's quite a nice little mix we've got. Your holiday cocktail choices include Ketel One Vodka or Johnnie Walker Black, or lovely wines from our pals at Bear Flag. Of course, we can't let you go for all that on an empty stomach, so we've got yummy treats lined up: popcorn chicken bites, quesadillas, sliders, chips and guacamole and, because we're all about your health, a lovely sampling of veggie crudités.

So brace yourselves, members and friends: between our awesome DJ Eric Johnson spinning his vinyl selects, holiday raffles galore, great drinks and yummy treats, and just the best people around, it's going to be a glittering good time. The coat check team is already in place, the disco ball's been polished, so all we need is you: get tickets after the jump by 2pm and save $$, or we'll see you at the door tonight.

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Meet your DJ - ERIC JOHNSON

Meet your DJ - ERIC JOHNSON

When photographer Eric Johnson isn't busy photographing musicians such as R&B artist Maxwell or various Hollywood Directors by day, by night he can sometimes be found entertaining friends and out-goers by providing some of the grooviest of tunes with his turntable skills. SPD is thrilled to have him spin at our very own holiday bash this Wednesday 12/15 for our listening/dancing pleasure. His work can be viewed here.
Holiday Raffle Preview

Holiday Raffle Preview

On Wednesday, December 15th we'll be celebrating the holidays at The Lott (51 W21st Street) where there will be some fantastic giveaways to be raffled off (silently) after the event. Out of town? Don't fret... for those members that can't join us in person for the festivities, send us a note by 12/14/2011 to mail@spd.org with "SECRET SANTA" in the subject line, stating what raffle items you'd like your five tickets placed on (all five on one, or split up, we'll do the work for you!). Winning names will be posted with pictures of the swag here on the site the day after the event.
Preview description of the goodies after the jump...
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Join Us! Wednesday 12/15

Join Us! Wednesday 12/15

'Tis the season once again... for some good times!
Join SPD for our annual Holiday Extravaganza on Wednesday, December 15th at The Lott (55 W21 st, NYC) for hours of drinks (courtesy of our great friends at BearFlag), food, great tunes and sweet prizes. A special treat for our out-of-town-members: Check back in with spd.org for a preview of the great giveaways up for grabs that night to enter your raffles--we want to ship some of these great prizes to you! Winners will be posted online after the event.

SPD Members: Just $5 in advance (or $10 CASH at the door the night of) (need to renew? do that here)
Non-Members: $20 in advance (or $30 CASH at the door the night of)

BUY TICKETS to get on the guest list after the jump (and save $$$!)

12.15.10 - 7PM - The Lott - 55 W 21st Street (between 5th/6th ave)


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AIGA/NY (hearts) SPD Members: Marian Bantjes

AIGA/NY (hearts) SPD Members: Marian Bantjes

We have great, great news for SPD members this afternoon who are yearning for even more delightful, inspiring opportunities to meet some of their heroes: Monday, November 1st (next week!) the AIGA/NY has a one-night-only event with self-confessed lapsed graphic designer, illustrator-typesetter-designer extraordinaire Marian Bantjes. Introduced by Pentagram's own Paula Scher, Marian will talk about her new book, "I Wonder" (cover above). For this special event, AIGA/NY is extending their special low members-only rate to SPD members. Head over here for tickets, because even though we know you're already a little booked, with Arthur Hochstein tonight, and Albert Watson next Tuesday, we know you want to sneak off to this one too... It's professional development! You owe it to your work to soak all this in. (Send your boss our way if you need more cover. We're prepared.)
Summer Social: The Morning After...

Summer Social: The Morning After...

Fret not if you missed joining our More Fun, More Often crew last night for an evening of good times at the The Eldridge with some tasty beverages courtesy of Bear Flag*. Another event is on the way, so check back in to hear about the next one!

For your viewing pleasure: Captured moments from the evening can be viewed here or after the jump.

*Special Thanks to our  Members' Outreach committee member, Todd Weinberger  for hooking us up with our awesome sponsor: Bear Flag!
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Summer Social:TOMORROW NIGHT

Summer Social:
TOMORROW NIGHT

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow night (Tuesday the 17th) to the kick-off to the 2010/11 season at our More Fun, More Often event at The Eldridge. Wine will be provided by our awesome pals at Bear Flag. Details and RSVPing after the jump...
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SUMMER SOCIAL Tuesday, 08.17.2010

SUMMER SOCIAL Tuesday, 08.17.2010

It's summer, it's HOT, and we can all use a nice cool drink.
So while things may seem quiet during the past few months at the SPD offices, there's a ton of planning in the works for another great year chock full of events for the 2010/11 season.
We've even decided to throw a bash as an early kick-off to it all, so come join SPD for another More Fun, More Often event at The Eldridge on Tuesday, August 17. Wine will be provided by our awesome pals at Bear Flag. Details and RSVPing after the jump... … MORE
George Clooney, Anton Corbijn and 'The American'

George Clooney, Anton Corbijn and 'The American'

While the 2010 summer movie season has been shaky at best, here's something to look forward to in the Fall: The American. Photographer Anton Corbijn get in the directors seat for this thriller set in Italy. 

Watch the trailer after the jump.



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More Fun, More Often... 04.13.2010

More Fun, More Often... 04.13.2010

It's finally Spring, and all are gearing up for the big night (Gala 45!) on May 7th. However, the fun doesn't start there, folks. Join your More Fun, More Often crew for an evening of good times with some tasty beverages courtesy of Ty Ku* at the brand-spankin' new venue, Veranda. Pass the word along to your fellow photographers, illustrators, stylists and even ahem... editors. I'll be there with dancing shoes on.

SPD Members: FREE w/ RSVP (need to renew? you can do that here)
Not a member (yet)? Advance RSVP: $15 // At the door: $20 ...or just join now and get in free to this and all of our More Fun, More Often events!

RSVP and get on the list after the jump...

*Special Thanks to our  Members' Outreach committee member, Todd Weinberger for hooking us up with our awesome sponsor: Ty Ku!
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Workshopaholics Unanimous: Sahre, Victore, Wilker

Workshopaholics Unanimous: Sahre, Victore, Wilker

From their deliciously incoherent website, sahrevictorewilker.com this just in:

"Paul Sahre, James Victore and Jan Wilker will conduct two intensive, 6-day (and night) graphic design workshops in the summer of 2010, for graphic design students and professionals around the world, who are 21 or older and proficient in English. Bring your laptop, sketch book and head."
 
Session dates and information can be found on their site. Workshop location will be the Art Director's Club: 106 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

'Tis the Reason RECAP!

'Tis the Reason RECAP!

hang o ver [hang-oh-ver]
-Noun
The disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
That pretty much sums up my morning after Tuesday night's SPD holiday bash. And what a bash it was: drinks, food, giveaways, awesome conversations, and my fav: dancing.
We'd like to thank all who donated the fantastic gifts to our raffle, Monterone Inc. catering and our very special liquor sponsors brought to us by Todd Weinberger: Bear Flag, Hendricks, Milagro, Reyka and Sailor Jerry. A big thank you to Linda Rubes for gathering the vintage holiday mag covers shown during the event.
Check out some of Antwan Duncan's captured moments (as well as a few of mine) here.

**VERY special thanks to the gorgeous Judith Puckett Rinella for being my partner in crime during raffle announcements!

'Tis the reason...

'Tis the reason...

...to be marking your calendar in RED for this year's holiday bash. Join SPD at Retreat (37 W 17 St) for hours of drinks, food, great tunes, sweet prizes and plenty of good times on Tuesday, December 15 at 7PM (open bar from 7-9PM.)
Pass the word along to your fellow photographers, illustrators, stylists, editors and friends...

Members: FREE (need to renew? do that here)
Non-Members: $15
RSVP to get on the guest list after the jump (and non-members get to save $5 on entry fee!)

***Special Thanks to our Members' Outreach committee volunteer, Todd Weinberger for hooking us up with our awesome sponsors: Bear Flag, Hendrick's, Milagro, Reyka and Sailor Jerry!

12.15.09 - 7PM - Retreat - 37 W 17th Street (between 5th/6th ave)
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Thank You Sir, May I Have Another...

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another...

Ok folks... for those of you that didn't make it to last week's Pub 44 Book Launch event at Arlo & Esme (where we've put our new mission "more fun, more often" to the test,) NO WORRIES, because the next party is already in the works. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming holiday event.
You can take a peek at the good times shared by all here, courtesy of photographer Antwan Duncan.

See you at the next one!

A special thanks once again to our sponsoring friends at
Bear Flag, Hendrick's, Milagro, Reyka and Sailor Jerry for making the night extra special by providing us with TASTY beverages.
Blue Q, Baby

Blue Q, Baby

I heart Blue Q. And I heart the guy who runs it; Mitch Nash. Think you're not familiar with Blue Q? If you've seen Cat Butt magnets, Dirty Girl soap or Boss Lady compacts, then you know the wise guy stuff that the Pittsfield, MA company creates. 

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Lubalin Now

Lubalin Now

Herb Lubalin is best known for his wildly illustrative typography and his groundbreaking work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros, and Fact. Of course, at SPD, we have a special place in our heart for him as the namesake for our lifetime achievement honor, the Herb Lubalin Award, given just 12 times in our 45-year history. On Thursday, November 5th, The Cooper Union is opening their new gallery with "Lubalin Now," an installation of recent posters, publications, and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers that spotlight an emerging trend toward expressive lettering and typography. Original sketches, magazines, logotypes, and posters selected from the Lubalin Center Archive will illuminate Lubalin's influence on contemporary graphic design. Some samples, and info on the Opening Reception after the jump... … MORE
It's About Time...

It's About Time...

I need a good drink and along with it, a good reason to come into work late. Do you? Yes...you do.
Solution: We've got a time, a place and (a few) great reasons: Tuesday, November 10 at 7PM please join SPD at Arlo & Esme to kick-start the season by celebrating the launch of the 44th annual, which will be available to purchase (or better yet pick one up for free if you're renewing or joining as a new member!)
Pass the word along to your fellow photographers, illustrators, stylists and even, ahem, editors.
RSVP to get on the guestlist after the jump (free!) and see you there... You'll find me on the dance floor.

***Special Thanks to our new Members' Outreach committee volunteer, Todd Weinberger for hooking us up with our awesome sponsors: Bear Flag,
Hendrick's, Milagro, Reyka and Sailor Jerry!

11.10.09 - 7PM - Arlo & Esme - 42 E 1st Street (between 1st/2nd ave)
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Always Time for a Party!

Always Time for a Party!

It's Thursday afternoon (at least, it is here on the East Coast). It's probably time for a little break, maybe some coffee, maybe a little trip in your mind to a happy time. Need a happy time suggestion? We've got you covered! Take out your calendar, and make sure you're free two weeks from tonight: November 12th about 7pm for the American Photography 25 // American Illustration 28 party -- the best place to grab those must-have books designed by Fred Woodward and Rob Hewitt (AP25) and Matthew Lenning (AI28) with a cover by John Hendrix. Need to RSVP? Do that here. Now get that coffee, and make a little room on a shelf where you're going to put your THREE new gorgeous books (the SPD PUB 44 Annual, AP25 and AI28), alongside all these Best! Books! Ever!
Spring Has ....Sprung?

Spring Has ....Sprung?

...in Argentina that is!

Same time zone, different channel...I mean season...yours truly is headed to the southern hemisphere for the 31st annual SND Workshop and Exhibition next week in Buenos Aires....


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Get Mad: Friday Fun and George Lois on the VW Ads

Get Mad: Friday Fun and George Lois on the VW Ads

Just in case you haven't yet, our fave Mad Gal Ina Saltz sends along her own Mad Men avatar and suggests you make one as well, the better to get into the mood for Sunday's "Mad Men" Season Three premiere. Make yours and leave us a link in the comments!

And after the jump, a little creative behind-the-scenes from SPD's Herb Lubalin Award-winner and Mad Man, George Lois, on the legendary Volkswagen ads -- we keep wondering when they'll have an Esquire cover or two pop up on Don's desk...
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Free show this Friday

Free show this Friday

It's summertime in New York and you put the issue to bed... so get your Friday started early:
 
We've got eight pairs of tickets to give away for an private performance from Silversun Pickups at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca presented by iheartradio.
 
Doors open at 3:30 and the show starts at 4:30 on Friday, July 31. Space is limited. 
 
Post a comment here by Tuesday July 28 @ 4 PM EST and we'll enter you into a random drawing for a pair of tickets.

3-Fer

3-Fer

A few fun things going on in art if you're in the city that cloudy and gray June forgot, and has finally got it's summer on...a quick post for hump day:

WED 07.15
A design talk at the magnificent High Line
If you haven't had the pleasure of strolling it yet...I suggest a weekday or morning coffee as you might get mowed down by strollers on the weekends and the hipster bomb in the evenings...)
A lecture with members of the High Line's design team, James Corner (James Corner Field Operations) and Ric Scofidio and Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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Bowling Finale

Bowling Finale

Hi all, (I know everyone is sad about this ha ha) but this is my last post of the season...barring any fantastic photos or banquet mayhem that might occur after tonight, on this, the final game of NYAMBL. A long strange season its been, with more magazines closing their doors mid-league I expect everyone to come out in flying colors, expertly designed shirts, throw down those custom balls and support the Media Muscle©. Heck one of 'em might be your boss someday. MORE
Leisure Time

Leisure Time

Hi all, sorry your roving bowling reporter has been MIA for a while, I had, um... a layoff and a few American cities to wander, but I'm back and so is NYAMBL tonight, for the FINAL WEEKS!

The last few post-game gatherings have taken place across the street at that dive I think they call Stitch, where you can see waitresses in leopard bikinis / holsters, and see (hopefully from afar) some of the more 'colorful' characters you thought Disney cleaned out of Port Authority long ago. Once I saw the punching bag showdown from the kids at Comedy Central and Flavorpill that had me giggling into the wee hours. If I get my SPD entries done Ill run down and take pics! (or you can upload them to the FB page)

Schedule and a few cool designed vintage hints after the jump. (I found this in my mother's bowling bag...I think it was cheaper back then to take your kids to the lanes instead of day care;) /// HJ


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Happy Hour on the West Coast: LA Networking Night

Happy Hour on the West Coast: LA Networking Night

It's time for cocktails & conversation with our sunny members and colleagues in LA! (And those who just happen to be in the area next week, join in!)

SPD Networking Night, Thursday, April 2
7pm to 10pm (open bar for our members and friends until 8pm)

MANDRAKE BAR, 2692 S La Cienaga Blvd, Los Angeles

We're ditching the cold & the rain in NYC to see you there!


NYAMBL Week 4

NYAMBL Week 4

Just a quickie this am as I'm off to Austin for SXSW and a much needed break, good luck tonight teams! I forget what time zone it is but hit me with a text on the results! I'll for sure have a Shiner Bock in hand by then, have fun! /// HJ

GAME ONE

Comedy Central 2 vs. NBC
Men's Journal
vs. Curbed
Comedy Central
1 vs. Food Network
Flavorpill
vs. Freelancers
EW
vs. Marie Claire
Best Life
vs. BBC America

GAME TWO

Comedy Central 2 vs. Curbed
Men's Journal
vs. NBC
Comedy Central
1 vs. Freelancers
Flavorpill
vs. Food Network
EW
vs. BBC America
Best Life
vs. Marie Claire

GAME THREE

Comedy Central 2 vs. Marie Claire
Men's Journal
vs. Freelancers
Comedy Central
1 vs. Best Life
Flavorpill
vs. BBC America
EW
vs. Curbed
Food Network
vs. NBC
Bowling Makes A Bad Day A Whole Lot Better

Bowling Makes A Bad Day A Whole Lot Better

For want of nothing too saccharine post on this, a day when I really, literally, shouldn't have come to work, suffice it to say bowling will be the best part of my day. (I will try to remain unbiased but I might have to hang out the first game with... The Frisky vs. Modern Luxury? You can't make this stuff up.) Good luck teams! (ps. if you see me not hydrating correctly please remind me my exit interview is first thing in the am, neat.) /// H

Week Three:

GAME ONE

TV Land vs. Out
The Frisky
vs. Modern Luxury
Time Out
vs. Popular Mechanics
New York Mag
2 vs. Gawker
Zoom
vs. New York Mag 1
Maxim
vs. GQ

TV Land
vs. Modern Luxury
The Frisky
vs. Out
Time Out
vs. Gawker
New York Mag 2
vs. Popular Mechanics
Zoom
vs. GQ
Maxim
vs. New York Mag 1

TV Land
vs. GQ
The Frisky
vs. Gawker
Time Out
vs. Out
Zoom
vs. Popular Mechanics
Maxim
vs. Modern Luxury
New York Mag 2
vs. New York Mag 1
NYAMBuLance

NYAMBuLance

The second round is upon us. Some of us had a rough beginning last week, our creaky joints and saddled behinds have been hibernation mode all winter. So in the light that we're all a little rusty (Tara) and everyone could use a little practice (Joel) below is a list of lanes around the city if you want to gear up off hours to prep for the big game. And not only is the more the merrier in this game...its way cheaper.

Though I got my highest score at Bowlmor (still researching the scientific evidence that dayglo improves your focus) my favorite is my pal's joint in Williamsburg: the vintage-designed Gutter, but go early because the kids stay late and drink long. Good luck!  /// H-Bomb

WEEK 2 - MARCH 4

TV LAND vs THE FRISKY
TIME OUT
vs NEW YORK MAGAZINE 2
ZOOM
vs MAXIM
CURBED
vs NBC-LOCAL
THE FREELANCERS
vs FOOD NETWORK MAG
MARIE CLAIRE
vs BBC AMERICA
---
TV LAND vs TIME OUT
ZOOM
vs CURBED
NEW YORK MAGAZINE 2
vs MAXIM
BBC AMERICA vs NBC-LOCAL
THE FREELANCERS
vs MARIE CLAIRE
FOOD NETWORK MAG vs
THE FRISKY
---
TV LAND vs ZOOM
BBC AMERICA
vs CURBED
FOOD NETWORK MAG
vs MAXIM
TIME OUT
vs MARIE CLAIRE
THE FREELANCERS
vs NBC-LOCAL
NEW YORK MAGAZINE 2
vs THE FRISKY


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One Foot in the Gutter...

One Foot in the Gutter...

...and the other on the lanes! Winter is retreating, daffodils are peeking up and fashion week is finally almost over. The time has come to be leave our computer stations, office Nerf wars and gray cubicled confines and take our business to a new arena: to the former commuter purgatory, to the home of Invisible Jesus, to the Newly Renovated Port Authority©.

Tonight is the official opening of the New York All-Media Bowling League's 4th season. While last year, yours truly (H-Bomb) and the Best Life team had the honour and privilege to be sponsored by Altoids, (and the pride / horror of wearing "Curiously Strong" on your back sides was fodder for many jokes to come) this year is understandably a little leaner...I think the grand prize is a handle of Jack Daniels. But no worries! There will be spirited competition, laneside massages, expert bowling shirt design, BenGay distribution, and morning youtubing forever ingrained on the interwebs.

Stay tuned and see how your colleagues show the old salty dogs at Port Authority what happens when 3 ft. beer towers meet the Muscle of the Media.

Schedule and a few images from last year after the jump.
 
Bring your nacho money.
Bring your copy editors for trivia.
Bring your Purell.
Bring it! /// HJ
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Get Ready to Win Big!

Get Ready to Win Big!

With more than 30 prizes to give away, this year's SPD holiday raffle promises to be bigger and better than ever before. There's something for everyone, including mega beauty bags, two tickets to the Colbert Report, The Complete Sopranos DVD Collection, signed posters from Carin Goldberg and Gail Anderson and a complete "GQ  Look". We will be giving away 10 raffle tickets to everyone at the door -- use them all on one item or take your chances by spreading them around. Good luck and see you tomorrow!
Members and Friends: This is for YOU!

Members and Friends: This is for YOU!

To all of our dedicated, fabulous, wonderful SPD members and friends, this holiday party is for you!

No need to RSVP, just come, celebrate and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17th
7 to 9 PM
ROOM Studio
250 West Broadway at Sixth Ave, 5th Floor


...and bring your business cards to enter our annual Holiday Raffle! Good stuff to win!!
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Winter Salon

Winter Salon

Hi all, these are getting bigger and bigger since we started them over the summer...so come on by if you can after work in midtown on Tuesday, and definitely bring your business cards (p.s. it has nothing to do with hair drying I just thought I'd draw something "salon-like".)

What • Salon • n. A clever French word connoting an opportunity to mingle, drink and catch up with friends and colleagues in publishing.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Stout, 133 West 33rd Street, in the cellar downstairs. 212.629.6191

Why: Because this is the last one before 2009! And if you've ever worked / freelanced / illustrated for O, YM, Spin, Vibe, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Blender, Pop Mechanics, Best Life, Time Out, Maxim, Details, Playboy, The NY Post, Quick & Simple, Real Simple, Wired, or even Cat Fancy!.... you're guaranteed to see someone you know. See you there! /// HJ

Save the Date!! Holidays Are Here

Save the Date!! Holidays Are Here

Let's all get together and celebrate the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all for a little food & drink, and a LOT of friends & holiday cheer!

Wednesday, December 17th
7 to 9 PM
ROOM Studio
250 West Broadway st Sixth Ave
, 5th Floor

More details to come, but circle the date on your calendar now!
Olafur & Fish Tacos

Olafur & Fish Tacos

While Labor Day may have passed and your white bucks are ready for winter storage, summer doesn't technically end until September 21st. So there is still time enjoy great weather outside with your best pals and an adult beverage. If you are looking for a nice and fun new place to go, I have a great suggestion:
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