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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1999 as part of our 5th Student Competition, Lou Vega won the top B.W. Honeycutt Award for his work as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology under instructor Susan Cotler-Block (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). 

We were lucky enough to talk with Lou -- who's now the Senior Art Director at Bloomberg Markets Magazine -- about his work and perspective on the publishing industry. His design work truly speaks for itself. Having previously worked at Premiere, Inc. and ESPN the Magazine, his active layout design and inventive typographic treatments make for some visually stimulating page turners. Read on to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition 1st-place win back in 1999 ...

Image above: a spread design for Bloomberg Markets
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Attention CMA Attendees: Join us Thursday and Friday for 3 Great Design Sessions!

Don't forget ... if you're attending the CMA/ACP National Fall College Media Convention this week, we've got 3 fantastic sessions that we're presenting! Michael Wilson from Philadelphia Magazine and Darhil Crooks from The Atlantic (both "Esquire" alums) are presenting "Life After Esquire"  on Thursday, October 30th, while Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss of 9 Threads are presenting twice on Friday, October 31 ... "Conceptual Typography" and "Fashion Art Direction." Get all the details here.
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners


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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1998 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1999 competition. This 5th Student Competition was published in Pub 34...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1997 Student Competition Silver Medal Winner Yarrow Earth Hock

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1997 Student Competition Silver Medal Winner Yarrow Earth Hock

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1997 as part of our 3rd Student Competition, Yarrow Earth Hock won a Silver Medal of Excellence for his work as a student at the School of Visual Arts under instructor David Carson (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). 

Hock's exceptional work over the years is quite the inspiration. Spanning across printed mediums, branding, packaging design and digital work, he always has the quality of his work in mind. Hock currently resides in Los Angeles along with his Emmy award-winning wife, Laura Keseric, and a daughter who loves to write and illustrate her own stories (perhaps a future SPD-U competition applicant)!  We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition Silver Medal win back in 1997 ...

Image above: logo, branding and product development for Leilani Bishop fragrance oil
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #4 - 1998 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #4 - 1998 Winners

50th-Small.jpg
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1997 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1998 competition. This 4th Student Competition was published in Pub33...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1996 Student Competition Winner Gabriel Kuo

#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1996 Student Competition Winner Gabriel Kuo

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1996 as part of our 2nd Student Competition, Gabriel Kuo won the B.W. Honeycutt Award (Gold Medal) for his new magazine design as a student at the School of Visual Arts (see his award-winning work below as well as in the  full gallery of winners here). 

His New York design studio has worked with powerhouse brands like Adidas, MTV, Neutrogena and Absolut (to name a few). His work is impressively versatile, spanning expertly across different markets and mediums alike. Now splitting his time between New York and Berlin, Kuo's work continues to inspire. We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition top prize win back in 1996 ...

Image above: House of Marley branding
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #3 - 1997 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #3 - 1997 Winners

50th-Small.jpgAs we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced very soon!).

Last week we showcased the merit winners from the 1996 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1997 competition. This 3rd Student Competition was published in Pub 32...
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SPD-U Presenting at Fall College Media Convention in Philly Oct 30-31
SPD-U Presenting at Fall College Media Convention in Philly Oct 30-31
Are you attending the CMA/ACP National Fall College Media Convention at the end of the month with your school's media... ...More
#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1995 Student Competition Winner So Takahashi
#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1995 Student Competition Winner So Takahashi
As part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2
From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in the beginning, the competition was... ...More
Smart Quote
Smart Quote
Being a famous designer is like a being a famous dentist. -Noreen MoriokaWelcome to our "Smart Quote" series featuring some... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1
From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. Back in... ...More