Student Outreach

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• Our top 6 2015 Student Design Competition winners have been announced, check them out here. And stay tuned to see our non-winning finalists ... maybe it's YOUR piece! 

• Weren't a winner but still think your entry deserves a second look? Or have other great design work you've done this year? Enter it in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show! SPD Student Members can submit 5 entries, all others can submit 3 entries. And it's totally FREE! Download the call for entries and get the details here. Deadline June 1.

• Attend our Big Shots speaker event on Thursday, May 28, and if you're a current or graduating student, get discounted $10 tickets. If you're an SPD Student Member though, your entry is FREE! But you must register. Get the details here.

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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 an entry? We're here to clear that up!

First off, entries can come from any type of editorial design. That could be a magazine design you created or a book design. Could be a newspaper, a newsletter, a brochure or even an annual report. A yearbook counts, a zine counts ... anything that is considered a "publication" with editorial content counts. And it doesn't matter if it was part of a class or for an on-campus publication or just something you created on your own!

Read on for all the specifics on what equals an entry...
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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 photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Deputy Art Director is like for Jason Sfetko.

This series is edited by Joseph Caserto
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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 if you're an SPD Student Member -- or if you become one now -- you get extra special treatment!

First up is our Big Shots event on Thursday, May 28. SPD Student Members get FREE entry! That's a $20 savings off the general admission price, and even a $10 savings off the student rate. Want to come? You do have to reserve your ticket. Get the details to sign up here.

Next is our SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show. While any student from the 2014-15 academic year is eligible to their work for free, they are limited to submitting 3 pieces. If you're an SPD Student Member, you can submit FIVE pieces! All for free! Get the details on that here and don't forget the June 1 deadline.

And don't forget, membership also gets you all this great stuff:
+ FREE or discounted entry to all our other events -- like our upcoming portfolio reviews this summer, and our fall Pub(lications) Crawl event
+ 3 FREE entries in the 2016 Student Design Competition (worth $10 each)
+ a FREE copy of our next annual (retails for $60)

WANT TO JOIN? Sign up here. Then you can reserve your free spot at the Big Shots event and submit your 5 Spotlight entries. Plus look out for Portfolio Review info to come soon!
Students: Get Discounted Access to Our BIG SHOTS Photo Event!

Students: Get Discounted Access to Our BIG SHOTS Photo Event!

As you may have seen on our homepage, we're hosting a fun event called Big Shots on May 28th that features some incrediblly talented photo editors talking about their jobs and how all those amazing photos you see in the mags actually get created.

Whether you're an aspiring designer, photo editor or photographer, this event will give you some incredible insight into a side of magazine-making that's rarely discussed in your classes and will give you an edge when you're interviewing for those editorial design or photo jobs!

The best part? SPD Student Members get to attend for FREE!!!! And all other students get the member rate of $10. Click through for details and to register...
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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 photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Art Director is like for Victor Williams.

This series is edited by 
Joseph Caserto
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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 that awesome work ... we want to see what you did this year! If you created any editorial design for classes or campus publications or your own projects, then enter them in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show.

It's totally FREE to enter and we showcase all the winners on the SPD site and social media, sharing them with our worldwide audience of professional designers and creatives.

Download the Call for Entries here
and check out the main info page for lots of frequently asked questions and more.

Hope to see YOUR work in the mix!

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 photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Deputy Director of Photography is like for Don Kinsella.

This series is edited by Joseph Caserto
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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
Congrats to our 2015 2nd-place Student Competition Winner!
Congrats to our 2015 2nd-place Student Competition Winner!
We continue to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're... ...More
Congrats to our 2015 3rd-place Student Competition Winner!
Congrats to our 2015 3rd-place Student Competition Winner!
We're continuing to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition today with our 3rd-place... ...More
Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!
Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!
We continue to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're... ...More
Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!
Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!
We're continuing the announcement and showcase of our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today... ...More