Student Outreach

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• Fill out our SPD-U Social Media/Correspondence Survey and you could win a SPD Annual Starter Library! That's 4 of our recent annuals. And we're giving away 5 sets, so fill out the survey now to tell us the best way to reach you.

• Our 2015 Student Design Competition is officially open! The deadline is March 9, 2015. Get all the details here.
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen

#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen

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 2012 as part of our 14th Student Competition, Christopher Allen won the 1st place B.W. Honeycutt Award and TWO Honorable Mentions (as well as another Honorable Mention in 2013) for his work as a student at the University of Maryland at College Park under instructor Damien Franze (see his award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

We had the opportunity to catch up with Chris who's currently a Brand Strategist and Designer at Brave UX. Chris has combined his mix of print and digital skills to give personality to his work. Read on to see where life has already taken him since his recent SPD Student Competition wins...

Image above: Postcard design for D.C.'s Drink the District's Hoppy Holidays event.
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 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!). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. After the 7th competition, it went on hiatus for a while and then was revived again for the 2006 competition year. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 2002 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from the revived competition of 2006. This 8th Student Competition was published in Pub 41...
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Five Questions for Heather Jones, Information Graphics Designer

Five Questions for Heather Jones, Information Graphics Designer



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? 
  
Back after a brief hiatus, 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 Information Graphics Designer is like for Heather Jones.

Five Questions For... is edited by Joseph Caserto


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Our 2015 Student Design Competition Official Rules

As you've seen here on the blog this fall, our past Student Competition winners have gone on to some awesome jobs and experiences. Now's YOUR turn to get that same career jumpstart by entering our 2015 Student Design Competition! This annual competition is a special opportunity for you to win cash, exposure to a huge audience of amazing professional designers, and -- perhaps best of all -- a summer internship at a top magazine! 

We're sharing the categories and rules below to get you started (the official Call for Entries PDF will be available for download soon), and we'll continue looking back at all of our past winners, answering frequently asked questions and sharing tips over the coming weeks, so stay tuned and read on...
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Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?

Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?

Okay, so we'll admit it ... even though we have some wonderful, lively, fresh-out-of-college members here at official SPD-U Headquarters, our collective age is quite a bit older. And like most people past a certain age, even though we feel young and still like to think we just graduated, we have to come to terms with the fact that we honestly have no idea what you cool kids are up to. 

So we decided to ask you! We've heard the reports that college kids aren't using Facebook so much anymore, but is it true? What about Twitter? Tumblr? Instagram? And all the other newfangled social media things we old folk know nothing about? 

We're about to announce the rules for our 2015 Student Design Competition and we've got some other great stuff in the works that we want to share with you, not to mention job and internship alerts ... how do we tell you about this stuff? 

Take our Social Media/Correspondence Survey to tell us (it only takes a few minutes) and you'll be entered to win a set of SPD Annuals!!! We'll be giving away FIVE sets of 4 annuals -- that's FOUR of our hard-cover, full-color, glossy books showcasing that year's best magazine design, photography and illustration. Fill out the survey now to get your shot at winning this instant SPD library!

You CAN fill out this survey anonymously, but to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the required parts of the survey and submit your name, school info and email address. To be eligible you must be either a current student or have graduated in the past two years. The survey will remain open until the raffle occurs on Monday, January 5, 2015 and the winner will be announced here on the blog by Monday, January 12, 2015. Questions? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng

#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng

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 2010 as part of our 12th Student Competition, Derek Eng won both 3rd-place AND an Honorable Mention for his work as a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design under instructor Dominic Ayre (see his award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

In 2011, Derek won again, this time a 2nd-place award under instructor Karen Simpson. (See that work below as well as in the link here.)

We had the opportunity to catch up with Derek who's currently a designer at Travel+Leisure magazine (after internships at W, More and Martha Stewart Living and a designer job at Cooking Light), and get his perspective on his transition into working professionally in the magazine industry. Read on to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition wins only a few years back ...

Image above: A feature spread for Travel+Leisure
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Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!

Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!

As you may have noticed on our homepage, next week SPD is hosting "Game Changers: An Evening With David Moretti" on Wednesday, November 19, at 7pm. If you don't already know who David Moretti is, you should find out ... he's doing incredible work as the Creative Director of Wired Italia. If you're a fan of infographics, fun typography and awesome layouts, you won't want to miss his presentation! Check out some of his work below and here to get a glimpse of the stuff you'll see and hear about.

THE BEST PART: 
  
We're giving away FREE TICKETS to the first 20 SPD Student Members who register online before the event! To do so, register using the link here:
  


Not currently a SPD Student Member but want to come to the event anyway? 
  
- You can either buy a general admission ticket here OR...
  
- Why not become a member now?! You'll get FREE entry to this event (assuming you're one of the first 20 to sign up), as well as all future SPD Student Events throughout your year of membership, plus you get a free copy of our SPD Annual, 3 free entries in our Student Design Competition and all kinds of other benefits. Plus we've got some special members-only events being planned for the spring that you won't be able to attend without membership. Have we convinced you? JOIN NOW.

Questions? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners
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... ...More
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila
As 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... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners
As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. For the first 5 years of... ...More
#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
As 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... ...More