Student Outreach

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• Our 2015 Student Design Competition deadline has passed and we're prepping entries for judging on Friday, March 27. Winners will be contacted starting the week of March 30, and we'll announce them all here in mid-April.

• Missed the competition deadline? Or have other great design work you've done this year? Get ready to enter it in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show! We'll be accepting entries and announcing the details in mid-April with an early June deadline.

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Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

All your hard work is complete, all the packages have been opened and processed, PDF entries have been printed, and all the entries have been numbered and organized by category ... and now the judges are here!!! Today is the official Judging Day for our 2015 Student Design Competition. Want a little peek behind the scenes? Check us out on Twitter where we're live-tweeting the whole thing: @SPDstudents

We'll have the winners selected by the end of the day, and we'll start contacting them next week. They'll be announced on the blog by mid-April.
Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

For those of you still working on your Student Design Competition entries (remember, whether you send them by US Mail, FedEx, UPS, your own 2 feet, carrier pigeon, whatever ... entries must be in our office by 5pm on Monday, March 23), why not get a little extra motivation from seeing where some of our past winners have ended up ... you'll notice, even the runners-up have gone on to great things. And if your entries are done, do a little daydreaming about where YOUR winning entry could take you!

Check out our Q&As with the following past winners:

 
Geraldson Chua  // 2012 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Senior Designer, O, the Oprah Magazine

T. Leclaire  // 2012 Competition, 2nd Place & Honorable Mention
NOW: Consulting Art Director

Christopher Allen  // 2012 Competition, 1st Place & 2 Honorable Mentions; 2013 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Brand Strategist & Designer at Brave UX

Derek Eng  // 2010 Competition, 3rd Place & Honorable Mention; 2011 Competition, 2nd place
NOW: Designer, Travel + Leisure magazine

Raul Aguila  // 2009 Competition, 2nd and 3rd Place
NOW: Art Director, Wired magazine

Jason Sfetko  // 2008 Competition, 1st Honorable Mention
NOW: Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine

Lou Vega  // 1999 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Senior Art Director, Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Yarrow Earth Hock  // 1997 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Consulting designer and Graphic Artist

Gabriel Kuo  // 1996 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Creative Director for House of Marley; Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, The BRM

So Takahashi 
// 1995 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, Heads Inc

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Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!

Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!

As our 2015 Student Design Competition deadline quickly approaches (Monday, March 23!!), we'd like to take a moment to introduce our amazing panel of judges! These are the folks who will be looking at each and every entry submitted and making the super-hard decision as to which ones rise to the top. 

Even if your entry isn't a top winner, you should still feel good knowing your designs are being looked at by these talented people. Once the final selections are made, many of the judges go back to look at some of their other favorite designs to see who created them ... and trust us, art directors don't forget the names creating work they like! So get your entries in now to get YOUR work in front of their eyes. 

2015 Student Design Competition Judges
   
- THOMAS ALBERTY  Design Director, New York magazine
- MARC DAVILA  Art Director, Departures
- CHRIS DIXON  Creative Director, Vanity Fair
- JENN McMANUS  Art Director, Martha Stewart Living
- DAVID SCHLOW  Creative Director, Men's Journal

Also, a huge thanks to GQ Creative Director Fred Woodward and GQ Designer Martin Salazar for our 2015 Student Design Competition Call for Entries poster and graphics.

Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!

Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!

Once again, SPD-U is teaming up with the College Media Association at their annual spring national convention -- NYC15. We've got 9 talented speakers presenting 6 different sessions on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 AND we're judging and presenting a special design category in the Apple Awards.

If you're attending with your school's publication staff, be sure to come to our sessions (time and room details after the jump) and come visit our booth in the registration ballroom to say hi and get a chance at winning a set of SPD annuals! And don't forget to enter your design work in our special Design Category (#18) of the Apple Awards.

If your school's staff isn't attending but you still want to come, register on your own at http://nyc15.net/registration/. 

Meet our SPD@CMA speakers and read about the sessions we're presenting after the jump...
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Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!

Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!

Happy Friday to all you procrastinators and those of you just hearing about our SPD-U Student Design Competition ... we're extending our deadline to Monday, March 23!!! So now there's no need for mind-numbing all-nighters or insane FedEx overnight delivery fees ... you've now got TWO EXTRA WEEKS to work on your designs and get them into our office on time!

So to make it official, the new deadline is:
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015, 5PM EST

Judging will happen later that week and we'll contact the winners throughout the week of March 30th. Then we'll announce the winners here on the blog and our social media as soon we can in early April.

Have any questions that we haven't answered here or on the main information page here? Emails us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll answer them asap.
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?

Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?


Q.jpgI'm interested in entering work in the News Category as described in the Call for Entries, but I'm curious about the subhead. It reads: "He/She has been called every name under the sun. We decided to find out who this so-called villain really is." So does that mean the person I choose to feature has to be seen as a villain character?
--Michelle Lock, University of Miami

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SPD-U's First Mini-Pub Crawl Completed!

SPD-U's First Mini-Pub Crawl Completed!

For our first-ever Mini-Pub(lications) Crawl event on February 13, a lucky 10 students got an exclusive presentation and tour of the 9Threads Custom Publishing studio from our wonderful hosts Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss of McCandlissandCampbell (shown in the group photo above, center back).

"We started with a slide presentation and then did a Q&A. The students actually stuck around and chatted with us for a while beyond the original end time ... we are always happy to speak to students!" said Nancy. 

9Threads-Presentation.jpg

Trevett agreed: "It was great! We had fun speaking with the students and showing them our work. It's always a pleasure to do anything with SPD!"

A huge thanks to Nancy and Trevett for hosting us! And also to our awesome SPD-U Tour Guides Adri Ramdeane and Lauren Heffron!!

If you missed this special mini-Pub Crawl, don't worry, we've got more to come! Look for details on the next one to be announced later in March. Again, it'll only be open to a very small group of students, so watch our blog and social media for the information so you can be one of the lucky few to attend!

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Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?
Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?
Are we required to use the specific headlines you've provided in the Call for Entries? What if I wanted to... ...More
Student Design Competition Q&A: The Copy
Student Design Competition Q&A: The Copy
So, uh, for this Student Design Competition, where do I get the words to use in my layout? Do... ...More
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua
#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua
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 the... ...More
Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing
Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing
This spring we're following up the success of our fall Pub(lications) Crawl with smaller versions of the office/studio tour event,... ...More