Student Outreach

New Work: Epic Magazine

New Work: Epic Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and in anticipation of all the great work you're going to be submitting to our SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Epic Magazine, a general interest publication produced by students at Robert Morris University in Chicago in collaboration with RMU faculty and staff. Project Manager and Creative Director Carolyn Pavelkis shares some of her favorite pages with us...
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Get in the SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 2

Get in the SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 2

The 2013-2014 academic year is coming to a close soon and you'll be finishing up a bunch of awesome projects ... don't let them just gather dust once the grades are in, share them with us!  We want to see what you've been up to! If you've created any type of editorial design work in the past year, enter it in our 2014 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery

Whether it's a magazine project from your design class, a newsletter design you did for your fraternity, work you did on your school's newspaper, yearbook or literary mag, etc ... if it's any type of editorial design, we'd love to see it! Forget rules, forget formulas -- just show us the best stuff you have. 

If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we'll showcase it in an exclusive online gallery here on the SPD website with links to your portfolio website. It's a great way to get your name and work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent like yourself. All the rules and details after the jump...

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Portfolio Reviews: Event Wrap-Up

Portfolio Reviews: Event Wrap-Up

We had a terrific night Wednesday at our annual Portfolio Review event, hosted by the super-awesome website builder Wix.com! Students came in from across the local area and beyond (Pennsylvania! Indiana!) to get their one-on-one advice on how to make their portfolios job- and internship-worthy. Check out photos and commentary after the jump...… MORE
Five Questions for Nicole Zigmont, Designer

Five Questions for Nicole Zigmont, 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? 
  
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 Designer is like for Nicole Zigmont.

Editor's Note: Nicole designed the Five Questions for... series logo.
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Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 6th-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 6th-Place Winner!

Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also start sharing our honorable mentions! Last week we shared our 4th-place winner and 5th-place winner, and today we're highlighting 6th-place winner Mary Durant ... click through to see her full entry and details. And keep checking back here on our blog for our runners-up to be announced soon!… MORE
Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 5th-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 5th-Place Winner!

Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also start sharing our honorable mentions! Monday we shared our 4th-place winner, and today we're highlighting 5th-place winner Drew Park ... click through to see his full entry and details. And keep checking back here on our blog for more winners to come. … MORE

Job-Hunting Must-Have: A Portfolio Website

As the summer quickly approaches and you start looking for internships and/or jobs, you'll need to make sure you have all your stuff together to make an effective hunt. Of course there's your resume and cover letter, and having all your info ready to copy-and-paste into those HR application sites online. 

But perhaps the most important of all is your portfolio website. This could be the thing that gets you the interview, cause without it, your application is just a piece of paper. By showing some of your work online, those doing the hiring can quickly see that you're worth talking to, even if your resume isn't all that impressive (and let's face it, for most students, how CAN your resume be impressive when you haven't yet had a chance to really work?). Follow us after the jump for some tips on putting this important piece of the the job-hunting puzzle together...
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Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 4th-Place Winner!
Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 4th-Place Winner!
Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also... ...More
Five Questions for Stanley Collado, Art Production Aide
Five Questions for Stanley Collado, Art Production Aide
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More
You Ask, We Answer: About Those Portfolio Reviews!
You Ask, We Answer: About Those Portfolio Reviews!
I really want to come to your Portfolio Review event, and I DO want to try for magazine jobs once... ...More
Calling All Student Portfolios! Get Your Review Here! Happening April 9
Calling All Student Portfolios! Get Your Review Here! Happening April 9
March Madness is fully here at SPD-U thanks to our recent speaker event, our great sessions at the CMA College... ...More
Five Questions for: John Walker, UX Professional
Five Questions for: John Walker, UX Professional
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a... ...More