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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 staff? Or maybe you live in the Philadelphia area and want to go on your own (get the early-bird rate thru Monday the 13th)? Either way, if you're going, make sure you don't miss our 3 sessions that we're presenting ... we've got 2 sets of incredible speakers talking about design, type, fashion art directing and magazines in general! 

Michael Wilson from Philadelphia Magazine and Darhil Crooks from The Atlantic (both "Esquire" alums) are presenting "Life After Esquire" 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 after the jump!
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#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

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. 

Back in 1995 in our very first Student Competition (featured in Pub31), So Takahashi won a Silver Medal for his publication design while a student at the School of Visual Arts (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). Since then, his dynamic work has spanned mediums and international countries alike. 

He started the Heads Inc design studio in 1998 and currently lives and manages his company in 4 different countries (his native Yokohama in Japan, New York, Oslo, Norway and Yangon/Myanmar). Global influences are quite apparent in his design work as he engages the viewer while still pushing boundaries. We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition Silver Medal win in 1995...

Image above: Packaging System for WITH & WESSEL
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From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2

From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2

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 soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1996 competition. Today we're highlighting the merit winners from that same group. This 2nd Student Competition was published in Pub 31...
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Smart Quote

Smart Quote

Being a famous designer is like a being a famous dentist. -Noreen Morioka

Welcome to our "Smart Quote" series featuring some of our favorite design-related sayings and quotes. Have one you like and want to share? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll make it part of our series. 

"Smart Quote" is edited by Lixia Guo

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From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1

From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1

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 soon!).

Last week we finished showing the first-ever Student Competition winners. Today we're highlighting the top winners from the 2nd Student Competition that were published in Pub 31...
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Pub(lications) Crawled 2014!
Pub(lications) Crawled 2014!
This was one of the best New York trips our group has ever experienced. Organized, informational and just AWESOME! That... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994-Part 2
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994-Part 2
As you can see on the homepage, SPD is celebrating our 50th Anniversary! And while SPD has been honoring professional editorial design... ...More
Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director
Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director
Edited by Joseph CasertoEver looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
As you may have noticed over on the SPD homepage, we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year as an organization!... ...More
Pub(lications) Crawl Registration Has Ended
Registration for our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event on Friday has ended. If you missed out on signing up, never fear!... ...More