Student Outreach

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• Our top 6 2015 Student Design Competition winners have been announced, check them out here. We'll be announcing our non-winning finalists soon, so stay tuned! 

• Our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show deadline has passed. We'll contact all winners by July 15 and announce them here on the blog and social media soon after.

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Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!

Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!

As our judges finish up their final selections in our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show, let's look at some other terrific student work ... our 2015 Student Design Competition finalists!

This group of work made it to the very final round of our competition judging back in March, and while they weren't one of the top 6, they definitely stood out from the pack! Congrats to these talented students for their great work (and stay tuned for more great work when we announce our 2015 Spotlight Winners later this month)...


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SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22

SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22

While our judges go through all the wonderful SPD-U Spotlight entries, we've got a great event in the works for all you students and recent grads in the NYC area.

Whether you're in the city for a summer internship, home from school and living in the tri-state area, or taking summer classes, we want to help with your job hunt and career prep by offering our SPD-U Summer Portfolio Reviews! Join us Wednesday, July 22 for this annual event where you'll get critiques from our publishing pros (names to be announced soon!).

There's no pressure on this one ... it's all about us giving you advice on what publication and media art directors are looking for and how you can improve your book to get those jobs! Doesn't matter if your portfolio is finished or still in the works, digital or print ... bring what you've got (details below) and our art director superstars will help you figure out what's working and what's not.

Details after the jump...


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SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I Can't Get My Professor to Sign My Entry Form?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I Can't Get My Professor to Sign My Entry Form?

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I really want to enter your SPD-U Spotlight, but I'm no longer at school and can't get my professor to physically sign my entry form. Is there a way for me to still enter despite this?



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Yes! Whether you're no longer on campus or whether your professor is away on vacation, we have some allowable workarounds for getting their sign-off on your Spotlight entries. Click through for the details...


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SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 8

SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 8

We know ... you just graduated, or were dealing with moving home from school for the summer, or maybe you were lucky enough to travel some right after the spring semester ended ... the end of the school year is busy!! That's why we've extended the deadline for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show to Monday, June 8, 2015. 

You now have one more week to find those files and submit them to us ... for FREE!!! ... to get your chance in front of our incredible judges' eyes and perhaps in front of our entire SPD audience (we're talking art directors and designers around the world)! 

Get all the details here ... we can't wait to see your work!!!
Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist

Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist

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 Hair and Makeup Artist is like for Bethany Brill.

This series is edited by Joseph Caserto
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Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges!

Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges!

The June 1 deadline (that's THIS COMING MONDAY!) for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show is fast approaching, and we're excited to introduce you to the super-cool panel of judges who are waiting to see all your amazing work!

Remember, this one is TOTALLY FREE to enter! Just send us up to 3 of your best editorial design pieces from the past year (or 5 if you're an SPD Student Member). (Get all the details here.) Then our judges pick the best of the bunch and we showcase 'em here and everywhere we can, getting you and your work tons of exposure!

And now, let's meet the amazing group of pros who will be looking at all your great work...
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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... ...More
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... ...More
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... ...More
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... ...More
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... ...More