Student Outreach

Our 2016 Student Design Competition Official Rules

Our 2016 Student Design Competition Official Rules

Every year we hold a Student Design Competition, and if you're a follower of this blog, you'll see many of our past student winners have gone on to some awesome jobs and experiences. 

Now's YOUR turn to get that same career jumpstart by entering our 2016 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! 

The deadline is Monday, April 4, 2016 and we're sharing the categories and rules after the jump to get you started (the official Call for Entries will be online for download soon). 

Also be sure to check out the main information page here for lots of frequently asked questions, tips and to see previous winning work.
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Internship Insight: Bloomberg Businessweek and Syracuse Senior Simon Abranowicz

Internship Insight: Bloomberg Businessweek and Syracuse Senior Simon Abranowicz

As many students know, acquiring and experiencing a rewarding internship is no easy feat. You might send out 20 applications and get a response and interview at only a few. After this exhausting process, it quickly becomes clear in the first few days of work if you will be satisfied by the level of creative responsibility. (The reality is that production work and coffee runs may likely be in your future)

Syracuse University senior Simon Abranowicz' experience this past summer at Bloomberg Businessweek was not this typical internship. Enjoy his story and portfolio of (published!) work after the jump. … MORE

"A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than what's in front of it."

This video from Cannon Australia shows us an experiment that involves six photographers photographing the same subject. The results: Six different portraits, proving that each photographer brings something different to a shoot, and what they experience has an impact on the image they make.

Internship Insight: Syracuse U's Communications Design Students

Internship Insight: Syracuse U's Communications Design Students

While those of you attending school in NYC or other major cities have more opportunities to pursue internships year-round, there's all the rest of you who have to rely heavily on your summer months to gain real world experience. At Syracuse University, for example, the Communications Design students have come to realize that they need to make the most of their May-August, and many of them got awesome internships this past summer around the country and world.

From magazine internships at top NYC publishers to a design firm in Spain to self publishing with friends, here's a glimpse at what your fellow students were up to a few months back (and maybe it'll give you ideas for your own internship/project plans for next summer!)...
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2015 Pub Crawl Wrap-Up

2015 Pub Crawl Wrap-Up

Over 60 students attended our Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, October 2, 2015, visiting the offices of Entertainment Weekly, Woman's Day, W, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, 8x8, TIME and design firm Segal Savad. You can check out photos from the event on our SPD-U Facebook page here.

It was an incredible day of insights and inspiration. But don't just take our word for it ... hear what the attendees actually had to say...

"It was exactly what I was hoping it would be and a little more. Very well run, and both places were excited to have us, and showed us some really awesome things."

"The tour was amazing! It really reinforced that this is the career path I want to stay on."

"I loved the enthusiasm and positivity shown by the staffs ... you could certainly feel the camaraderie among everyone at both magazines. Everyone whom we met was extremely amiable and open to questions from students."

"Really awesome presenters who seemed to genuinely care about our time with them."

"It was great meeting so many different people who help create the publication, not just the creative directors. It was also really great to have a weekly publication and then a monthly. It was a great experience to see how the two differentiate."

"I really loved it. It got me excited to go home and design things."

Thanks to all of you who attended, and a HUGE thanks to our tour hosts and amazing tour guides: Sergio Capursi, Christine Fink, Ida Garland, Lauren Heffron, Ryan Padgett, Brandon Penny, Adri Ramdeane and Alexa Speyer!!

Friday's Pub Crawl: You Gotta Register by Wednesday at Noon!

Friday's Pub Crawl: You Gotta Register by Wednesday at Noon!

We're gearing up for our annual Pub(lications) Crawl office tour event this Friday, October 2 and our awesome hosts (see image above) are looking forward to having you. But in order to come, don't forget you have to register NOW! 

We've extended the registration deadline to Wednesday at noon, so be sure you get your tickets by then. And don't forget, if you're an SPD Student Member, it's FREE (but you still have to register)!!! 

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR D - 8x8 Magazine and Time

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR D - 8x8 Magazine and Time

Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we've only got a few spots left! Our limited quantity tickets usually sell out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your ticket now. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/30.

This week, we've been highlighting each set of tours. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights help make that decision. Read on for more info on TOUR D...
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Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR C - Esquire and Segal Savad
Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR C - Esquire and Segal Savad
Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we're filling up fast! Our limited quantity tickets usually... ...More
Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR B - W and Popular Mechanics
Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR B - W and Popular Mechanics
Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we're over half full for registration! Our limited quantity... ...More
Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR A - Entertainment Weekly & Woman's Day
Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR A - Entertainment Weekly & Woman's Day
Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited... ...More
Join SPD-U for Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/2/15
Join SPD-U for Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/2/15
If you're interested in working for magazines one day whether as a designer, photographer or illustrator, take a break from... ...More
Save-the-Date: Pub(lications) Crawl 10/2/15
Save-the-Date: Pub(lications) Crawl 10/2/15
As you guys finish up internships and summer trips and vacations, we're hard at work planning our next year of... ...More