As you may have noticed over on the SPD homepage
, we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary
this year as an organization! And while SPD has been honoring professional editorial design work since its inception, the first Student Competition
wasn't held until 1994 with the winning pieces published in the Pub 30 annual. In the beginning, the Student Competition was more like our current SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show
, where it highlighted the best work being done by students over the past year.
Today, we're taking a look back at those original winners and each week we'll showcase the following year's Student Competition winners until we're caught up with this past year's winning designs. And along the way, we'll also be adding interviews and profiles with some of these award-winning student designers to see where they ended up.
And of course, we'll be announcing the official rules and Call for Entries for THIS year's competition in the weeks to come. But for now, click through to see the winning student work of 1994...