Student Outreach

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• Our top 6 2015 Student Design Competition winners have been contacted and will be announced and showcased here on the blog starting Monday, April 20. 

• Weren't a winner but still think your entry deserves a second look? Or have other great design work you've done this year? Enter it in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show! Get all the details here and look for the Call for Entries to be posted soon! Deadline June 1.

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Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!

We continue to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're featuring our 4th-place winner Thomas Lynes. Click through to see his complete design and a short Q&A with him... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!

We're continuing the announcement and showcase of our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're featuring our 5th-place winner Kiersten Garner. Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 6th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 6th-place Student Competition Winner!

We're excited to announce and showcase the top 6 winners in our 17th Student Design Competition, starting today with our 6th-place winner Joyce Pfeifer. Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her...
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Congrats to our 2015 Student Design Competition Winners!

Congrats to our 2015 Student Design Competition Winners!

A few weeks back, we announced the Medal Finalists and Merit Winners in SPD's 50th Annual Design Competition - our professional competition. Now we're psyched to follow that up with our 2015 Student Design Competition winners!

We have 3 top winners, along with 3 runners-up, all of whom have been contacted and whom we'll be showcasing on the blog this week and next. We'll be updating this post with their names and links to their winning work as we announce each of them, but watch our student blog and social media each day to see all the winning pieces.

Weren't one of the top 6? Don't despair! You can still enter your work in our SPD-U Spotlight (details here)! AND in addition to the top 6 winners, we had an incredible group of finalists ... all the work that made it to the final judging round but wasn't one of the top winners will be showcased here in the weeks to come, so stay tuned to see if you were one of them!

But for now, congrats to our top 6 2015 Student Design Competition winners, starting with...
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Students: Get in the 2015 SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 1

Students: Get in the 2015 SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 1

The 2014-2015 academic year is soon coming to a close and you'll be finishing up a bunch of awesome projects on top of the great work you've already done ... don't let them all 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 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show. 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 or yearbook, or even the entry you created for our 2015 Student Design Competition ... 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... … MORE
Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

All your hard work is complete, all the packages have been opened and processed, PDF entries have been printed, and all the entries have been numbered and organized by category ... and now the judges are here!!! Today is the official Judging Day for our 2015 Student Design Competition. Want a little peek behind the scenes? Check us out on Twitter where we're live-tweeting the whole thing: @SPDstudents

We'll have the winners selected by the end of the day, and we'll start contacting them next week. They'll be announced on the blog by mid-April.
Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

For those of you still working on your Student Design Competition entries (remember, whether you send them by US Mail, FedEx, UPS, your own 2 feet, carrier pigeon, whatever ... entries must be in our office by 5pm on Monday, March 23), why not get a little extra motivation from seeing where some of our past winners have ended up ... you'll notice, even the runners-up have gone on to great things. And if your entries are done, do a little daydreaming about where YOUR winning entry could take you!

Check out our Q&As with the following past winners:

 
Geraldson Chua  // 2012 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Senior Designer, O, the Oprah Magazine

T. Leclaire  // 2012 Competition, 2nd Place & Honorable Mention
NOW: Consulting Art Director

Christopher Allen  // 2012 Competition, 1st Place & 2 Honorable Mentions; 2013 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Brand Strategist & Designer at Brave UX

Derek Eng  // 2010 Competition, 3rd Place & Honorable Mention; 2011 Competition, 2nd place
NOW: Designer, Travel + Leisure magazine

Raul Aguila  // 2009 Competition, 2nd and 3rd Place
NOW: Art Director, Wired magazine

Jason Sfetko  // 2008 Competition, 1st Honorable Mention
NOW: Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine

Lou Vega  // 1999 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Senior Art Director, Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Yarrow Earth Hock  // 1997 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Consulting designer and Graphic Artist

Gabriel Kuo  // 1996 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Creative Director for House of Marley; Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, The BRM

So Takahashi 
// 1995 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, Heads Inc

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Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!
Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!
As our 2015 Student Design Competition deadline quickly approaches (Monday, March 23!!), we'd like to take a moment to introduce... ...More
Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!
Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!
Once again, SPD-U is teaming up with the College Media Association at their annual spring national convention -- NYC15. We've... ...More
Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!
Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!
Happy Friday to all you procrastinators and those of you just hearing about our SPD-U Student Design Competition ... we're... ...More
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?
I'm interested in entering work in the News Category as described in the Call for Entries, but I'm curious about... ...More