Meet SMH Magazine

Meet SMH Magazine StudentPubs-paper.pngYou know those cool posts over on our main Grids blog featuring New Work from the magazine world? Well, with this post, we're starting a similar series here on the Student Blog featuring new work from student publications. Think your college pub is doing some awesome design? Then send us samples and tell us the backstory. Magazines, yearbooks, newspapers, zines, literary journals, newsletters ... whatever you've got, we want to see it and hear about it!

Today we're starting off the series with SMH Magazine created by the Design Club students at New York City College of Technology for their Advertising Design & Graphic Arts Department. Design Director Travis Bonilla shares some of their recent work and the thinking behind it...

As young designers, we love typefaces and color as much as the latest trends and everyday happenings. SMH Magazine is a home for news, opinions, and reactions to New York student life, and how it relates to the world of design.

Our content deals with things that happen in our everyday lives such as careers, art & culture, tempting new products, tips, and fashion. It is at times funny, serious, or outright dorky. But it documents our progressing evolution from student designers to creative professionals. We are SMH Magazine, and though we rule in our world, we hope to be an example for other students and show them that in order to work, you have to put in the work.

As student designers, we will be entering the field at an evolutionary time for print design. Our design careers might actually be geared towards creating apps for the iPhone or iPad. As more and more designers become aware of coding and programming, the web will be a much more visually appealing place. As designers, we rule the world. If you think, about it we really do. Store signs, menus, maps, etc. As students we are learning the skills to be the best we can be. With these skills, we will be able to have the world looking like an amazing place.

The concept behind our cover was the iPad revolution, as some might call it. We wanted to portray our magazine visually looking like an iPad magazine app, but in reality being an actual printed magazine ... showing that the two worlds coexist but they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The cover story "Attention: Print Is Not Dead" was written around the time the iPad was released. And as designers, we believed the headline. What we did to prove it was we reached out to design professionals to see how they feel about "print being dead" and they felt the same.

You can read the actual cover story at:

And check it: there's a shout-out to our Spring 2010 SPD Pub(lications) Crawl in the story too! Thanks Travis and the SMH team for sharing your work with us!

The SMH Creative Team includes:
Editor in Chief: Emely Perez
Design Director: Travis J Bonilla
Managing Editor: Ed Moss
Deputy Art Director: Fidel Frias
Assistant Art Director: Karen Tavares
Designers: Kendel Burton, Yana Barysheva, Samantha Guzman, Anjelin Martinez, Ivana Pulchan, and Nadia Saleh
Photographers: Davian Lain, Damon Johnson, Raymond Rodriguez
Faculty Advisor: Louisa McCabe

Got some NEW WORK from your own college publication to share? Then we want to see it! We'll welcome anything that's gone to the printer recently, something you're especially proud of and think might be inspiring to the student membership and readers of our SPD Student Blog. We'll note the credits and the publication and shine a little light on the latest and greatest in student publication design. 

Please reduce your layouts to no larger than 1200 pixels wide and don't forget to include all relevant credits and a little background (if you feel like). Send your submissions to

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