Announcing our SPD-U Spotlight Judges!

Announcing our SPD-U Spotlight Judges! The June 3 deadline for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show is coming fast, and our super-fabulous panel of judges are ready and waiting to see all your amazing work. 

Remember, there are NO RULES for this one ... no fees either, it's TOTALLY FREE to enter! All you do is send us 3 of your best pieces of editorial design (any type of editorial design: magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, journals, zines, brochures, etc) ... you can enter anything you've designed since January 2012. 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 judges who will be looking at all your great work...

Art Director, GQ
Chelsea is a Canadian graphic designer and illustrator. She has been proud to call herself a member of the art department at GQ Magazine since the spring of 2007 where she currently holds the Art Director title (editors' note: and they just were named SPD Magazine of the Year!). Her work has been recognized by SPD, The Type Director's Club, Communication Arts magazine and Graphis.

Art Director, Women's Health
Three years at the award-winning Plutomedia (now Modus Operandi Design) set Susannah's publication design career in motion, as she helped to redesign magazines such as Cooking Light, Kiplinger's, Brides Honeymoons and Weddings Away, Nylon, Boston Home, Boston Weddings and New England Travel. Within that time she also helped to launch several publications such as 02138, Tango and Success. After art directing at Boston magazine where she assisted in their award-winning redesign of 2009, Susannah moved to New York to design at O, The Oprah Magazine. She finally landed a gig at Women's Health where she is now the art director. Susannah is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Senior Design Director, ESPN the magazine
Jason's love affair with type and design led him to RIT and Rutgers University. He has occasionally taught typography and design at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology. As an art director and designer, he has worked for Discover, Time Inc Custom Publishing [including custom titles such as Citigroup Pb, Sony Style, Target, Cingular, Avon and McDonalds], Time, People, American Homestyle and Gardening, and Family Circle.

Deputy Art Director, Bon Appétit 
Mike Ley is the Deputy Art Director at Bon Appétit in New York. Before joining Bon Appétit, he worked at Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream,and Popular Mechanics. In addition to publishing artist editions under his studio, mlproject, Mike has worked with clients including Transworld Snowboarding, Arkitip, The Onion, Room 100, and Tracko. Mike currently resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Art Director, Garden & Gun 
Marshall is the Art Director of Garden & Gun magazine, which received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2011. Before coming to G&G, he launched Outside's Go, for which he won the Art Director of the Year Award for New Launches from Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). Marshall began his career at Outside magazine in 2001, after receiving his master's in journalism from the University of Mississippi. Through the years, Marshall has received a variety of design and photography awards and recently co-chaired the Society of Publication Design Awards Pub 48 in NYC. Born in Jackson, Miss., and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Marshall has lived, worked, and played all over the U.S. and now resides in Charleston, S.C., where he can often be spotted surfing small waves on Folly Beach.

Deputy Design Director, Martha Stewart Living
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in magazine journalism, Jenn began her career at Health magazine in Birmingham, AL, where she learned to love sweet tea as much as a beautiful type treatment. She moved to NYC in 2006 and has since worked at More, Glamour, Women's Health, and Brides. In December 2012, Jenn joined Martha Stewart Living to work on the magazine's upcoming redesign. She is also responsible for managing the art department on a day-to-day basis, as well as designing features and beauty pages. When she's not at work, Jenn spends much of her free time running in Prospect Park, re-arranging her Brooklyn apartment, and trying to convince her husband to get a dog.

Now it's all up to you: how else will you be able to get your work in front of so many incredible art directors? And if your work is chosen, it'll be in front of so many more!!
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