The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sam Wood

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sam Wood
We're happy to showcase the second of the 9 Gold Medal winners today from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery ShowOur super-amazing team of judges had an extremely difficult job choosing the winning work, so thanks to all of you who entered and congrats on all the great work you're doing!

We'll be featuring one Gold Medal winner a day -- in RANDOM order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 9, then we'll showcase our Silver Medal winners. And that's not it! Because the work was so strong, we also have a 3rd category of Merit Winners, which we'll reveal later, on our SPD-U Tumblr page. So be sure to keep checking back in with us to see all the awesome work.

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Sam Wood ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Sam after the jump.

SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show :: Gold Medal Winner B*
NAME:  Sam Wood
SCHOOL:  Brigham Young University
INSTRUCTOR:  Adrian Pulfer

SPD-U: While our judges saw and judged all the entered work without any information about the pieces, we'd now love to hear what type of publication or project this piece was created for.
SAM: This was part of a conceptual redesign I did of Dwell Magazine for a Publication Design class. 

SPD-U: What's one of the biggest lessons you learned about editorial design from this project and any others you may have worked on?
SAM: The most valuable lesson I have learned from my mentors is the importance of hierarchy. Not only does good hierarchy bring clarity, but it also adds visual interest.

SPD-U: What are you up to now? Are you currently or do you plan to pursue a career in editorial design of any kind?
SAM: I just recently graduated this past spring term. Right now, I'm just working on getting my portfolio online! Whatever I do in the design world, I hope that editorial & print design is a part of it. Either way, the design principles I've learned in editorial design are effective in solving any design problem.

Find more of Sam's work online at:

Congrats to Sam and all of our winners. Come back tomorrow to see the next winning piece.

*All of our top 9 Gold Medal winners are equal winners. They are being announced in random order. Silver Medals and Merit Winners will be shown later.
**Any piece created from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 was eligible for entry, therefore some of the winners may now be graduates.

And lastly, a HUGE thanks to our judges: Claudia de Almeida, Sean Johnston, Coco Lloyd, Michele Outland, Stravinski Pierre and Hector Sanchez.
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