The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sonia Persad

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sonia Persad
We're happy to showcase the fifth of our 9 Gold Medal pieces 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 Sonia Persad ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Sonia after the jump.

Click on the image above to see Sonia's winning entry in more detail.

SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show :: Gold Medal Winner E*
NAME:  Sonia Persad
SCHOOL:  School of Visual Arts
INSTRUCTOR:  Bryan Farevaag

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.
SONIA:  This was a graphic timeline project for my Senior Portfolio class that was to encompass a museum exhibit, a digital component and print. What you see here is the digital magazine component. The timeline was originally supposed to be of the life and career of one historical figure, but since I admired more than one woman, my professor Bryan Farevaag morphed it into a Timeline of Key Dates in Feminist History. Then, it grew from being about the US only to encompassing the data of 67 countries. That's because one, I enjoyed the research so much and two, I felt strongly that the most effective statement about Feminism and Women's Suffrage was in juxtaposing countries against each other so that you're immediately confronted with the differences.

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?
SONIA: Editorial has got to be one of the most difficult areas of graphic design. You have to be extremely strong in concept, typography, imagery, illustration and core 'graphic' skills; and then you have to sell all that in an entertaining, engaging way. Also, while not required, it helps if you're somehow engaged with the content -- this project really got me excited, and I think the love I felt showed up in the end result.

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?
SONIA: Right now I'm on the job hunt and looking to build professional graphic design experience. While I love editorial (and digital editorial especially was extremely fun to work on), it's all fair game at the moment. 

Find more of Sonia's work at:

Congrats to Sonia 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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