Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges!

Meet Our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Judges! The June 1 deadline (that's THIS COMING MONDAY!) for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show is fast approaching, and we're excited to introduce you to the super-cool panel of judges who are waiting to see all your amazing work!

Remember, this one is TOTALLY FREE to enter! Just send us up to 3 of your best editorial design pieces from the past year (or 5 if you're an SPD Student Member). (Get all the details here.) 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 group of pros who will be looking at all your great work...

jamesmaikowski2.JPGJames Maikowski
Art Director, Food & Wine

James currently holds the position of Art Director at Food & Wine where he oversees the design of the monthly print magazine and tablet edition as well as Food & Wine books. In 2014, his work was recognized by the James Beard Foundation for achievement in Visual Storytelling. James graduated from the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts with a BFA in Communication Design and Sculpture.
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JoseReyes.jpgJosé Reyes
Creative Director, Metaleap Creative

José is the founder and creative director of Metaleap Creative, a publication and brand design firm based in Atlanta. Over the years, he has worked on magazines as varied as ASME-nominated Paste magazine to D.C.'s city magazine--the Washingtonian--which won CRMA's general excellence award the year of the redesign. José began his career at Tausche Martin Lonsdorf after receiving his B.F.A at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995. Over the years he has received a variety of accolades, but none as memorable as the "my hero" trophy crafted and given to him by his ten year old daughter. Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in Turkey, Utah, New Mexico and Florida, his love and curiosity of all things keeps him traveling and searching for inspiration in everything around him.
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ReneeRupcich_HEADSHOT_lr-800x4702.jpgRenee Rupcich
Design Director, Nylon and Nylon Guys


Renee is an art director and graphic designer based in New York. A graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, Renee's education in both photography and graphic design have led her to focus on editorial design for fashion and lifestyle magazines, including Surface, Men's Vogue, Domino, and now Nylon and Nylon Guys. Prior to Nylon, Renee served as the senior art director at Condé Nast Media Group conceptualizing content-focused creative for advertisers across an array of Condé Nast titles and platforms.
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Ivylise.jpgIvylise Simones
Creative Director,
Mother Jones

Before joining Mother Jones, Ivylise oversaw a redesign as design director of the New York Observer, and has served as the art director of the Village Voice, associate art director of the Miami New Times, and design director of NYO Magazine. She also applied her design and photography finesse at Showtime, Popular Science, and American Photo, and in 2010 she helped to launch People magazine's iPad app. And yes, she has a cat named Inspector Picklejuice.

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MichaelWilson.jpgMichael Wilson
Design Director, Popular Mechanics

Michael Wilson is the Design Director for Popular Mechanics where he enjoys making a mess of typography and lighting things on fire. Prior to that he was at Philadelphia magazine where he set a record by having nine photos of dogs in one issue. When he isn't fighting off his managing editor, you can find him on his motorcycle in the rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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Don't miss your chance to get your work in front of these talented art directors' eyes! AND all our SPD readers across the world if you win! Enter YOUR work in the 2015 SPD-U Spotlight now.
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