The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Allen Chiu

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Allen Chiu We're showcasing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show winners this week, and we're excited to show the next Gold Medal winning entry (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards).  

We'll be featuring one Gold Medal winner each day this week -- in RANDOM order, they are all equal winners -- and today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Allen Chiu. Click through to read a short Q&A with him...

2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show :: Gold Medal Winner*
NAME:  Allen Chiu
SCHOOL:  Syracuse University
CURREN STUDENT LEVEL:  Rising senior, graduating spring of 2016
INSTRUCTOR:  Jeff Glendenning

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, and what your process was.
ALLEN:  I shot these water diptychs for my friend Simon's magazine project and then I kinda just designed this layout. Simon and I collaborate on a lot of projects. We also made both typefaces used on the spread! 

SPD-U: You were also an SPD-U Spotligth Gold Medal Winner last year. Did you learn anything new about editorial design from this project that other students might benefit from?
ALLEN: I guess I like to try new things, so design-wise I was kinda conquering a different empire this year. I definitely acquired an arsenal of editorial design tools from old conquests, and that helped, but like this year I had to adapt... figure out some new tactics, if that makes sense. Though I've had a lot of personal growth stemming from my mistakes last year. Just become more positive in general.

SPD-U: What's your major/course of study? Do you do any extracurricular design-related activities?
ALLEN: I'm at Syracuse studying Communications Design. As for extracurriculars... there's too many! The dopest thing I currently have going on, I'd say, is my type foundry I started with Simon. I was really trying to get our type foundry's site done for this so I could put in a plug here, but unfortunately it's still not quite ready to share. If anyone's interested in throwing me the Instagram follow though, I'll make a post about it when it's up. It's going to be sick. Other than that I'd say I keep myself busy with a lot of photography as well.

SPD-U: What are you up to now? Do you plan to pursue a career in editorial design of any kind?
ALLEN: I am currently interning at New York Magazine, and earlier this summer I was kind of exploring the world of fashion at KiDS Creative. Editorial would be sick, but I'm also open to doing other things. I realized I really like learning. Like I remember last year, I randomly tweeted 'I love learning' one day. And that's because, I really love learning (haha). So I end up trying all these different things and everything's fun so I can never seem to settle on anything.

Find more of Allen's work online at:
Instagram: @allenchiu2

Congrats to Allen! And come back tomorrow to see the next Gold-Medal-winning piece.

*All of our top 5 Gold Medal winners are equal winners. They are being announced in random order. Silver Medals and Merit Winners will be shown next week.

And lastly, a HUGE thanks to our 2015 judges: James Maikowski, José Reyes, Renee Rupcich, Ivylise Simones and Michael Wilson.
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