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Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 1st-Place Winner!

Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 1st-Place Winner!

We're excited to wrap up our announcement of our 2016 Student Design Competition winners today with our 1st-place winner Angela Kilburg! (Check out the runners-up here, 3rd place here, and 2nd place here).

As our top winner, Angela's prizes include $2,500, an internship at an NYC magazine, inclusion in our Pub 51 SPD Annual and an invitation to our SPD Awards Gala.

Congrats to Angela and all our winners! And thanks to everyone who entered and made our judges' decision a tough one ... we loved looking at your work and commend you all on your great pieces. If you entered and didn't win, you are elgible to enter your designs in our SPD-U Spotlight later this month, so keep an eye out for that information soon.


FIRST PLACE and Recipient of the Mitch Shostak Award*
Angela Kilburg
SCHOOL: Moravian College
LEVEL: Sophomore
INSTRUCTOR: Camille Murphy
CATEGORY: How-To Magazine

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*Who's Mitch Shostak?

Our top prize is given to honor Mitch Shostak, a dear and dedicated friend of SPD who passed away on June 25, 2014. The former SPD board member had worked at numerous publications before opening Shostak Studios in 1993 where he continued to produce volumes of work for a number of clients. Mitch was widely respected as one of the country's leading publication designers. Committed and passionate in his teaching at the School of Visual Arts and mentoring in his own design studio, Mitch inspired his peers as well as many new generations of designers and art directors. We dedicate our top Student Design Competition prize to him in remembrance of his life and work.
 

Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 2nd-Place Winner!

Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 2nd-Place Winner!

We're sharing our 2016 Student Design Competition winners this week (check out the runners-up here and 3rd place here), and today we're happy to share our 2nd-place winner Tomas Almeida. As our #2 winner, Tomas' prizes include $1,000, inclusion in our Pub 51 SPD Annual and an invitation to our SPD Awards Gala. Congrats to Tomas!

Check back tomorrow for our top winner.


SECOND PLACE and Recipient of the B.W. Honeycutt Award*
Tomas Almeida
SCHOOL: Norwich University of the Arts
LEVEL: Senior
INSTRUCTOR: Glen Robinson
CATEGORY: News Magazine


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*Who's this B.W. Honeycutt?
The second-place prize is our B.W. Honeycutt Award, given to honor the life and work of Bruce W. Honeycutt
who died on January 12, 1994 at the age of 40. As the former Art Director of Details magazine, his redesign helped it earn accolades such as "Magazine of the Year" from Advertising Age and "Top Hottest 
Magazine" from Adweek. Honeycutt's work has been recognized by SPD, AIGA, and the Art Directors Club of New York amongst others. He taught publication design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and attended North Carolina University at Chapel Hill. 


Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 3rd-Place Winner!

Congrats to our 2016 Student Competition 3rd-Place Winner!

We're sharing our 2016 Student Design Competition winners this week (check out the runners-up here), and today we're happy to share our 3rd-place winner Philip Smith. As our #3 winner, Philip's prizes include $500, inclusion in our Pub 51 SPD Annual and an invitation to our SPD Awards Gala. Congrats to Philip!

Check back later this week to see more winners.


THIRD PLACE
Philip Smith
SCHOOL: Kutztown University
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Bosler
CATEGORY: How-To Magazine


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Congrats to our 2016 Student Design Competition Runners-Up!

Congrats to our 2016 Student Design Competition Runners-Up!

Today we're happy to share with you the runners-up in our 2016 Student Design Competition. Look for the rest of our winners later this week. And be sure to keep an eye out for our SPD-U Spotlight competition information later this month.

Congratulations to...
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FOURTH PLACE
Riza Cruz
SCHOOL: California State University, Fullerton
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Yoon Han
CATEGORY: Adventure/Travel Magazine

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FIFTH PLACE
Amy Thompson
SCHOOL: Norwich University of the Arts
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Glen Robinson
CATEGORY: Entertainment Magazine

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SIXTH PLACE
Bryan Vargas
SCHOOL: School of Visual Arts
LEVEL: Senior
INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Farevaag
CATEGORY: News Magazine

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Announcing our 2016 Student Design Competition Winners!

Announcing our 2016 Student Design Competition Winners!

After a fun day of judging this past Friday, we've got our top winners in our 2016 Student Design Competition! We'll be announcing them all week long and updating the list here each day.

This year's competition was our 18th annual student competition and in addition to being featured here, the winning work will be published in Pub 51 -- our next annual -- and the top 3 winners will be honored along with all our professional winners at our Awards Gala in early May.

Our awesome panel of judges had a hard decision making their picks from all the great work submitted, but after multiple rounds of judging, they selected first, second and third-place winners as well as 3 runners-up. Click their names below to see their winning work.

Congrats to all our winners and to all the wonderful entries we received! 

Click on the winner names to see their work.


FIRST PLACE and Recipient of the Mitch Shostak Award*
Angela Kilburg
SCHOOL: Moravian College
LEVEL: Sophomore
INSTRUCTOR: Camille Murphy
CATEGORY: How-To Magazine


SECOND PLACE and Recipient of the B.W. Honeycutt Award*
Tomas Almeida
SCHOOL: Norwich University of the Arts
LEVEL: Senior
INSTRUCTOR: Glen Robinson
CATEGORY: News Magazine

THIRD PLACE
Philip Smith
SCHOOL: Kutztown University
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Bosler
CATEGORY: How-To Magazine

FOURTH PLACE
Riza Cruz
SCHOOL: California State University, Fullerton
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Yoon Han
CATEGORY: Adventure/Travel Magazine

FIFTH PLACE
Amy Thompson
SCHOOL: Norwich University of the Arts
LEVEL: Junior
INSTRUCTOR: Glen Robinson
CATEGORY: Entertainment Magazine

SIXTH PLACE
Bryan Vargas
SCHOOL: School of Visual Arts
LEVEL: Senior
INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Farevaag
CATEGORY: News Magazine

Did you enter the competition but weren't a winner? You can enter your work in our SPD-U Spotlight! Look for rules and entry guidelines on the blog in a few weeks!

Announcing our 2016 Student Design Competition Judges

The deadline for this year's Student Design Competition has now passed and our team is busy preparing all the entries for this Friday's judging. A big thanks to our awesome group of pros who will be making the hard decisions:

  • Marti Golon  Art Director, Reader's Digest
  • Cybele Grandjean  Partner, Area of Practice
  • Michael McCormick  Design Director, Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Byron Regej  Freelance Art Director
  • Michael Schnaidt  Senior Art Director, Men's Health


Whether you entered or not, be sure to watch out for our next Call for Entries for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show ... we'll be announcing the details and opening for entries later this month.

Student Competition Q&A: Paying for Entries


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I'm about to enter your Student Design Competition and I see that there is an option for free entries for Student Members. I think I'm one, so should I choose that option? What happens if I'm not and I choose it anyway?




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Student Competition Q&A: Digital Entry vs. Printouts?


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Download the 2016 Student Competition Call for Entries!

Download the 2016 Student Competition Call for Entries!

Our official 2016 SPD-U Student Design Competition Call for Entries and Entry Form PDF is now available for download! 

Be sure to check it out for all the rules, as well as tips on the last page, and then fill out your entry form when you're ready to submit your work. The deadline is Monday, April 4, 2016, so be sure to leave enough time for mailing!

Get more details, pay for your entries, see past winning work and more online here.

Good luck!
Our 2016 Student Design Competition Official Rules

Our 2016 Student Design Competition Official Rules

Every year we hold a Student Design Competition, and if you're a follower of this blog, you'll see many of our past student winners have gone on to some awesome jobs and experiences. 

Now's YOUR turn to get that same career jumpstart by entering our 2016 Student Design Competition! This annual competition is a special opportunity for you to win cash, exposure to a huge audience of amazing professional designers, and -- perhaps best of all -- a summer internship at a top magazine! 

The deadline is Monday, April 4, 2016 and we're sharing the categories and rules after the jump to get you started (the official Call for Entries can be downloaded here). 

Also be sure to check out the main information page here for lots of frequently asked questions, tips and to see previous winning work.
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Internship Insight: Bloomberg Businessweek and Syracuse Senior Simon Abranowicz

Internship Insight: Bloomberg Businessweek and Syracuse Senior Simon Abranowicz

As many students know, acquiring and experiencing a rewarding internship is no easy feat. You might send out 20 applications and get a response and interview at only a few. After this exhausting process, it quickly becomes clear in the first few days of work if you will be satisfied by the level of creative responsibility. (The reality is that production work and coffee runs may likely be in your future)

Syracuse University senior Simon Abranowicz' experience this past summer at Bloomberg Businessweek was not this typical internship. Enjoy his story and portfolio of (published!) work after the jump. … MORE
Internship Insight: Syracuse U's Communications Design Students

Internship Insight: Syracuse U's Communications Design Students

While those of you attending school in NYC or other major cities have more opportunities to pursue internships year-round, there's all the rest of you who have to rely heavily on your summer months to gain real world experience. At Syracuse University, for example, the Communications Design students have come to realize that they need to make the most of their May-August, and many of them got awesome internships this past summer around the country and world.

From magazine internships at top NYC publishers to a design firm in Spain to self publishing with friends, here's a glimpse at what your fellow students were up to a few months back (and maybe it'll give you ideas for your own internship/project plans for next summer!)...
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2015 Pub Crawl Wrap-Up

2015 Pub Crawl Wrap-Up

Over 60 students attended our Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, October 2, 2015, visiting the offices of Entertainment Weekly, Woman's Day, W, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, 8x8, TIME and design firm Segal Savad. You can check out photos from the event on our SPD-U Facebook page here.

It was an incredible day of insights and inspiration. But don't just take our word for it ... hear what the attendees actually had to say...

"It was exactly what I was hoping it would be and a little more. Very well run, and both places were excited to have us, and showed us some really awesome things."

"The tour was amazing! It really reinforced that this is the career path I want to stay on."

"I loved the enthusiasm and positivity shown by the staffs ... you could certainly feel the camaraderie among everyone at both magazines. Everyone whom we met was extremely amiable and open to questions from students."

"Really awesome presenters who seemed to genuinely care about our time with them."

"It was great meeting so many different people who help create the publication, not just the creative directors. It was also really great to have a weekly publication and then a monthly. It was a great experience to see how the two differentiate."

"I really loved it. It got me excited to go home and design things."

Thanks to all of you who attended, and a HUGE thanks to our tour hosts and amazing tour guides: Sergio Capursi, Christine Fink, Ida Garland, Lauren Heffron, Ryan Padgett, Brandon Penny, Adri Ramdeane and Alexa Speyer!!

Friday's Pub Crawl: You Gotta Register by Wednesday at Noon!

Friday's Pub Crawl: You Gotta Register by Wednesday at Noon!

We're gearing up for our annual Pub(lications) Crawl office tour event this Friday, October 2 and our awesome hosts (see image above) are looking forward to having you. But in order to come, don't forget you have to register NOW! 

We've extended the registration deadline to Wednesday at noon, so be sure you get your tickets by then. And don't forget, if you're an SPD Student Member, it's FREE (but you still have to register)!!! 

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR D - 8x8 Magazine and Time

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR D - 8x8 Magazine and Time

Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we've only got a few spots left! Our limited quantity tickets usually sell out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your ticket now. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/30.

This week, we've been highlighting each set of tours. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights help make that decision. Read on for more info on TOUR D...
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Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR C - Esquire and Segal Savad

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR C - Esquire and Segal Savad

Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we're filling up fast! Our limited quantity tickets usually sell out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your ticket now. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/30.

To entice you to join us, we're highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR C...
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Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR B - W and Popular Mechanics

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR B - W and Popular Mechanics

Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and we're over half full for registration! Our limited quantity tickets usually sell out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your ticket now. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/30.

To entice you to join us, we're  be highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR B...
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Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR A - Entertainment Weekly & Woman's Day

Pub Crawl 2015 Spotlight: TOUR A - Entertainment Weekly & Woman's Day

Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, October 2nd here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited quantity tickets ended up selling out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your ticket now. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/30.

To entice you to join our sneak peek into amazing magazine-making, we'll be highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR A...
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Join SPD-U for Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/2/15

Join SPD-U for Our 2015 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/2/15

If you're interested in working for magazines one day whether as a designer, photographer or illustrator, take a break from your class routine with our annual SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL! This is a day-long event where you'll get to tour the offices of two fantastic magazines and/or design firms for an in-depth look at the way things really work.
 
Our gracious and most excellent tour hosts this year are 8x8 magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, design firm Segal Savad, Time, W mag and Woman's Day!!! They're all getting ready to give you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, so come armed with your curiosity and questions, and prepare yourself for a very unique tour of great magazine-making.

Wanna come? We're over 75% full, but there's still room for you! You just have to register by noon on Wednesday. Read on to find out how... … MORE
Save-the-Date: Pub(lications) Crawl 10/2/15

Save-the-Date: Pub(lications) Crawl 10/2/15

As you guys finish up internships and summer trips and vacations, we're hard at work planning our next year of SPD-U events and opportunities ... most notably, our annual Pub(lications) Crawl event! This day of magazine office tours is not to be missed, so mark your calendars now for Friday, October 2. 

Space IS limited on these tours, so be sure to follow us here and on social media to be notified when registration is open. And don't forget SPD-U Student Members get to come for FREE!! All other students: it's just $15 to get this exclusive look at how magazines get made. We'll announce the magazines we'll be visiting in a few weeks and registration will open in early September. See ya then!

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SPD-U Summer Portfolio Review 2015 Wrap-Up

SPD-U Summer Portfolio Review 2015 Wrap-Up

It may be summer, but you wouldn't know it looking at the photos from our Summer Portfolio Review on July 22. The lucky attendees of this limited-audience event brought in their portfolios and printouts and iPads and laptops, and got one-on-one time with our reviewers. Unlike the typical review you'd get during a job interview, our panel of reviewers were there to give honest feedback on both the work and the format to help students strengthen what they had. But don't just take it from us! See what some of the students had to say:

"It was really nice talking to the professional designers and having them recommend a bunch of other designers who have similar styles and interests."
--Hieu Tran, student at the Maryland Institute College of Art

"Meeting with professionals and getting feedback at the portfolio review has really helped me improve my work." --Francis Vazquez, student at the School of Visual Arts

"Really nice, I had good feedback." -- Lee Jacob Hilado, student at City College

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REVIEWERS:  Heather Haggerty (Creative Director, Everyday with Rachel Ray), Kristin Lenz (Art Director, Inc.), Ed Levine (Creative Director, Psychology Today) and Mike Schnaidt (Art Director, Men's Health)
  
EVENT COORDINATOR: Sarah Garcea (Art Director, Inc.)
 
+  EVENT STAFF:  Stanley Collado (Art Assistant, Women's Health) and Lauren Stine (Assoc. Art Director, O, the Oprah Magazine)
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Merit Winners, Part 2

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Merit Winners, Part 2

We're wrapping up the last of our wonderful 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show winners today with the second half of our Merit Winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order). Click through for more great designs... … MORE
The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Merit Winners, Part 1

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Merit Winners, Part 1

You've now seen our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Gold Medal winners as well as Silver Medal winners. Now we're excited to share our Merit Winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

There were 13 Merit Award-winning designs. Today we'll showcase the first half, followed by the second half tomorrow. Click through to see even more of these terrific student designs...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia One More Time!!

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia One More Time!!

After showcasing our Gold Medal winners, this week we've been revealing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Silver Medal winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

This afternoon we're featuring our final Silver Medal piece from previous winner Leslie Xia (check out her first Silver Medal piece here and her second Silver Medal piece here). Click through for her full entry on this 3rd piece and to read about it...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Claudia Rubin

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Claudia Rubin

After showcasing our Gold Medal winners, this week we're revealing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Silver Medal winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

This morning we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on our previous winners: Claudia Rubin (see her Gold Medal piece here). Click through to read more about this Silver Medal-winning design...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia...Again!

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia...Again!

After showcasing our Gold Medal winners, this week we're revealing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Silver Medal winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

This afternoon we're once again shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Leslie Xia for another Silver Medal-winning piece. Click through for her full entry and to read a Q&A with her...
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Christy Luu

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Christy Luu

After showcasing our Gold Medal winners, this week we're revealing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Silver Medal winners (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

This morning we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on our next Silver Medal-winning piece by Christy Luu. Click through for her full entry and to read a Q&A with her...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Mary Kate Henry

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Mary Kate Henry

Last week, we showcased our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Gold Medal winners, and this week we're revealing our Silver Medalists (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

This afternoon, we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on our next Silver Medal-winning piece by Mary Kate Henry (who also happens to be this past year's Student Design Competition winner!). Click through for her full entry and to read a Q&A with her...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Silver Medalist Leslie Xia

Last week, we showcased our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Gold Medal winners, and we're excited to now show off our Silver Medalists (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on our first Silver Medal-winning piece by Leslie Xia. Click through for her full entry and to read a Q&A with her...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on May Kim

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on May Kim

We've been showcasing our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show Gold Medal winners this week, and we're excited to show the fifth and final one today (like the SPD professional competition, we award Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Merit Awards ... all winners within each category are equal and are being feature in random order).  

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on May Kim. Click through for her full entry and to read a Q&A with her...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on George Prah

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on George Prah

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're 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 George Prah. Click through for his full entry and to read a short Q&A with him...
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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...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Claudia Rubin

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Claudia Rubin

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 Claudia Rubin. Click through for her full entry and to read a short Q&A with her...
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The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Hieu Tran

The 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Hieu Tran

Today we're starting to showcase our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show winners, and we're so excited to start off with the first of 5 Gold Medal winning entries (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 Hieu Tran. Click through for his full entry and to read a short Q&A with him...
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on our 2015 Winners!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on our 2015 Winners!

It's the middle-of-summer and the last academic year surely seems like forever ago. But there was some incredible student work that was done, and here at SPD-U headquarters, we are so excited to get to showcase some of it as part of our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show

Our team of super-talented and super-cool judges -- Food & Wine Art Director James Maikowski, Creative Director José Reyes of Metaleap Creative, Nylon Design Director Renee Rupcich, Mother Jones Creative Director Ivylise Simones and Popular Mechanics Design Director Michael Wilson -- routinely commented on the high quality of work they saw with each judging round, and in the end, they selected 24 entries to be part of the show. 

We're starting off this 2015 Online Gallery Show by showcasing one of our 5 Gold Medal winners each day this week. Next week, we'll show off our 6 Silver Medalists, and finish up with our 13 Merit Winners next Thursday. So be sure to check in here and follow us on social media as we show off all the terrific designs.

Thanks to ALL of you who entered and made the judges' job a difficult one! And now without further delay, our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight winners ...

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2015 SPD-U Spotlight Coordinators: LEAH BAILEY + ERICA COTTEN


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SPD-U Upcoming Events & Opportunities

SPD-U Upcoming Events & Opportunities

• In the NYC area? Then sign up for our Student Portfolio Reviews! Happening Wednesday, July 22. Only a few spots are left! And SPD Student Members can come for free, but you must RSVP. Get the details and sign up here.

• Our 2015 Student Design Competition winners have been announced, check them out here. 
  
• Our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show deadline has passed and winners have all been emailed. We'll start showcasing their work next week!

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Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!

Congrats to Our 2015 Student Design Competition Finalists!

As our judges finish up their final selections in our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show, let's look at some other terrific student work ... our 2015 Student Design Competition finalists!

This group of work made it to the very final round of our competition judging back in March, and while they weren't one of the top 6, they definitely stood out from the pack! Congrats to these talented students for their great work (and stay tuned for more great work when we announce our 2015 Spotlight Winners later this month)...


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SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22

SPD-U Summer Student Portfolio Reviews: Wed, July 22

While our judges go through all the wonderful SPD-U Spotlight entries, we've got a great event in the works for all you students and recent grads in the NYC area.

Whether you're in the city for a summer internship, home from school and living in the tri-state area, or taking summer classes, we want to help with your job hunt and career prep by offering our SPD-U Summer Portfolio Reviews! Join us Wednesday, July 22 for this annual event where you'll get critiques from our publishing pros (names to be announced soon!).

There's no pressure on this one ... it's all about us giving you advice on what publication and media art directors are looking for and how you can improve your book to get those jobs! Doesn't matter if your portfolio is finished or still in the works, digital or print ... bring what you've got (details below) and our art director superstars will help you figure out what's working and what's not.

Details after the jump...


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SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I Can't Get My Professor to Sign My Entry Form?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I Can't Get My Professor to Sign My Entry Form?

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I really want to enter your SPD-U Spotlight, but I'm no longer at school and can't get my professor to physically sign my entry form. Is there a way for me to still enter despite this?



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Yes! Whether you're no longer on campus or whether your professor is away on vacation, we have some allowable workarounds for getting their sign-off on your Spotlight entries. Click through for the details...


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SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 8

SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 8

We know ... you just graduated, or were dealing with moving home from school for the summer, or maybe you were lucky enough to travel some right after the spring semester ended ... the end of the school year is busy!! That's why we've extended the deadline for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show to Monday, June 8, 2015. 

You now have one more week to find those files and submit them to us ... for FREE!!! ... to get your chance in front of our incredible judges' eyes and perhaps in front of our entire SPD audience (we're talking art directors and designers around the world)! 

Get all the details here ... we can't wait to see your work!!!
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...
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SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: An Entry is HOW many pages? And How Many Entries Do I Get?

So you want to enter some of your work in our SPD-U Spotlight but aren't quite sure what exactly equals an entry? We're here to clear that up!

First off, entries can come from any type of editorial design. That could be a magazine design you created or a book design. Could be a newspaper, a newsletter, a brochure or even an annual report. A yearbook counts, a zine counts ... anything that is considered a "publication" with editorial content counts. And it doesn't matter if it was part of a class or for an on-campus publication or just something you created on your own!

Read on for all the specifics on what equals an entry...
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Spring Benefits for SPD Student Members

Spring Benefits for SPD Student Members

We've got 2 awesome opportunities coming up in the next few weeks for all students to take advantage of, but if you're an SPD Student Member -- or if you become one now -- you get extra special treatment!

First up is our Big Shots event on Thursday, May 28. SPD Student Members get FREE entry! That's a $20 savings off the general admission price, and even a $10 savings off the student rate. Want to come? You do have to reserve your ticket. Get the details to sign up here.

Next is our SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show. While any student from the 2014-15 academic year is eligible to their work for free, they are limited to submitting 3 pieces. If you're an SPD Student Member, you can submit FIVE pieces! All for free! Get the details on that here and don't forget the June 1 deadline.

And don't forget, membership also gets you all this great stuff:
+ FREE or discounted entry to all our other events -- like our upcoming portfolio reviews this summer, and our fall Pub(lications) Crawl event
+ 3 FREE entries in the 2016 Student Design Competition (worth $10 each)
+ a FREE copy of our next annual (retails for $60)

WANT TO JOIN? Sign up here. Then you can reserve your free spot at the Big Shots event and submit your 5 Spotlight entries. Plus look out for Portfolio Review info to come soon!
Students: Get Discounted Access to Our BIG SHOTS Photo Event!

Students: Get Discounted Access to Our BIG SHOTS Photo Event!

As you may have seen on our homepage, we're hosting a fun event called Big Shots on May 28th that features some incrediblly talented photo editors talking about their jobs and how all those amazing photos you see in the mags actually get created.

Whether you're an aspiring designer, photo editor or photographer, this event will give you some incredible insight into a side of magazine-making that's rarely discussed in your classes and will give you an edge when you're interviewing for those editorial design or photo jobs!

The best part? SPD Student Members get to attend for FREE!!!! And all other students get the member rate of $10. Click through for details and to register...
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Enter Your Work in Our SPD-U Spotlight!

Enter Your Work in Our SPD-U Spotlight!

As you finish up your classes and put the finishing touches on final projects and portfolios, don't pack away all that awesome work ... we want to see what you did this year! If you created any editorial design for classes or campus publications or your own projects, then enter them in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show.

It's totally FREE to enter and we showcase all the winners on the SPD site and social media, sharing them with our worldwide audience of professional designers and creatives.

Download the Call for Entries here
and check out the main info page for lots of frequently asked questions and more.

Hope to see YOUR work in the mix!

Congrats to our 2015 1st-place Student Competition Winner!!!

Congrats to our 2015 1st-place Student Competition Winner!!!

We're super excited to wrap up our announcement of winners from our 2015 Student Design Competition today with our 1st place winner -- and recipient of the first-ever Mitch Shostak Award -- Mary Kate Henry. Her prizes include $2,500, inclusion in our Pub 50 SPD Annual, invitation to our SPD Awards Gala and a summer design internship here in NYC! Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 2nd-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 2nd-place Student Competition Winner!

We continue to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're featuring our 2nd-place winner -- and recipient of the B.W. Honeycutt Award -- Jordane Roberts. Her prizes include $1,000, inclusion in our Pub 50 SPD Annual, invitation to our SPD Awards Gala and a summer design internship here in NYC! Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 3rd-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 3rd-place Student Competition Winner!

We're continuing to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition today with our 3rd-place winner Adam Leisenring. As our #3 winner, Adam's prizes include $500, inclusion in our Pub 50 SPD Annual and an invitation to our SPD Awards Gala! Click through to see his complete design and a short Q&A with him... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 4th-place Student Competition Winner!

We continue to announce and showcase our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're featuring our 4th-place winner Thomas Lynes. Click through to see his complete design and a short Q&A with him... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 5th-place Student Competition Winner!

We're continuing the announcement and showcase of our top 6 winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition (our 17th!!). Today we're featuring our 5th-place winner Kiersten Garner. Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her... … MORE
Congrats to our 2015 6th-place Student Competition Winner!

Congrats to our 2015 6th-place Student Competition Winner!

We're excited to announce and showcase the top 6 winners in our 17th Student Design Competition, starting today with our 6th-place winner Joyce Pfeifer. Click through to see her complete design and a short Q&A with her...
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Congrats to our 2015 Student Design Competition Winners!

Congrats to our 2015 Student Design Competition Winners!

We're excited to announce our top winners in our 2015 Student Design Competition! This year's competition was our 17th annual student competition and also included a special category to honor SPD's 50th Anniversary.

Our awesome panel of judges selected first, second and third-place winners as well as 3 runners-up from a final judging round of 17 finalists. This final round was selected from a pool of hundreds of entries from 35 schools across the country and globe.

Click through to see the winning work and download a press release about this year's competition here...
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Students: Get in the 2015 SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 8

Students: Get in the 2015 SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 8

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. 
Look for details about our 2016 Student Design Competition early this fall and the 2016 SPD-U Spotlight in the spring of 2016. 

WE'VE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE! 
New Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2015, 5PM EST

The 2014-2015 academic year is soon coming to a close and you'll be finishing up a bunch of awesome projects on top of the great work you've already done ... don't let them all just gather dust once the grades are in: share them with us! We want to see what you've been up to!

If you've created any type of editorial design work in the past year, enter it in our 2015 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show. Whether it's a magazine project from your design class, a newsletter design you did for your fraternity, work you did on your school's newspaper or yearbook, or even the entry you created for our 2015 Student Design Competition ... if it's any type of editorial design, we'd love to see it! Forget rules, forget formulas -- just show us the best stuff you have.

If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we'll showcase it in an exclusive online gallery here on the SPD website with links to your portfolio website. It's a great way to get your name and work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent like yourself. All the rules and details after the jump...
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Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

Student Design Competition Judging Day is Here!

All your hard work is complete, all the packages have been opened and processed, PDF entries have been printed, and all the entries have been numbered and organized by category ... and now the judges are here!!! Today is the official Judging Day for our 2015 Student Design Competition. Want a little peek behind the scenes? Check us out on Twitter where we're live-tweeting the whole thing: @SPDstudents

We'll have the winners selected by the end of the day, and we'll start contacting them next week. They'll be announced on the blog by mid-April.
Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

Join the Ranks of Our Amazingly Successful Student Design Competition Winners!

For those of you still working on your Student Design Competition entries (remember, whether you send them by US Mail, FedEx, UPS, your own 2 feet, carrier pigeon, whatever ... entries must be in our office by 5pm on Monday, March 23), why not get a little extra motivation from seeing where some of our past winners have ended up ... you'll notice, even the runners-up have gone on to great things. And if your entries are done, do a little daydreaming about where YOUR winning entry could take you!

Check out our Q&As with the following past winners:

 
Geraldson Chua  // 2012 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Senior Designer, O, the Oprah Magazine

T. Leclaire  // 2012 Competition, 2nd Place & Honorable Mention
NOW: Consulting Art Director

Christopher Allen  // 2012 Competition, 1st Place & 2 Honorable Mentions; 2013 Competition, Honorable Mention
NOW: Brand Strategist & Designer at Brave UX

Derek Eng  // 2010 Competition, 3rd Place & Honorable Mention; 2011 Competition, 2nd place
NOW: Designer, Travel + Leisure magazine

Raul Aguila  // 2009 Competition, 2nd and 3rd Place
NOW: Art Director, Wired magazine

Jason Sfetko  // 2008 Competition, 1st Honorable Mention
NOW: Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine

Lou Vega  // 1999 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Senior Art Director, Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Yarrow Earth Hock  // 1997 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Consulting designer and Graphic Artist

Gabriel Kuo  // 1996 Competition, 1st Place
NOW: Creative Director for House of Marley; Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, The BRM

So Takahashi 
// 1995 Competition, 2nd Place
NOW: Owner/Creative Director of his own design firm, Heads Inc

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Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!

Announcing our 2015 Student Design Competition Judges!

As our 2015 Student Design Competition deadline quickly approaches (Monday, March 23!!), we'd like to take a moment to introduce our amazing panel of judges! These are the folks who will be looking at each and every entry submitted and making the super-hard decision as to which ones rise to the top. 

Even if your entry isn't a top winner, you should still feel good knowing your designs are being looked at by these talented people. Once the final selections are made, many of the judges go back to look at some of their other favorite designs to see who created them ... and trust us, art directors don't forget the names creating work they like! So get your entries in now to get YOUR work in front of their eyes. 

2015 Student Design Competition Judges
   
- THOMAS ALBERTY  Design Director, New York magazine
- MARC DAVILA  Art Director, Departures
- CHRIS DIXON  Creative Director, Vanity Fair
- JENN McMANUS  Art Director, Martha Stewart Living
- DAVID SCHLOW  Creative Director, Men's Journal

Also, a huge thanks to GQ Creative Director Fred Woodward and GQ Designer Martin Salazar for our 2015 Student Design Competition Call for Entries poster and graphics.

Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!

Attending CMA's NYC15 Convention March 12/13? SPD-U Will Be There Too!

Once again, SPD-U is teaming up with the College Media Association at their annual spring national convention -- NYC15. We've got 9 talented speakers presenting 6 different sessions on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 AND we're judging and presenting a special design category in the Apple Awards.

If you're attending with your school's publication staff, be sure to come to our sessions (time and room details after the jump) and come visit our booth in the registration ballroom to say hi and get a chance at winning a set of SPD annuals! And don't forget to enter your design work in our special Design Category (#18) of the Apple Awards.

If your school's staff isn't attending but you still want to come, register on your own at http://nyc15.net/registration/. 

Meet our SPD@CMA speakers and read about the sessions we're presenting after the jump...
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Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!

Good News Procastinators! Our Student Design Competition Deadline is Extended!

Happy Friday to all you procrastinators and those of you just hearing about our SPD-U Student Design Competition ... we're extending our deadline to Monday, March 23!!! So now there's no need for mind-numbing all-nighters or insane FedEx overnight delivery fees ... you've now got TWO EXTRA WEEKS to work on your designs and get them into our office on time!

So to make it official, the new deadline is:
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015, 5PM EST

Judging will happen later that week and we'll contact the winners throughout the week of March 30th. Then we'll announce the winners here on the blog and our social media as soon we can in early April.

Have any questions that we haven't answered here or on the main information page here? Emails us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll answer them asap.
Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?

Student Design Competition Q&A: A Villain in the News Category?


Q.jpgI'm interested in entering work in the News Category as described in the Call for Entries, but I'm curious about the subhead. It reads: "He/She has been called every name under the sun. We decided to find out who this so-called villain really is." So does that mean the person I choose to feature has to be seen as a villain character?
--Michelle Lock, University of Miami

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SPD-U's First Mini-Pub Crawl Completed!

SPD-U's First Mini-Pub Crawl Completed!

For our first-ever Mini-Pub(lications) Crawl event on February 13, a lucky 10 students got an exclusive presentation and tour of the 9Threads Custom Publishing studio from our wonderful hosts Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss of McCandlissandCampbell (shown in the group photo above, center back).

"We started with a slide presentation and then did a Q&A. The students actually stuck around and chatted with us for a while beyond the original end time ... we are always happy to speak to students!" said Nancy. 

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Trevett agreed: "It was great! We had fun speaking with the students and showing them our work. It's always a pleasure to do anything with SPD!"

A huge thanks to Nancy and Trevett for hosting us! And also to our awesome SPD-U Tour Guides Adri Ramdeane and Lauren Heffron!!

If you missed this special mini-Pub Crawl, don't worry, we've got more to come! Look for details on the next one to be announced later in March. Again, it'll only be open to a very small group of students, so watch our blog and social media for the information so you can be one of the lucky few to attend!

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Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?

Student Design Competition Q&A: Can I Change the Headline?


Q.jpgAre we required to use the specific headlines you've provided in the Call for Entries? What if I wanted to change it a little? For example, in the Entertainment category, it seems weird not to have the person's name in the headline. Can I use their name instead of "him" or "her"?

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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Geraldson Chua

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. As you can see, they're all quite successful and most are working in magazines. Want to follow their path? Enter THIS year's competition.

In 2012 as part of our 12th Student CompetitionGeraldson Chua won an Honorable Mention for his work as a student at Rutgers University.

From there, he interned at Harpers Bazaar and Seventeen, then eventually left school to work at Esquire before landing at O, The Oprah Magazine where he now serves as Senior Designer. We caught up with him for a few quick words...

Image above: Feature design for O, The Oprah Magazine
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Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing

Meet Our Feb. 2015 Mini-Pub Crawl Hosts: McCandliss & Campbell/9Threads Custom Publishing

This spring we're following up the success of our fall Pub(lications) Crawl with smaller versions of the office/studio tour event, and the first up is Friday, February 13. Our hosts will be Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss who make up design studio McCandliss & Campbell and are the creative force behind 9Threads Custom Publishing

Together they create gorgeous layouts and designs using super-creative typography and fashion art direction ... whether you're an aspiring graphic designer, photographer or fashion designer, this tour will give you amazing insight into how the real world works and even some inspiration for your own projects. 

If you're an SPD Student Member, you can join us for this special tour event for FREE and through midnight on February 6, you get priority registration over non-members. But you gotta sign up now. All other students, it's only $5 to come and as of Feb. 7, registration is first-come, first-served. Because this is a special event, we only have room for 10 students, so reserve your spot now!*

Want to know more about this Mini-Pub Crawl's hosts? Read on for more details and samples of their incredible work...
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Student Design Competition Q&A: What's this

Student Design Competition Q&A: What's this "Made-Up" Character in Your Rules?


Q.jpgI'm interested in entering work in the News Magazine and Entertainment Magazine categories of your Student Design Competition. I noticed in the News category, it says our story can feature a real person or "somebody you've made up." If I want to feature a fictional character that already exists, would that be acceptable?

And in the Entertainment category, it says the person being featured doesn't have to be a "real celebrity" ... can you explain this a little more? 

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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2008 Student Competition Winner Jason Sfetko

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2008 Student Competition Winner Jason Sfetko

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 2008 as part of our 10th Student CompetitionJason Sfetko won First Honorable Mention for his work as a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology under instructor Chris Lyons (see Jason's award-winning work here). 

Jason's competition win earned him an internship at Martha Stewart Living magazine. From there, he worked at Complex, Tennis Magazine and then as a designer at GQ. He's now at the New York Times Magazine where we caught up with him for a few quick words...

Image above: Feature for The New York Times Magazine. Design Director: Gail Bichler
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #15 - 2013 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #15 - 2013 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary and to get prepared for THIS year's competition, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (Get details on this year's competition here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year. Starting with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment and students created entries specifically for our competition. 

Last week, we showcased the top winners from the 2012 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2013. This is the 15th Student Competition...

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Special SPD-U Mini Pub(lications) Crawl: Friday, Feb. 13

Special SPD-U Mini Pub(lications) Crawl: Friday, Feb. 13

As you may know, we do a big office-tour event every fall called the Pub(lications) Crawl where students get the inside scoop at various magazines here in NYC. While the main event is only held in the fall, this spring we are doing a few smaller mini-tours, and we're excited to announce the first one ...

On Friday, February 13, we'll visit the offices of 9Threads Custom Publishing. Award-winning creative directors Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss will give you a special tour and presentation of their offices and work, giving you a sneak peek into how publications get made and how creative photo shoots and designs happen in the real world. Learn more about them here.

This is an exclusive small tour that has room for only 10 students. Registration has closed early as all 10 spots are now full. Look for more special events like this to come in the next few months. Registration is open now to all students, but SPD Student Members get priority registration through midnight Friday, Feb. 6. (If you're not already a member, consider joining now to get FREE access to this event as well as 3 FREE entries in our upcoming Student Design Competition.)

Want to sign up? Click through for the details...
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Congrats to Our SPD-U Social Media Survey Raffle Winners!

Congrats to Our SPD-U Social Media Survey Raffle Winners!

In our efforts to spread the word about our Student Design Competition and other terrific opportunities and info, we invited you to fill out our SPD-U Social Media Survey to tell us the best ways to get in touch with you. To help encourage you to do so, we also held a raffle where all who filled out the survey before Tuesday, January 20, were entered to win one of 5 sets of SPD Annuals. We held the drawing last week and notified the winners. Congratulations to the following 5 students who each won a set of 4 of our most recent SPD Annuals:
  
  • Stefania Cianciulli, senior, State University of New York - Purchase
  • Makayla Kinney, senior, 
University of Texas at Arlington
  • Michelle Lock, senior, University of Miami
  • Graham McFie, first year, Langara Community College
  • Francis Vazquez, junior, School of Visual Arts
The raffle may be over, but you can still tell us your thoughts on the best ways to reach you and other students. Fill out our SPD-U Social Media Survey here.
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #14 - 2012 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #14 - 2012 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary and to get prepared for THIS year's competition, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (Get details on this year's competition here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year. Starting with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment and students created entries specifically for our competition. 

A few weeks back, we showcased the top winners from the 2011 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2012. This is the 14th Student Competition...

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#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner T. Leclaire

#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner T. Leclaire

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 2012 as part of our 14th Student Competition, Taietsaronsere Leclaire won the 2nd place prize AND an Honorable Mention for his work as a student at Parsons The New School for Design under instructor Urshula Barbour (see T.'s award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

We recently caught up with T. amidst his busy days as a freelance art director and designer, working currently with J. Crew among others. Read on to hear about his career so far...

Image above: Invites to the fall/winter 2013 menswear collection show for rag & bone
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Students: Fill Out Our Survey and You Could Win a Set of SPD Annuals!

Students: Fill Out Our Survey and You Could Win a Set of SPD Annuals!

If you've ever seen one of our SPD Annuals, you know what an awesome source of inspiration it is for design, photography and illustration for ANY type of design project. You also know that they can retail for as much $65 a piece. Well, now here's your chance to win FOUR of these wonderful books!

Want to win? All you gotta do is fill out our SPD-U Social Media/Correspondence Survey telling us how you prefer to be contacted by us ... we promise, it's fast and easy. Then at the end of the survey, enter your info and you'll be entered into the raffle to win one of FIVE sets of these books. Each set consists of 4 of our most recent annuals (though if you already have 1 or 2, we can replace the duplicates with older versions).

The survey closes at midnight, Monday, January 19th, so get your shot at the prizes now! 

You CAN fill out this survey anonymously, but to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the required parts of the survey and submit your name, school info and email address. To be eligible you must be either a current student or have graduated in the past year. The survey will remain open until midnight, Monday, January 19, 2015. The winners will be announced here on the blog by Monday, January 26, 2015. Questions? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #13 - 2011 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #13 - 2011 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (And don't forget to enter THIS year's competition. Details here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 2010 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2011. This is the 13th Student Competition...

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"From  the Student Competition Archives" series produced by Stanley Collado.
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Student Design Competition Q&A: Who Exactly Is Eligible?

Student Design Competition Q&A: Who Exactly Is Eligible?


Q.jpgSomewhere in your rules and FAQs, I saw something about having to be a student at an undergraduate institution in order to enter your Student Design Competition. What does that mean exactly? 

Are community college/2-year college students eligible? What about grad school? Continuing ed? High School students? Or what if I just graduated this past December? Can I still enter this year's competition?
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #12 - 2010 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #12 - 2010 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (And don't forget to enter THIS year's competition. Details here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 2009 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2010. This is the 12th Student Competition...

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"From  the Student Competition Archives" series produced by Stanley Collado.
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #11 - 2009 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #11 - 2009 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (And don't forget to enter THIS year's competition. Details here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from that 2008 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2009. This 11th Student Competition was published in Pub 44...
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #10 - 2008 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #10 - 2008 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (And don't forget to enter THIS year's competition. Details here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from that 2007 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2008. This 10th Student Competition was published in Pub 43...
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #9 - 2007 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #9 - 2007 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. (And don't forget to enter THIS year's competition. Details here.)

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. After the 7th competition, it went on hiatus for a while and then was revived again for the 2006 competition year. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from that 2006 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from 2007. This 9th Student Competition was published in Pub 42...
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#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen

#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2012 Student Competition Winner Christopher Allen

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 2012 as part of our 14th Student Competition, Christopher Allen won the 1st place B.W. Honeycutt Award and TWO Honorable Mentions (as well as another Honorable Mention in 2013) for his work as a student at the University of Maryland at College Park under instructor Damien Franze (see his award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

We had the opportunity to catch up with Chris who's currently a Brand Strategist and Designer at Brave UX. Chris has combined his mix of print and digital skills to give personality to his work. Read on to see where life has already taken him since his recent SPD Student Competition wins...

Image above: Postcard design for D.C.'s Drink the District's Hoppy Holidays event.
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #8 - 2006 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment. After the 7th competition, it went on hiatus for a while and then was revived again for the 2006 competition year. 

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 2002 competition. And today we're highlighting all the winners from the revived competition of 2006. This 8th Student Competition was published in Pub 41...
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Five Questions for Heather Jones, Information Graphics Designer

Five Questions for Heather Jones, Information Graphics Designer



Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Back after a brief hiatus, our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Information Graphics Designer is like for Heather Jones.

Five Questions For... is edited by Joseph Caserto


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Our 2015 Student Design Competition Official Rules

Our 2015 Student Design Competition Official Rules

As you've seen here on the blog this fall, our past Student Competition winners have gone on to some awesome jobs and experiences. Now's YOUR turn to get that same career jumpstart by entering our 2015 Student Design Competition! This annual competition is a special opportunity for you to win cash, exposure to a huge audience of amazing professional designers, and -- perhaps best of all -- a summer internship at a top magazine! 

We're sharing the categories and rules below to get you started and you can download the official Call for Entries PDF here, and we'll continue looking back at all of our past winners, answering frequently asked questions and sharing tips over the coming weeks, so stay tuned and read on...
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Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?

Soooo...Do Any of You Use Facebook Anymore?

Okay, so we'll admit it ... even though we have some wonderful, lively, fresh-out-of-college members here at official SPD-U Headquarters, our collective age is quite a bit older. And like most people past a certain age, even though we feel young and still like to think we just graduated, we have to come to terms with the fact that we honestly have no idea what you cool kids are up to. 

So we decided to ask you! We've heard the reports that college kids aren't using Facebook so much anymore, but is it true? What about Twitter? Tumblr? Instagram? And all the other newfangled social media things we old folk know nothing about? 

We're about to announce the rules for our 2015 Student Design Competition and we've got some other great stuff in the works that we want to share with you, not to mention job and internship alerts ... how do we tell you about this stuff? 

Take our Social Media/Correspondence Survey to tell us (it only takes a few minutes) and you'll be entered to win a set of SPD Annuals!!! We'll be giving away FIVE sets of 4 annuals -- that's FOUR of our hard-cover, full-color, glossy books showcasing that year's best magazine design, photography and illustration. Fill out the survey now to get your shot at winning this instant SPD library!

You CAN fill out this survey anonymously, but to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the required parts of the survey and submit your name, school info and email address. To be eligible you must be either a current student or have graduated in the past two years. The survey will remain open until the raffle occurs on Monday, January 5, 2015 -- deadline extended until midnight, Monday, January 19, 2015. The winner will be announced here on the blog by Monday, January 12, 2015 Monday, January 26, 2015. Questions? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.
#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng

#TBT: SPD Throws It Back to 2010 & '11 Student Competition Winner Derek Eng

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 2010 as part of our 12th Student Competition, Derek Eng won both 3rd-place AND an Honorable Mention for his work as a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design under instructor Dominic Ayre (see his award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

In 2011, Derek won again, this time a 2nd-place award under instructor Karen Simpson. (See that work below as well as in the link here.)

We had the opportunity to catch up with Derek who's currently a designer at Travel+Leisure magazine (after internships at W, More and Martha Stewart Living and a designer job at Cooking Light), and get his perspective on his transition into working professionally in the magazine industry. Read on to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition wins only a few years back ...

Image above: A feature spread for Travel+Leisure
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Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!

Students: Get Your FREE Ticket to Next Wednesday's David Moretti Event!

As you may have noticed on our homepage, next week SPD is hosting "Game Changers: An Evening With David Moretti" on Wednesday, November 19, at 7pm. If you don't already know who David Moretti is, you should find out ... he's doing incredible work as the Creative Director of Wired Italia. If you're a fan of infographics, fun typography and awesome layouts, you won't want to miss his presentation! Check out some of his work below and here to get a glimpse of the stuff you'll see and hear about.

THE BEST PART: 
  
We're giving away FREE TICKETS to the first 20 SPD Student Members who register online before the event! To do so, register using the link here:
  


Not currently a SPD Student Member but want to come to the event anyway? 
  
- You can either buy a general admission ticket here OR...
  
- Why not become a member now?! You'll get FREE entry to this event (assuming you're one of the first 20 to sign up), as well as all future SPD Student Events throughout your year of membership, plus you get a free copy of our SPD Annual, 3 free entries in our Student Design Competition and all kinds of other benefits. Plus we've got some special members-only events being planned for the spring that you won't be able to attend without membership. Have we convinced you? JOIN NOW.

Questions? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #7 - 2002 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!). But with the 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment.

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 2000 competition. In 2001, there actually wasn't a Student Competition (more details on that in a future post), but in 2002, the competition resumed. So today we're highlighting all the winners from the 2002 competition. This 7th Student Competition was published in Pub 37...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 2009 Student Competition Winner Raul Aguila

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 2009 as part of our 11th Student Competition, Raul Aguila won both 2nd AND 3rd-place for his work as a student at the School of Visual Arts under instructor Jeff Glendenning (see his award-winning work below as well as in the link here). 

We had the opportunity to catch up with Raul -- who's just made the move to Wired from The New York Times Magazine -- and learn about his tips for navigating the industry. Having also worked at New York Magazine, he thrives from data-driven content which is clearly apparent in his design work. Read on to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition 2nd- and 3rd-place wins only several years ago ...

Image above: The New York Times Magazine cover. Designed under Design Director Gail Bichler. Photographer: Victoria Diehl.
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #6 - 2000 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

For the first 5 years of the competition, it was more like SPD's professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year. But with this 6th competition in 2000, we started giving an assignment, so entries were created specifically for our competition, just like we do now (we'll be announcing this year's assignment by Nov. 14!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1999 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 2000 competition. This 6th Student Competition was published in Pub 35...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1999 Student Competition Winner Lou Vega

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1999 as part of our 5th Student Competition, Lou Vega won the top B.W. Honeycutt Award for his work as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology under instructor Susan Cotler-Block (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). 

We were lucky enough to talk with Lou -- who's now the Senior Art Director at Bloomberg Markets Magazine -- about his work and perspective on the publishing industry. His design work truly speaks for itself. Having previously worked at Premiere, Inc. and ESPN the Magazine, his active layout design and inventive typographic treatments make for some visually stimulating page turners. Read on to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition 1st-place win back in 1999 ...

Image above: a spread design for Bloomberg Markets
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Attention CMA Attendees: Join us Thursday and Friday for 3 Great Design Sessions!

Don't forget ... if you're attending the CMA/ACP National Fall College Media Convention this week, we've got 3 fantastic sessions that we're presenting! Michael Wilson from Philadelphia Magazine and Darhil Crooks from The Atlantic (both "Esquire" alums) are presenting "Life After Esquire"  on Thursday, October 30th, while Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss of 9 Threads are presenting twice on Friday, October 31 ... "Conceptual Typography" and "Fashion Art Direction." Get all the details here.
From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #5 - 1999 Winners


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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1998 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1999 competition. This 5th Student Competition was published in Pub 34...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1997 Student Competition Silver Medal Winner Yarrow Earth Hock

#TBT: SPD-U Throws it Back to 1997 Student Competition Silver Medal Winner Yarrow Earth Hock

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1997 as part of our 3rd Student Competition, Yarrow Earth Hock won a Silver Medal of Excellence for his work as a student at the School of Visual Arts under instructor David Carson (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). 

Hock's exceptional work over the years is quite the inspiration. Spanning across printed mediums, branding, packaging design and digital work, he always has the quality of his work in mind. Hock currently resides in Los Angeles along with his Emmy award-winning wife, Laura Keseric, and a daughter who loves to write and illustrate her own stories (perhaps a future SPD-U competition applicant)!  We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition Silver Medal win back in 1997 ...

Image above: logo, branding and product development for Leilani Bishop fragrance oil
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #4 - 1998 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #4 - 1998 Winners

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As we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1997 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1998 competition. This 4th Student Competition was published in Pub33...
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1996 Student Competition Winner Gabriel Kuo

#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1996 Student Competition Winner Gabriel Kuo

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

In 1996 as part of our 2nd Student Competition, Gabriel Kuo won the B.W. Honeycutt Award (Gold Medal) for his new magazine design as a student at the School of Visual Arts (see his award-winning work below as well as in the  full gallery of winners here). 

His New York design studio has worked with powerhouse brands like Adidas, MTV, Neutrogena and Absolut (to name a few). His work is impressively versatile, spanning expertly across different markets and mediums alike. Now splitting his time between New York and Berlin, Kuo's work continues to inspire. We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition top prize win back in 1996 ...

Image above: House of Marley branding
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From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #3 - 1997 Winners

From the Student Competition Archives: Competition #3 - 1997 Winners

50th-Small.jpgAs we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced very soon!).

Last week we showcased the merit winners from the 1996 competition. Today we're highlighting all the winners from the 1997 competition. This 3rd Student Competition was published in Pub 32...
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SPD-U Presenting at Fall College Media Convention in Philly Oct 30-31

SPD-U Presenting at Fall College Media Convention in Philly Oct 30-31

Are you attending the CMA/ACP National Fall College Media Convention at the end of the month with your school's media staff? Or maybe you live in the Philadelphia area and want to go on your own (get the early-bird rate thru Monday the 13th)? Either way, if you're going, make sure you don't miss our 3 sessions that we're presenting ... we've got 2 sets of incredible speakers talking about design, type, fashion art directing and magazines in general! 

Michael Wilson from Philadelphia Magazine and Darhil Crooks from The Atlantic (both "Esquire" alums) are presenting "Life After Esquire" Thursday, October 30th, while Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss of 9 Threads are presenting twice on Friday, October 31 ... "Conceptual Typography" and "Fashion Art Direction." Get all the details after the jump!
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#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1995 Student Competition Winner So Takahashi

#TBT: SPD-U Throws It Back to 1995 Student Competition Winner So Takahashi

50th-Small.jpgAs part of SPD's 50th Anniversary celebration, we're looking back at our past Student Competition winners (see galleries of past winning work here on the blog each Wednesday). A few of them were kind enough to speak with us about what they've been up to since their wins and how the competition affected them. 

Back in 1995 in our very first Student Competition (featured in Pub31), So Takahashi won a Silver Medal for his publication design while a student at the School of Visual Arts (see his award-winning work below as well as in the full gallery of winners here). Since then, his dynamic work has spanned mediums and international countries alike. 

He started the Heads Inc design studio in 1998 and currently lives and manages his company in 4 different countries (his native Yokohama in Japan, New York, Oslo, Norway and Yangon/Myanmar). Global influences are quite apparent in his design work as he engages the viewer while still pushing boundaries. We caught up with him to see where life has taken him since his SPD Student Competition Silver Medal win in 1995...

Image above: Packaging System for WITH & WESSEL
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From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2

From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1996 Winners - Part 2

50th-Small.jpgAs we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we showcased the top winners from the 1996 competition. Today we're highlighting the merit winners from that same group. This 2nd Student Competition was published in Pub 31...
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Smart Quote

Smart Quote

Being a famous designer is like a being a famous dentist. -Noreen Morioka

Welcome to our "Smart Quote" series featuring some of our favorite design-related sayings and quotes. Have one you like and want to share? Email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll make it part of our series. 

"Smart Quote" is edited by Lixia Guo

Follow @SPDstudents on TwitterLike SPD U on Facebook.

From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1

From the Student Competition Archives: #2 - 1995 Winners - Part 1

50th-Small.jpgAs we celebrate SPD's 50th Anniversary, we're going back in time to showcase all the past Student Competition winners. 

Back in the beginning, the competition was more like the professional competition in that it honored the best work being done by students from the past year (as opposed to now where you create entries specifically for our competition ... look for this year's rules to be announced soon!).

Last week we finished showing the first-ever Student Competition winners. Today we're highlighting the top winners from the 2nd Student Competition that were published in Pub 31...
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Pub(lications) Crawled 2014!

Pub(lications) Crawled 2014!

This was one of the best New York trips our group has ever experienced. Organized, informational and just AWESOME!

That is just one of many comments we received about our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event last Friday, September 19. A huge thanks to all of you who joined us for this day-long event touring magazine/publishing art departments. If you missed it, never fear! We've got a few more smaller events planned for later this fall and spring, and then of course, there's always next year.

I loved that every one was so nice ... also the handouts and free goodies. I thought it was a special treat since I could read some of the material on the way back home. They're also good tools at comparing and looking at my own work and seeing what I need to improve or embellish on.

We also want to extend a SUPER-HUGE thanks to our wonderful tour hosts: Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire, Martha Stewart Living, More, Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure and 29th Street Publishing

Being able to tour such well-known magazine firms was very inspirational and felt like a privilege.

Check out some more images from the day on our Facebook page.
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994-Part 2

From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994-Part 2

50th-Small.jpgAs you can see on the homepage, SPD is celebrating our 50th Anniversary! And while SPD has been honoring professional editorial design work since its inception, the first Student Competition wasn't held until 1994 with the winning pieces published in the Pub 30 annual. In the beginning, the Student Competition was more like our current SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show, where it highlighted the best work being done by students over the past year. 

Last week, we showed you the top Gold and Silver Winners from that first competition. This week we're showing the Merit Winners from that year (including illustration and photography pieces). Look for the next year's winners next week, as well as the start of our interview series with some of the past winning designers. But for now, click through to see the rest of 1994's winning student work...
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Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director

Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director


Edited by 
Joseph Caserto

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Prop Stylist / Creative Director is like for Randi Brookman Harris.
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From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994

From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994

50th-Small.jpgAs you may have noticed over on the SPD homepage, we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year as an organization! And while SPD has been honoring professional editorial design work since its inception, the first Student Competition wasn't held until 1994 with the winning pieces published in the Pub 30 annual. In the beginning, the Student Competition was more like our current SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show, where it highlighted the best work being done by students over the past year. 

Today, we're taking a look back at those original winners and each week we'll showcase the following year's Student Competition winners until we're caught up with this past year's winning designs. And along the way, we'll also be adding interviews and profiles with some of these award-winning student designers to see where they ended up.

And of course, we'll be announcing the official rules and Call for Entries for THIS year's competition in the weeks to come. But for now, click through to see the winning student work of 1994...
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Pub(lications) Crawl Registration Has Ended

Registration for our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event on Friday has ended. If you missed out on signing up, never fear! We have some smaller, similar events in the works for later this fall, so be sure to keep up with us here, on Facebook and on Twitter to get the details as soon as they're announced. 

In the meantime, be sure to check out the first in SPD's 50th Anniversary Event Series ... a presentation from all the design directors of Entertainment Weekly ... it's an event you won't want to miss!!
Pub Crawl Registration Ends at Midnight!

Pub Crawl Registration Ends at Midnight!

Want to join us for Friday's Pub(lications) Crawl event? Then you have to sign up by midnight tonight, Tuesday, September 16. (That's because of all the security clearances we have to get to get you guys into these cool places!)

Thinking of coming but not sure it's worth skipping a class or losing a free Friday? Of course WE think it's worth it, but check out the quotes above from past Pub Crawl attendees for more proof that you should come!

Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR D - Bloomberg Businessweek & MORE Mag

Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR D - Bloomberg Businessweek & MORE Mag

Our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening NEXT Friday, September 19th here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited quantity tickets ended up selling out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your 2014 ticket now, cause unlike last year, we will not be adding any additional tours. And remember registration ends early: midnight this Tuesday, 9/16.

To entice you to join our sneak peek into amazing magazine-making, we've been highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR D...
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Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR C - Sports Illustrated & Fast Company

Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR C - Sports Illustrated & Fast Company

Our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening next Friday, September 19th here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited quantity tickets ended up selling out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your 2014 ticket now, cause unlike last year, we will not be adding any additional tours. And remember registration ends early: midnight this Tuesday, 9/16.

To help entice you to join our sneak peek into amazing magazine-making, we're highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR C...
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Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR B - 29th St. Publishing & Martha Stewart Living

Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR B - 29th St. Publishing & Martha Stewart Living

Our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening Friday, September 19th here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited quantity tickets ended up selling out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your 2014 ticket now, cause unlike last year, we will not be adding any additional tours. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/16.

To help entice you to join our sneak peek into amazing magazine-making, we're highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR B...
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Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR A - Esquire & Travel + Leisure

Pub Crawl 2014 Spotlight: TOUR A - Esquire & Travel + Leisure

Our 2014 Pub(lications) Crawl event is happening Friday, September 19th here in NYC, and spots are filling up fast! Last year, the limited quantity tickets ended up selling out completely, so be sure you reserve/purchase your 2014 ticket now, cause unlike last year, we will not be adding any additional tours. And remember registration ends early: midnight next Tuesday, 9/16.

To help entice you to join our sneak peek into amazing magazine-making, we're highlighting each set of tours this week. When you register, you'll be asked for your preferences of tours, so hopefully these little spotlights will help you decide. Read on for more info on TOUR A...
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Five Questions for Andrea Dunham, Creative Director

Five Questions for Andrea Dunham, Creative Director


Edited by 
Joseph Caserto

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Creative Director is like for Andrea Dunham.

Editor's Note:  People  Magazine is a past host of our Pub(lications) Crawl.
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SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL Event Happening 9/19/14

SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL Event Happening 9/19/14

As the 2014-15 school year gets started, we're joining in the excitement with our annual SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL! This is a day-long event where you'll get to tour the offices of two fantastic magazines and/or design firms for an in-depth look at the way things really work.

We have a truly amazing and awesome group of tour hosts ... Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire, Martha Stewart Living, More, Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure and 29th Street Publishing!!! They're all getting ready to give you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, so come armed with your curiosity and questions, and prepare yourself for a very unique tour of great magazine-making.

Space is very limited (last year we sold out!), so RSVP now to reserve your spot. Read on to find out how... … MORE
Five Questions for Glen J. Karpowich, Senior Designer

Five Questions for Glen J. Karpowich, Senior Designer


Edited by 
Joseph Caserto

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Senior Designer is like for Glen Karpowich.
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Pub(lications) Crawl Save-the-Date: Friday, 9/19

Pub(lications) Crawl Save-the-Date: Friday, 9/19

We're putting the final touches on our plans for this year's Pub(lications) Crawl event and trust us -- it's going to be a good one! As you head back to school and fill up those calendars and planners, be sure to save Friday, September 19th to join us for a terrific day of office tours and behind-the-scenes glimpses into how magazines - print AND digital - get made. 

Find out who we're visiting, get more details and register on Monday!
Five Questions for Tracey Woods, Associate Photo Editor

Five Questions for Tracey Woods, Associate Photo Editor


Edited by Joseph Caserto

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Associate Photo Editor is like for Tracey Woods.

Editor's Note:  Essence  Magazine is a past host of our Pub(lications) Crawl.
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Announcing our SPD-U Spotlight Merit Winners!

Announcing our SPD-U Spotlight Merit Winners!

We finish up with our 2014 SPD-U Spotlight winners today by announcing our Merit Winners over on the SPD-U Tumblr (winners are being posted throughout the morning and will be complete around noon). Be sure to check out their awesome winning designs and portfolio links!

Thanks again to everyone who entered their work! It was a terrific group of entries, making our judges decision a hard one. For those of you still in school, we hope to see your work in the batch of entries next year! We'll release next year's details in April 2015. In the meantime, stay tuned for our annual Student Design Competition which will open early this fall. And follow us online all summer for more great stuff!

Congrats again to all our Spotlight winners!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Silver Medal Winners!

As you've seen these past two weeks, we've had some terrific Gold Medal-winning designs in our SPD-U Spotlight Competition. Our impressive team of judges had a super-difficult job choosing the winning work and because the overall work was so strong, we're excited to honor another 13 designs as Silver Medal winners. And tomorrow there's even more as we announce our Merit Winners over on the SPD-U Tumblr

So without further delay, check out these 13 terrific designs, then follow the links to their impressive individual portfolios...
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Repeat Winner Nicolas KK!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Repeat Winner Nicolas KK!

Today we're excited to show the last of our 9 Gold Medal winners 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!

Be sure to come back and visit us Monday when we'll showcase our incredible 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 also reveal next week 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 again on Nicolas KK ... because all entries are seen as individual pieces, you have the chance to have 2 or more of your pieces selected as winners, and that's what happened here! See Nicolas's second winning piece larger after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kaeli Wood ... Another Repeat Winner!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kaeli Wood ... Another Repeat Winner!

We're almost at the end of our 9 Gold Medal winners 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 feature our final Gold Medal winner tomorrow, then we'll showcase our Silver Medal winners next Monday. And that's not it! Because the work was so strong, we also have a 3rd category of Merit Winners, which we'll reveal next week 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 previous winner Kaeli Wood ... because all entries are seen as individual pieces, you have the chance to have 2 or more of your pieces selected as winners, and that's what happened here! See Kaeli's second winning piece larger after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe ... Again!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe ... Again!

We're continuing to showcase our 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 Adam Lowe again ... because all entries are seen as individual pieces, you have the chance to have 2 or more of your pieces selected as winners and that's the case here. See Adam's second winning piece larger after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Allen Chiu

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Allen Chiu

This week we're continuing to showcase the second half of our 9 Gold Medal winners 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 next Monday. And that's not it! Because the work was so strong, we also have a 3rd category of Merit Winners, which we'll reveal next Tuesday, 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 Allen "Schoolboy" Chiu ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Allen after the jump.
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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.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Nicolas KK

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Nicolas KK

We're happy to showcase the fourth of our 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 Nicolas KK ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Nicolas after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kaeli Wood

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kaeli Wood

We're happy to showcase the third of our 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 Kaeli Wood ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Kaeli after the jump.
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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.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe

Today we're so excited to showcase the first of 9 awesome Gold Medal winning pieces today from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery ShowOur incredible team of judges had an extremely difficult job choosing the winning work ... and in fact, the quality was so strong, we have 3 categories of winners! Much like the SPD professional competition does each year, we're awarding Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Merit Winners. 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. After that we'll reveal our Merit Winners on our SPD-U Tumblr page. So be sure to keep checking back in with us to see all the terrific work.

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Adam Lowe ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Adam after the jump.
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Five Questions for Pete Sucheski, Deputy Art Director and Freelance Illustrator

Five Questions for Pete Sucheski, Deputy Art Director and Freelance Illustrator


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Deputy Art Director and Freelance Illustrator is like for Pete Sucheski.
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SPD-U Spotlight 2014: UPDATE

SPD-U Spotlight 2014: UPDATE

As stated in the official SPD-U Spotlight Call for Entries, "all winners will be notified by July 1." And as you may have noticed, TODAY is July 1! Well... sadly, we're running a tad behind schedule. So if you haven't heard from us yet, don't despair ... we haven't contacted anyone yet as the judging is not quite complete. 

Thanks to all your terrific work, we had more entries than ever before, making our judges' decisions even tougher! But we're ALMOST done, and all winners will be contacted by next Monday, July 7, if not beforehand. We'll then start announcing them and showcasing the work here on the blog soon after. So keep an eye on your mailboxes to see if YOUR work has been chosen. Thanks so much for your patience!
Five Questions for Linda Tran Tutovan, Deputy Art Director - Digital

Five Questions for Linda Tran Tutovan, Deputy Art Director - Digital


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Deputy Art Director is like for Linda Tran Tutovan.
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Five Questions for Edel Rodriguez, Illustrator

Five Questions for Edel Rodriguez, Illustrator


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Illustrator is like for Edel Rodriguez.
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New Series: How'd They Do That? #1

New Series: How'd They Do That? #1

Now that our SPD-U Spotlight judges are looking through all your awesome work from the past year, let's bide our time till the winners are selected and announced by looking at some awesome work from some of our pros...

Today we introduce a new series on the blog called "How'd They Do That?". The idea is to give you some behind-the-scenes insight into how all those amazing magazine pages come to life. "Did they draw that themselves or hire an illustrator?" "Was that part of the actual photo shoot or retouched later?" "What's that font?" "How'd they come up with that idea?" Those are the questions we're looking to answer. If you see something cool out there in magazine-world, send us a note about it to SPDStudentOutreach@gmail.com and we'll try to dig into it and get you the scoop on how they made it happen.

To get us started, art directors Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss share with us the process behind one of their recent fashion stories for 9Threads ...
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Spotlight Entries Due TODAY! Some Final FAQs Answered

Spotlight Entries Due TODAY! Some Final FAQs Answered

The clock is counting down to our 5pm deadline today for our SPD-U Spotlight. As the deadline nears, we've gotten some questions that might be helpful to those of you trying to finish prepping your entries:

Q: My project has more than 3 spreads. Can I submit the whole project as 1 of my entries?
  
SPD-U: No. Each entry can only be a single page, or a double-page spread. No more than that. So if you designed a story or whole publication that has more than 3 pages or double-page spreads, then pick your best 3 pages/spreads of those and enter each of them as 1 entry. If you submit more than 3 single page or double-page spreads, we will select the first 3 pages/spreads you submit as your entry and ignore the rest. It doesn't matter if the pages/spreads you enter don't seem to make sense content-wise by omitting the other pages. Our judges are evaluating each page/spread as a single entity based on its design and will overlook any confusion on content.

NOTE: If you have a whole publication that you designed for a school organization or class (a yearbook, campus mag, literary mag, zine, newsletter, arts journal, etc), we'd still love to see that! But you would need to submit that to our New Work: Student Publications series instead. All Spotlight entries are limited to a single page or double-page spread. To submit your complete publication to our New Work series, get the details here.


Q: When you say 3 entries, does that mean 3 entries per student? Or per teacher?
   
SPD-U: Per student. Each student is allowed 3 entries. All 3 entries must be approved by their teacher or school official. Teacher/school officials can approve as many of their students' entries as they're willing to sign off on, no limits.


Q: Can I enter one spread from one project and another spread from a different project? Do the entries need to be related
   
SPD-U: No, your entries do NOT need to be related. In fact, every single entry will be seen randomized with all the others for each judge, so each entry is seen as a single individual piece and no one will see all 3 of your entries in a row (in addition, all entries are seen anonymously without any identifying info). So yes, it's perfectly fine for your 3 entries to all come from different projects.


Q: Can I submit the "jump" spread (2nd spread) of a story or do I have to submit  the opening spread?
  
SPD-U: Yes! You can definitely submit the "jump" spread or ANY page/spread from ANY part of your story/publication. If you did a great infographic or sidebar or just love what you did on your story's 2nd or 3rd spread, then definitely enter that regardless of whether you also enter the opening spread. Every entry will be seen individually by our judges, so it's really all about what designs do their jobs best, regardless of where they fall in the story. Our judges know publication design well, so they'll be able to overlook any confusion about the content/story as they judge your design. 


GOT MORE QUESTIONS? Be sure to check out more of our FAQ here on the main info page or email us at SPDUspotlight@gmail.com. We'll do our best to respond quickly, but remember the deadline is 5pm TODAY, so better to use your best judgement based on the info we've provided and get your entries in on time rather than wait for us to answer. 

Judging starts next week and all winners will be notified by July 1. We'll then announce the winners here on the blog in the days following.

Good luck!!
SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 6!

SPD-U Spotlight Deadline Extended to June 6!

School's over, and especially if you've graduated, the last thing on your mind is more student work. But before you forget the 2013-2014 academic year altogether, make sure you enter our SPD-U Spotlight competition

It's so easy (you don't have to actually do work, you just submit the work you already did through email!), it's FREE ... AND we just gave you more time to enter! Our new deadline is this Friday, June 6 at 5pm EST. 

Five Questions for Sue Swenson, Production Director

Five Questions for Sue Swenson, Production Director


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Production Director is like for Sue Swenson.

Editor's Note:  Self  is a past host of our Pub(lications) Crawl.
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Wired, Field & Stream, Gather Journal: Meet Our 2014 Spotlight Judges, Part 2

Wired, Field & Stream, Gather Journal: Meet Our 2014 Spotlight Judges, Part 2

Yesterday we met the first half of our awesome team of judges for this year's SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show and today we're introducing the other half. 

Remember, the deadline is THIS MONDAY, June 2 but this one's easy ...  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, tablet/digital mags, etc) ... you can enter anything you've designed since June 2013. 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 rest of our wonderful judges...
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Esquire, Lucky, and more: Meet Our 2014 Spotlight Judges, Part 1

Esquire, Lucky, and more: Meet Our 2014 Spotlight Judges, Part 1

The June 2 deadline (next MONDAY!!!) for our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show is coming fast, and our super-awesome 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, tablet/digital mags, etc) ... you can enter anything you've designed since June 2013. 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 first half of our amazing judges who will be looking at all your great work...


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SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What About Digital Magazines?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What About Digital Magazines?

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I created some tablet magazine designs for a class. Can I enter those in the SPD-U Spotlight




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Yes! We definitely welcome and invite any type of digital designs whether for a tablet, mobile or web, as long as they are editorial products. 

In regards to submission specifications, obviously if just one screen works, that's great! But if you have a long page that scrolls down/across and doesn't have a natural division point to crop it at, you can submit that in its entire length as 1 entry. If you have a design that spans across 2 or 3 tablet screen views but is designed as a visual unit, much like a print spread, you can submit that altogether as 1 entry as well. 

Use your best judgement as to what would be the equivalent to a spread in print and submit that. If we have any issues with it, we'll edit it as we see fit or contact you to narrow it down.

You can also comp together several images if you need to show hotspots/pop-ups/roll-overs. Just be sure to keep the images to the size specs in the Call for Entries. 

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: Can I Enter My Other Competition Entries?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: Can I Enter My Other Competition Entries?

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I created some entries for your Student Design Competition earlier this year. Can I enter those in this SPD-U Spotlight show? What about other design competitions that I've created work for, can I enter those too?


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As long as your other competition entries did not place in any of the competitions as a winner or runner-up, then yes! You can definitely enter them in our Spotlight. Just because they didn't win then, doesn't mean they're not great designs! And our judges for this competition are totally different than our Student Design Competition judges, so they won't have seen your work before. As long as it follows our rules and your professor signs off, we look forward to seeing them!

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I'm a Continuing Ed Student?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What if I'm a Continuing Ed Student?

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I'm taking design classes as a continuing education student ... am I eligible to enter my work in your SPD-U Spotlight?




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Yes, you can! But there are a few requirements: 
Like all our entrants, you have to have been attending an accredited school when your work was created. You also have to get a professor or school official to sign off on your entry. AND your submissions must have been created as part of your class or for a student publication or school organization. 

If you have any further questions about it, email us at SPDUspotlight@gmail.com

 
SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What If I've Graduated?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What If I've Graduated?

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I'd love to enter the SPD-U Spotlight gallery show, but I graduated in December ... can I still enter even if I'm no longer a student?



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YES!!! As long as you produced the work while you were a student at some point between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, you can enter regardless of your current status. You DO still have to get an instructor or school official to sign off on your submissions though, so be sure to gather your stuff together and reach out to your instructor with enough time to get that approval. 

Can't wait to see your work! Get all the submission details here.
SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: Is It Free?

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: Is It Free?

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I am interested in entering the SPD-U Spotlight gallery show and am curious: is it really totally free? 
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Five Questions for Cara Reynoso, Associate Art Director


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Associate Art Director is like for Cara Reynoso.
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Five Questions for James Reyman, Principal/Creative Director


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Principal/Creative Director is like for James Reyman.

Editor's Note: James is on the SPD Board of Directors, and is a past host of our Pub(lications) Crawl.
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SPD-U Spotlight: Looking Back at Our 2013 Spotlight Winners

SPD-U Spotlight: Looking Back at Our 2013 Spotlight Winners

Our 2014 SPD-U Spotlight Call for Entries is out and to help you figure out which of your own design pieces you're going to enter, let's take a look at last year's winners and runners-up. Links and images to follow, after the jump...… MORE

Five Questions for Gabrielle Revere, Photographer


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Photographer is like for Gabrielle Revere.
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New Work: Epic Magazine

New Work: Epic Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and in anticipation of all the great work you're going to be submitting to our SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery Show, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Epic Magazine, a general interest publication produced by students at Robert Morris University in Chicago in collaboration with RMU faculty and staff. Project Manager and Creative Director Carolyn Pavelkis shares some of her favorite pages with us...
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Get in the SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 2

Get in the SPD-U Spotlight! Enter Your Designs by June 2

UPDATE: We just extended the deadline to Friday, June 6, 2014! Sorry, this year's Spotlight is now closed to entries. All winners will be notified by July 1 and will be displayed here on the blog in the weeks to follow.

The 2013-2014 academic year is coming to a close soon and you'll be finishing up a bunch of awesome projects ... don't let them just gather dust once the grades are in, share them with us!  We want to see what you've been up to! If you've created any type of editorial design work in the past year, enter it in our 2014 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery

Whether it's a magazine project from your design class, a newsletter design you did for your fraternity, work you did on your school's newspaper, yearbook or literary mag, etc ... if it's any type of editorial design, we'd love to see it! Forget rules, forget formulas -- just show us the best stuff you have. 

If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we'll showcase it in an exclusive online gallery here on the SPD website with links to your portfolio website. It's a great way to get your name and work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent like yourself. All the rules and details after the jump...

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Portfolio Reviews: Event Wrap-Up

Portfolio Reviews: Event Wrap-Up

We had a terrific night Wednesday at our annual Portfolio Review event, hosted by the super-awesome website builder Wix.com! Students came in from across the local area and beyond (Pennsylvania! Indiana!) to get their one-on-one advice on how to make their portfolios job- and internship-worthy. Check out photos and commentary after the jump...… MORE

Five Questions for Nicole Zigmont, Designer


Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Designer is like for Nicole Zigmont.

Editor's Note: Nicole designed the Five Questions for... series logo.
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Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 6th-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 6th-Place Winner!

Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also start sharing our honorable mentions! Last week we shared our 4th-place winner and 5th-place winner, and today we're highlighting 6th-place winner Mary Durant ... click through to see her full entry and details. And keep checking back here on our blog for our runners-up to be announced soon!… MORE
Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 5th-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 5th-Place Winner!

Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also start sharing our honorable mentions! Monday we shared our 4th-place winner, and today we're highlighting 5th-place winner Drew Park ... click through to see his full entry and details. And keep checking back here on our blog for more winners to come. … MORE

Job-Hunting Must-Have: A Portfolio Website

As the summer quickly approaches and you start looking for internships and/or jobs, you'll need to make sure you have all your stuff together to make an effective hunt. Of course there's your resume and cover letter, and having all your info ready to copy-and-paste into those HR application sites online. 

But perhaps the most important of all is your portfolio website. This could be the thing that gets you the interview, cause without it, your application is just a piece of paper. By showing some of your work online, those doing the hiring can quickly see that you're worth talking to, even if your resume isn't all that impressive (and let's face it, for most students, how CAN your resume be impressive when you haven't yet had a chance to really work?). Follow us after the jump for some tips on putting this important piece of the the job-hunting puzzle together...
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Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 4th-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition 4th-Place Winner!

Now that we've announced our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners from our 2014 Student Design Competition, we're happy to also start sharing our honorable mentions! Today we're starting with 4th-place winner Allen Chiu... click through to see his full entry and details. And keep checking back here on our blog for more winners to come.… MORE

Five Questions for Stanley Collado, Art Production Aide

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Art Production Aide is like for Stanley Collado.



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You Ask, We Answer: About Those Portfolio Reviews!

You Ask, We Answer: About Those Portfolio Reviews!

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Nope! It doesn't matter! If you have ANY interest in pursuing jobs in magazines or other editorial design work, then whether you have tons of editorial pieces in your portfolio or none, this is the perfect event for you. Read on to find out why...
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Calling All Student Portfolios! Get Your Review Here! Happening April 9

Calling All Student Portfolios! Get Your Review Here! Happening April 9

March Madness is fully here at SPD-U thanks to our recent speaker event, our great sessions at the CMA College Media Convention and of course our terrific Student Design Competition winners (runners-up to be announced soon!). And now the madness is going to take over April too ... 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 9 for our annual Portfolio Review event. You'll get critiques from at least two of our publishing pros, and you'll find out what publication and media art directors are looking for in your work when they're looking to hire. Doesn't matter if your portfolio is finished or still in the works, digital or print ... bring what you've got (details below) and our design superstars will help you figure out what's working and what's not. We'll also show you how you can easily build your own online portfolio using the super easy Wix.com web-builder. Details after the jump.
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Five Questions for: John Walker, UX Professional

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a UX Professional is like for John Walker.
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Missed Our Event Last Night? You Also Missed Out on Getting a Job!

Missed Our Event Last Night? You Also Missed Out on Getting a Job!

We had a great discussion last night at our "I'm Graduating: Now What?" spring speaker event about finding work, whether it's full-time, freelance or personal side projects. Panelists Erin Jang, Derek Eng, Kristie Bailey, Brett Affrunti and T Leclaire were super generous in sharing their experiences and giving our audience their tips and advice, and attendees walked away with multiple ways to get that job or freelance gig.

Not only that, they also got a chance at getting that job literally last night thanks to a design pro in our audience who was looking for a junior designer at his big-name magazine and asked all interested there to chat with him. Audience members also got to chat directly with our panelists at the end, we raffled off numerous books, and all attendees got fun handouts, flyers and a discount code to use on Joseph Caserto's online freelancing course. Definitely not an event to miss, but if you did, you can get a few juicy tidbits by checking our live-tweeting over on our Twitter feed @SPDstudents

Thanks to all of you who joined us and a HUGE thanks to our host sponsor Wix.com ... if you're in the city, don't forget you can use their Wix Lounge (the same space we held our event) during the day as a home base between interviews or freelance jobs. And if you don't have an online portfolio yet, definitely check out the Wix templates ... they're super easy to use and tweak to what you want.


Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition First-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition First-Place Winner!

Our 2014 Student Design Competition 2nd- and 3rd-place winners have been announced, and today we're excited to share our first-place winner with you. Click through to check out Daniel Murphy's full entry and stay tuned for our Honorable Mentions and even more winners beyond that. Congrats to Daniel ...… MORE
Reminder: Career Advice Event Tuesday at 7pm

Reminder: Career Advice Event Tuesday at 7pm

Okay, maybe you're on spring break. Or maybe you're just swamped with school work. Doesn't really matter in a few months when you're living back home with mom and dad in your childhood bedroom cause you can't find a job, right? 

Want to avoid the hassles of adjusting to life post-college with the 'rents? Then join us Tuesday night to hear a gazillion ways other young designers have made work work for them ... from turning internships into full-time jobs, to taking their little side illustrations into a business, to making the most of meeting people, our pros will share their advice ... what worked for them, what didn't and how you can use their tricks to find your own dream jobs.

We'll also be giving away free stuff! You gotta come to have a chance at winning a variety of SPD and design books and Joseph Caserto's online course about freelancing ... in fact, all attendees will get a discount to his course, while one lucky member will walk away with it for free!

Get your tickets and more details here. Don't forget, SPD Student Members pay NOTHING, but you do have to reserve your ticket!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition Second-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition Second-Place Winner!

After an intense day of judging (check out our live tweets from Friday, March 7 for behind-the-scenes photos), our top 2014 Student Design Competition entries were chosen and we're excited to share them with you! Earlier we shared our 3rd-place winner with you, and today we're celebrating Reilly Sauer for his 2nd-place win ... click through to see his full entry.MORE

"I'm Graduating: Now What?" Meet Our Speakers, Part 2

Thumbnail image for GraduatingNowWhat-Carousel.jpgThis Tuesday, March 18th, we'll be hosting our next speaker event titled "I'm Graduating... Now What?". Our panel of designers and illustrators has had the full-range of experiences, from full-time work to freelancing to working from home on the side of other jobs to turning those side jobs into full-time businesses. And they'll be sharing their tales of how they found those jobs, what they found most difficult and how their experiences can help YOU in your own hunt for work.

Earlier this week, we met the first 3 of our 6 panelists. Today we meet the other 3, so read on to learn more and click here for more details and to get your ticket. (Don't forget SPD Student Members are free but you still have to sign up for a ticket!)
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Save the Date: Portfolio Reviews April 9th

Save the Date: Portfolio Reviews April 9th

As graduation time quickly approaches (though not quickly enough in terms of the weather!), we're here to help you finalize those portfolios before you hit the pavement big time for job-hunting. We'll open registration soon, but for now save the date for Portfolio Reviews: April 9th at 7pm in NYC. Details to come, so stay tuned here and/or on Facebook and Twitter.
Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition Third-Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2014 Student Design Competition Third-Place Winner!

After an intense day of judging (check out our live tweets from Friday, March 7 for behind-the-scenes photos), our top 2014 Student Design Competition entries were chosen and we're excited to share them with you! Today we're congratulating Regina Puno for her 3rd-place win ... click through to see her full entry.… MORE

"I'm Graduating: Now What?" Meet Our Speakers, Pt. 1

GraduatingNowWhat-Carousel.jpgNext Tuesday, March 18th, we'll be hosting our next speaker event titled "I'm Graduating... Now What?". Our panel of designers and illustrators has had the full-range of experiences, from full-time work to freelancing to working from home on the side of other jobs to turning those side jobs into full-time businesses. And they'll be sharing their tales of how they found those jobs, what they found most difficult and how their experiences can help YOU in your own hunt for work.

Read on to meet the first 3 of our 6 panelists and click here for more details and to get your ticket. (Don't forget SPD Student Members are free but you still have to sign up for a ticket!)


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The 2014 Student Design Competition Judging is Complete!

The 2014 Student Design Competition Judging is Complete!

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Last Friday our esteemed panel of judges make their selections in our 2014 Student Design Competition, and we'll be announcing them here tomorrow!!! 

In the meantime, if you're interested in a peek at the actual judging, check out our Twitter feed @SPDstudents where we live-tweeted the judging last Friday. There's lots of great photos and commentary showing the judging process.

We'd also like to take this chance to say a humongous thanks to our awesome judges, shown above from left: Rob Hewitt of Conde Nast Traveler, Fred Woodward of GQ, Deanna Filippo of Allure, Kristin Fitzpatrick of Town & Country, Jeff Griffith of Men's Health and Todd Detwiler of Popular Science

We had super-fun day and we saw a ton of great work, making the final decisions difficult, but we're happy with our winners and can't wait to share them with you! Look for the announcement to come after the 21st.

SPD-U Upcoming Events & News

• Our Student Design Competition deadline has passed and judging takes place Friday, March 7. We'll be live-tweeting the judging process starting this evening on thru tomorrow, so be sure to follow us @SPDstudents. No winners will be announced until we've notified them all by Friday, March 21 ... we'll announce them here on the blog soon after. In the meantime, get ready for...

• Our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. We will announce the rules and start accepting entries in April, so if you missed entering the competition or have other editorial design work you'd like to show, you'll have a chance to submit your work in that. Check out last year's Gallery winners here and look for details about THIS year's show to come in early April. 

• If you work on your school paper, yearbook or magazine and are attending the CMA College Media Convention, be sure to attend our career advice session at 12:30pm on Thursday, March 13.

• Our next event is "I'm Graduating ... Now What?" happening Tuesday, March 18. Check out our awesome panelists and sign up now (SPD-U members are free!).

• Save the date for Portfolio Reviews: Wednesday, April 9, 7pm. Details to come.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates!

Five Questions for: Todd Weinberger, Creative Director

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
  
Our new blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Every two weeks or so, a different pro will tell us about what they do, and how they got to where they are. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Creative Director is like for Todd Weinberger.

Editor's Note: Todd is on the SPD Board of Directors, and is a past host of our Pub(lications) Crawl.
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Student Competition DEADLINE EXTENDED to Wed., 3/5! And Meet Our Judges!

Student Competition DEADLINE EXTENDED to Wed., 3/5! And Meet Our Judges!

Okay, so in our rules and details, it says "no extensions!" regarding our Student Design Competition deadline ... uh, yeah, well, it also didn't say we'd have this gross, crazy, snowy winter we've been having, keeping so many of you from your classes. So we're breaking our own rules and giving you 2 more days to get your entries in.

EXTENDED DEADLINE:
  
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5pm Eastern Standard Time.  
  
Like before, you still have to get your entries in to our office at 27 Union Square West, Suite 207, NYC 10003 by 5pm on that day. But now you've got a whole 48 hours more to do so!

Meanwhile, we'd like to introduce a most super-cool panel of judges ... just think, YOUR work is going to be in front of THESE eyes!!!! So take advantage of these 2 extra days and get those entries in ASAP!!!
  • Todd Detwiler // Design Director, Popular Science
  • Deanna Fillippo // Design Director, Allure
  • Kristin Fitzpatrick // Design Director, Town & Country
  • Jeff Griffith // Creative Director Marketing, Men's Health
  • Rob Hewitt // Design Director, Conde Nast Traveler
  • Fred Woodward // Design Director, GQ
Get All the Latest SPD-U News!

Get All the Latest SPD-U News!

Of course our blog here is the best spot to get all the latest info on SPD-U events and opportunities, plus lots of other good stuff. But don't forget we also have an active Facebook page and Twitter feed to help keep you up-to-date on all SPD-U happenings (not to mention some other great content beyond our blog). 

So to be the first to find out about our events (like our next speaker event - registration is now open!!) and get reminders about our competition deadlines (like Monday's Student Design Competition deadline!)...

You can follow us on Twitter at: @spdstudents

And on Facebook here. Even if you already have "liked" us on Facebook, come back and visit us and make sure you're "following" us. Facebook has changed the way it shows you group pages like ours, so even if you previously followed/liked us, our posts may not be showing on your feed. Some people seem them in their notifications instead. Just to be safe, visit our page directly and follow our Twitter!
SPD-U Spring Speaker Event: 3/18/14 @ 7pm

SPD-U Spring Speaker Event: 3/18/14 @ 7pm

Whether you're a senior about to graduate, or any type of student looking to enter the creative side of magazines, this is the event for you! We all know getting that dream full-time job right out of school is hard to come by, so what do you do? 

Come hear our panel of designers and illustrators share their experiences, successes and failures as they've gone through the hunt for full-time jobs, freelance gigs and side projects. You'll walk away with some great tips and advice on how to approach YOUR search for fulfilling work post-school, even if it's not what you originally thought it would be.

Click through to see who our super-cool panelists are and to get your ticket!
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Student Design Competition: ONLY 2 WEEKENDS LEFT!

Student Design Competition: ONLY 2 WEEKENDS LEFT!

Yeeepppp! That March 3rd deadline is fast approaching. And it's a Monday. Meaning you've only got 2 whole weekends left to work on your Student Design Competition entries! Of course all of next week too. But remember your entries have to be in our office in Union Square by 5pm Monday, March 3rd, no exceptions!

Don't forget to read through all the details on the main competition page here ... there's Frequently Asked Questions, there's lots of tips, there's links to past winners so you can get some ideas, and of course there's the official Rules and Entry Form PDF to download and fill out.

If you still have questions after that, email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll do our best to answer you quickly.
New Work: em Magazine

New Work: em Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and in anticipation of all the great work you're going to be submitting to our Student Design Competition, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

It's Fashion Week here in NYC and in the spirit of that, today we'd like to introduce you to em Magazine, a fashion magazine produced entirely by students at Emerson College in Boston. Editor-in-Chief Jamie Emmerman shares some of his favorite pages with us...
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Student Design Competition Tips

In case you haven't noticed, it's now February. Meaning our March 3rd Student Design Competition deadline is less than a month away! But never fear, it's definitely not too late to get started on your entries. Wanna make them winners? Then be sure to follow the guidelines in our downloadable Call for Entries PDF and check out additional tips below. Click on each tip to get more details and examples and find all the competition details here. We'll be posting even more in the coming weeks.… MORE
Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition Winners

Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition Winners

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Now that the spring semester is in full swing, your creative brains are back on track and our March 3 Student Design Competition deadline is nearing, we'll be sharing some last-minute tips and notes to help make your entries the winning ones! 

Today we're starting by taking a look back at all of last year's winners. We had so many amazing entries last year, we expanded our runners-up to the biggest group of winners ever. So take a look to get some inspiration and feel good knowing that while there can only be 1 first-place winner, we're always happy to expand the top group of winners based on how awesome your designs are. Here's to 2014 being so incredible we have to expand it even more!


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New Work: Make It Happen Magazine

New Work: Make It Happen Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and in anticipation of all the great work you're going to be submitting to our Student Design Competition, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Make It Happen magazine , produced by members of Harvard University's Undergraduate Women in Business organization. Co-Directors of the project Sadie McQuilkin and Claire Leibowicz share some of their favorite pages with us...
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Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 3

SPDStuComp2014-Logo.jpgIf you enter and win our Student Design Competition, the cash prizes may seem the most attractive. But in reality, it's the prize internships that are the most important award. Even if you don't place 1st, 2nd or 3rd, you still have a good shot at winning a magazine internship here in NYC and often, housing is included. So what are you waiting for? Start working on those entries now!

Need some more proof of just how great the internships are? Check out last year's 3rd place winner Darby Minter's experience as an intern at Sports Illustrated...
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Student Competition Tips and Details

Student Competition Tips and Details

So you've got, what, another week, maybe two before you head back to classes and homework? No doubt Netflix and hanging out with friends are very entertaining, but when you get bored of even that, why not start working on your 2014 Student Design Competition entries! The March 3 deadline will be here before you know it, and you don't want to miss your chance at cash and software prizes along with super-cool magazine internships, right? 

Don't actually feel like being creative? Well, you can at least read through the rules and our handy-dandy tips, and check out past winners to get those ideas flowing. 

Curious about where to find the text or images? Or if you're eligible since you're not in the U.S.? Then be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions section toward the bottom of that page.

Still have questions for us? Then email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.
Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 2

Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 2

Our 2014 Student Design Competition (get all the details here!) is officially open, and we're talking to some of last year's competition winners to give you a little inspiration and motivation to get started on your own entries. Of course the cash and Adobe Creative Cloud membership prizes are worthy enough, but did we mention you can also win an INTERNSHIP at a top NYC magazine???

It's probably the most valuable part of the prize. And you don't even have to win one of the top 3 spots to get it ... while it's only guaranteed to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, many of our runners-up also get the chance at an internship! 

Want proof of just how incredible an experience that can be? Well, we got a few of our recent winners to give you a little recap. Monday we talked to one of last year's runners-up, Grayce Holcomb, and today we're talking to another runner-up, Sarah Tan. Read on to hear about her internship experience at Money magazine...

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Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition 3rd-Place Winner

Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition 3rd-Place Winner

SPDStuComp2014-Logo.jpgTo help you brainstorm ideas for your 2014 Student Design Competition entries (get all the details here!), we're taking a look back at this past year's winners and getting some inside scoop on how they came up with their winning work and some tips for you. Today we're revisiting our third-place winning entry, so read on to hear from winner Darby Minter ...

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Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 1

Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 1

We've just opened up our 2014 Student Design Competition (get all the details here!) and we're talking to some of last year's competition winners to give you a little inspiration and motivation to get started on your own entries. Of course the cash and Adobe Creative Cloud membership prizes are worthy enough, but did we mention you can also win an INTERNSHIP at a top NYC magazine???

It's probably the most valuable part of the prize. And you don't even have to win one of the top 3 spots to get it ... while it's only guaranteed to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, many of our runners-up also get the chance at an internship! 

Want proof of just how incredible an experience that can be? Well, we got a few of our recent winners to give you a little recap and today we're talking to one of last year's runners-up, Grayce Holcomb


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Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition 2nd-Place Winner

Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition 2nd-Place Winner

SPDStuComp2014-Logo.jpgTo help you brainstorm ideas for your 2014 Student Design Competition entries (get all the details here!), we're taking a look back at this past year's winners and getting some inside scoop on how they came up with their winning work and some tips for you. Today we're revisiting our second-place winning entry, so read on to hear from winner Ben Grandgenett ...

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Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition First-Place Winner

Looking Back: Our 2013 Student Design Competition First-Place Winner

SPDStuComp2014-Logo.jpgTo help you brainstorm ideas for your 2014 Student Design Competition entries (get all the details here!), we're taking a look back at this past year's winners and getting some inside scoop on how they came up with their winning work and some tips for you. Today we're revisiting our first-place winning entry, so read on to hear from winner Jenny Savage ...


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Our 2014 Student Design Competition is Officially Open!

Our 2014 Student Design Competition is Officially Open!

We know you've been waiting, so without further delay, our 2014 Student Design Competition is now officially open. This annual competition is an awesome opportunity for you to win money, prizes and -- perhaps best of all -- a summer internship at a top magazine! We're sharing the categories and rules below to get you started, and we'll be looking back at past winners, answering frequently asked questions and sharing some tips over the coming weeks, so stay tuned and read on...
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New Work: Meet Backdrop Magazine

New Work: Meet Backdrop Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and following up on all the awesome work we saw in our SPD-U Spotlight Show, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Ohio University's Backdrop magazine. Design Director Emilee Kraus (a senior) shares a recent issue of the mag with us...
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The Synergy Spreads!

The Synergy Spreads!

We had a great night last Tuesday night at our Creative Synergy event thanks to our wonderful host and sponsor Wix.com and of course thanks to an incredible group of panelists! Read on to find out some of the advice they shared and see photos of the event. Thank you to everyone who came out for it!… MORE
Creative Synergy Happening Tonight!

Creative Synergy Happening Tonight!

Whether you're into magazine design or any type of design, you won't want to miss tonight's speaker panel event on creativity and collaboration. We've got 6 incredible panelists ranging from design directors to photo editors to editors and stylists, all ready to share their experiences with you on how they bring out the best of themselves and their teams to create amazing, inspiring work. 

A huge thanks to our event sponsors Wix.com for hosting us in their super-cool, too-good-to-be-true free co-working space, the Wix Lounge on 23rd St here in Manhattan. Doors will open at 6:30 and the event starts at 7.

Get all the details and buy your ticket or reserve your free Student Member spot here ... online registration ends at 3pm. You CAN purchase tickets at the door but by credit card only ... no cash exchanges.

Hope to see you there!


Creative Synergy Spotlight: Photo Director Ann de Saussure Davidson

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Photo Director Ann de Saussure Davidson

Our Creative Synergy event happens TOMORROW NIGHT, the 22nd (Sign up now!). We're talking to our final panelist today about what she's working on and some ways she finds inspiration. Be sure to check out all our panelists and buy your ticket now! … MORE
Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Kevin Brainard

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Kevin Brainard

Our Creative Synergy event happens this Tuesday, the 22nd (Sign up now!), so we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration. Today we're featuring creative director Kevin Brainard ... Read on about Kevin and then buy your ticket before the event sells out... … MORE
Creative Synergy Spotlight: Producer/Editor Frances Bailey

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Producer/Editor Frances Bailey

As the date for our Creative Synergy event approaches (it's next Tuesday, the 22ndSign up now!), we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration... today we're featuring producer/editor/stylist Frances Bailey, but be sure to come back the rest of the week as we meet the remaining panelists. 

Read on about Frances and then buy your ticket before the event sells out... … MORE
Creative Synergy Spotlight: Design Director Tim Leong

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Design Director Tim Leong

As the date for our Creative Synergy event approaches (it's next Tuesday, the 22ndSign up now!), we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration... today we're featuring design director Tim Leong, but be sure to come back the rest of the week as we meet all the other panelists too. 

So read on about Tim and then buy your ticket before the event sells out... … MORE
Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Cybele Grandjean

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Cybele Grandjean

As the date for our Creative Synergy event approaches (it's next Tuesday, the 22nd. Sign up now!), we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration... today we're featuring creative director Cybele Grandjean, but be sure to come back the rest of the week as we meet all the other panelists too.

So read on about Cybele and then buy your ticket before the event sells out... … MORE
Creative Synergy Spotlight: Illustrator R. Kikuo Johnson

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Illustrator R. Kikuo Johnson

As the date for our Creative Synergy event approaches (it's next Tuesday, the 22nd. Sign up now!), we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration... today we're featuring illustrator R. Kikuo Johnson, but be sure to come back the rest of the week as we meet all the other panelists too. 

So read on about Kikuo and then buy your ticket before the event sells out...
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SPD-U Fall Speaker Event: CREATIVE SYNERGY 10/22 @ 7pm

SPD-U Fall Speaker Event: CREATIVE SYNERGY 10/22 @ 7pm

Ever wonder how magazines come up with all the awesome ideas you see in them? Whether it's typography, illustration, photographs or infographics, magazine pros are always collaborating and drawing inspiration from everything and each other in order to create such magic.

Join us for a lively conversation (sponsored by our generous hosts Wix.com) with pros from all types of magazines and design firms (including Wired, Martha Stewart Living, Fortune, O the Oprah Magazine, Rodale, and Pleasure to name a few) ... these art directors, illustrators, photo directors, editors and stylists will share the tricks and tactics they use and you'll walk away with some great ideas on how to come up with your own amazing work. 

Click through for all the details and how to register...
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Pub Crawl 2013 Wrap-Up

Pub Crawl 2013 Wrap-Up

Our 2013 Pub(lications) Crawl event happened last Friday and was a huge success! A BIG big thanks to all our tour hosts and volunteer tour guides. And also thanks to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We at least know a few of you did, based on some great comments afterward ... check out those quotes and some photos after the jump. And mark your calendars for our next speaker panel event on Tuesday, 10/22. Details to come in a few days.… MORE
Pub Crawl 2013 4th Tour Added! TOUR D: Every Day with Rachael Ray & Popular Mechanics

Pub Crawl 2013 4th Tour Added! TOUR D: Every Day with Rachael Ray & Popular Mechanics

As you may have noticed, our Pub(lications) Crawl event scheduled for Friday, 9/27, quickly sold out! So we've added a 4th set of tours to give more of you a chance to see behind-the-scenes of some top magazines. Registration is now open (free for SPD Student Members, $15 for non-members), but even with this additional tour, spaces are still very limited, so be sure you sign up asap!!! Get all the registration details here.

And read on to learn more about our wonderful new additions to Pub Crawl 2013...
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Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR C Pentagram & MORE

Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR C Pentagram & MORE

Our 2013 Pub(lications) Crawl office tour event is happening on Friday, September 27th here in NYC, and it's so freakin' awesome that quickly SOLD OUT! Due to popular demand, we've now added a 4th set of tours ... look for those details to come asap ... registration will re-open Wednesday, 9/18 at 6am EST.

In the meantime, we're going to highlight the Pub Crawl's TOUR C ....
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Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR B Nylon & The New Yorker

Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR B Nylon & The New Yorker

Our 2013 Pub(lications) Crawl office tour event is happening on Friday, September 27th here in NYC.

Today we're highlighting TOUR B ....
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Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR A Bon Appetit & Fortune

Pub Crawl 2013 Spotlight: TOUR A Bon Appetit & Fortune

Our 2013 Pub(lications) Crawl office tour event is happening on Friday, September 27th here in NYC, and it's TOTALLY worth asking your professor for a day out of class. You get to go on one of 3 tours ... each tour will visit the offices of 2 different magazines or design firms and you'll get the inside scoop on how all the magic happens.

Today we're highlighting TOUR A ....
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Pub Crawl: Become a Student Member and Get FREE Admission!

Pub Crawl: Become a Student Member and Get FREE Admission!

As you consider attending our Pub(lications) Crawl event (and you should!!), you should also consider joining SPD as a Student Member ... then your admission to Pub Crawl and ALL our student events is FREE for a year! (Speaking of other events, we've got a speaker panel event planned for Tuesday, 10/22 here in NYC, so save the date for that and look for details to come.)

"Yeah, but Student Membership is either $40 or $50!!! That's a whole lot more than the $15 Pub Crawl fee!" you say. Well, let's look at all you get with your student membership:


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Come One, Come All on SPD-U's Pub(lications) Crawl! 9/27/13

Come One, Come All on SPD-U's Pub(lications) Crawl! 9/27/13

This event was previously sold out, but we've added a 4th set of tours to accommodate more of you! However be aware space is still very limited and going fast, so be sure to register for your spot NOW! Details after the jump.

As your school year gets under way, hopefully we can soften some of that end-of-summer-sadness with an exciting event ... our SPD-U Pub(lications) Crawl! This is an annual day-long event where you'll get to tour the offices of two fantastic magazines and/or design firms for an in-depth look at the way things really work.

We have a truly amazing group of tour hosts ... Bon Appetit, Fortune, More, The New Yorker, Nylon, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Popular Mechanics and Pentagram!!! They're all getting ready to give you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, so come armed with your curiosity and questions, and prepare yourself for a very unique tour of great magazine-making. Space is very limited, so RSVP now to reserve your spot. Read on to find out how...
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Follow Us On Facebook!

Follow Us On Facebook!

Welcome back to another academic year full of tons of great stuff here at SPD-U! We've got many things in the works for you this year, including our annual Pub(lications) Crawl coming up on Friday, September 27th! It's a day full of magazine office tours, so mark your calendars and look out for details and open registration in the next few days.

And for the most up-to-date news and other great tidbits of info and links, follow us or visit us on Facebook at: facebook.com/SPDstudents
New Work: Meet Positive/Negative Magazine

New Work: Meet Positive/Negative Magazine

In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and following up on all the awesome work we saw in our SPD-U Spotlight Show, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Rochester Institute of Technology's Positive/Negative magazine. Features Editor Emily Levine (a recent graphic design graduate who's now working in NYC) shares the most recent issue of the mag with us...

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Shortcuts to Success: FREE Shortcuts Poster for Your Wall!

Shortcuts to Success: FREE Shortcuts Poster for Your Wall!

SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK

A few weeks back we hit our 50th Shortcut to Success! To celebrate, we're releasing this super-handy poster that you can tack up on your dorm room wall and share with classmates.  Learn more and download it after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Runners-Up!

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Our Runners-Up!

Now that you've seen all 8 of the top winning pieces in our SPD-U Online Gallery Show, check out the 12 runners-up after the jump. And be sure to check back in with us next week when we showcase even more of the finalists. 

Thanks again to our terrific team of judges and to all of you who entered! Now, on to the good stuff... presenting our SPD-U Spotlight Runners-Up, in alphabetical order:
The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Michele Snow

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Michele Snow

Today we're showcasing the last of our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. But be sure to check back on Friday when we reveal the runners-up. And we'll have even more work to show after that, so keep coming back!

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Michele Snow ... she her winning piece larger and get some details from Michele after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sarah Peng

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sarah Peng

This week we're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. We'll be featuring a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Sarah Peng ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Sarah after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Adam Lowe

This week we're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. We'll be featuring a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Adam Lowe ... see his winning piece larger and get some details from Adam after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Tonya Loewen

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Tonya Loewen

We're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. We'll be featuring a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Tonya Loewen ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Tonya after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Jessica Gray

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Jessica Gray

spotlight-logo.jpgToday we're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. Our team of judges had a super-tough 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 a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Jessica Gray ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Jessica after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kayla Bryer

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Kayla Bryer

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Today we're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. Our team of judges had a super-tough 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 a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Kayla Bryer ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Kayla after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sarah Azpeitia

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Sarah Azpeitia

We're happy to showcase the second of the 8 top winners today from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery ShowOur team of judges had a super-tough 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 a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Sarah Azpeitia ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Sarah after the jump.
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The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Lauren Ahn

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Lauren Ahn

Our team of judges had a super-tough job choosing the winning work in our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show ... thanks to all of you who entered and congrats on all the great work you're doing! 

We're happy to showcase the first of our 8 top winners today ... we'll be featuring a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, 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 Lauren Ahn ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Lauren after the jump.
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32 Pages + 2 People / 4 Days = 1 Awesome Magazine Workshop

32 Pages + 2 People / 4 Days = 1 Awesome Magazine Workshop

While we close up our SPD-U Spotlight judging, we're excited to share some other impressive and inspiring student work courtesy of SPD-U friend and speaker Dennis Huynh. Dennis is currently Senior Associate Art Director at Entertainment Weekly and recently led a student workshop that produced amazing results. Check out their work and his full report after the jump...… MORE
SPD-U Spotlight Update

SPD-U Spotlight Update

For those of you who entered our SPD-U Spotlight Online Juried Gallery Show, we're ALMOST done with judging. We'll be contacting the winners by next week and will post their work here on the blog soon after. Thanks for your patience!
Shortcuts to Success: Get A Perfect Fit for Graphics

Shortcuts to Success: Get A Perfect Fit for Graphics


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUTS OF THE WEEK
 
Fit Frame to Content
command + option + C

Fit Content Proportionally
command + option + shift + E

Fill Frame Proportionally
command + option + shift + C

Every graphic in InDesign has two parts: the content and the frame, and you'll often have to resize one or both when designing a layout. These shortcut triplets let you decide what you want to fit and how, and do it in seconds. Learn more after the jump.
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Shortcuts to Success: One Step Scaling

Shortcuts to Success: One Step Scaling


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Proportionately Scale both Container and Content 
command + shift + drag bounding box handle

Every graphic placed in InDesign has two parts: a graphic frame, which is the container, and the placed image file, which is the content. Making them bigger and smaller is a big part of doing a layout, but working with each part individually takes more time than it needs to. To proportionately scale the content and container together, while holding down the command and shift keys, click hold and drag a handle of the bounding box with the Selection Tool (black arrow).

HOT TIP: This works with text and text frames, too.


Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
Shortcuts to Success: Flipping for Ruler Guides

Shortcuts to Success: Flipping for Ruler Guides


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Change Orientation of a New Ruler Guide
option + drag guide

You probably know that you can make a new guide by clicking holding and dragging on one of the rulers, but did you know that as you do it, you can quickly convert a horizontal guide to a vertical one, and vice versa? To switch the orientation of a new ruler guide as you create it, hold down the option key while dragging it out. 

HOT TIP: Check out our shortcut from January 2013 to see how to quickly show and hide your rulers.


Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
Call for Submissions: Student Publications

Call for Submissions: Student Publications

Our SPD-U Spotlight is now officially closed to entries, but if you have work from your campus magazine, newspaper, yearbook or other official student publication, we'd love to consider featuring it in our "New Work: Student Publications" blog series (like we did with last year's  Inside magazine from Indiana University and SMH Magazine from NYC College of Technology). 

Much like the "New Work" series over on the main SPD homepage which features the most recent work from professionals, this student version of the series highlights what your campus publications have been up to.

If you think your publication is worthy of recognition, then send us samples and tell us the backstory (check out our previous entries for examples on what to write). Magazines, yearbooks, newspapers, zines, literary journals, newsletters ... if it's an official student publication, we want to see it and hear about it! There's no deadline as this is an ongoing series, but the work does need to have been published within the past few months.

Please reduce your layout images to no larger than 1200 pixels wide, and don't forget to include all relevant credits and a little background about the publication. Send submissions or questions to spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

(Even if you entered the work in our SPD-U Spotlight, you can still submit it to this blog series.)
(Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee that your publication will be featured.)
SPD-U Spotlight: Deadline Extended till Wednesday!

SPD-U Spotlight: Deadline Extended till Wednesday!

As you know with our Student Design Competition, we NEVER extend our deadline. But between all the graduations and internship-finding and summer plans, it sure seems like summer's flying by without enough time to do anything! So we're giving you a bit MORE TIME to enter our SPD-U Spotlight ... 

The Extended Deadline is now WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 AT NOON (EST).

So if you're having trouble tracking down your professor or getting your files together, you get a little more time. Download the Call for Entries here and see all the frequently-asked-questions here.

Questions? Email us at SPDUspotlight@gmail.com.
SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What qualifies as

SPD-U Spotlight Q&A: What qualifies as "editorial design"?

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I want to enter an annual report I designed in your SPD-U Spotlight ... would that be considered "editorial design" or is it only for magazine design?



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Yes, annual reports are definitely editorial design and therefore are totally eligible for our Spotlight show. So are newspapers, newsletters, book projects, zines, catalogs, brochures, and of course magazines as well ... anything that has editorial content is totally eligible and we want to see it! 

Remember, the deadline is THIS MONDAY, by 5pm EST. You can enter up to 3 pieces that you created as a student anytime since January 2012, and it's totally FREE to enter. So send us your work now!!


Good luck!!

Shortcuts to Success: Dollars and Cents

Shortcuts to Success: Dollars and Cents

Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
The Cents Sign
option + 4

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Many of us write prices that include cents as $0.25 for the simple reason that we don't know how to access the cents sign. In fact, each font has a version of it that was created specifically by the type designer. Type option + 4 to insert the cents sign.

HOT TIP: This is a Mac OS shortcut, so it will work in any application. 

DID YOU KNOW? The c in the sign stands for cents, and the line through it is to distinguish the currency symbol from the letter c in the regular alphabet.


Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
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...


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Shortcuts to Success: Learn to Kern and Track

Shortcuts to Success: Learn to Kern and Track


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Adjust Kerning or Tracking
option left or right arrow

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The keys you need are the left and right arrows, not the greater than or less than arrows, which are above the comma and period.

Kerning is adjusting the space between a pair of typographic characters, and doing it right is a sure sign that you're a pro. Tracking is the same, but that term applies to the process when more than one pair is involved. 

KERNING: To tighten the space between two characters, click between them with the Type Tool to insert your cursor, hold down option and type the left arrow. To open the space, hold down option and type the right arrow.

TRACKING: To tighten the spaces between more than two characters, click hold and drag to select and highlight them with the Type Tool, hold down option and type the left arrow. To open the spaces, hold down option and type the right arrow.

Learn more, and watch a 1 minute video about kerning after the jump.
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Shortcuts to Success: Zip through Panels

Shortcuts to Success: Zip through Panels


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Move to Next Field in a Panel
tab

Move to Previous Field in a Panel
shift + tab

This week's shortcut is a twofer. Let's say you're entering info in a field of a panel, and you want to move to the next field. Type the Tab key to jump to the next field of the panel you're working in. Need to go back? No problem. Hold down Shift and type Tab to jump to the previous field of the panel. Remember, though, that Tab is also a text character, so make sure you've moved your cursor out of live text, and into the panel you want to work with, or you'll end up with a typo.

HOT TIP: This works across Adobe applications, and beyond. Use it in Microsoft Office, in a web browser, and pretty much anywhere.



Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition Runners-Up!

Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition Runners-Up!

We're continuing our announcement of 2013 Student Design Competition with this year's Runners-Up. We had an awesome group of finalists, making those top placement positions an extra-hard decision. Congrats to these talented students for their great work ... check it out after the jump.

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Shortcuts to Success: Number Pages Automatically

Shortcuts to Success: Number Pages Automatically


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Current Page Number
command + option + shift + N

Manually adding page numbers to a document in sequence, a process know as paginating, can be tedious, especially when the order of the pages changes. Save yourself lots of time and effort and let InDesign do the work for you. Click in a text frame with the Type Tool, and type command + option + shift + N to insert the Current Page Number Marker. 

HOT TIP: Do this on the file's Master Page(s), and any existing or new Document Page based on those Master(s) will automatically paginate, even if moved to a different position.


Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 6th Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 6th Place Winner!

We're continuing our announcement of our 2013 Student Design Competition winners today with our Third Honorable Mention, James E. Mocko. Read on to see the rest of his 6th-place winning entry and for links to our other winners...MORE
Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 5th Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 5th Place Winner!

We're continuing our announcement of our 2013 Student Design Competition winners today with our Second Honorable Mention, Veronica Cordero. Read on to see the rest of her 5th-place winning entry and for links to our other winners...

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Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 4th Place Winner!

Congrats to Our 2013 Student Design Competition 4th Place Winner!

A few weeks back we announced the first-, second- and third-place winners in our 2013 Student Design Competition, and now we're excited to continue the showcase of great work with our First Honorable Mention courtesy of Zipeng Zhu. Read on to see the rest of his 4th-place winning entry...… MORE
Shortcuts to Success: Indent Text, Fast!

Shortcuts to Success: Indent Text, Fast!


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Indent to Here
command + \

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The easiest and fastest way to add a left indent to a paragraph is to use the Indent to Here CharacterTo insert the Indent to Here Character, type command + \ (backslash). See it in action after the jump. 
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Shortcuts to Success: A Hyphen that Knows Where it Belongs

Shortcuts to Success: A Hyphen that Knows Where it Belongs


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Discretionary Hyphen
command + shift + hyphen

A hyphen can be one of the most dangerous characters to use, because it can lead to a typo if your text reflows. InDesign has a special character called a discretionary hyphen, which appears when it's needed, and goes away when it isn't. To insert a discretionary hyphen, type command + shift + hyphen. See it in action after the jump. 


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Will You Be In the SPD-U Spotlight? Enter Your Designs by June 3

Will You Be In the SPD-U Spotlight? Enter Your Designs by June 3

The competition is now closed. 

THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED!!!
New Deadline: Wednesday, June 5th, at Noon (eastern standard time)

Now that the 2012-2013 academic year is winding down for most of you and you've just finished a bunch of big projects, we want to see what you've been up to! Enter your editorial design work from the past year in our 2013 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery

Forget rules, forget formulas--just show us the best stuff you have. If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we will showcase it in an exclusive online gallery here on the SPD website. It's a great way to get your work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent like yourself. All the rules and details after the jump...
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Shortcuts to Success: Find Type in a Flash with the Glyphs Panel

Shortcuts to Success: Find Type in a Flash with the Glyphs Panel


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Access the Glyphs Panel
option + shift + F11


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If you don't know about the Glyphs Panel, your life is about to be changed, forever! But, first, what is a glyph? Well, in typography, it simply means any mark. A character can have more than one glyph. Let's say a font has two versions of the letter F. The F is the character, and each version is a glyph. The Glyphs Panel is a great tool, because it lets you see and select every glyph for any font loaded in your system. See how it's done, after the jump.

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Portfolio Review Wrap-Up

Portfolio Review Wrap-Up

Wednesday night we were lucky to be hosted by the fine folks at Wix.com for our annual Portfolio Review event. Thanks to our 6 terrific reviewers, attendees got in-depth reviews as well as a few quick ones which gave them a variety of opinions and advice to help perfect their portfolios. We also got a sneak peek at the awesome super-easy-to-use tools Wix.com has to offer for building your own online portfolio. Check out photos and some take-away tips after the jump...… MORE

Shortcuts to Success: Foreign Accents

Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Acute and Grave Accents
option + e + character; option + `  + character

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Every so often, you'll need to use a word that requires an acute or grave accent. This is frequently the case if you're working in a language other than English, like our friends and Pub Crawl hosts at People en Español. Here's how to do it:

ACUTE ACCENT: type option + e, release the keys, then type the character.

GRAVE ACCENT: type option + ` (found to the left of the number 1, on the keyboard), release the keys, then type the character.



Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
Portfolio Reviews THIS WEDNESDAY!

Portfolio Reviews THIS WEDNESDAY!

Don't forget, we're doing Portfolio Reviews this coming Wednesday in the Union Square area. Be sure to reserve your spot now! SPD Student Members get FREE entry, but you gotta reserve your spot

This is a great chance to get your work in front of multiple reviewers from a variety of publications and companies, so you can get loads of advice and see where their opinions agree and disagree to better shape your book. Doesn't matter if you're portfolio is practically done or whether you just have a pile of printouts .... bring us whatever you've got, we'll give you our opinion and advice.

And to help you build your online portfolio (which you all should have!), we'll have experts from Wix.com (our lovely hosts!) on hand to show you what their web-building tools can do and how to create an expert online portfolio using them.

Hope to see you Wednesday!


Thanks to Wix.com for hosting the event at their Wix Lounge ... it's a free coworking space by day (meaning you can go in and use their wifi and desk space for FREE!), and an event space at night. Check out their Event Calendar for even more great events.
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Shortcuts to Success: Toggle between Fill and Stroke

Shortcuts to Success: Toggle between Fill and Stroke

Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Activate Fill or Stroke to Apply a Swatch
X

You probably know that using swatches to manage color is a big time-saver, because you can define them, apply them, and once you edit them, the change will be applied throughout your document. Save even more time with this shortcut that lets you choose how you want to apply your swatch to a selected object. Type X to toggle between the fill and stroke, activating one and deactivating the other. Just make sure, as usual, that you're not in live text, or you'll end up with an unwanted X.

HOT TIP: Check out our shortcut from September to learn how to swap the fill and stroke.


Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
All-About-Tablet-Design Event TONIGHT!

All-About-Tablet-Design Event TONIGHT!

If you haven't already bought your ticket (SPD Student Members: you get in free, but you gotta reserve your spot!) for tonight's "Magazines & Tablets: What's Working and What's Not" panel discussion event, advance sales are now closed but you can buy one at the door tonight. 

And as further enticement, we'll be raffling off TWO tablet design courses from panelist Joseph Caserto! One is "Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications" worth $129 and the other is "Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Beginners" worth $69. Both are awesome resources for students and professionals, whether you've already got some tablet experience or not. We'll also be offering all attendees a huge discount on both courses. 

Between the raffle, the discounts and the sure-to-be-enlightening-and-awesome discussion itself, you'll walk out a winner for sure. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Be sure you join us for two upcoming student events, and remember SPD Student Members get free entry (but you still have to reserve your spot)!
Wednesday, April 3: MAGAZINES & TABLETS-WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOT. A Q&A discussion with students and pros. 
Wednesday, April 10: STUDENT PORTFOLIO REVIEWS! No matter what shape your portfolio is in, bring it to us and we'll advise you on how to make it better.
Shortcuts to Success: Help, Quick!

Shortcuts to Success: Help, Quick!


Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
 
SPD-U SHORTCUT OF THE WEEK
 
Access the Help Menu
command + shift + ?

The Help Menu is an often overlooked resource for getting yourself unstuck when you're not quite sure how to do what you want to do. Type command + shift + ? to access the Help Menu, and type what you're looking for into the search field, or choose a menu item. See an example after the jump.