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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 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 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 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!!!

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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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!

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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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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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!
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. 

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. 

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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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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
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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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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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!
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!!

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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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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