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The SPD-U Student Design Competition is Now Open!

The SPD-U Student Design Competition is Now Open!

Enter by Monday, March 20, 2017!!


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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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#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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#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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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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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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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...

STAY IN TOUCH WITH SPD-U:   Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Tumblr

"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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#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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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Last-Minute Competition Tips: Entries Due Monday!

Last-Minute Competition Tips: Entries Due Monday!


In case you haven't noticed, we've got a Student Design Competition going on right now. And the deadline is Monday. THIS MONDAY! March 4, 2013. You've got until 5pm that day to get your entries in our hands. To help you out, we've got a few last-minute tips...

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New SPD-Sponsored Competition: The Best of Collegiate Design

New SPD-Sponsored Competition: The Best of Collegiate Design

As we get ready to post the rest of our winning entries in our 2012 Student Design Competition (you've seen our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place already, right?), we're announcing the details of another one:  In our continuing effort to recognize all the awesome design work being done out there, SPD is now an official co-sponsor of the Best of Collegiate Design contest, working with the College Media Association to recognize the best work produced by student media designers.

Did you work on your college's newspaper, magazine, yearbook or online publication over the past year? Then enter your work! (That's some of last year's winning entries above.) A panel of judges made up of some of the best publication design professionals out there will check out your work and pick the best of the best for inclusion in the CMA's annual Best of Collegiate Design publication. And we'll feature the winners here on our blog as well. 

The deadline is May 15, so get your entries in now! Get all the details here and watch our site and the CMA's competition Facebook page here for updates and judge profiles.
Speaking of Competitions...

Speaking of Competitions...

While we're in the midst of announcing the winners of our 2012 Student Design Competition (see Chris Allen's first-place win here and come back tomorrow for our second-place winner), how about entering another competition? The Best of Collegiate Design competition (in it's 20th year!) is now officially open, so for all of you who produce any kind of print or digital publication on your college campus, this is your chance to have your design in the spotlight. Get all the details here.

Student Competitions: Get Inspired!

As the deadlines for our Student Design and Photo Competitions quickly approach, maybe you're trying to figure out just want you're going to do for your entries. How about looking at what previous winners have done? Or turning to the pros for some winning inspiration. Keep reading for some handy links to great ideas ... but just remember, don't copy!! Just get inspired to create your own awesome ideas. Read on for the links.
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You Know You Can Win an Internship, Right?

You Know You Can Win an Internship, Right?

Now that you've got all the details on our Student Design Competition, we're hoping you're inspired. But if you need a little more motivation at this point (after all, entries aren't due until early March), how about the prizes you could win?

There's certainly the money and the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription that are both very motivating. But perhaps the most valuable part of the prize might be the internships. Want proof of just how incredible an experience that can be? Well, how about we get one of our recent winners to give you a little recap.

Above is a sneak peek at some of the work Honorable Mention-winner Nicole Zigmont did at her internship at Complex magazine. Read on to learn more... … MORE
Up Close with Our 2010 Honorable Mention

Up Close with Our 2010 Honorable Mention

We're taking a look back at this past year's Student Design Competition winners to see if their work and insight can give you a little inspiration to start your own entries for this year's competition.

Nicole Zigmont, now a recent grad from the Rochester Institute of Technology, merited an Honorable Mention prize with her entry, winning her an internship at Complex magazine this summer. Once again, self-created illustrations caught our judges' attention, along with her fun sense of typography. Read on to see more of her entry and to hear how she did it. And then get your brain going to create your entry! … MORE
Up Close with Our 2010 Third-Place Winner

Up Close with Our 2010 Third-Place Winner

In order to celebrate the opening of our 2011 Student Design Competition, we're looking back at this past year's winners.

Derek Eng, now in his senior year at Ontario College of Art and Design, was our third-place winner. A smart headline treatment and visually-exciting second spread helped him win a $500 prize, the Adobe Creative Suite and an internship at W magazine. Read on for more info and to see his second-spread.
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Up Close with Our 2010 Second-Place Winner

Up Close with Our 2010 Second-Place Winner

We're taking a closer look at this past year's Student Design Competition winners in order to give you a little motivation for this year's competition.

Now a recent grad from Ball State University, Kyle Lewis was our second-place winner in last year's competition. Like with our first-place winner, his smart self-created illustrations, a great sidebar and a well-designed second spread helped him win a $1,000 prize and the Adobe Creative Suite. (He also won an internship at an NYC magazine, but wisely turned it down for a real PAYING job.) Click through for his 2nd spread and more details.
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Up Close with Our 2010 First-Place Winner

Up Close with Our 2010 First-Place Winner

To kick off this year's Student Design Competition (get all the rules here), we're going to take a closer look at this past year's winners to give you a little inspiration.

Elliot Stokes, now a recent grad from the University of Georgia, was our first-place winner in the 2010 competition. Thanks to his self-drawn illustrations, terrific sidebars and tons of great visual entry points within a balanced layout, he wowed our judges, earning himself the $2,500 Adobe Scholarship in honor of B.W. Honeycutt, the Adobe Creative Suite and an internship at Inc. magazine. Click through for the 2nd spread of his entry and for some insight into how he came up with his winning entry. We'll be posting the same for our other winners within the next few weeks, so keep coming back! … MORE
2011 Student Design Competition: The Rules

2011 Student Design Competition: The Rules

It's official: our 2011 Student Design Competition is now open. Entries are due Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 5pm. Yeah, we know that's a long way off at this point, but trust us, it'll be here before you know it. And you wouldn't want to miss out on this chance to win cash, prizes and an internship, right???

Read on for this year's instructions and categories, and find out more juicy details here. We'll also have a PDF with the same rules that follow available for download in the next few weeks.   … MORE

2010 Student Competition Winners Announced

Okay, finally, the wait is over! Read on for a list of the top 4 winners of our 2010 Student Design Competition. We'll be posting their full entries and info over the next week or two so keep checking back to see all their winning work.

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Competition Entries Due on Monday!

Our March 8th deadline is fast approaching as our countdown clock shows, but don't worry, you still have enough time to crank something out. You can find the rules, the entry form, info about the prizes (you know you can win $2500 plus an internship, right?) and all kinds of other great info here. You'll also find frequently-asked-questions, tips and advice, and you can see previous winning entries too. So don't let the time escape you. Enter now!


Competition Tips: Wrap-Up

So now you've got all the right elements on your spreads and you know what you need to do with them (thanks to our week of tips and advice) ... now you just need some divine inspiration, right? Well, check out some of the links and suggestions below. … MORE

Competition Tips: Part 5


Unless you've been under a rock lately, you likely know our Student Design Competition deadline is fast approaching. Here's some more tips to keep in mind as you perfect your entries!
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Competition Tips: Part 4


Have we mentioned that the deadline for our Student Design Competition is coming soon? Find out all about it and download the entry form here, and read on for some last-minute tips...

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Competition Tips: Part 3


You've read our previous Student Design Competition Tips posts (here and here), right? And you're aware that the Student Design Competition deadline is coming soon (early March!!)? Well, read on for more advice...

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Competition Tips: Part 2


So you've started your Student Design Competition entries by now, right? Well, whether you're done or haven't even begun, we've got more great tips for you today. Get all the nitty-gritty details and download the entry form here. But now, onto Competition Tips, Part Deux...… MORE

Competition Tips: Part 1


Whether you're just about done with your Student Design Competition entries, or you've barely even started, we've got some secret tips and advice. Be sure to check the blog and Facebook page for more info as the early March deadline approaches! Now, onto the first set of tips...

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Competition Countdown

In case you haven't noticed, it's almost the end of February. And in case you haven't noticed, our Student Design Competition deadline is Monday, March 8. That's, like, only about 2 weeks away. Yeah. Time flies. 

So what's an ambitious yet procrastinating student to do? Well, aside from sacrificing some sleep, you can keep checking this little bloggie here all week long to get some last-minute tips and advice. In the meantime, make sure you've downloaded the entry form and read through all the details and Frequently-Asked Questions here. And if you have any other questions, be sure to email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com. Oh, and don't forget you can pay any entry fees online ... do that here.

Student Competition Q&A: Who's Eligible?

Q.jpgRegarding the 2010 Student Competition, can graduate students submit work? I am in an MFA program and just wanted to make sure. And while we're on the topic, what about high school students?


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Student Competition Q&A: The Internships

Q.jpgIt says one of the prizes in the Student Design Competition is an internship. When and where does that take place exactly? And is there housing included?


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Student Competition Q&A: December Grads

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I was wondering what the rules are for December graduates.
 
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Just in Time for the Holidays: Student Competition Entry Forms

Just in Time for the Holidays: Student Competition Entry Forms

All that time off for your winter break sure must get boring, so SPD to the rescue! Think of it as our holiday gift to you: official rules and entry forms for our Student Design Competition are now available here. After all, the March deadline will be here before you know it.

Happy Designing!

Announcing Our Student Competition Judges

There are many reasons to enter our Student Design Competition, and one of them is the chance to get your work in front of an acclaimed group of art directors and designers who serve as our judges. So even if you don't officially win, you've still won that exposure and the chance to impress which can be hard to get otherwise!

Just who are these judges, you ask? Find out after the jump.
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Pay for Your Student Competition Entries Here!

If you need entry forms and instructions, download them here.
Have a question about the competition? Send us an e-mail to tips@spd.org.

You can pay for your entries right here on the site, and not worry about sending personal payment with your delivery:

• Current Student Members -- you get 3 FREE entries, so just choose the Student Member option & worry only about getting your entries done on time! Print out your $0 receipt and include it with your entries and entry form.

• New Student Member or need to Renew? Choose the $25 option and you still save $5 on your 3 FREE entries, and still get the upcoming PUB 45 Annual, free admission to SPD Student Events, discounts and special offers from Adobe, and our members' News & Notes newsletter. Print out your $25 receipt and include it with your entries and entry form.

• Interested in beefing up your library? Choose the $35 option for New Student Member + and get all the member goodies listed above PLUS a copy of SPD PUB 44, the Annual from 2009. That's a $60 book for only $10 more! Print out your $35 receipt and include it with your entries and entry form.

• Need to pay for just entries? Each entry is only $10, and you can submit as many as you think are great. Print out your payment receipt and include it with your entries and entry form.

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Student Design Competition Categories Announced!

So it's Thanksgiving on Thursday, meaning 2 whole days or more without classes. What to do with all that free time? Why not get started on your SPD Student Design Competition entries! The official rules and entry form will be available for download in the next week or two, but for now, all the info you need to get started is below.
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Up Close with our First Honorable Mention

Up Close with our First Honorable Mention

Eric Chang is a sophomore at the City College of New York. His entry was named First Honorable Mention in this year's Student Design Competition, earning him an internship at Esquire magazine!

Click "more" below for his complete entry and his thoughts on how he came up with his winning idea.

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Up Close with our Second Honorable Mention

Up Close with our Second Honorable Mention

Katie Kindinger is a sophomore at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her entry was named Second Honorable Mention in this year's Student Design Competition, earning her an internship at Glamour magazine!

Click "more" below for her complete entry and her thoughts on how she came up with her winning idea.
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Up Close with our Third Honorable Mention

Up Close with our Third Honorable Mention

That 3-D look isn't just for effect ... it actually works with a pair of 3-D glasses: just one of the many reasons that Anthony Cruz, a junior at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, is the winner of our Third Honorable Mention. (You may recognize his name, as he was the Second-Place winner in last year's competition.)

Click "more" below to see his complete entry and to read his thoughts and tips on how he came up with his winning ideas. … MORE
More Winners from Our Student Design Competition

More Winners from Our Student Design Competition

To keep the spirit of winning going here on SPD.org (check out the winners of our professional competition here, and don't forget our Student Photo Competition winners and top 3 Student Design Competition winners), we've got 3 more to add: our Student Design Competition Honorable Mentions! Check out their work after the jump.

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Up Close with Our Second/Third-Place Winner

Up Close with Our Second/Third-Place Winner

Raul Aguila, a senior at the School of Visual Arts, is our second-place AND third-place winner in this year's Student Design Competition. Click "more" below for his complete entries and his thoughts on how he came up with his winning ideas.
See more about our first-place winner here.
We'll be posting more of our top entries in the next few weeks, so keep an eye on us!
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Up Close With Our First-Place Winner

Up Close With Our First-Place Winner

Melanie Teppich, a junior at the School of Visual Arts, is our first-place winner in this year's Student Design Competition. Wanna see her complete entry and hear more about how she came up with her top-notch design? Then click through. We'll be posting the same for our second and third-place winner in the next few days, and more after that, so keep coming back!
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Announcing the Student Design Competition Winners!

Without further ado... our winning entries, after the jump.
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Today. 5pm.

Yes, even with the snowstorm here in NYC, your Student Design Competition entry(ies) should be in our office today by 5pm. At this point obviously the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx and UPS and all those lovely services will not be of help. But you can use your own 2 snowbooted-feet (or a messenger service) to deliver them directly to us. We are located at 27 Union Square West, Suite 207, right beside the Coffee Shop restaurant.

Not in the area and just learning about our competition? At this point you'll have to wait for next year, but don't forget our upcoming Student PHOTO Competition ... all the details for that are here.

It's the Final Countdown!

For those of you who have somehow missed it:

The Student Design Competition
Deadline is MONDAY.


As in, THIS COMING MONDAY. As in 3 measly days from now. As in March 2, 5pm. If your stuff isn't in our office by 5 pm this coming Monday, March 2 (did we mention the deadline is Monday?), then your entry will not be part of this year's competition. No excuses, no extensions. Welcome to the real world of deadlines!

Have other questions? Most of them can be probably answered here. And if not, email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

Need inspiration? Check out the recent winners in the link above. Or check out last year's winners of our professional competition here. Or check out the Design Archives on the AIGA site, specifically the Editorial Design category.

Good luck!

And P.S. We have a great event coming up on March 16 from 12:30 to 5pm here in NYC, so mark your calendars and check back next week for all the details!

Only 7 days left!

Our Student Competition deadline is NEXT MONDAY, March 2. All entries must be at our SPD office by 5pm, so whether you mail it, FedEx it or bring it yourself, make sure it arrives on time as all late entries will be disqualified. Click here for all the competition details.

All the Info You Need (And Then Some)

In case you haven't noticed, there's only about 5 weeks left until our Student Competition deadline of March 2. In case you're in need of some info and inspiration, here's a bunch of links to help you out (and a list of our judges):
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Student Competition FAQ

Okay, so the holidays are almost over and other than celebrating (and recouping from) New Year's Eve, you've got some extra time on your hands before the spring semester starts. Why not get 2009 off to a productive start and work on your SPD Student Design Competition entry!

In case you haven't heard, winners get internships at top magazines in NYC, cash prizes and the Adobe Creative Suite software, not to mention inclusion in the SPD 44 Annual with all the professional winners (click here for more on this past year's Annual).

So, to get you motivated, here's a list of some Frequently Asked Questions about the competition. If you've got others, post them here or email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com. And don't forget, the deadline is Monday, March 2. Click on for answers to your questions...

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Competition Entry Forms

Competition Entry Forms

The official Rules and Entry Form for our 2009 Student Design Competition are "hot" off the presses (check out the full picture and you'll see what we mean) and here in downloadable PDF form. If you have any questions, send 'em to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

Don't Forget...

The deadline for our Student Design Competition is still months away (March 2, 2009), but time flies, so it can't hurt to get started on your entries now! Click here for this year's rules. And email us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com if you have any questions ... we'll be posting soon with a list of frequently-asked-questions and tips, so let us know what you'd like more clarification on.

And of course, if you're in the NYC area, don't forget our Making Magazines speaker event on Thursday, Oct. 30th. We have an awesome group of panelists who will be speaking, you don't want to miss it!

2009 Student Competition Update

The posters and entry forms are still in progress, but it's never too early to start working on your entries ... there's major money, prizes and an internship at stake here! So to get you going, here's some information and inspiration ...

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Congrats to Our Winners!

Inspired by their work? Or think you can do better? Then prove it ... enter next year's student competition and show us what you've got. We're finalizing the rules and deadline info now, but it'll pretty much be the same in regards to categories, and the deadline will be early March. So make use of that summer vacation and put your thinking cap on now. And don't forget, you can enter as many entries as you can do. Here's last year's rules to get you started. We'll upload the new competition brochure in the next month or so.
2008's First Place Winner and Winner of the Adobe Scholarship

2008's First Place Winner and Winner of the Adobe Scholarship

CATEGORY Travel
DESIGNER Paul Johnson
SCHOOL Montana State University
YEAR Senior
MAJOR Graphic Design
INSTRUCTOR Jeffrey Conger
INTERNSHIP WON National Geographic Adventure

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
From a design point of view, it was tough creating a comical "thrown together" travelog feel that still had enough structure to easily flow for a reader. ... … MORE
2008's Second Place Winner

2008's Second Place Winner

CATEGORY Entertainment
DESIGNER Anthony Cruz
SCHOOL American Academy of Art
YEAR Sophomore
MAJOR Graphic Design
INSTRUCTOR Carol Luc
INTERNSHIP WON New York

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
My biggest challenge was narrowing my ideas into one composition. ...
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2008's Third Place Winner

2008's Third Place Winner

CATEGORY Entertainment
DESIGNER Lauren Turnier
SCHOOL Fashion Institute of Technology
YEAR Senior
MAJOR Advertising Design
INSTRUCTOR Ronald Bacsa
INTERNSHIP WON Real Simple

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
I had no idea where to begin! I do not have any experience in editorial design nor have I ever had an assignment like this before. ...
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2008's First Honorable Mention

2008's First Honorable Mention

CATEGORY Entertainment
DESIGNER Jason Sfetko
SCHOOL Rochester Institute of Technology
YEAR Senior
MAJOR Graphic Design
INSTRUCTOR Chris Lyons
INTERNSHIP WON Martha Stewart Living

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
Being my biggest critic. ...
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2008's Second Honorable Mention

2008's Second Honorable Mention

DESIGNER Krzysztof Piatkowski
SCHOOL School of Visual Art
YEAR Junior
MAJOR Graphic Design
INSTRUCTOR Mitch Shostak
INTERNSHIP WON W

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
The biggest challenge was to convey speed, motion, the overall extreme rush of snowboarding using type composition against sort of a static image of Shaun White. ...
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2008's Third Honorable Mention

2008's Third Honorable Mention

CATEGORY Travel
DESIGNER Soo Yun Yun
SCHOOL School of Visual Art
YEAR Junior
MAJOR Graphic Design
INSTRUCTOR Mitch Shostak
INTERNSHIP WON Cosmogirl!

What was the biggest challenge in creating your entry?
It was important to create beautiful spreads for the competition. A magazine is the tool for communication with readers. ...
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Drumroll please...

The annual SPD Student Competition recognizes exceptional design by students and honors them with various awards and cash prizes (as described after the jump). Entries are created for the competition in one of 5 supplied categories and are judged by some of the most distinguished names in publication design (see this year's jury after the jump). The winners of the 2008 competition are as follows:

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