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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You CAN fill out this survey anonymously, but to be eligible for the prize, you must complete the required parts of the survey and submit your name, school info and email address. To be eligible you must be either a current student or have graduated in the past two years. The survey will remain open until the raffle occurs on Monday, January 5, 2015 -- deadline extended until midnight, Monday, January 19, 2015. The winner will be announced here on the blog by Monday, January 12, 2015 Monday, January 26, 2015. Questions? Email us at

SPD-U Upcoming Events & News

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates!
Get All the Latest SPD-U News!

Get All the Latest SPD-U News!

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

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

You can follow us on Twitter at: @spdstudents

And on Facebook here. Even if you already have "liked" us on Facebook, come back and visit us and make sure you're "following" us. Facebook has changed the way it shows you group pages like ours, so even if you previously followed/liked us, our posts may not be showing on your feed. Some people seem them in their notifications instead. Just to be safe, visit our page directly and follow our Twitter!
Follow Us On Facebook!

Follow Us On Facebook!

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

And for the most up-to-date news and other great tidbits of info and links, follow us or visit us on Facebook at:

Pardon the Interruption...

Our Ask the Pros series is taking a little vacay before resuming full-force in September ... look for more awesome questions and advice from even more awesome pros, and even an "Ask the Pros: LIVE!" event here in NYC where you can get all your questions answered face-to-face. More details on that in the coming weeks. 

You should also mark your calendars for this year's fabulous Pub(lications) Crawl event ... that's where you get insider access to some of the media's top offices. Happening Friday, September 28, 2012.

Lots of other good stuff on the way too, but for now, keep checking back for more Shortcuts to Success, and don't forget to check out our Job Board. Tons of awesome internship and entry level positions up there right now (Vogue! Complex! Rachel Ray! Elle Decor!). 

Good luck as you finish up your summer jobs and internships!
You Like Us, Right?

You Like Us, Right?

While we're getting pumped to judge our new Best of Collegiate Design competition (thanks to all who entered!), and our pros are answering all your job-hunting questions (Ask the Pros will be back on Monday!), how about visiting us over on Facebook?
Best of Collegiate Design Entries Due Tuesday! And Other Stuff...

Best of Collegiate Design Entries Due Tuesday! And Other Stuff...

While school's officially over (or almost!) for the 2011-12 academic year, you're probably not too anxious to do more work. Well for our new competition, the Best of Collegiate Design, you don't have to! It's all about what you've already done ... Worked on your college newspaper, magazine, yearbook or online publication? Then enter your stuff now! We've got an awesome panel of judges lined up, ready to see what you've got! Entries are due this Tuesday, the 15th, so enter now!!

Speaking of competitions, we're excited to meet our top winners in our 2012 Student Design Competition tonight at the annual SPD Awards Gala ... we'll be officially awarding these talented students on stage with all the other award-winning professionals, just one of the cool parts of their winning prize.

As you prepare for your summer internship, check out this article from TIME magazine about getting the most out of it. 

Speaking of TIME, we trust you've heard the controversy over this week's cover?

And speaking of internships (or a job!) ... if you haven't found one yet, don't forget to check out our Job Board and Ed2010's WhisperJobs and internship listings.

And lastly for this week, don't forget to keep up with us on Facebook! Have a great weekend and congrats to all you graduating seniors! And competition winners, we'll see you tonight!
Lots of Deadlines Coming Soon!

Lots of Deadlines Coming Soon!

We've got a flurry of activity happening here at SPD-U Headquarters, so a few reminders and notes for you:

Space is filling up fast for our Portfolio Review event happening Thursday, Feb 23. It's for student members only, but if you're not a member, it's simple to join now and attend for free! If you are currently a member, don't forget to RSVP now to hold your space. Only those who register by 5pm, Feb. 21 will be able to come. Details here.

Our Student Design Competition Deadline is coming up very soon: Monday, March 5 by 5pm. Get all the details here.

Our Student Photo Competition Deadline is also coming soon: Monday, April 9. Details for that here.

And to get even more fun info and details about all our events, check out our new and improved SPD-U Facebook page!

Save the Date:

Next Pub Crawl is 9/30

We're still in summer-mode (can you tell by our not-so-active posting lately?), but things here at SPD-Student Headquarters are starting to kick into high gear. We'll be posting the first of THREE galleries of top designs from our Show and Tell Juried Show tomorrow, but for today? Mark your calendars for an all-time favorite event...

This year's one and only Pub(lications) Crawl will be happening Friday, September 30 here in NYC. It typically starts at 9:30am and goes through about 4pm. We'll be posting all the details and the participating magazines by the end of the month, but in the meantime, save the date.

And if you're within a train, bus or car ride's distance of us, we highly suggest you consider making the trip ... it's a truly rare opportunity to get a first-hand look at the art and design departments at some top-notch magazines.

Need some convincing? Check out a past attendee's feelings on the event after the jump:
This Is Who We Are:Sarah Garcea

This Is Who We Are:

Sarah Garcea

Another long-time member of our Student Committee, Sarah Garcea has been instrumental in creating many of our events and activities. From coordinating the early days of our Pub Crawls and Portfolio Reviews, to more recently speaking on our panels, she's been an integral part of our efforts. Learn more about her after the jump, and say hello at our next event... … MORE
This Is Who We Are:Nancy Campbell

This Is Who We Are:

Nancy Campbell

If you've attended our events in the past few years, you've most likely been the benefactor of Nancy Campbell's expertise. An organizer of speaker events like the previous spring's Fashion Talk, a frequent tour guide on our Pub Crawls and even a tour host at times, Nancy is instrumental in many of our events, competitions and offerings. Read on for more and to hear her great advice...

This Is Who We Are:Liana Zamora

This Is Who We Are:

Liana Zamora

Today's featured Student Outreach Committee member is one of our original crew. Having helped create and run our first few years of Portfolio Review and Pub Crawl events, Liana Zamora has been an essential supply of help to the committee AND to you! She's also been a Student Competition judge, and a behind-the-scenes supporter of all our events. We don't even want to think where we would be without her, so read on and learn more about her after the jump. … MORE

What Do YOU Want to Know?

Do you keep hearing your professors or coworkers use a term and you're not quite sure what it means? Or is there something you've seen done elsewhere and want to know how to do it? Maybe you want some advice on what degree to get, or how to prepare for the job search? 

If you want to know it, then we want to answer it! Send us your questions and we'll answer them either in our Vocab Lesson series or in another future post. Email us at
This Is Who We Are:Rommel Alama

This Is Who We Are:

Rommel Alama

It may not seem that way, but the Student Committee hasn't been around for all that long. But one of our members for the long haul is Rommel Alama. Often taking on some of the more tedious administrative tasks and always there to lend a helping hand with all of our activities, Rommel has seen us through thick and thin. Just one of the many reasons you should get to know him...  … MORE
This Is Who We Are:Shane Luitjens

This Is Who We Are:

Shane Luitjens

A master at multitasking, Shane has been a huge contributor to all our student events. Whether he's leading a session at SPD-U, helping organize a Pub Crawl, designing event posters or critiquing portfolios, we're lucky to have his talents and expertise. And you are too! Learn more about him here ...
This Is Who We Are:John Walker

This Is Who We Are:

John Walker

Whether he's leading a seminar for our SPD-U event or hosting a portfolio review or working behind-the-scenes on the Pub Crawls, we're lucky to have John Walker's experience (TV Guide! Entertainment Weekly! The New York Times Magazine!) and enthusiasm as he helps with all of our events and efforts. Read on for his great advice and interesting background...
This Is Who We Are:Kim Sall

This Is Who We Are:

Kim Sall

If you've gone on any of our office tours, or attended our SPD-U event in 2009, then you've likely met the lovely Kim Sall. If you ever see her at a future event, you can be sure you're in good hands. Learn more about Kim below... … MORE
This Is Who We Are:Jason Sfetko

This Is Who We Are:

Jason Sfetko

Having just announced our 2011 Student Design Competition rules, this week's SPD Student Committee profile-ee is quite appropriate since he himself was a competition winner. Read on to see how it helped him out.

This Is Who We Are:

Trevett McCandliss

If you went on Tour B of our recent Pub Crawl event or attended our Fashion Talk event in February 2009, then you'll have met our next talented Student Committee member...
This Is Who We Are:Joseph Caserto

This Is Who We Are:

Joseph Caserto

If you attended last Friday's Pub Crawl or any of our last several Pub Crawl events, then today's Student Committee Profile will likely be a familiar face...


This Is Who We Are:

Nancy Stamatopoulos

While we were preparing for our first event of the academic year (tomorrow's Pub Crawl), we thought it might help to give you a little hint into who "we" are. As one of SPD's many committees, the Student Committee is made up of a bunch of hard-working, fun professionals who are all about helping YOU. Just who are these dedicated people? Let us introduce ourselves... (This post is the first in a series profiling the members of our Student Committee.)


This Club Really DOES Look Good On Your Résumé

General Admission to our Pub Crawl event: $15
3 Entries in our Student Design Competition: $30
Admission to our 2011 March Madness event: $20
A copy of our Publication Design Annual: $60
All of that AND an extra impressive line on your résumé???? Say it together now: priceless! And at only $25, it's a steal!

Join SPD as a Student Member for only $25 and you get...

Farewell Summer, Hello Fall!

Welcome back to all you students already back at school or heading back soon. If your summer was anything like ours in NYC, you might actually be glad the summer weather is finally almost over. And even if not, we're here to help make the fall more enticing ... we've got our annual Pub Crawl coming up on September 24 (registration will open very soon), plus all the details on our Student Design Competition and a whole lot more coming your way. So mark your calendars for the 24th and then keep checking back here for the latest details and info. Happy New School Year!

Could You Use Some Scholarship Money?

We're not the only ones offering scholarship money for publication design students (missed this year's Student Design Competition? Details for next year's will be available late summer/early fall) ... the Society for News Design is offering a $2,000 scholarship to "a deserving student interested in and showing promise for pursuing a career in visual journalism."  And just because "News Design" is in their name doesn't mean you have to be designing newspapers ... visual journalism comes in many forms, including newspaper, magazines, websites and other interactive media forms. Check out all the details here. But hurry, the deadline is June 12.

Last Chance for Portfolio Reviews

Time is ticking away to sign up for tonight's Portfolio Workshop. Doesn't matter the state of your book, just bring it and we'll help fix it and tell ya what we think. Sign up here.

And we'll be posting the winners of our Student Design Competition very soon, so keep an eye out for that news as well.
What Does a Photo Producer Do?

What Does a Photo Producer Do?

I'm always curious about how people end up doing what they're doing. Not all of us have a clear path mapped out while we're in school, and so a first job is often the place where careers begin to take shape. Such was the case for Melissa Barry, a photo and art producer at SpotCo, who I've watched grow from an intern in cargo pants and flip flops to a whip-cracking deal maker, negotiating photo shoots and making sure we have our illustration contracts in order. So I asked her to share some of her insights with us...… MORE

Looking for a Job or Internship?

Don't forget to check out our Job Board here on ... just today 2 new jobs were posted for junior-level designers. And they're not all only magazine design jobs. So keep an eye on it and apply!

Want to know how to actually get those jobs? Then attend our HELP WANTED event this coming Tuesday in NYC. We'll be addressing everything from portfolios to the interview to thank you notes. For those of you NOT in the city, send us your job hunt-related questions and we'll get our panel to answer them and post them here on the blog. Registration closes at 10am Tuesday morning and space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot!

Happy New Year!

It's back to work for us worker bees, and we're gearing up for a great and busy spring both here on the blog and event-wise.

First up is our Jan. 19th HELP WANTED event where we will answer all your job-search-related questions. Registration is now open (click here) and space is limited, so sign up now!

And don't forget about the March 8 deadline for our Student Design Competition! For those of you still on break, that's a great chance to get a head-start on your entry(ies). Check out some recent FAQs we've addressed here, here and here.

For those of you in the NYC area or coming here for the CMA College Media Convention in mid-March, you can mark your calendars now for our annual SPD-U March Madness event on March 15.

And keep coming back here for more great posts and details on the above events and more. Enjoy the rest of your break while we professionals silently wish we were back in college just for the time off. Happy 2010!

Today's Vocab Lesson Cancelled

In honor of the holidays, there's no vocab class today, dear SPD Student Blog readers! We're not completely shutting down, but blog activity will be sporadic until the New Year when we'll be back in full force with lots more great info and advice and events.

In the meantime, don't forget to mark your calendars for our Job-Hunt event on January 19. And of course don't forget about our Student Competition!

If you're really bored this winter break, check out all our Vocab Lessons so far. And be sure to let us know if there's any terminology that you'd like to see defined and discussed.

Vocab Lesson: Turkey

Vocab Lesson: Turkey

Okay, so, uh, turkey doesn't really mean anything different in publishing than it does in the rest of life ... it's just our way of saying we're taking a break today and tomorrow* in honor of Turkey Day. Although, if you work for a food magazine, you can bet turkey will be a very large part of your vocabulary (see above). 

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Just because we're taking a break doesn't mean you have to! Get all the info on our Student Design Competition here.
Congrats to our Survey Raffle Winner!

Congrats to our Survey Raffle Winner!

Lucky student Maria Papaleo, a 4th year graphic design major at Rochester Institute of Technology, is the winner of our SPD Student Blog Survey Raffle. As such, she is the proud recipient of a starter set of SPD Annuals (that's Pubs 40-44) and our Solid Gold book. Congrats Maria!

And thanks to ALL of you who took our survey. We were blown away by the wonderful responses. You guys have some terrific ideas and we're excited to start implementing them as we plan the future of the Student Blog.

But as always, you don't need a survey to tell us what you think: email us anytime at with any suggestions, complaints, questions, etc. and we'll do our best to address them.

Thanks again to everyone who responded!

Raffle Deadline: Nov. 15

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to fill out our survey about our blog.

Remember the questions are about this STUDENT BLOG section specifically, not the main GRIDS blog or other sections of the SPD site. Your answers will be a huge help in our efforts to make this part of the SPD site cooler and better than ever.

And don't forget ... you can be entered in our drawing to win a starter set of SPD books just by submitting the survey (be sure you enter your name and email at the end of the survey). Just be sure to submit yours by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 15.

And for those who've already entered, thank you so much for your wonderful thought-out answers!
Bueller? Bueller?

Bueller? Bueller?

As we plan and create more and more content for our student blog here, we're starting to wonder: is anyone actually reading this stuff? And what DO you guys want, anyway? So instead of us guessing, how 'bout you tell us. 

Fill out our survey here (it's short and mostly multiple choice!) by November 15th and you can be entered in a raffle to win a "starter set" of SPD books ... that's 5 of our most recent SPD annuals (Pubs 40-44) and a copy of our retrospective book "Solid Gold," a whopping $330 value! You'll be asked for your name and email at the end of the survey in order to be entered. We'll announce the winner's name here a few weeks after the November 15th deadline. (If YOU are the lucky winner, we'll contact you by email to get your mailing information.)

It's That Time of Year Again

It's That Time of Year Again

All those nice new binders and folders and pretty Prismacolor sets make us excited for the new school year, but if you're like us, that excitement wears off pretty fast as the assignments pile up. Well, we're here to help that enthusiasm last as long as it can.

We've got more of our usual great events (if we do say so ourselves) planned for the fall -- like our Pub(lications) Crawl on Sept. 24 -- and we've even got some new things cooking, so be sure to keep checking in with us. In fact, we're adding more posts more regularly this fall, so there's even more reason to come back and visit.

In the meantime, if you're looking for inspiration for some of those first projects, make sure you check out our design annuals ... that's the cover of #40 up there. You can find this one and many others at Barnes & Noble as well as other bookstores with decent design selections. Hopefully you can even find them in your school library. But if you want one of your own, we're selling some recent ones at pretty awesome discounts (some are only $15!), click here to find out more.

FYI: More Spring Events

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our SPD U event! Now we've got a few other events in the works for the next few months.

First up is another full day of office tours: our semi-annual Pub(lications) Crawl event will be happening at the end of April/beginning of May. We're still finalizing the date, so keep checking back here for that info.

After that, we'll have another evening of Portfolio Reviews in early June. So whether you want feedback on your polished book or whether you've just got a stack of printouts and tearsheets, you should plan on coming for some great individualized advice.

And of course in the meantime, keep an eye on our blog here for the announcement of the winners in our Student Design Competition.

Have any questions, suggestions or comments about our events, membership or anything else? Email us at

March (Design) Madness Registration is CLOSED

No more RSVPs are being accepted for our SPD U March (Design) Madness events, including the office tours. We will have more office tours available later in April as part of our Pub(lications) Crawl event, so keep an eye on our blog for more details!

Tick Tock

A friendly reminder that Monday, March 2, at 5pm is the ultimate deadline for our Student Competition. What? You haven't even started? No worries, some of our past winners didn't create their entries till the weekend before! Not that we suggest that, of course.

Meanwhile, we have some speaker sessions in the works for the afternoon of Monday, March 16 in midtown, so put a hold on that date and look for more details to come very soon. And a fashion-magazine-themed speaker panel is also being planned. We'll post the details when we've got 'em.
Help Us Help You

Help Us Help You

So as we gear up for a new year of events and opportunities for you, we'd love to know what YOU think! Click here and fill out our survey - all answers are anonymous and greatly appreciated.

We've got a few events in the works for the spring ... a Fashion Magazines Speaker Panel is being planned for February, and several more speaker sessions in mid-March. So keep an eye on our blog here for more details on that.

And of course, don't forget our Student Design Competition! Entries are due March 2. See the post below for some frequently asked questions.

We Did It

Thanks to everyone who came to our Making Magazines: This Is How We Do It event last night! And a HUGE thanks to our wonderful panelists. We're hoping to post video from the event and/or a transcript in the coming weeks, so keep an eye open for that. And we'll be recapping some of last night's revelatory thoughts in the days to come. If you came, we'd love to know what you thought ... fill out our survey here.

In the meantime, plans are in the works for our first-ever Portfolio Workshop, happening in November (exact date to be announced soon!). Not only will you have a chance for portfolio reviews, but we'll be giving overall tips and suggestions and helping you figure out the next step for your book.

And don't forget the Student Design Competition! Click here for the rules and keep coming back for some answered questions and tips.
It's That Time of Year Again

It's That Time of Year Again

Is it really already September? Well, even if you're not excited about being back at school, you should definitely be excited about what we have in store for you this fall...


An FYI about our RSVPs

When you sign up for an event by emailing us at, please include the following info:
- name
- school (or place of work and job title if you're no longer in school)
- are you an SPD Student or Professional member?

And of course you can also ask any questions you may have about the event or registration, etc.

We will always confirm/reply, usually within 24 hours ... though sometimes sooner, sometimes later. If you haven't heard from us in 3 days, please write again.

If it's past the RSVP deadline and/or you want to attend an event that is about to start or has already started, do not bother RSVPing. Instead, you can call our office at 212-223-3332 to see if you're still able to attend ... but if you get our voicemail, it means you're out of luck. Please do not call that number to RSVP for events before the reply deadline ... you will simply be instructed to email us here.

Make sense?