Join SPD-U for Our 2019 Pub(lications) Crawl!



If you're interested in working for magazines one day whether as a designer, photographer or illustrator, take a break from your class routine with our annual SPD-U PUB(lications) CRAWL! Our Pub Crawl is an annual day-long event where you'll get to tour the offices of two fantastic magazines and/or design firms for an in-depth look at the way things really work. Our tour hosts are getting ready to give you exclusive behind-the-scenes access, so come armed with your curiosity and questions, and prepare yourself for a unique tour of great magazine-making.

Space is extremely limited, so RSVP to reserve your spot now. All tours are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis ... so the earlier you register, the better chance you have of getting your top choice of tours.

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 30th at 5:00PM EST

Pick which tours you'd most prefer to go on and choose your'll be asked for your tour choices in the registration form. Please be aware that tours are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the earlier you register, the more likely you will get your top choice of tours. But even if you don't get your first choice, don't worry...ALL the tours are awesome, trust us!!

Friday, October 4, 2019
9:15 am - 4:00 pm (end time is approximate)
We will start at the SPD Office: 27 Union Square West, Suite 207, NYC 10003 | 212.223.3332

Doors open at 9:15 and registration takes place until 9:30. Please be aware we leave for the various tours promptly at 9:45--if you're late, you're going to be left behind and because of logistics, you cannot join us at a later time during the day. The day will end after the last tour, no later than 4:00pm. After that, you are free to leave.


  • FREE for all SPD Student Members! But you must reserve your spot and give us your tour choices in the registration form by logging into your account here!

  • $15 for everyone else (This event is for students of any level as well as recent graduates who are within a year of their graduation date. Teachers and faculty members are also welcome when accompanying their students, but you do need to register.)

  • OR join now as a Student Member for $50 ($40 if you're out of the NYC area)...if you join now, your admission will be FREE to this and all our other SPD-U events this year. Plus you get lots of other awesome stuff, like a free SPD Annual and free competition entries.


  • a government-issued photo I.D. for access to office buildings

  • money for lunch or bring your own lunch; also make sure you eat breakfast BEFORE you arrive in the morning

  • a MetroCard or money for subway travel...we try to walk as much as we can, but some subway travel will be required

  • a notebook for notes and a bag since you'll be getting handouts and magazines

  • umbrella/raingear and comfortable shoes since we'll be walking to the different offices

  • office-appropriate clothing. You definitely don't have to wear a suit or get too fancy -- you will be walking a lot, after all -- but just remember you WILL be in various professional settings and you may be meeting people who one day will interview you, so dress with that in mind.
    Leave the résumés and portfolios at home...we'll have a Portfolio Review later on and you'll have the chance to review it with our panel of professionals at that time.


Space is limited so RSVP asap! Your tour preferences are just that; in other words, they are not guaranteed. Tours are assigned on a first-come, first-serve the earlier you RSVP, the better chance you have of getting your top choice. This also means that if you are part of a large group registering, you may not all get assigned the same tour. Tour assignments will be given to you the morning of the event.

No Refunds. Questions? Email us at


SPD-U Presents: Student Portfolio Review - Spring 2019



Are you a brave soul interested in the publishing industry? Then march on down to SPD-U’s Student Portfolio Review. Our crack team of seasoned publishing veterans will share the strategies and tactics necessary to whip your portfolio into shape.

You'll get valuable advice and critiques from publishing professionals and you'll learn what these pros look for in your work when they're planning to hire. It doesn't matter if your portfolio is fully finished or still in the works, digital or print...bring what you've got (full details below). Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today!


WHO: For all student levels and recent grads.

WHAT: Bring your portfolio whether it's finished or still in the'll get one-on-one reviews with some of our best pros! Please note, your work has to be in print form or as a PDF on your laptop/iPad. We won't have the ability to look at online portfolios. No flash drives please.

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019 / 3:00pm - 6:00pm | Registration closes on Thursday, May 9th at 1PM EST.

WHERE: Fast Company offices, Downtown NYC (Exact address will be given to you in your confirmation email)

• If you're an SPD student member, your entry is free! However, you must reserve your spot by logging in and registering below.
• If you're not a current member, join now and you can come for free too. Join here and then register below to reserve your spot for the reviews.
• $20 for all other students


Kate Elazegui, Design Director, The New York Times

David Heasty, Partner, Triboro

Abbey Kuster-Prokell, Creative Director, Martha Stewart Living

Chelsea Schiff, Associate Art Director, Fast Company

Rob Vargas, Executive Design Director, GQ + GQ Style




Last month, SPD-U held our first YOUNG FIRE event! Thanks to Ben Grandgenett (Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine), Aimee Sy (Digital Art Director, Glamour), and Simon Abranowicz (Deputy Art Director, GQ) for speaking and Jeff Glendenning (Deputy Design Director of Features The New York Times) for moderating.

Missed the event or want to listen again? Check out the video above. Special thanks to Stanley Collado for editing the video together!


Pub Crawl 2018

Design: McCandliss & Campbell

Design: McCandliss & Campbell

The SPD Student Committee hosted a very successful Pub Crawl this year! The students got to see what goes on behind the scenes at some amazing magazines. They also heard about the creative process from the talented people who work at them. We are grateful to the magazines who welcomed the students and enriched their design education.

Thanks so much to for sponsoring the 2018 SPD-U Pub Crawl!


Join SPD-U for YOUNG FIRE: A Show & Tell of Emerging Design Talent


Join SPD and Go Studios for an inspiring showcase of work and lively conversation with three accomplished editorial designers, just a handful of years out of school.

Their stories, and paths to early successes, will likely inspire students and young design professionals of all kinds.

Ben Grandgenett
Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine
SVA ('13)

Aimee Sy
Digital Art Director, Glamour
Syracuse University ('17)

Simon Abranowicz
Deputy Art Director, GQ
Syracuse University ('16)

Thursday, October 11th
7:00PM - Reception with panelists
7:30PM - Presentation & Discussion (To end around 9:00PM)
Registration closes on Friday, October 5th at 5PM EST

Go Studios Penthouse
318 West 39th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10018

SPD Members: 
FREE with RSVP before Friday, October 5th
General Admission: $15 
At The Door: $20
Not a member? Join now and attend this event for FREE!

RSVP / Buy Tickets Here!

Space is limited so RSVP today! No refunds.

A huge thanks to Go Studios for hosting us for this event! Go Studios is one of the premier rental studios in NYC. Whether you shoot fashion, celebrities, catalogs, still life, food or video, Go Studios will meet your needs.