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Design Contests for College Students: Society of Publication Designers

Design Contests for College Students: Society of Publication Designers

The Society of Publication Designers wants to see what great editorial design you have been working on. Forget rules, forget formulas—just show us the best stuff you have. If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we will showcase it in an exclusive online gallery on the SPD website. It is a great way to get your work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent.

As the year comes to a close for Graphic Design Students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, consider submitting your publication/magazine designs to be featured in the Society of Publication Designer’s 2014 SPD-U Spotlight Juried Online Gallery.

“Whether it’s a magazine project from your design class, a newsletter design you did for your fraternity, work you did on your school’s newspaper, yearbook or literary mag, etc … if it’s any type of editorial design, we’d love to see it! Forget rules, forget formulas — just show us the best stuff you have,” says SPD on its website. “If your work is chosen by our jury of top-notch editorial design professionals, we’ll showcase it in an exclusive online gallery  on the SPD website with links to your portfolio website. It’s a great way to get your name and work in front of magazine art directors with the power to hire fresh, young talent like yourself.”

Design Competition for College Students: SPD-U Spotlight

2014 SPD-U SPOTLIGHT: Juried Online Gallery for Students
Students may submit up to three pieces of your finest editorial design work by Monday, June 2, 5pm EST. Anything created from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 while you were a student enrolled at an accredited school is eligible. A piece can be either a single page or a double-page spread. And best of all, entries are FREE! 

All entries will be seen by SPD’s panel of judges which includes design directors, art directors and other design professionals from leading magazine publishers (see below). Selected work will be displayed in a special online gallery on the SPD website and shared through SPD social media.

HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Download the official Call for Entries here.

2. Choose up to three of your editorial design pieces to submit. Remember, anything created from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 is eligible, and each piece can either be a single page or a double-page spread. Do NOT submit any entries that are more than a 2-page spread or it will be disqualified.

3. Fill out the entry form in the Call for Entries and get your instructor to sign it. All entries MUST be approved by a professor, instructor or some other school official.

4. Submit your work as 72-dpi RGB JPG files (the width should measure at least 600 pixels or more, the height doesn’t matter; but all files should be less than 5MB each). Attach a scan of your completed entry form and email it all to SPDUspotlight@gmail.com.

5. DEADLINE: Monday, June 2, 2014 by 5pm EST. 

Please note: Entry is FREE, but you must have been attending an accredited school when your submission was created, and all submissions must be approved by a professor or school official. We are accepting digital entries ONLY, and all entries must be accompanied by your completed entry form and received via email to SPDUspotlight@gmail.com by the deadline above. Late entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by email by July 1, 2014.

THE JUDGES
The following amazing graphic design professionals will be looking at all your wonderful work. Don’t miss your chance to get in front of their eyes! Look for their bios to come on the blog soon.

  • Claudia de Almeida, Design Director, Wired
  • Sean Johnston, Design Director, Field & Stream
  • Coco Lloyd, Art Director, Lucky
  • Michele Outland, Creative Director, Gather Journal
  • Stravinski Pierre, Art Director, Esquire
  • Hector Sanchez, Design Director, Indianapolis Monthly

PREVIOUS WINNERS
Check out the 2013 SPD-U Spotlight Winners here and the 2013 Runners-Up here.
You can also see the winners of the 2011 Online Gallery Show (before it was renamed SPD-U Spotlight) in three galleries:  Gallery 1    Gallery 2    Gallery 3

Email questions to SPDUspotlight@gmail.com and visit the Society of Publication Designers website for more information.

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Magazine design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Student Dennis Kennedy: Feature Story

Magazine design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Student Dennis Kennedy: Feature Story

Magazine design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Student Dennis Kennedy: Feature Story

See Kennedy’s magazine in its entirety here, which was designed in FIDM Instructor Randy Dunbar’s Publication Design class earlier this year. Currently an instructor for Graphic Design courses like Publication Design and Typography, Dunbar brings years of experience to the classroom from his various creative roles at major magazines such as Health, Self, Muscle & Fitness, Mademoiselle, Brides, GQ and Home.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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