SPOTS! SPOTS! SPOTS! Fame, Glory, Awards + The Party. Enter Now.

SPOTS! SPOTS! SPOTS! Fame, Glory, Awards + The Party. Enter Now. Illustration is changing, showing up in unexpected ways, blurring borders, reinventing itself as a medium for bold expression in the digital age. Tightening budgets are breeding creative solutions. Digital publishing i smoking away from the stifling proliferation of photographic syndication, stock imagery, and sameness. Illustrators are moving to the forefront, providing the character and dynamism needed to stand out in a crowd of predictability.

And they're doing it with SPOTS.

The static full-page illustration is no longer the standard of excellence. In both printed and digital publications, the most exciting illustration weaves its way into the fabric of the story, makes trends tangible, tells the deeper truth, communicates identities, and often wins the spotlight for itself.

SPOTS honors the illustrations that outshine all the others when the spotlight comes around.

SPD is the only organization to honor this exciting, evolving artform with its annual SPOTS competition, a part of our mission to promote the best in editorial design, today and every day. Commissioned work by publications of any kind (printed or digital, paper or screen) is awarded, along with UNcommissioned work, pieces published only by you, the illustrator.

Download the forms and Call for Entries after the jump...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WIN? As ever, winning SPOTS will be included in the upcoming SPD PUB 46 Annual and in the bi-annual only-one-of-its-kind The SPOTS Book, '10-'11 Edition, the essential, quirky, desktop reference of brilliant illustration solutions that connects assigning ADs with problem-solving Illustrators. We're also having a party again in September to honor the winning ADs and Illustrators and launch this fabulous little book, with cocktails, mingling and medals for the top winners.

WHO'S JUDGING? An outstanding panel of editorial illustrators and art directors who also happen to love and respect illustration, including:

Arem Duplessis, The New York Times Magazine
Tom O'Quinn, Money Magazine
Francesca Messina, McGraw-Hill Construction Group
Nicholas Felton, Feltron
Jessica Walsh, Sagmeister
Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Metropolis Magazine
Criswell Lappin, Fahrenheit 212 (SPOTS Co-Chair)
Matthew Lenning, MAT: Design Company (SPOTS Co-Chair)

Download the Call for Entries here (PDF DOWNLOAD), and get your SPOTS in by the March 30th deadline!

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