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The Gala Photo Booth Pics are in!

The Gala Photo Booth Pics are in!

Head on over to the SPD Facebook page and take a look at all of the fun and shenannigans from this year's Pub50 gala Photo Booth.   

Special thanks to our photographer Ari Michelson for capturing all the great moments.

Thanks again to all of our friends and sponsors who made this night possible.  

Fred Woodward
Florian Bachleda
Robert Newman
Janet Froelich
Melanie McLaughlin
Lisa Michurski

Circle Press
The School of Visual Arts
Conde Nast
Leah Bailey
Pub 50 Gala: Photos from the Big Night!

Pub 50 Gala: Photos from the Big Night!

Check out our SPD Facebook page for photos of all the winners and a few candid shots from the night.   Special thanks to photographer Drew Levin for capturing all our winners. 

Photo booth pictures coming soon to!

The SPD 50 Gold and Silver Medal Winners

The SPD 50 Gold and Silver Medal Winners

The Society of Publication Designers is proud to announce the Gold and Silver Medal Winners of our 50th Annual Design Competition. A total of 78 Gold Medals and 77 Silver Medals for design, photography, illustration, and digital work were presented at the 2015 SPD Awards Gala, on Friday, May 1 in New York City.

Co-Chairpersons Fred Woodward (Design Director, GQ) and Florian Bachleda (Creative Director, Fast Company) led this year's SPD Competition and hosted the evening. Digital Chairs Melanie McLaughlin (Creative Director, Collide Brand Consultants) and Lisa Michurski (VP of Strategy & Experience, FormScience) presented the digital awards. The ceremony concluded with and The Brand of the Year presented  by Janet Froelich (Design Consultant) and Magazine of the Year presented by Robert Newman (Creative Director, @Newmanology).

Click here to download the press release. (See the complete list of winners after the jump.)

SPD@50: For the Love of New York magazine

SPD@50: For the Love of New York magazine

As the countdown begins for our SOLD OUT Speaker Series event celebrating the history of New York magazine, we will be posting some reminiscences from our panelists. Robert Newman continues the series, look for more to come as the excitement builds for this epic event!

As we said, the event is SOLD OUT but a video will be available for purchase after the talk

(see details after turn)

You're Invited to SPD's 50th Anniversary Awards Gala

You're Invited to SPD's 50th Anniversary Awards Gala

To purchase tickets and RSVP online: Click Here

To download an RSVP form and mail in payment: Click Here

For the Love of... New York Magazine

For the Love of... New York Magazine

SPD's 50th Anniversary Speaker Series continues with For the Love of...New York magazine


Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968, New York established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, Frank Rich, and John Heilemann.

Since its redesign and relaunch in 2004, the magazine has won more National Magazine Awards than any other publication, which includes the 2013 award for Magazine of the Year. It has been named Magazine of the year in SPD's PUB competitions three times! 


Come see former and present Art Directors and Photography Directors discuss their best moments, memories, and their role in shaping this peerless, legendary magazine brand ...


Milton Glaser

Walter Bernard

Roger Black

Bob Newman

Robert Best

David Matt

Luke Hayman

Jody Quon

Chris Dixon

Tom Alberty


This prestigious panel will be moderated by New York's Editor-In-Chief, Adam Moss


This once-ever event presents a panel of many of the magazines' legendary Art and Photography directors, and is sure to sell out. Get your tickets TODAY, don't delay!


Monday, April 6

SVA THEATER (333 W 23rd st, NYC)

Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating • Presentation begins at 7:00pm


SPD Members $15
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General Admission $30
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Q: What's different about the "genre" judging process this year?

A: Judges will be grouped together in separate teams as always. But each team will only vote on entries from genres that everyone in that team have not entered in. So, no judge will come across their own work - or their competitors' work - during the genre judging stage. 

View a list of this year's jury here.

There is still time to enter!  Late deadline is this Friday!
Announcing the Pub50 Jury!

Announcing the Pub50 Jury!

The Society of Publication Designers is pleased to announce its jury for the Pub50 competition.  Judging will be held in New York City the weekend of February 7th, 2015.   There is still time to enter this year's competition.  
The late deadline is this Friday, January 23rd.

Pub50 Co-Chairs
Fred Woodward, GQ.
Florian Bachleda, Fast Company.

Magazine of the Year Chair 
Robert Newman, @Newmanology

Brand of the Year Chair
Janet Froelich, design consultant

Print, Super 8, and Brand of the Year Judges
Tom Alberty, New York.
Brian Anstey, InStyle.
Jill Armus, Oprah.
Richard Baker.
Steve Banks, Los Angeles.
Walter Bernard, WBMG.
Gail Bichler, NY Times Sunday magazine.
Deb Bishop, More.
Steve Duenes, The New York Times Digital.
Andrea Dunham, People.
Kevin Fisher, Audubon and Film Comment.
Cybele Grandjean, Ligature.
Theresa Griggs, Cosmopolitan.
Alexander Grossman, Bon App.
Michael Grossman,
Joseph Hutchinson, Rolling Stone.
Anton Ioukhnovets, Ioukhnovets Studio.
George Karabotsos, Galvanized Inc.
Natalie Kirsheh, Details.
Rachel Lassere, Cooking Light.
Eddie Leida, Barneys.
Tim Leong, Entertainment Weekly.
Edward Levine, Psychology Today.
Paul Martinez, Maxim.
Marshall McKinney, Garden & Gun.
Jennifer Miller, Conde Nast Traveler.
Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands.
Wyatt Mitchell, The New Yorker.
Michael Norseng, Esquire.
Michele Outland, Gather.
Tom O'Quinn, Men's Health.
Devin Petzwater, Italian Vanity Fair.
Robert Priest, Priest & Grace.
Gretchen Smelter, Travel & Leisure.
Billy Sorrentino, Wired.
Elizabeth Spiridakis Olsen, Afar.
Casey Tierney Stenger, Real Simple.
Allyson Torrisi, Popular Mechanics.
TJ Tucker, Texas Monthly.
Robert Vargas, Bloomberg Businessweek.

Digital Co-Chairs
Melanie McLaughlin, Collide Brand Consultants
Lisa Michurski, Form Science

Digital Judges
Rachel Gogel, The New York Times.
Chris Hercik, Sports Illustrated.
Bethany Powell, National Geographic.
Patrick Ramsey, Aerin.
David Vogler, Hearst.

Fred Woodward on Why I Enter

Fred Woodward on Why I Enter


I was working at Texas Monthly, almost thirty years ago now, when I received a poster in the morning mail announcing the 'call for entries' of The Society of Publication Designers competition. It was designed by Louise Fili. Of course, it was beautiful, that poster. I had never heard of The Society of Publication Designers before that day, but I was a publication designer--had never been anything else in my brief career--and I felt the pull. I edited my best stuff, trimmed and taped those tear sheets, inked in the forms on the back, wrote a personal check and FedExed it to New York City the last night before the drop-dead deadline. My motivation at the time was as basic as it gets--I just wanted to see how I was doing.
I started out at a city book in Memphis and spent the first decade of my career at one regional magazine or the other. As is so often the case when you're working in regionals, it was usually the only magazine in town. While I had friends who were terrific graphic designers and art directors, they weren't doing what I was doing. Not really. I realize now, that when I sent that first package off to SPD in NYC--as cliched as it's going to sound--I was searching for my tribe. I found mine that year.
Just a few months earlier I had asked 20 different illustrators to 'Draw the Cowboy.' It was a simple enough idea taken straight from my childhood. Because I loved to draw as a little kid (OK, because I wanted to be a famous artist) I took the 'Famous Artist School' test, the one you always saw advertised in the back pages of your comic book. I thought it might be fun to have some of the best illustrators in the world draw that same little quick sketch cowboy. I had the gumption to ask the likes of Brad Holland, Marshall Arisman and Matt Mahurin to do spots. They were all gracious enough to accept. It won a gold. And when my editor heard the news, it won me a trip to New York to accept that sweet, sharp curve of Massimo Vignelli-designed precious metal in person.
The Gala took place in the cavernous front hall of The New York Public Library: Town & Country's Melissa Tardiff was president, Cipe Pinelles was honored 
with the Lubalin Award that night, Robert Priest was the art director of the moment in a Casablanca Bogart white dinner jacket, and Paula Scher (a personal hero then, still) came over and whispered enough encouragement to fuel me the whole of the next year. And seeing the work on that big screen for the first time (and later printed in the annual alongside some of my other heroes and my new peers), well, that's for all time. 
So every year, ever since, I enter. 
I still enter to see how I'm doing. And to see what everyone else is doing. I enter for the love of the organization, and for the pure competition of it all. I enter to help build the careers of the gifted team I'm lucky to work with everyday--for the opportunity to simply give credit where credit's due. I enter to better follow the ones who've moved on, and to watch for the new names coming up. I enter for the inspiration to do better, and for the motivation to keep going. I enter for the long row of heavy books on the shelf that document where I've been, and how I got here.
There's more--much, much more--but, you get the idea. 
To paraphrase the immortal Chico Escuela (aka Garrett Morris) of 'Saturday 
Night Live' fame: "SPD has been berry, berry good to me." I sincerely hope it 
will be/has been/will continue to be for you, as well. So if you haven't already, please pull it together today and send us all your best work--because you 
cannot win if you do not play.
Fred Woodward
January12th, 2015 

Q: Where do I enter my spot illustrations?

A: Spot illustrations may be entered as Illustration Single/Spread or if they are a series, they may be entered as Illustration Story.

I used a photo in my design that is not an original commission.   May I still enter that piece?
All photo and illustration entries must be original work, and must never have been published before appearing in your publication. Images that have previously appeared in books, magazines, or other publications, including digital formats, are not eligible. Original layouts that feature previously published images may be entered in any design category, however.

Find out more about Pub 50 and details on entering at

Q: How many print issues do I have to submit for my Mazagine of the Year entry?

A: Submit three copies of three different print issues for a total of nine issues. For example, if you decide to enter your March, September, and October issues as your Magazine of the Year entry, you would submit three March issues, three September issues, and three October issues.

What about the bar code entry labels?
Stick the labels marked "1 of 3" to the back of each of the three march issues, stick the labels marked "2 of 3" to the back of each of the three September issues, and stick the labels marked "3 of 3" to the back of each of the 
three October issues

Find out more about Pub 50 and details on entering at

Q: Where do I enter my redesigned section?

A: In the Super 8 Redesign category.

May I enter a "before" and an "after" redesigned issue as well as a "before" and "after" section?
Yes. You may enter up to three entries in this Super 8 category. Obviously for the Redesign category, a "before" and an "after" counts as only one entry. Thus, you could enter a "before" and an "after" issue, as well as two additional "before" and "after" sections, which is a total of 3 entries.

Find out more about Pub 50 and details on entering at

Q: Can I compete with every title, even with the ones outside my genre?

A: You can! The Super 8 categories will still group everyone together.

May I enter the same piece in a Super 8 category as well as a category within my genre?
Yes. And remember, if appropriate, you may enter that same piece (let's say it's a spread with a lead illustration) in both the Design Spread and Illustration Spread categories within your genre. 

Find out more about Pub 50 and details on entering at

Q: Can international magazines enter?

A: Yes!  We welcome editorial brands from all over the world to enter. 

Find out more about Pub 50 and details on entering at

Q: Why the 10 different genres?

A: Grouping magazines into distinct genres more accurately reflects the real-life competition that exists between magazines in our industry. For example, ESPN competes as a brand with Sports Illustrated, among others, and not with Glamour or Time. 

How were the genres determined?
SPD tabulated entries from past competitions to arrive at an equitable set of genres. The goal is to have a set of genres with a balanced number of entries.

More of your genre questions answered after the jump...

There's still time to get your entries in for our Pub50 competition!

Get your entries in before the 
December 14th 
Early Bird Deadline 
and save!

Standard Deadline January 16th

Check out our competition page at 

or click to download the call for entries

SPD's 50th Anniversary Poster Series

SPD's 50th Anniversary Poster Series

In honor of SPD's 50th Anniversary, we've asked 5 of the industry's top talents to design posters around the theme of 50.  Proceeds from the sale of these prints will benefit the society's educational outreach and programming initiatives for our members and our student scholarship fund.

Purchase these 24x36 inch limited edition prints (along with other SPD 
annuals and merchandise) through our SPD store: 

We're excited to present the first two of our posters in the series.

By Fred Woodward and Zohar Lazar (click for larger view)

By David Moretti (click for larger view)
We would like to thank Circle Press for their generous donation of printing and Appleton Coated for their paper donation
Announcing SPD's Pub 50 Competition!

Announcing SPD's Pub 50 Competition!



As SPD  enters its golden anniversary, we are more committed than ever to putting the focus of the competition on the work that has been produced, with a revamped approach that is designed to create a more level playing field for all participants. We believe that the new rules and structure of the SPD publication design competition, developed by our team of competition chairs and the SPD executive board, will help recognize all the outstanding work being done across numerous print and digital genres.  


PUB 50 is chaired by FRED WOODWARD (Design Director, GQ) and FLORIAN BACHLEDA (Creative Director, Fast Company). The Magazine of the Year competition is chaired by ROBERT NEWMAN (Creative Director, @Newmanology). The Brand of the Year competition is chaired by JANET FROELICH (Design Consultant). The Digital competition is chaired by MELANIE MCLAUGHLIN (Creative Director, Collide Brand Consultants) and LISA MICHURSKI (VP of Strategy & Experience, Form Science). 


A big part of the competition is being re-structured so it focuses on types of publications, instead of types of individual stories.  There are now 10 different genre classifications of publications, and every publication needs to enter in only one of those 10 genres. Within each of those 10 genres are the same 13 identical categories.


This is the Battle Royale!  While the print work you enter in your genre will be judged against others in that genre, the Super 8  categories allow everyone to compete against everyone else, regardless of genre.

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Attention Students and Teachers:  We also host a student competition that awards winners with cash prizes and internships! Click here for the official rules for the 2015 Student Design Competition.

Celebrating 50 Years of SPD

Celebrating 50 Years of SPD

We're kicking off our 50th anniversary all this week on We'll be revealing exciting news on upcoming anniversary events, PUB50, and ways for you to join in the celebration. 

Since its founding, SPD has been dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design and photography.  As we celebrate this 50th year, we are taking time not only to look back but also to look ahead.   Today we launch or new fall membership campaign by asking our members to show us why they joined SPD. We would love to see why you joined.  Download the template HERE and send yours to


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