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Student Design Competition


From SPD (Society of Publication Designers)

Every year we hold a Student Design Competition, and if you’re a follower of this blog, you’ll see many of our past student winners have gone on to some awesome jobs and experiences.

Now’s YOUR turn to get that same career jumpstart by entering our 2016 Student Design Competition! This annual competition is a special opportunity for you to win cash, exposure to a huge audience of amazing professional designers, and — perhaps best of all — a summer internship at a top magazine!

We’re sharing the categories and rules after the jump to get you started and we’ll be sharing the official Call for Entries soon. Be sure to check out the main information page here for lots of frequently asked questions, tips and to see previous winning work.

Below you will find the rules and categories for creating your design entries in our 2016 Student Design Competition. All the entry and payment details are HERE along with tips, FAQs, links to past entries and more. So check out that link and download the official Call for Entries/Entry Form PDF when it’s available.
2016 Student Design Competition Official Rules
Pick one of the following 5 categories and design a 2-spread* story. We LOVE original photography and illustration, so if you can incorporate that, even better (some categories even require it). And who says you only have to pick one? Enter as many designs as you’d like! Don’t forget, student members get their first 3 entries FREE!
***For all entries, you’re designing a two-spread story … a “spread” consists of two side-by-side pages (get more details here). For the purposes of this competition, each page should measure 8″ wide x 10″ tall. So when you put the two pages together, the spread will measure 16″ wide x 10″ tall.

News Magazine

This edgy news magazine is geared to the young professional and covers current events, politics, culture and even the arts. In its pages you’ll find hard-hitting interviews, often with some of the most famous and infamous international figures.
HEADLINE: (Name of your person of choice here) Talks
DEK/SUBHEAD:  (You write the subhead … check out various magazines for ideas).
BYLINE: By Janet Marion

Design a two-spread feature story for this magazine that is a Q&A interview with the person of your choice (it can be a real person or somebody you’ve made up). You don’t have to fit all your questions on these two spreads, just imagine these 2 spreads are the first in a longer story. Consider using innovative infographics, charts and sidebars, and original illustrations.

How-To… Magazine

This new hip and fun magazine for the young post-graduate has a broad topic reach on how to improve your home, life and career.
HEADLINE:  (Fill in the Blank) Like A Pro
DECK/SUBHEAD:  Follow these few simple steps to become a master.
BYLINE: By F. C. Williams

Design a two-spread feature story in this magazine that gives step-by-step instructions on how to master the topic of your choice. You might want to include original illustrations, schematics and sidebars to make it easier to follow. Think of an innovative and fun way to approach your topic. You don’t actually have to write the story, but use real text in display type.

Adventure/Travel Magazine

This independent magazine is for young professionals who love to explore cities around the world. It covers food, sightseeing spots and places to stay. It features beautiful photography and in-depth reporting on cultural hotspots such as museums and historic landmarks.
HEADLINE:  Exploring (Name of city or site of your choice)
BYLINE: By the Editors

Design a two-spread feature story for this magazine focusing on a specific area that is special to a city, such as a certain neighborhood, museum or a natural landscape. Think about ways to incorporate sidebars, maps, timelines, and tips to make this a fun, easy design, accessible to the audience. Consider producing your own photography to give your design a fresh and creative approach to your chosen location.

Entertainment Magazine

A hip, clever, sometimes sharp-tongued magazine, it focuses on music, movies and television, with reviews, investigative stories, interviews and reader polls. This magazine isn’t afraid to poke fun at the subjects it profiles.
HEADLINE:  A look back at (Name of person/group of your choice)
DECK/SUBHEAD:  He/She/They have forever changed the landscape of (genre of your chosen person/group).
BYLINE: By James Rodgers

Design a two-spread feature story that covers a person or group’s legacy in music, TV or film. Think of creative ways to illustrate and design for your topic that will grab the attention of the reader. Consider adding infographics, timelines or sidebars to help tell the story. It doesn’t even have to be a real celebrity–just make it convincing. You MUST create your own photography or illustrations for this category.

Sports/Fitness Magazine

This publication is a must-read for young athletes and people obsessed with sports and the lifestyle associated with them. It reviews new products, covers competitions, and goes around the world to explore sports and fitness. It also contains interviews of star athletes, fitness experts as well as kids in the park.
HEADLINE:  (Name of Sport/Fitness Trend of your choice): Extreme Rush OR (Name of Sport/Fitness Trend): The Thrill of It
BYLINE: By Jane Johnson

Design a two-spread feature story showcasing a sports/fitness figure, or sport/fitness regimen, with an emphasis on lifestyle and attitude. You can highlight the person’s athletic prowess or focus on a specific discipline. As with every category, you don’t have to write the story, but use real text in display type. Remember, if your design is of a sports or fitness figure, it doesn’t have to be a real person. Consider producing your own photography and/or illustration to make your design unique.


1.  CHOOSE:  Select a project from one of the five categories listed above.


2.  DESIGN:  Create a 4-page story (2 spreads) on the project you choose. Each page measures 8″ wide x 10″ tall, so a spread is 16″ wide x 10″ tall.

Original photography or illustration is required for the Entertainment category, but not all; though it is welcome and encouraged in every category.

You may enter more than one design in the same or different categories. SPD Student Members get their first 3 entries for free — you can choose to join or renew when you submit your entries or join now.


3.  SUBMIT:  Either printed material or digital files as follows:

Printed Material: Full-size spreads, not reduced copies. DO NOT MOUNT THE WORK TO ANY TYPE OF BOARD. Tape a copy of your completed entry form to the BACK of each submission. Staple the spreads together in the upper left-hand corner. (Slides will NOT be accepted). The judges will be looking at the exact printed entry you submit, so be sure that the printouts look as you intend it to.

Digital PDFs: You MUST include your name somewhere on each spread in 4pt type. Each file MUST be named “First_Lastname.pdf”. Entries should be full-size spreads, print-quality, 300 dpi, PDF files (all fonts embedded). Burn all submissions to a CD. It is ok to put multiple entries on one CD. Include a printed copy of the entry form for each entry. Mark clearly the name of the school and students’ last name(s) on the CD.

Please be aware: When you submit a PDF, we print it out for judging. If we cannot load the CD or open the file, your entry will most likely be disqualified if there’s not enough time to contact you for a new file before judging day. And while we’ve had winners submit in both methods, you do have more control over what the judges will see if you submit a printed piece … that way, what you see is what the judges see. In that regard, we encourage printed materials.


4.  SEND all entries with completed entry forms and online payment receipts to:

The Society of Publication Designers
27 Union Square West, Suite 207
New York, NY 10003

Entries must be received by DEADLINE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON, 5pm EST. Please plan delivery cushion time.


Please read the instructions carefully and stay within the guidelines. SPD reserves the right to disqualify any miscategorized or incomplete entries. Be sure to read over all the details and download the entry form here. Good luck!

Call for Submissions: Quick, Easy, Fun Cell-phone photo contest at QC

65-30: SPACE/MEMORY calls us to a greater awareness of the spaces that we inhabit during our time at Queens College, and encourages an increased appreciation for the thousands of stories unfolding around us at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard.  QC is home to over 20,000 students, faculty and staff from all walks of life, united at some level by our shared experience of the campus.  As we go about our daily routines, often so quickly that we forget to take in our surroundings, we can easily lose sight of the fact that our environments are more than just the blurry backdrops to our lives; they are active participants.  Our campus places shape the moments that we spend here each week, and their work does not end when we depart for the next stage of our day.  Instead, they continue to lend significance to the daily worlds of thousands of others with whom we may never cross paths.  In this way, the memories that we form with each passing moment are both unique and shared, wholly ours yet part of a collective memory formed by all who have and will call Queens College theirs.

 All members of the campus community are invited to submit photos of spaces on and around Queens College that hold particular significance to them.  Content can range from a favorite bench on the quad to a special vantage point of the city skyline to a spot in a local park or eatery–the possibilities are limitless.  The only real guideline is that all photos must be taken with a cell phone, now a primary means of memory recording, to allow this special awareness of space to flow with the continuity of everyday experience–turning off the autopilot does not have to cause a major disruption to our daily lives.

 Images must be submitted via Instagram to #my6530 or via email to no later thanSunday, September 27.

Professor Zender awarded ADC Young Guns 2015!

© Daniel Zender, 2015

© Daniel Zender, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Daniel Zender, winner of the ADC Young Guns 2015 award!

The Art Directors Club (ADC), hosts this annual global competition to celebrate outstanding creatives under the age of 30. Announcing this years recipients, Nicole Jacek, Chair of the Young Guns 13 Committee  commented “Young Guns is not about meeting a quota of winners, but awarding individuals that we unanimously agreed would be the next generation of cultural changing creatives.”

Professor Zender teaches Illustration, Design Foundations and Photoshop at Queens College, CUNY.

Utopia Parkway is looking for student submissions

Utopia Parkway, a Queens College Undergraduate Literary Journal, is currently soliciting art submissions from QC undergrad students. All forms of visual art including animation, photos, sketches, are considered. Submission details and examples of work that has been featured in past editions can be found at our website:

The magazine has a print and web addition, so it’s a good opportunity for students to get their work out there. Additionally, they are looking for cover art. Details about that can be found on their facebook page:

Young Ones Competition–deadline extended to march 9


One of the most acclaimed international advertising, interactive and design student competitions, the One Show Young Ones Competition offers students across the globe the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and a coveted One Show Pencil. Celebrated each year at Creative Week, the Young Ones Competition exists to recognize “the best of the best” of creative students.

Choose your brief

To find out more about the competition.

To find out more about The One Club


2nd Annual HUMAN RIGHTS POSTER COMPETITION–$2,000 grand prize

Human Rights Matter to Everyone

Human Rights Matter to Everyone

The CCNY Human Rights Forum is now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual HUMAN RIGHTS POSTER COMPETITION. The competition is open to all matriculated CUNY Undergraduate and master’s level students. The deadline for Phase 1 submission is March 5, 2015. Guidelines are described in the attached flyer. Please feel free to share this flyer with any of your colleagues who may know interested students.

Two winners will receive prizes of  $2,000 and all qualified submissions will be displayed to a wide audience at forum events and online. Last year we received over 100 Phase 1 submissions, with over 40 competing in Phase 2 for one of the two $2000 prizes. We hope to equal or exceed that number this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( for additional information.

McLane Teitel (BS Graphic Design, 2014) was awarded top prize last year.

More information on the HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM can be obtained at

Download flier HR Poster contest final (3)