Monday, March 31, 2008

Don't Forget Next Tuesday

Don't forget about our next speaker event, happening next Tuesday, April 8th. It'll be a great chance to get answers to all your real-world questions. More info here.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Portfolio Homework

Putting together a great portfolio is never easy. And finding advice that pertains to your situation specifically can be disappointing. Hopefully you were able to attend our portfolio reviews today, in which you got some individualized feedback. If you didn't make it today, don't worry, we'll be hosting more of them later in the year. Keep an eye on our blog here.

Until then, here are 2 links we found helpful:

We'll try to address some of the more magazine-specific portfolio questions in the coming months. If you have questions or suggestions you'd like to share with us and fellow readers, post a comment or email us.

Today's Event is Officially Closed

If you didn't make it or you're just now finding out about it, sorry! But we do it twice a year, so keep an eye on our blog here and look for the event again this fall.

An FYI about our RSVPs

When you sign up for an event by emailing us at, please include the following info:
- name
- school (or place of work and job title if you're no longer in school)
- are you an SPD Student or Professional member?

And of course you can also ask any questions you may have about the event or registration, etc.

We will always confirm/reply, usually within 24 hours ... though sometimes sooner, sometimes later. If you haven't heard from us in 3 days, please write again.

If it's past the RSVP deadline and/or you want to attend an event that is about to start or has already started, do not bother RSVPing. Instead, you can call our office at 212-223-3332 to see if you're still able to attend ... but if you get our voicemail, it means you're out of luck. Please do not call that number to RSVP for events before the reply deadline ... you will simply be instructed to email us here.

Make sense?

Too late for office tours, but...

You can still come to the portfolio review part of our event today. Come to our office (17 E.47th St, 2nd floor) by 12:45 and just tell us you're here for the reviews only. It's free for SPD Student Members, but all you others still have to pay $15. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tomorrow's event

Want to come but haven't signed up yet? That's okay. Just show up tomorrow morning (click here for details) and we'll do our best to get you on one of the office tours. No promises though. That's what you get for waiting 'til the last minute. But rest assured, you'll definitely be able to participate in the portfolio reviews in the afternoon. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Portfolio Reviews FRIDAY (that's tomorrow!)

Nervous about getting your portfolio reviewed with us on Friday? Don't be! We don't care if you bring in a book (that's slang for "portfolio") that looks like the above case, or one of those cool metal or acrylic ones, or even if it's a 3-ring binder. Heck, bring us a pile of papers, we'll look at it!

We're here to help you get ready for the real world, so save the nerves for the interviews and come ready to show us whatever work you have, regardless of whether it's "perfect" or not. We'll let you know where you stand.

Reviewers will include:
Joe Caserto Freelance Designer
Adam Fulrath Creative Director//TimeOut NY
Viki Nestico Art Director//Men's Health
Gloria Pantell Design Director//TV Guide
Scott Wooledge Art Director//TimeOut Special Projects

Details for Friday's reviews: click here.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Last Call: Portfolio Reviews and more!

Time is running out to sign up for our event this Friday, March 28th. We'll start with tours of the above-listed magazine offices, giving you a sneak-peek into how they work. And then you'll have the chance to get feedback on your portfolio from a number of top art directors. Trust us, this opportunity is well-worth your effort.

Find out more here. Sign up by emailing us at

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Don't Forget: Next Friday!

March 28th is our next Pub(lications) Crawl and Portfolio Review event, in case you haven't noticed. Why haven't you RSVP'd yet?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Next Speaker Event: April 8th

Want some straight talk on what the real world is actually like? Then join us on Tuesday, April 8th, for a night of conversation and Q&A with some of our recent competition winners and other young guns who are in their early years of magazine design. Find out how they turned internships into jobs and what those jobs are really like. So come armed with all your questions!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8
6:30-8:30, reception to follow

WHERE: Pratt Manhattan Campus
144 W. 14th St, Room 213
(between 6th & 7th Aves)

HOW: Pre-registration is closed, but there is still room for you to come ... just show up and we'll sign you in at the front door.
FREE for SPD student members (only $25 to join and you can join that night!) and
FREE for the first 55 Pratt GradCOMMD students ... and as of 4:45 there are still spots left, so show up early to get in free!
$5 for SPD professional members
$10 for non-members with a valid student ID

Co-Sponsored by the Pratt Graduate Communications Design/Package Design Department.

Monday, March 17, 2008

You Missed An Awesome Event!

Our first-ever Magazine Design Bootcamp was a big success! We had incredible speakers and a terrific career-advice panel, and students got multiple opportunities for one-on-one interaction and guidance.

For all you who didn't come, you have another chance at some great opportunities for feedback and info at our next event, our Pub(lications) Crawl and Portfolio Reviews on March 28. Trust us, it's worth taking a day off work (or skipping class ... but we didn't say that!).

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bootcamp Registration Closed

Thanks to all who are participating! Everyone else: sign up now for our March 28th event (see link at side) ... spots are filling up fast!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Time is running out ...

Friday's Bootcamp is coming fast. The deadline to sign up is midnight Thursday night.

And don't forget about our Pub Crawl & Portfolio Reviews on the 28th! Space is filling up.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Atten-TION! Bootcamp on Friday!

What part of "be there!" don't you understand? Trust us, after this workshop, you'll feel like part of the magazine design crew. Get the details here. Otherwise, drop and give us 20!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Competition Closed. Next event: March 14

You can sigh with relief, the deadline frenzy is over. We'll have news on the winners in the coming weeks.

But now, take a look at our upcoming events: we've got an incredible day-long workshop happening on Friday, March 14. And don't forget our Pub(lications) Crawl and Portfolio Reviews on Friday, March 28. Click on the links at the left for more details.

Monday, March 3, 2008

All Entries Due by 5pm!

It's down to hours now. Hope your entries are on their way!