SPD Awards Judges Reveal What They Liked

The visual savants over at the Society of Publication Designers won’t announce the winners of their annual awards bonanza—now in its 47th year—until May 11, at a fancy bash at Cipriani in New York. However, the judging wrapped up last weekend, with co-chairs Luke Hayman, Richard Turley, and Jeremy Leslie overseeing the print judging, Scher Foord and Joe Zeff supervising the digital judging, and Robert Newman chairing the Magazine of the Year competiton. Foord, Zeff, and their trusty five-member jury were particularly busy, having been deluged with a record number of digital submissions. Not only did they get through all of the entries, but they lived to tell about it. In this video by Joe Zeff Design, judges Mike Burgess (Beattie McGuinness Bungay), Neil Jamieson (Money), Steve Motzenbecker (NYmag.com), Josh Clark (author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps), and Marisa Gallagher (CNN Digital) reveal what they liked most in the entries they reviewed and what it all means for the publishing business.