SPD Announces ‘Magazine of the Year’ Contenders, Medal Finalists

The Society of Publication Designers has announced the finalists in its annual design competition, now in its 47th year. On the print side—chaired by Luke Hayman (Pentagram), Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture), and Richard Turley (Bloomberg Businessweek)—the hotly anticipated “Magazine of the Year” category is dominated by men’s titles, including last year’s big winner, GQ, along with three chiseled faces from abroad: IL – Intelligence in Lifestyle (a magazine of Italian business daily Il Sole 24 ORE), Lotus, and Port. They’ll duke it out against a trio of nimble weeklies: fresh-faced Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME, and ever-snappy New York. Also among the well-deserved finalists in various print categories: The New York Times Magazine‘s inspired “Can the Bulldog Be Saved?” cover, the terrific “Forever Kate” issue of Elle Collections (UK), September W portfolios by the unstoppable Stevens (Meisel and Klein), and the “United States of Design” feature in Fast Company, which is also a contender for best redesign. And over in the digital category, co-chairs Scher Ford (Time Inc.) and Joe Zeff (Joe Zeff Design) virtually sifted through a record number of entries. Among the tablet apps that emerged at the top are those of Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, and SPIN. Click here to download the full list of SPD finalists. The gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced on May 11 at a gala in New York.