Two Merit Awards and a Medal Finalist at SPD 54
MARCH 15, 2019

Point Five and our wonderful collaborators received several honors for our work on Columbia Journalism Review at the Society of Publication Designers 54th Annual Design Competition. The Threats Issue was a medal finalist, recognized for overall issue design. Esther Wu’s design work on The Jobs Issue received a merit award, and Nicolas Ortega’s piece in The Race Issue received a merit award for illustration. 



The Threats Issue (Winter 2018) was recognized for best overall issue design in the category of Custom Publishing/Brand/Trade/Institutional/Education. Cover and opening feature illustration by Melinda Beck. 



The “Productivity” spread from The Jobs Issue (Spring/Summer 2018) was a Merit Winner in the Single Page/Spread category. Design by Esther Wu. Photographs by William Mebane. 



Nicolas Ortega’s illustration from The Race Issue (Fall 2018) was a Merit Winner in the Single Illustration category. Art direction by Alissa Levin. 


Gratitude to all our creative collaborators, and the team at Columbia Journalism Review!

About SPD
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