IDG’s InfoWorld Illustrations Honored By Society Of Publication Designers

SAN MATEO, Calif.–May 12, 1997– Two sets of InfoWorld illustrations have been selected as winners in the Society of Publication Designers’ (SPD) annual show of top illustrations. Both sets were honored in the "spots" category for illustrations one-third of a page or smaller. This is the second year in a row that InfoWorld has placed in this competition.

For over a quarter of a century, SPD has been a driving force for quality and innovation in publication design. Since drafting its charter in 1965, SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the concerns of trade, corporate, institutional, newspaper and consumer editorial art directors.

The first set of illustrations are a series of InfoToons, technology-related cartoons that appear on InfoWorld’s "From the Editor in Chief" page. The award-winning artwork by Carolyn Fisher is a result of significant efforts InfoWorld Associate Art Director Brian Duval invested into finding and developing talent for the relatively new feature, according to Sandy Reed, InfoWorld editor in chief.

"When we began printing InfoToons last year, most were reprints of cartoons that appeared originally in other publications," explained Reed. "But that wasn’t good enough for Brian, who thought the cartoons published in InfoWorld should express our own design personality. He began working with a handful of illustrators like Carolyn to create original InfoToons. The efforts have certainly paid off, as witnessed by this honor from the SPD."

The SPD also honored a second InfoWorld contributor, Gene Greif, for a series of illustrations published with Robert X. Cringely’s "Notes from the Field" columns. InfoWorld Design Director Lisa Sergi worked with Greif to produce the award-winning illustrations.

"Spot illustrations are often the unsung hero of any editorial page," said Reed. "But a creatively designed and executed spot can effectively communicate complex ideas in a compact space, and the works produced by Gene and Lisa do just that."

The InfoWorld illustrations are among one hundred chosen for exhibit May 13 through June 22 at the Museum of American Illustration, Society of Illustrators in New York. Illustrations published in magazines, newspapers and annual reports are eligible for entry into the competition. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., InfoWorld Publishing Company publishes InfoWorld, the pace-setting IS newsweekly that focuses on editorial coverage of client/server products used in corporate enterprises. InfoWorld’s $10 million cross-platform, networked test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry’s most trusted testing of enterprise products. In addition, InfoWorld’s news organization has earned a reputation for the timeliness and accuracy of its coverage of the people, technologies, products and companies that make a difference in the IT industry.

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InfoWorld Publishing Company is a wholly-owned independent business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and research company. IDG publishes more than 275 computer magazines and newspapers, 450 book titles, 90 expositions, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices worldwide.