SPF 2015: Tips | Tricks | Crits
SPF 2015 is an event to elevate design students in their pursuit of a design career. The goal of the event is to help prepare graduating students and those students who anticipate graduating within the next two years to prepare and build confidence in their skills and approach to seeking employment.
SPF has been an integral part in encouraging students and graduating designers to pursue excellence in their work and achieve success in seeking employment in design related fields.
The event consists of three primary sections: Portfolio Review, Breakout Sessions, and Networking Opportunities.
New This Year:
SPF 2015 will feature several new aspects designed to provide students with a better understanding and confidence to seek out employment opportunities and start a career in design. There will be two sessions of portfolio reviews. The morning will focus on Graduating Seniors, while Sophomores and Juniors will attend breakout session. In the afternoon, it switches with the Sophomores and Juniors in portfolio reviews and seniors in the Breakout Sessions.
• Early bird pricing. Sign up today and get the lowest cost. See ticket links below.
• Breakout sessions:
This year we are focusing on three important aspects of the employment process.
- Your Online Presence
- Where to look for job opportunities
- Interview Tips
• Onsite lunch with presentations included in price.
• More networking opportunities with professionals and other students
Studio Tours, an opening event and a closing event provide multiple opportunities for students to have more access to professionals.
• More access to experienced design professionals for portfolio feedback.
We have extended the time of each review session and have added additional judges to speed the review process.
• Separate competition judges from review judges.
• Additional Take home materials featuring Tips and Tricks for starting your design career.
Friday April 10
Studio Tours: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Each tour will consist of two studios or agencies.
Attendance is limited per tour and will be assigned on a first come basis.
You can sign up for one of the following tours by sending an email with your name and your top two tour preferences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour 1: Gardner Design then Baseline Creative
Tour 2: Associated Advertising then Jajo Advertising
Tour 3: Baseline Creative then Gardner Design
Tour 4: Jajo Advertising then Associated Advertising
Tour 5: RSA then Apples and Arrows
Tour 6: Apples and Arrows then RSA
We suggest you list your top two tour choices in case one gets filled. We will send and email response confirming your tour with information where to meet and address information.
Opening Event: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Diver Studio: 424 S. Commerce St, Wichita, KS 67202 (south of Intrust Arena)
Pecha Kucha Presentations
- Stalking Your Prey: learning all you can about the firm and person you are going to interview with.
- Interview Don’ts
- Interview Do’s
- Your Personal Brand
Saturday April 11
9:30-11:00 Session 1: Portfolio Review and Breakout sessions. Morning Review Session will include all who are also entering the competition. Those not in the competition will attend breakout sessions in the morning and review in the afternoon.
1:00-2:30 Session 2: Portfolio Review and Breakout sessions. Afternoon Review Session will include all who are NOT in the competition. Those who showed their portfolio in the morning will attend breakout sessions in the in the afternoon.
Review (includes lunch, keynote and breakout sessions) $50
Competition & Review (includes lunch, keynote and breakout sessions) $60
Lunch & afternoon breakout sessions only $35
Faculty Admission to SPF is FREE (lunch not included)
Faculty Lunch (includes Keynote Speaker) $10
Competition Set up
• Tables will be provided. 2 people per table
• If your portfolio is electronic you need enough battery power to last through the judging. We do not provide electricity.
• You will have 30 minutes to set up after the morning session of portfolio review.
• All who are in the competition will have their portfolios reviewed in the morning session and attend breakout sessions in the afternoon.
(Those not in the competition, go to breakout sessions in the morning and portfolio review in the afternoon)
• Competition Judging begins at 11:45AM and goes until completed.
• A monitor will be present in the room throughout the process.
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place portfolios. Cash prizes for portfolio awards will $150 for first place, $75 for Second, and $50 for Third.
Other prizes for each “Best” of category.
• Best Interactive Design
• Best Illustration
• Best Photography
• Best Packaging Design
• Best Logo Design
• Best Ad Campaign
• Best Motion Graphics
• 3rd Place Portfolio
• 2nd Place Portfolio
• 1st Place Portfolio
SPF 2015 is an event to help design students in their pursuit of a design career. The goal of the event is to help prepare graduating students and those students who anticipate graduating within the next two years to prepare and build confidence in their skills and approach to seeking employment.
If your organization is looking for a connection to future designers or values the education process, we have several sponsorship opportunities for you.
This event can only continue to grow with the participation by area businesses in the form of sponsorships, partnerships and community support.