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Books, Design and Culture

June 28, 2017
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ABDA Awards Interview

I talked to the Australian Book Design Association about book cover design and judging this year’s ABDA Awards: I think we’re seeing a more global approach to covers as a result of publishers deciding to hold on to the international … Continue reading

May 29, 2017
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Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Australian Book Design Awards, which were announced on Friday in Sydney. I was honoured to be the international judge this year (even if some of my favourite covers didn’t win!).  

April 13, 2017
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Australian Book Design Awards 2017 Shortlist

The Australian Book Design Association just announced their Shortlist (PDF) for the 65th Australian Book Design Awards. Happily (if somewhat implausibly), I was asked to be the international judge this year (you can read about the other, imminently more qualified judges, here). As a … Continue reading

June 10, 2016
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Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue 2016

Earlier this week I received a copy of the 2016 Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue designed by Alissa Dinallo. My photos don’t really do it justice, but it is a thing of beauty: You can buy a copy of the catalogue from … Continue reading

May 14, 2016
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Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners of the Australian Book Design Awards 2016 announced yesterday in Melbourne!   See all the winning designs on the ABDA website.

April 13, 2016
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Australian Book Design Awards 2016 Shortlist

ABDA, the Australian Book Designers Association, recently announced the shortlist for the 64th Australian Book Design Awards. As in previous years, the shortlist includes some cracking designs in a wide-range of categories. The finalists for literary fiction are pictured below: … Continue reading

August 24, 2015
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David Pearson on Slow Design

Award-winning Australian designer and art directer W. H. Chong interviews David Pearson — who is giving a series of talks on book design in Australia this week — for his column Culture Mulcher: I love the Gandhi quote, ‘There is more to life … Continue reading

May 22, 2015
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Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2015

Congratulations to all the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards Winners! You can find all the winning designs on the Australian Book Designers Association website.

April 28, 2015
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Australian Book Design Awards 2015 Shortlist

Australian Book Designers Association recently announced the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards 2015 and, as in previous years, there are some great covers to be seen. I particularly like that they have an award for Young Designer of the Year. The … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
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2015 Design Awards

Happy New Year! Now that all the amateur ‘best of 2014’ lists are out of the way, it’s time for the professionals submit their covers to the actual design competitions. Last week 50 Books / 50 Covers opened for entries. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

July 22, 2014
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Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

Peter Long, Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, has kindly let me know that the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards has been announced. The Book Design Awards are Australia’s longest running  graphic design awards, but in 2013 the Australian Publishing Association … Continue reading

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