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April 13, 2017
by Dan
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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

December 7, 2016
by Dan
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Notable YA Book Covers of 2016

Hot on the heels of my annual covers post, here is my look back at the year’s young adult book covers. As in previous years, this list is a somewhat crowd-sourced affair, so I must thank all the designers and Twitter-folk who … Continue reading

November 27, 2016
by Dan
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Notable Book Covers of 2016

It is that wonderful/awful time of year. Wonderful because we get to look back at some of the amazing work people have done over the past 12 months. Awful because lists are arbitrary and someone always misses out. I’m not going … Continue reading

August 11, 2016
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note August 2016

Back from vacation and back to the grind… August is traditionally a slow month in publishing, but that isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of great covers around at this time of year… Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe; … 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
by Dan
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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

March 8, 2016
by Dan
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52 Women Book Cover Designers

If you follow the Casual Optimist on Twitter, you will know that a couple of weeks ago design studio Aishima asked people to tweet about inspiring women graphic designers using the hashtag #celebratewomen. As today is International Women’s Day, I thought … Continue reading

May 22, 2015
by Dan
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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
by Dan
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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

April 20, 2015
by Dan
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Salman Rushdie and Adult-YA Crossovers

The cover of the US edition of Salman Rushdie’s first adult novel in seven years. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Random House, September 2015), was revealed on Buzzfeed last week. While the cover itself is perfectly fine, the most remarkable thing about … Continue reading

July 22, 2014
by Dan
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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

March 12, 2014
by Dan
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Recent Covers of Note March 2014

The Arsonist by Sue Miller; design by Greg Heinimann Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor; design by Clare Skeats Beauty by Frederick Dillen; design by Christopher Lin Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey; illustration by Millie Marotta; design Samantha Johnson / … Continue reading

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