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Design Elements Showcase Series

The ABDA Committee are excited to announce submissions are now open for the next annual ABDA Showcase. This year our Showcase will be a four-part series focusing on the design elements of Colour, Pattern, Line and Shape.

ABDA Showcases are online exhibitions that celebrate the work of our Members through the lens of one theme or element. This allows us to expand our appreciation of book design outside of the competitive framework of annual awards, and focus on specific qualities. 

We are focusing on the building blocks of design and communication – Colour, Pattern, Line and Shape – to joyfully celebrate the skills displayed by book designers to create creative pieces that compel, engage and influence a publisher’s audience. So dig deep into your design education, and find your best example of your creative solution using primarily one of the chosen design elements.

We invite all ABDA Members at any stage of their career, to submit their design for one of the featured elements. These can include hand drawn, illustration, photographic, collaged, mixed-media etc. to be shared online and celebrated by our community.

Submissions are open to ABDA members, free to enter and there is no restriction on when the work was designed.

Colour: 6 May
Pattern: 13 May
Line: 27 May
Shape: 3 June

Each Showcase will be published on the ABDA website 1 week from the closing date. Keep an eye on social media for updates!

If your membership has expired and you wish to rejoin ABDA, please fill out a membership form here before entering your showcase design.

Enter below:

Design Elements Showcase

  • Submissions are open for the next ABDA Showcase – a four-part series focusing on the design elements of Colour, Pattern, Line and Shape.

    Enter below

    Please fill out all relevant fields and upload between 2 to 4 images of your work (for cover designs please include a front and full cover). The images should be 72 DPI in RGB, 1550 pixels high and JPG format. There are no restrictions on time frame for when works were published for this Showcase and only one entry per member is permitted.

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