ABDA exists to support Australian book designers – to promote their work to, and connect with, the broader publishing community. In addition, we aim to discover and foster emerging talent. Through our public talks and workshops, digital showcases and the national annual Book Design Awards, ABDA provides a dynamic network for industry professionals.
This website, launched in October 2015, provides an online hub for the community. Offering news, forums, educational events and a searchable archive of each year’s award categories, it is an invaluable resource for present and future Australian designers.
ABDA exists to serve its members. We encourage feedback and suggestions, please email us with ideas and feedback about events, blog posts or anything else you’d like to see more or less of.
Mary Callahan Design
Mary has been designing books for more than 20 years. Her passion for this pursuit has resulted in a high profile throughout the publishing industry and is recognized by the many awards her book designs have received. Since expanding her…View profile
Mietta YansVice President
Designer, HarperCollins ANZ
Mietta is a Melbourne based book designer, currently working within the Harper by Design imprint, in the HarperCollins Design Studio. With an array of print experience behind her – magazine, children’s publishing and even a stint in advertising – she…View profile
Freelance typesetter and pre-press expert
Megan is a typesetter and pre-press operator based in Collingwood, Melbourne. She’s an InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator pro and wears many hats along the publishing process, including image work and preparing and outputting files for print, and has an extensive…View profile
Liz Seymour is a Sydney-based freelance book designer with over 20 years experience. She designs across a diverse range of genres, such as children’s fiction, illustrated non-fiction, lifestyle and corporate books.View profile
Ashley TardyCommittee Member
Ashley has been working in the creative industry for the last 9 years. Her love of book cover design began whilst working with local playwrights and productions companies, within the Melbourne theatre scene. She has been working at Oxford University…View profile
Josh DurhamCommittee Member
Design by Committee
Josh worked in magazine design before setting up his company Design by Committee under the mentorship of Australian book design luminary W.H. Chong. He draws upon a broad skill base to offer both illustrative and concept driven solutions to literary…View profile
George SaadCommittee Member
George is a freelance book designer and the recipient of the Emerging Designer’s Award, 2022. He loves type, and gets inspiration from film and other media. He is interested in blending the traditional world of books with more modern media.View profile
Klarissa PfistererCommittee Member
With a background in design and branding in Australia and the UK, Klarissa launched Pfisterer + Freeman in 2000, specialising in book projects for publishers big and small and for independent authors with an idea or story to share. She…View profile
Susan LeCommittee Member
Designer, Art director & Illustrator.
Susan Le is a designer, illustrator and art director at Evi-O.studio. Books have always been her passion. She studied Visual Communications Design at UTS and has been designing and illustrating books since 2018. Susan believes nothing can replace the joy…View profile
Sophia MatelliCommittee student intern
Sophia Matelli is a third year Communication Design student at RMIT University and has found a passion within book design, print media as well as the art of curation. Her design values lie within the handmade process and tangible outcomes.View profile