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.
Designer / Lecturer
Zoë is an award-winning designer and writer, and the current President of ABDA. Zoë lectures in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she runs a research studio investigating the evolution of books in the digital…View profile
Matt StantonVice President
Matt Stanton worked with the Design Team at HarperCollins Aust & NZ for twelve years, including four years as the Head of Design. He is an award-winning book designer with experience across all genres and serves on the ABDA Committee.View profile
Executive Designer, Penguin Books Australia
Adam started work in the magazine industry in Melbourne and abroad. He then accepted a job as a designer for Business Development at Penguin Books and after a year or two, he moved across to the book design department where…View profile
Head of Design at HarperCollins ANZ and ABC Books
Mark is Head of Design at HarperCollins ANZ and ABC Books. Over the past decade he has worked in design and project management across theatre, film, television, events, advertising and animation, and been a regular guest speaker for…View profile
Freelance Book Designer
Alissa is a Sydney-based book designer who has worked in-house at Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. When not designing for commercial publishing houses, Alissa also works closely with writers to create artist’s books and typographic works. She is…View profile
Senior Designer, Black Inc. Books
Peter Long is the Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, and is the Art Director for The Monthly magazine. Before books he designed mostly for stage and film. He is also a filmmaker; the short film A Telephone Call for…View profile
Art Director, Text Publishing
Imogen is the art director at Text Publishing, where she has worked as a book designer and production manager since 2011. In 2015 she was shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards. Previously she…View profile
Senior Designer, Scribe Publications
Laura is a Melbourne-based book designer. She has a number of years of experience working across a wide variety of titles as an in-house designer at Penguin Random House, and is now a senior designer at Scribe Publications.View profile
Freelance Book Designer
Lisa White is an award winning freelance designer with many years experience in the publishing industry. She previously worked inhouse for Scholastic, spent a decade with Allen & Unwin and most recently was Head of Design for HarperCollins Australia and…View profile