Meet Your Judges — The Australian Book Design Awards 2019

The ABDA committee is pleased to announce the judges of the 2019 awards. With experience across a wide range of publishing, design, academic and retail platforms, we’re thrilled to have them on board to uncover the best and brightest, most original and beautiful designs of the last year.


JAMIE KEENAN worked in-house for Jonathan Cape and Vintage before turning freelance. Since then he has worked for a mixture of British, American, European and Australian publishers and his work has been shortlisted for the AIGA 50 Covers competition in the U.S. and the D&AD Annual in the U.K. numerous times. He has talked about and exhibited his work at the V&A in London, the School of Visual Arts in New York and for the BNO in Amsterdam. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of British Cover Design.



HELENE BYFIELD has been in books for over fifteen years, and currently works as a Buyer/Manager at Books Kinokuniya, Sydney’s largest bookstore.





HUGH FORD is a designer and illustrator with over 20 years experience working both freelance and in-house. Previously Senior Designer and then Design Manager at Murdoch Books, he now runs his own freelance design and illustration business. He also owns a baseball signed by country music legend, Kenny Rogers.




ASTRED HICKS is a freelance book designer whose distinctive work for a number of publishing houses covers fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction. She is (sometimes) a lecturer in graphic design and was the lead author of the popular text for tertiary students, ‘Graphic design {Australian style manual}’. Astred has won a number of book design awards during her 14 year career in publishing. Recently she has branched out into illustration as well as design and there are several of her hand-illustrated books either published or in the pipeline.



CLARE TERRY is the Director of Shillington Australia. Initially trained as an Interior Designer, Clare made the transition to Graphic Design over 18 years ago and has never looked back. A designer with a love of clever ideas simply and beautifully executed, she cut her design teeth working in the property sector for a boutique Sydney studio. Over the years Clare has been lucky to work within various industries across a broad spectrum of clients. During this time forming strong & lasting relationships with likeminded creatives. This love of working
with people has seen Clare teach at international design college, Shillington.



HAZEL LAM is an award winning senior book designer at HarperCollins ANZ, where she entered the publishing industry in 2013. Her experience spreads across fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books, children’s illustrated books and YA. In her previous life she has worked in motion graphics, broadcast design, magazine publishing and advertising for various clients in both Sydney and London. Hazel won ABDA’s Emerging Designer of the Year in 2018.