Astred Hicks

Design Cherry

Sydney NSW

Astred 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 a sometime 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.
Astred is a strong voice for designer’s rights and recognition and was the founder of The Nest Collective (2004–2008) an online design community created to promote female designers.

Member since 2014

  • Available for freelance work
  • Available for independent and self-publishing projects


  • Art Direction
  • Book Design
  • Education Design
  • Illustration
  • Teaching
  • Typesetting
  • Typography