Debra Billson

Senior Designer, Freelance

Melbourne VIC

When Debra was a child, she wanted to be a commercial artist, just like Darrin Stephens from Bewitched. But after a 12-month work experience placement at a publishing house, she discovered her true love – book design. She spent the 90s as a studio manager, creating products for children whilst mentoring young designers and students. Debra then landed her dream job at Penguin Books, working across all genres with some of Australia’s top authors for almost a decade, until starting her own business in 2007. Her latest accolade was to win the ABDA 2015 Designer’s Choice Book of the Year for her work on Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn.

Member since 2014

  • Available for freelance work


  • Art Direction
  • Book Design
  • Typography

Selected Awards

  • 2015 Winner, Designer's Choice Book of the Year
  • 2007 Commended, Best Designed Illustrated Book
  • 2007 Commended, Best Designed Cook Book
  • 2006 Finalist, Best Designed Literary Non-fiction Book
  • 2004 Finalist, Best Designed Illustrated Non-fiction Book