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Design Inspired Rare Book Event in Sydney

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The Australian Book Designers Association in partnership with the State Library of New South Wales invite ABDA members in Sydney to a special viewing highlighting some of the 20th century design resources available in the Library’s collection. Items on display will include the screen print for Martin Sharp’s psychedelic cover illustration for Oz featuring Bob Dylan and A specimen book of Pattern Papers designed for use at the Curwen Press, 1928.

When: Thursday 23rd February 5.30 pm

Venue: The State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street

Meeting in the Foyer of the Mitchell Library for a 5.30pm start.

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This is a free event, places are strictly limited—bookings are essential.
Contact Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.

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Design Inspired Rare Book Event Melbourne

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The Australian Book Designers Association in partnership with the State Library Victoria invite ABDA members in Melbourne to a special viewing highlighting some of the 20th century design resources available in State Library Victoria’s collection including a beautiful portfolio of Pochoir illustrations of Paris shopfronts from the 1920s, followed by a visit to the Library’s Mirror of the World exhibition.

When: Thursday 16th February 5.30 pm

Venue: The State Library of Victoria,

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This is a free event, places are limited—bookings are essential.
Contact Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.

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End of Year Drinks

Join the Australian Book Designers Association’s committee, members and friends and celebrate the organisation’s third year. Events will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 30 November at Pocket Bar, Surry Hills and in Melbourne on Thursday 1 December at Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy. Drinks at bar prices — everyone welcome.

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Sydney

Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Pocket Bar 13 Burton Street, Surry Hills
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Melbourne

Date: Thursday December 1 2016

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Provincial Hotel, 299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
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RSVP here

Farewell to ABDA Manager Claire Smiddy

On behalf of the ABDA community, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the incredible Claire Smiddy who served as the inaugural ABDA Manager for the past two years. Claire is moving on to a full-time position as Marketing, Communications and Events Officer at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne. During her time with ABDA, Claire organised the submissions, judging and celebrations for the 63rd and 64th annual Book Design Awards with graceful efficiency. Claire was instrumental in developing ABDA’s content-rich website, as well as coordinating the tours of international ABDA guests David Pearson and Jon Gray, and introducing administrative order to the Association.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of dealing with Claire will know her to be calm, frighteningly well organised and remarkably attentive to the smallest details – during Jon Gray’s stay in Sydney, Claire arranged for a Father’s Day card to be delivered to his hotel from the ABDA ‘family’. There will forever be a gin-cocktail with your name on it at our end of year drinks, Claire.

Although Claire will be sorely missed, the ABDA Committee is excited to welcome Jen Toogood as the new Manager. Jen comes to us with a strong background in marketing, business management and book publishing, most notably as a Director and Marketing Consultant for award-winning design consultancy Design By Committee.

 

Zoë Sadokierski

President
Australian Book Designers Association

 

Introducing the New ABDA Committee

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of Australian Book Designers Association Inc. was held on Tuesday 30 August.

The following ABDA members were elected to serve on the committee for the next 12 months:

President Zoë Sadokierski 

Vice President Matt Stanton

Secretary Adam Laszczuk

Treasurer Mark Campbell

Committee Members

The Annual Report of the Association, as presented at the AGM, is now available to download (PDF).

If you have any questions about the committee, the annual report or anything else, please get in touch via info@abda.com.au.

Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Book Designers Association Inc. will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 30 August 2016

Melbourne Location
Activity Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre,
251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Sydney Location
Room 735, Level 7, UTS Building 6
702 Harris Street, Ultimo

Copies of the meeting agenda, committee nomination forms and proxy forms have been circulated to members.

If you are a current ABDA member and did not receive this information, or if you have any questions about the AGM, please email info@abda.com.au.

Jon Gray in Australia

We are delighted to announce that celebrated London-based designer Jon Gray, AKA Gray318, will be visiting Sydney and Melbourne this September.

ABDA will be presenting two exclusive masterclasses with Jon, as well as partnering with The Wheeler Centre for one public lecture.

Tickets for all events are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Sydney Masterclass

Date: Saturday 3 September, 2pm – 5.30pm
Venue: University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo
Tickets: $85 for ABDA individual members*, $110 for non-members
This is a small group workshop aimed primarily at professional designers.
A maximum of 20 tickets will be available.
Booked out – join the waitlist

Melbourne Public Lecture
Take Cover: Jon Gray on Book Design

Date: Monday 12 September, 7.30pm
Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Tickets: $12 for ABDA individual members* & concession, $20 full price
Book now via wheelercentre.com

Melbourne Masterclass
Date: Wednesday 14 September, 2pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton
Tickets: $85 for ABDA individual members*, $110 for non-members
This is a small group workshop aimed primarily at professional designers.
A maximum of 20 tickets will be available.
Booked out – join the waitlist

* ABDA individual membership costs just $50 for one year. Members receive discounted event tickets, discounted awards entry fees, a profile on the ABDA website and member savings from partner organisations – join now.

 

About Jon Gray
Jon Gray is one of the most celebrated book designers in the world. He has designed and illustrated book covers for publishers around the globe. His work famously adorns books by Jonathan Safran Foer (recall the red hand of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, A.M Homes and Roald Dahl. Other clients include Nike, Hewlett-Packard, The New York Times and the Berlin Opera.

Gray Collage

Melbourne Drinks Night and Film Screening

Join ABDA for drinks and a free screening of the 2009 documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak.  

Directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze, this 2009 documentary is a loving look at one of the most cherished, talented, and controversial figures in children’s literature.

This is a free event for ABDA members and friends. Seats are very limited and bookings are essential.

If you have any questions please email info@abda.com.au.

Details

  • Wednesday 27 July 2016
  • Drinks from 7pm; film screening starts at 8pm
  • Longplay Cinema & Bar
    318 St Georges Road
    Fitzroy North, Melbourne
    (Tram No. 11, Stop 24)

Award Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the 64th Australian Book Design Awards.  If you haven’t yet caught up with the winners, the full list can be found here and photos from the night are on our Facebook page.

A special congratulations to Tony Palmer who was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. An extended interview with Tony will be published on the site soon.

The beautiful hardback catalogue for the 2016 awards is now available for purchase. Thank you to designer Alissa Dinallo, printer OPUS Group and paper suppliers Spicers making this year’s catalogue possible.

A national touring exhibition of 2016’s shortlisted and winning books, hosted by Australian Academic Design Libraries, begins in June at the University of Tasmania’s Morris Miller Library in Hobart. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Thank you to all of our members, sponsors and supporters for making the third ABDA-run awards possible.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Image: Alessia Ferraro Photography

The 64th Australian Book Design Awards 2016

Join the Australian Book Designers Association to celebrate the most original and beautiful book designs of the year.

This year the party returns to Melbourne, with spot-on food and drink, our famous show bag and ABDA’s well-earned reputation for a sensational night out.

Our venue is Shebeen on Manchester Lane in the city. Doors will open at 7pm and the on stage proceedings will commence at 8pm.

The master of ceremonies for the evening will be comedian, musician and former librarian Josh Earl.

To view the shortlist for the 2016 Awards please click here.

 

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UPDATE
This event is currently fully booked. Please click here here to join the waiting list and you will be contacted if a ticket becomes available.

 

Date: Friday 13 May

Time: Doors open at 7pm
On stage proceedings start at 8pm

Location: Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne

 

Ticket Prices

ABDA Members  $75
Non Members  $90

 

ABDA individual membership costs $50 for one year. Click here to find out more.