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Entries are now open for the 70th Australian Book Design Awards!

ABDA is delighted to announce the 70th Australian Book Design Awards are now open for submissions! The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year.

The competition is open to books designed and published for the first time in Australia between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

Entries are open in twenty categories; all entry details are available in this year’s Submission Guidelines (PDF).

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Hurry – entries for the 70th Annual Book Design Awards close on Monday, 20 December 2021.

ABDA Committee Elected for 2021/2022

Last night ABDA held its Annual General Meeting and elected a new committee to lead the organization through the next year when, amongst other things, we will celebrate our 70th birthday!

The meeting began by thanking and paying tribute to the 2020/2021 Committee who had worked tirelessly during yet another challenging COVID-affected year. We said a fond farewell to:

Hannah Janzen (President)
Nina Heryanto (Vice President)
Pooja Desai (Secretary)
Philip Campbell (Treasurer)
Nada Backovic
Akiko Chan
Trisha Garner
Sarah Mitchell
Claire Orrell

And once these highly creative, hard-working folk had stepped down, we welcomed the 2021/2022 committee:

Gayna Murphy (President)
Mietta Yans (Vice President)
Trisha Garner (Secretary)
Nada Backovic (Treasurer)
Mary Callahan
Megan Ellis
Jenny Grigg
Danielle Maccarone
Klarissa Pfisterer
Mika Tabata

This coming year is going to be a big year – everyone loves a birthday party! – and everyone on the ABDA committee looks forward to working with you as we build up to the celebrations.

Book Design Awards Winners Stickers

 

How do you spot a well designed book?

By searching for an ABDA sticker, of course! Stickers are now available for all Winning books in the 69th Australian Book Design Awards. Created to assist publishers and booksellers promote each title’s award nominated status, these eye-catching stickers also raise the profile of the significance book design plays in publishing and bookselling. ABDA will be in touch using the Call for Entries contact details supplied when each project was originally submitted, so if you have progressed in this year’s awards, keep an eye out for instructions on how to access these stickers. General inquires are welcomed via info@abda.com.au.

Tonight’s the night!

That’s right – the Australian book industry’s night of nights has finally come around. At 6.30pm follow this link to watch the digital broadcast of the 69th Australian Book Design Awards. See you at the party!

The 69th Australian Book Design Awards Digital broadcast is only hours away!

With only one sleep to go it’s time to choose your party outfit, stock up on drinks and nibbles and get ready for the 69th Australian Book Design Awards digital broadcast – just follow this link to find out more.

Book Design Awards Shortlist Stickers

 

How do you spot a well designed book?

By searching for an ABDA sticker, of course! Stickers are now available for all Shortlisted books in the 69th Australian Book Design Awards. Created to assist publishers and booksellers promote each title’s award nominated status, these eye-catching stickers also raise the profile of the significance book design plays in publishing and bookselling. ABDA will be in touch using the Call for Entries contact details supplied when each project was originally submitted, so if you have progressed in this year’s awards, keep an eye out for instructions on how to access these stickers. General inquires are welcomed via info@abda.com.au.

Voting for Designers’ Choice Awards is Now Open!

One of our beloved traditions each year is the ABDA Designers’ Choice Awards which under normal circumstances would be voted for on the Awards Night. However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we are hosting a Digital Awards Ceremony once again this year. This means voting for the Designers’ Choice Awards will also be online this year.
We understand that online voting is not the same as being able to hold a beautiful book, feel that perfect stock and appreciate the subtle art of a carefully selected embellishment. But we have done everything we can to show you as much as possible about each Shortlisted book, and this gives you a little insight into how our Judges view and judge your submissions for Round 1 voting each year!
Who can vote in the Designers’ Choice Awards?
The Designers’ Choice Awards voting is only open to Professional Individual Members – because they are by nature the designers’ choice! These coveted awards enable peers and design colleagues to assess and vote on each other’s work in a show of support and celebration of the best of the best designs each year.
What can you vote for?
There are four award categories this year:
  • The Booktopia Designers’ Choice Cover of the Year
  • The Hachette Australia Designers’ Choice Book of the Year
  • The OPUS Group Designers’ Choice Children’s/Young Adult Cover of the Year
  • Designers’ Choice Children’s/Young Adult Book of the Year
Why is the voting form set up as shortlists?
The books eligible for each award are set up in Shortlists for each category to assist you in casting your vote. In an effort to work toward clarity and equity there are four categories: two for BOOKS and two for COVERS. The entire 2021 Book Design Shortlist is represented (except for student work and the emerging designer’s body of work) across the four categories and each one contains titles that are judged on their Cover design alone, or the whole Book package.
How do I view the books?
In order to get a better understanding of the BOOK and COVER categories, you can download the Shortlist document here where you can click on each title which will take you to the ABDA website and show you the entry details for this title.
How do I vote?
To access the voting form click here, fill out the voting form and select one book from each category.
Please note: voting closes: 8pm, Sunday 18th April, 2021
The Designers’ Choice Awards will be announced during the Book Design Awards Broadcast on June 24 and published in this year’s printed catalogue.

2021 Australian Book Design Awards Shortlist Announced!

 

2021 Australian Book Design Awards Shortlist Announced!

Congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted designers! Our hard working judges have whittled down what was already an extremely impressive longlist, taking into account each book’s merits, and reflecting on the concept, development and finished product, to come up with a shortlist of original, brave, creative and beautiful books. A list that shows that the Australian book design community is amongst the best in the world.

The full shortlist is available for download here. Awards branded assets are available for download here for promotional purposes.

The winners of the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced at the 69th Australian Book Design Awards ceremony which will be streamed live to you on all your devices on Thursday, June 24. We hope you will be able to join us then.

And professional members; make sure your membership is up to date so you are eligible to vote for the Designers’ Choice Awards:
  • The OPUS Designers’ Choice Children’s/Young Adult Cover of the Year 2021
  • Designers’ Choice Children’s/Young Adult Book of the Year 2021
  • The Booktopia Designers’ Choice Cover of the Year 2021
  • The Hachette Designers’ Choice Book of the Year 2021
Stay tuned for more information about the Designers’ Choice awards coming to you soon and, if you need to check your membership status, just email Simon on info@abda.com.au.

Book Design Awards Longlist Stickers

How do you spot a well designed book?

By searching for an ABDA sticker, of course! Stickers are now available for all longlisted books in the 69th Australian Book Design Awards. Created to assist publishers and booksellers promote each title’s award nominated status, these eye-catching stickers also raise the profile of the significance book design plays in publishing and bookselling. ABDA will be in touch using the Call for Entries contact details supplied when each project was originally submitted, so if you have progressed in this year’s awards, keep an eye out for instructions on how to access these stickers. General inquires are welcomed via info@abda.com.au.

Thursday June 24 – Save the Date!

Thursday June 24 — Save This Date in Your Diary!

We are excited to announce the Australian book design industry’s night of nights: Thursday, June 24 will see the 69th Australian Book Design Awards streamed live to you on all your devices. Join us to celebrate the most imaginative, the most beautiful and the most adventurous books published last year. Look out for further announcements as we get closer to this very special day!

And coming next week will be news of this year’s Designers’ Choice awards where ABDA members get to have their say. Professional ABDA Members will be eligible to vote on:

  • Designers’ Choice Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Book of the Year
  • Designers’ Choice Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Cover of the Year
  • Designers’ Choice Best Designed Cover of the Year
  • Designers’ Choice Best Designed Book of the Year
Make sure your membership is up to date so you are eligible to vote! More details to come next week! If you’re not sure if you have a valid membership, contact Simon at info@abda.com.au