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ABDA Annual General Meeting 2019

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Book Designers Association Inc. will be held on Monday 12 August 2019 at 6.30pm (AEST).

Melbourne Location:
Multipurpose Room, Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre,
251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne
Followed by drinks at Jimmy Watsons Wine Bar, 333 Lygon St, Carlton

Sydney Location:
HarperCollins Head Office
Level 13, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Followed by drinks – location TBC

Time 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(please arrive at 6:15 pm to allow for recording attendance)

The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting is:

(a) to receive and consider the Annual Report of the Committee and the financial statements for the preceding financial year;
(b) confirmation of the members of the Committee
(c) to confirm or vary the amounts of the annual subscription

The ABDA Annual Report which includes nominees statements can be downloaded HERE.
The Agenda can be downloaded HERE.
Please note:
There will be no election held at the AGM due to Committee Nominations being equal to the number of positions available.
It will be assumed you have read the Annual Report and other documents prior to the AGM; they will not be reviewed in detail on the night unless they are in other business or there are specific points raised for discussion by ABDA members.

Fully Booked — Melbourne Art Book Fair Event

How do book designers work? Why do they do what they do, in the way they do it? How do they balance creative reward with commercial necessity? In this panel, presented by the Australian Book Designers Association and moderated by Will Cox, the Arts editor of Broadsheet, Miriam Rosenbloom from Scribe Publishing and Scribble talks about designing in-house for a publishing company (and how she works as a publisher in her own right with other artists and designers); Ngaio Parr tells us about the life of a freelance book designer and illustrator; and photographer Rohan Hutchinson talks about producing his own art books.


DATE: Saturday 16 March
TIME: 3pm – 4pm
COST: Free
VENUE: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International

End of Year Drinks 2018

Join the Australian Book Designers Association’s committee, members and friends to celebrate the organisation’s fifth year. Events will be held on Thursday 6 December in both Sydney and Melbourne. Everyone is welcome, with drinks at bar prices and snacks provided.

Please RSVP to Jen


Date: Thursday 6 December 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: The Clock Hotel (upstairs), 470 Crown St, Surry Hills


Date: Thursday 6 December 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Long Play, 318 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy

Trialing Bookalope Software

Several years ago, ABDA member Jens Troeger  started to build tools which extract semantic structure from a manuscript, to check a growing number of details so easily overlooked when editing, and that produce a format where you can then be creative. The formats include InDesign or EPUB for an ebook—accessibility already built in, even a print-ready PDF book, and more.

Jens’s decades of experience as a professional software architect have enabled him to build tools that support his passion for creating and designing books. Jens is seeking designers who are interested in trialing Bookalope. If you’re interested please email Jens on for more details.

ABDA Risograph Printing Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a Risograph press to make eye-popping prints and publications?

ABDA are teaming up with The Rizzeria in Sydney and Tree Paper Comics in Melbourne, to run a two hour workshop teaching you the ins and outs of Riso printing.

These workshops will be super analogue, generating images through collage, mark making etc and scanning straight from the machine bed on a variety of different stock types.

You’ll be able to design and create postcards, prints and stickers, don’t miss out book now!

Email Jen on to secure your place.



Date: Saturday 6 October 2018

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Cost: Members $50 Non-members $60 (all materials included)


Melbourne: Tree Paper Comics, Wharf St, DAC3, Docklands Art Collective, DOCKLANDS VIC


Sydney: The Rizzeria, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre (JACC), 3 Joynton Ave, ZETLAND NSW (access via Hansard Street)


Email Jen on to secure your place.


Spaces are limited so book early!



Introducing the ABDA committee for 2018/19

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of Australian Book Designers Association Inc. was held on Monday 27 August.

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

President Mark Campbell

Vice President Alissa Dinallo

Secretary Regine Abos

Treasurer Hazel Lam

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

Passion Pictures launch Illustration Division

Introducing a new agency for illustrators and creative collaborations for book cover and other creative projects. Passion Pictures have been an award-winning production company for over thirty years and have recently launched their illustration division. Representing artists for all manner of projects from print, posters, books, and editorial to murals, character design and animation. For more information email
Katie Goodwin at Passion Pictures.

Featured iilustration Floating (2017) by @tjoffkoongstudios

Cover Up at Melbourne Art Book Fair

The Australian Book Designers Association joins forces with Melbourne Art Book Fair to present Cover Up!

What makes a great book cover, who decides and how do they know?! In this panel discussion presented by Australian Book Designers Association, hear from designers, publishers and artists who have created award-winning covers to discuss the peculiar mix of art, science and instinct that goes into designing a book cover.

This is a free ticketed event, please book your ticket below.


W. H. Chong is the design director at Text Publishing and designed their logo and many of their books. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of ABDA, serving as Secretary from 2014 to 2016.

The Panel

Evi O. is a designer, art director and artist. She has worked in publishing for a decade, most notably creating award-winning illustrated books in the fields of food, design, interiors, architecture, art, garden and wellness. She practices design and art from her Marrickville studio in Sydney.

Sam Cooney runs the new-ish independent small press Brow Books, and is publisher of quarterly literary magazine He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, teaches sessionally at universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic. He has judged literary prizes, sits on a couple of advisory boards, chairs events, and in 2017 took part in the Australia Council’s ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program. Earlier this year he took part in an Australian publishing delegation tour of India.

Mary Callahan has been designing books for more than 25 years. Her passion for books has been recognised by the many awards her book designs have received. She considers herself lucky to have worked on books by many of Australia’s notable writers


Date: Sunday 18 March

Time: 11am–12pm

Place: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International


Tara Books : Concept, Art and Design — a presentation in Sydney

UTS School of Design in collaboration with the Australian Book Designers Association presents Tara Books: Concept Art and Design.

Based in Chennai, India, Tara is a collective of writers, designers and bookmakers with an inclusive and collaborative approach to publishing illustrated books. Tara Books are carefully screen-printed by hand and use unconventional binding techniques push “the boundaries of the book form in an age that is busy writing its obituary”.

In this presentation, two of Tara’s designers will showcase a range of their award-winning books, discuss the role of design in their publishing process, and explain the ways Tara collaborates with indigenous artists as well as print and production artisans.

An event not to be missed!


When: Wednesday 7 March
Time: 1pm
Where: UTS School of Design
Address: Room 109, Level 6, UTS School of Design
702 Harris St, Ultimo Sydney

Places are limited for this event.
To RSVP please email Zoe Sadokierski on

A Conversation with Designers from Tara Books India

Scribble Kids’ Books and the Australian Book Designers Association invites members and friends to an evening of conversation with visiting designers from independent publishing house Tara Books from Chennai, India. Well known for pushing the boundaries of the book form, Tara Books is a collective of writers, designers, and bookmakers specialised in visual publishing. Designers Dhwani and Ragini will give insight into Tara’s philosophy and approach of inclusive and collaborative publishing, dwelling on the role of design in the process. They will also explore the idea of the designer as author, bringing together all the elements that go into a book to create new meaning.

The event will include presentations by Tara Books designers Dhwani and Ragini, titles by Tara Books will also be on sale.




When: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 6.30pm
Where: Scribe Publications/Scribble Kids’ Books
Address: 18-20 Edward Street, Brunswick VIC 3056

Places are limited for this event.
To RSVP please email Stephanie on