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Dodgy Paper Making Workshop Melbourne

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make beautiful hand-made paper?

ABDA are teaming up with Dodgy Paper in Melbourne, to run a two hour workshop teaching you the ins and outs of hand-made paper making.

The Pulp Professor Dodgy Roger of Dodgy Paper will guide you through the process of making hand-made paper. From pulping, to pulling and pressing we will make a batch of Dodgy Paper using your scraps/waste or what is on hand at Dodgy Paper.

A small amount of paper waste/scraps.
This could be printing waste, old book/magazine pages, recycling. Anything that was paper can be made into paper again.

Please wear clothes that don’t mind getting a bit pulpy, or splashed with water.
Also please wear thick/warm clothes and shoes if the weather is cold as the warehouse gets chilly.

Spaces are strictly limited, don’t miss out book now!


DATE: Saturday 26 October

TIME: 11am – 1pm

COST: ABDA Members $50/Non Members $55

VENUE: Dodgy Paper, 1 Verve Street, Richmond

TO BOOK: email to secure your place.

Production Officer Sydney University Press

Production Officer Sydney University Press

  • Exciting opportunity for an experienced Production Officer to manage book production for Sydney University Press
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time continuing, remuneration package, $101,898 to $109,850 p.a (which includes salary, leave loading and 17% superannuation)

About the opportunity

We are looking for a Production Officer who uses creative, conceptual and information design skills to create and typeset compelling designs in print and digital formats for each book accepted for publication by Sydney University Press. You will apply your expertise to produce marketing collateral across a variety of print and digital media.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Production Officer who demonstrates:

  • High level skills and understanding of book production and design workflows, and production software and tools including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and web design
  • Demonstrated project management skills to manage production schedules for several concurrent complex publishing projects
  • Technical understanding of electronic publishing standards such as XML, HTML, ePub etc and implementation in the production process
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external clients ensuring that clients’ needs are met while exercising tact and diplomacy
  • Adaptability and willingness to adjust to changing priorities
  • High level attention to detail in editorial processes

About us

The Scholarly Publishing team is part of the Access Services division of the University Library. The primary responsibilities of the team are Sydney University Press (SUP) and its scholarly book publishing program, and journal publishing support for Sydney Open Journals. Since 2005, SUP has published over 200 new research titles in the fields of animal studies, archaeology, Australian literature, copyright, education, history, public health, public and social policy, urban planning, social work, healthy ageing and Indigenous issues. In July 2018 the SUP team won a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the University Community. For further information visit

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.

For further information and to apply please see the position description.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 9 September 2019

Bookalope Designer

Bookalope are looking for a hands-on book designer.

Bookalope have developed a set of AI-assisted tools that help with the analysis, clean-up, and conversion of book manuscripts to various file formats for publishing and continued production. In order to expand their offering to customers with respect to styling choices, they are looking for a book designer who can help build a number of book designs for ebooks, print, and InDesign.

Being comfortable with CSS is a requirement, as well as using InDesign to create layouts.

For more information, please take a look at their website, Medium or email

Introducing the new ABDA Committee 2019/2020

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Australian Book Designers Association Inc. was held on Monday 12 August.

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

President Hannah Janzen

Vice President Astred Hicks

Secretary Pooja Desai

Treasurer Andy Warren

Committee Members

The Annual Report of the Association, as presented at the AGM, can be download here (PDF).

If you have any questions about the committee, the annual report or anything else, please get in touch via

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