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Australian Book Design Awards 2015 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners for the 2015 Book Design Awards at an event in Sydney on 22 May.

The winning titles in each category are:

Best designed literary fiction book

  • A Fairy Tale (Jonas T Bengtsson, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys


Best designed commercial fiction book

  • What Came Before (Anna George, Viking), designed by Laura Thomas


Best designed nonfiction book

  • The Fictional Woman (Tara Moss, HarperCollins), designed by Tara Moss & Matt Stanton


Best designed series (including classics)

  • ‘The Complete Asian Cookbook’ series (Charmaine Solomon, Hardie Grant), designed by Murray Batten


Best designed fully illustrated book under RRP $50

  • Design Your Life (Vince Frost, Lantern), designed by Vince Frost


Best designed fully illustrated book over RRP $50

  • The Making of Mona (Adrian Franklin, Viking), designed by Laura Thomas


Best designed cookbook

  • Movida Solera (Frank Camorra & Richard Cornish, Lantern), designed by Daniel New


Best designed young adult book

  • Why We Took the Car (Wolfgang Herrndorf, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys


Best designed children’s illustrated book

  • Mike I Don’t Like (Jol & Kate Temple, ABC Books), designed by Jon Foye


Best designed children’s fiction book

  • Caro Was Here (Elizabeth Farrelly, Walker Books), designed by Gayna Murphy


Best designed children’s / young adult series

  • ‘Choose Your Own Ever After’ series (Nova Weetman, Hardie Grant Egmont), designed by Stephanie Spartels


Indie 1000: best designed independent publication

  • Analogue Bodies Vol. 1: Feet and Teeth (Tom Lee & Zoë Sadokierski, Page Screen), designed by Zoë Sadokierski


Best designed educational primary / secondary book

  • Total Food 2 (Leanne Compton & Carol Warren, OUP), cover by Kim Ferguson, internal design by Kim Ferguson, Aisling Gallagher & Sue Dani


Best designed educational tertiary book

  • Consumer Behaviour in Action (Peter Ling, Steven D’Alessandro & Hume Winzar, OUP), designed by Regine Abos


Young designer of the year

  • Alissa Dinallo, designer of: Delicious (Ruth Reichl, A&U); Kindling (ed by Helen Scheuerer et al, Writer’s Edit); Poisoned Planet (Julian Cribb, A&U); and This Picture of You (Sarah Hopkins, A&U)


Designers’ choice best young adult / children’s cover of the year

  • Max (Marc Martin, Viking), designed by Bruno Herfst & Marc Martin


Designers’ choice cover of the year

  • A Fairy Tale (Jonas T Bengtsson, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys


Designers’ choice book of the year

  • Sepia (Martin Benn, Murdoch Books), designed by Debra Billson.


The awards were judged by designers Kirby Armstrong, Allison Colpoys, Vince Frost, Fabio Ongarato and David Pearson; Big W books buyer Meredith Drake; former S&S managing director Lou Johnson; and the Australian literary editor Stephen Romei. The designers’ choice awards were chosen by ABDA members at the winners presentation.

This is the second year that the awards have been run by ABDA, which took over management of the awards from the Australian Publishers Association. For more information about the awards, visit the website here.



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