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Australian Book Design Awards 2018 longlist announced

The 2018 Australian Book Design Awards longlist has been announced.

Longlisted titles in some of the categories are:

Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover

  • And the Fire Came Down (Emma Viskic, Echo), designed by Sandy Cull
  • Deadly Kerfuffle (Tony Martin, Affirm Press), designed by Josh Durham
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook (ed by Christopher Sequiera, Echo), designed by Josh Durham
  • The Girl in Kellers Way (Megan Goldin, Michael Joseph), designed by Adam Laszczuk
  • The Hot Guy (Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris, Echo), designed by Alissa Dinallo
  • The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club (Sophie Green, Hachette), designed by Christa Moffitt
  • The Student (Iain Ryan, Echo), designed by Alissa Dinallo

Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover

  • Basket of Deplorables (Tom Rachman, Text), designed by Josh Durham
  • Disappearing off the Face of the Earth (David Cohen, Transit Lounge), designed by Josh Durham
  • Some Tests (Wayne Macauley, Text), designed by Josh Durham
  • The Animators (Kayla Rae Whitaker, Scribe Publications), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • The Gulf (Anna Spargo-Ryan, Picador), designed by Emily O’Neill
  • The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook (Michael Brooks, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • The Town (Shaun Prescott, Brow Books), designed by Brett Weekes & Rosetta Lake Mills

Best Designed General Nonfiction Book

  • A Perfidious Distortion of History (Jürgen Tampke, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • Anaesthesia (Kate Cole-Adams, Text), designed by Sandy Cull
  • Balancing Act (George Megalogenis, Black Inc.), designed by Peter Long
  • Last Words (Barry Dickins, Hardie Grant), designed by Hardie Grant Books
  • Saga Land (Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason, ABC Books), designed by Evi O and Daniel New

Best Designed Autobiography/Biography/Memoir Nonfiction Cover

  • First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan), designed by Daniel
  • New Neon Pilgrim (Lisa Dempster, Ventura Press), designed by Josh Durham
  • Scoundrel Days (Brentley Frazer, UQP), designed by Josh Durham
  • The Museum of Words (Georgia Blain, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • The Trauma Cleaner (Sarah Krasnostein, Text), designed by W H Chong
  • Things That Helped (Jessica Friedmann, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • Understory (Inga Simpson, Hachette), designed by Grace West

Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book

  • Aussie Legends Alphabet (Beck Feiner, ABC Books), designed by Hazel Lam
  • Florette (Anna Walker, Viking), designed by Bruno Herfst & Anna Walker
  • Gaolbird (Simon Barnard, Text), designed by Simon Barnard
  • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus), designed by Philip Bunting
  • Slow Down World (Tai Snaith, Thames & Hudson), designed by Wendy Fox
  • The Bum Book (Kate Mayes, illus by Andrew Joyner), designed by Andrew Joyner
  • Under the Love Umbrella (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys), designed by Allison Colpoys
  • What’s up Top? (Marc Martin, Viking), designed by Bruno Herfst & Marc Martin

Emerging Designer

  • Grace West
  • Jessica Horrocks
  • Karen Wallis
  • Louisa Maggio
  • Hazel Lam

Longlists were announced in 16 categories, including Best Designed Series (including Classics), Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book Under $50, Best Designed Cookbook, and Best Designed Independent Book for titles with a print run of fewer than 1000 copies.

The judging panel comprises Coralie Bickford-Smith, Alex Ross, Kasia Gadecki, Andrea McNamara, Warren Taylor, Suzy Tuxen, and Andy Warren.

The Australian Book Design Awards ‘celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year’, and is administered by the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA)

The shortlist will be announced on 9 April and the winners will be announced at the Awards Party on 25 May at The Craft & Co in Melbourne.

The awards evening will also include the announcement of the designers’ choice awards that ABDA members vote for on the night.

To learn more about the awards, and to see the longlists for all categories, see the ABDA website.


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