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Beautiful Books: How to Design an Australian Classic

Join W.H. Chong for the first in an occasional series on the art and artistry of book design, be it traditional dust-jackets or futuristic visions of books of the future. Publisher’s brief: ‘Here are thirty Australian literary classics - we need a series look which makes every book look fresh and exciting.’ So began a year of design adventures for the multi-award winning cover designer, W.H. Chong. Join us for an illustrated talk in which he reveals how he translates complex, much loved classics, into celebrated cover art.


Portrait of W.H. Chong

W.H. Chong

W.H. Chong is a book designer and design director at Text Publishing. A founding member of ABDA (Australian Book Designers Association), he also writes on visual art for Daily Review and on design for Chong is an inductee of the Australian Book Designers Hall of Fame, and has spoken about book design on radio and at literary festivals. His work can be seen at


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