Astred Hicks

Astred Hicks

New South Wales

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Illustrator / Designer
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Astred is an Australian book designer, illustrator and author whose distinctive work for a number of Australian and International publishing houses covers fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction and children’s non-fiction.

She has lectured in graphic design and was the lead author of the popular text for tertiary students, ‘Graphic design {Australian style manual}’. She is a previous Vice President of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA).

Astred has won a number of book design awards during her 15-year career in publishing. Recently she won the Best Designed Children’s Non-Fiction Illustrated Book award in the Australian Book Design Awards 2020, as well as being Highly Commended in two other categories. Her illustration work has been shortlisted for a number of awards including for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award 2020 and the Wildlife Society's Environmental Award for Children's Literature 2020.

Astred has given a number of workshops and talks on book design. She has enjoyed collaborating with young creatives from primary school to junior high school, both in person and via Zoom. Through discussing book design and illustration process, idea creation, concept development and design thinking, Astred shares her years of publishing experience while celebrating design with young people who are a savvy, engaged and design-aware audience.

In 2020 Astred was invited to speak at the international design conference Adobe MAX, where she co-presented a talk on the secrets woven into book cover designs. She has also presented to the Australian publishing industry at APA/ABA Children’s Publishing seminars and to authors, aspiring and published, at the NSW Writers' Centre.

A versatile and engaging speaker, Astred reveals the often-overlooked visual processes involved in the world of publishing. With a particular emphasis on the conceptual design of books and book covers, Astred invites audiences to take a closer look.

 
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