AGDA and Spicers Paper are proud to welcome Alison Forbes and Mimmo Cozzolino to the Hall of Fame.
Alison Forbes (1933–) was the first full-time independent book designer in Australia. In a pioneering career which paralleled the transformative period of Australian publishing, Forbes designed hundreds of titles. Her remarkable legacy can be seen today on the bookshelves of Australian homes, libraries and schools.
In the third year of her illustration and design course at Melbourne Tech (now RMIT), Frank Eyre of Oxford University Press came to talk to students about design and the world of publishing. Always interested in books, she could not imagine a more desirable lifetime career.
Her industry experience began in 1953 as an illustrator with the Herald, freelancing as a book designer after hours. In 1955 her illustration and design for Alan Marshall’s I Can Jump Puddles was acknowledged in the Australian Book Publishers Association (ABPA) Books of the Year. It was the first of many awards to come...
Mimmo (Domenico) Cozzolino (1949–) occupies a unique position within the annals of Australian graphic design. His multi-faceted career has embraced design practice, cultural research and publishing, fine art photography, pedagogy and more.
Mimmo was raised in the town of Herculaneum in the shadows of Mt Vesuvius, immigrating to Australia with his family in 1961. He began an engineering course at Preston Tech before switching to graphic design at the Prahran College of Advanced Education (later Swinburne University). It was at Preston Tech that he first met Con Aslanis, a Greek immigrant who has played a central role in his life, both personally and professionally. Following brief stints working in Sydney (at Monad Marketing with Ricci Eaton), and Melbourne (at NAS Advertising with Eric Maguire) he began freelancing alongside Aslanis.
Cozzolino’s studio collaborations with Aslanis, initially as All Australian Graphics (1972–74), and then the seven person illustration collective All Australian Graffiti (1975–78), resulted in some of the most influential local work of the 1970s. As outsiders, these ‘New Australians’ provided a unique perspective on their adopted country, reflecting inward for inspiration, while many of their colleagues looked to Europe or the US for their reference points. The Kevin Pappas Tear Out Postcard Book, an irreverent look at Australian culture, personified the studio’s output. Published by Penguin in 1977, the book sold 24,000 copies, an incredible success. Phillip Adams summed up their contribution; “in the past immigrants like William Dampier and James Cook had discovered Australia. In the early 1970s, Mimmo and Con discovered it all over again”...