In 2011, the Australian Publishing Association awarded Sandy the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Hall of Fame Award which is presented periodically to a designer whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the standards
of book design in Australia.
Thus, Sandy became the 7th Australian book designer to be inducted into this prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’.
Joyce Nicholson (1919-2011) was an Australian author, business woman and a significant contributor to an Australian political organisation, the Women's Electoral Lobby.
She was a significant influence in the Australian publishing industry for many years as managing director, and later sole owner, of D.W. Thorpe Pty Ltd.
She authored over 25 books, many of them dealing with children and women.