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Thames & Hudson titles shortlisted for British Book Design and Production Awards

Posted on 04 Nov 2021

Seventeen of our titles have been shortlisted in the British Book Design and Production Awards, one of the most prestigious recognition events for British book design and production.

Having secured seventeen nominations in ten of the eighteen categories, our books are represented in categories ranging from ‘Best Jacket/Cover Design’ to ‘Limited Edition and Fine Binding’ and ‘Children’s Trade 0 to 8’.

Among the titles shortlisted are Vivienne Westwood Catwalk, the first comprehensive overview of Vivienne Westwood’s womenswear collections, from her 1981 debut to today, STRATA: William Smith’s Geological Maps, a large-format compendium of the groundbreaking work of William Smith, the unsung ‘father of English geology’; and Stanley Donwood: There Will Be No Quiet, a collection of personal notebooks, photographs, sketches and musings from the artist behind Radiohead’s iconic artworks, revealing the creative process that has earned him a cult reputation.

The shortlisted titles are:

Art & Architecture Monograph

Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo by Kengo Kuma

Stanley Donwood: There Will Be No Quiet by Stanley Donwood, contribution by Thom Yorke

Best Jacket / Cover Design

Japanese Design Since 1945 by Naomi Pollock, foreword by Masaaki Kanai

Vivienne Westwood Catwalk by Alexander Fury, contributions from Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler

Brand/Series Identity

The Illustrators Series (various authors)

Children’s Trade 0 to 8

Mole in a Black and White Hole by Tereza Sediva

Educational Books

I Can Draw by Peng

Ways of Drawing: Artists Perspective and Practices edited by Julian Bell, Julia Balchin and Claudia Tobin

Lifestyle Illustrated

The MR PORTER Guide to a Better Day by MR PORTER

Limited Edition & Fine Binding

Tim Walker: Shoot For The Moon by Tim Walker

Photographic Books

John Galliano for Dior. Photographs by Robert Fairer, foreword by Hamish Bowles, preface by André Leon Talley, introduction by Oriole Cullen, essay by Ivan Shaw and texts by Iain R. Webb

Model City: Pyongyang by Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapić. Foreword by Pico Iyer. In collaboration with Koryo Studio

Mona Kuhn: Works by Mona Kuhn. Contributions by Rebecca Morse, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Avedon, Chris Littlewood and Darius Himes

Scholarly, Academic & Reference Books

Charles Booth’s Poverty Maps by Mary S. Morgan, Iain Sinclair, London School of Economics

Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited by Dr Drew Gray

Trade Illustrated

Nature’s Palette: A colour reference system from the natural world by Patrick Baty. Contributions by Peter Davidson, Elaine Charwat, Giulia Simonini and André Karliczek

STRATA: William Smith’s Geological Maps. Foreword by Robert Macfarlane, edited by Oxford University Museum of Natural History


Johanna Neurath, Design Director, says: ‘Right through the design and production process we aim to give our books a distinct personality, bringing text and imagery to life. If we have crafted our work well, the finished book should enhance the content and provide the reader with sensory pleasure. It’s very gratifying to see the judges have recognized this achievement in so many titles across our list.’