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Enter now: The Thames & Hudson Award for Book Design

Posted on 08 May 2024

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we are launching a brand-new competition for students of design and illustration. Here's how to submit your entry.

About the award

The Thames & Hudson Award for Book Design celebrates the importance and value of all areas of book design, including covers and jackets, interior layouts and illustration style. We invite students enrolled in a BA or MA in the fields of design or illustration at participating universities and academic institutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland to submit their book design into at least one of the four available categories.

Entrants to this competition are asked to ‘reimagine’ the design of an iconic Thames & Hudson book, creating their own cover and an interior design concept using the briefs, images and text from real T&H books provided. There are four briefs to choose from, across four areas of our list including History, Art, Photography and Childrens books. The students can choose from any of these categories (or more than one) to submit to but should not submit to each category more than once.

Each category will have a winner, and from these four winners, one student will take home the overall Thames & Hudson Award for Book Design. There are numerous prizes up for grabs including cash prizes, T&H books, a Pantone kit, and a voucher to Klim Type Foundry.

We are also pleased to announce the all-star line-up of judges for the Award for Book Design. Each with decades of experience across some of the most well-known and influential design studios in the country, we are truly thrilled by what each panel member’s skills and knowledge will bring to the judging process.

About the judges

Astrid Stavro

Astrid is a globally recognised and awarded creative director with over two decades of leadership in design. She directs her London based studio, working with a wide range of brands and institutions in the cultural and commercial sectors. Her work is characterised by powerful ideas, exceptional craft and deep engagement with the content and audience.

A former Pentagram partner and co-founder of design consultancy Atlas, her work has been widely published and has earned hundreds of accolades. She regularly judges international design competitions and lectures extensively all over the world.

Astrid is the President of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). She is a Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art.

Fraser Muggeridge

Fraser Muggeridge is a graphic designer and director of Fraser Muggeridge studio based in London. Throughout a wide range of formats, from artists’ books and exhibition catalogues to posters, marketing material, exhibitions, websites, film titles and music, the studio prioritises artists’ and writers’ content over the imposition of a signature style.

He founded and is a tutor at Typography Summer School, a week-long programme of typographic study for recent graduates and professionals, held in London and New York. He was appointed Professor of Design at Leeds Beckett University in 2023.

His work is held at the Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library, London; Tate, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York; British High Commission Dhaka, Bangladesh and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Neville Brody

Neville Brody runs his design agency, Brody Associates, from his London studio, working worldwide with clients such as Coca-Cola, BBC, Sony Music, Channel 4, Christian Dior, Supreme, Mayo Clinic, The Times, Samsung, and Shiseido.

Previously president of D&AD, he is Professor of Communication at the Royal College of Art and a Royal Designer for Industry.

Brody leads his practice with experimentation, exploration, and discovery through influential projects such as FUSE and the ADF. He has always been focused on education and how it can change to better support creative development and opportunity.

In 2023, Brody’s hotly awaited new publication, The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 3 (NB3), was launched in partnership with Thames and Hudson. Six years in the making, NB3 is a major collection of Brody’s work produced over the last 30 years.

Johanna Neurath, Jury President

A bibliophile, image junkie and typography nerd, Johanna has worked at Thames & Hudson as a picture editor, production controller, award-winning book and jacket designer, Art Director, and Commissioning Editor for various photography and popular culture titles. She was Design Director at Thames & Hudson from 2004 – January 2024, and is now Director of special projects.

When not making books, she’s an active member of the photography community, and a regular portfolio reviewer at various international photo festivals including Arles Rencontres and Fotofest Houston, USA. Hoxton Mini Press published a book of her own street photographs: “Columbia Road”.

She has also been President of the D&AD Jury for Book Design, Juror for D&AD Next Photographer Awards and Juror for Sony World Photography Awards.

Enter now

Ready to enter The Thames & Hudson Award for Book Design? Click here to access the entry form, information about completing your entry, and other downloadable materials.


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