Wednesday 25th January 2024 was a night to remember for Hurtwood. With four books shortlisted across the Art/Architecture Monographs, Exhibition Catalogues and Best British Book categories at the British Book Design & Production Awards, we celebrated a monumental achievement, securing two prestigious awards. This recognition not only highlights the exceptional work of Hurtwood but also the growing influence of independent publishers in the ever-evolving landscape of publishing.
The BBD&P Awards celebrate the industry’s dedication to excellence in book design and production. Recognising the outstanding efforts of publishers, printers, designers and production teams, these awards are some of the most coveted accolades in the world of books.
The team at Hurtwood, known for their commitment to showcasing unique voices and perspectives through the medium of art books, were thrilled to win in the ‘Best British Book’ category for Out in the Cold by Danie Ferreira. Hurtwood’s dedication to producing visually stunning and conceptually rich art books was also rewarded with the prestigious Book of the Year Award, which we hope will cement our reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the world of independent publishing.
The winning book, Out in the Cold captivated the judges with its innovative design, compelling content and seamless integration of text and visuals. You can read more about the winning book here.
Hurtwood’s success was not limited to a single publication. We also had two books shortlisted in Exhibition Catalogues, Rachel Jones: Say Cheeeeese and Medusa by Yoyo Munk. The Meaning of the Earth by Wolf Jahn, a retrospective on the lives and work of the artists Gilbert & George, was Highly Commended in Art & Architecture monographs.
For our Project Editor Eliza Scott, this was the first time she had attended the awards, and in her own words: ‘It was a real delight to attend the BBD&P Awards and to witness the incredible efforts of so many talented designers, production teams, printers and binders. I found it exciting to be surrounded by people who love books as much as us, and it quickly felt like being in a room of friends. Highlights included seeing the wonderful work of students nominated for awards, catching up with familiar faces like Bonnie Lo from GF Smith and Paul Kidson from Ludlow Bookbinders, and making new connections across the world of publishing and book production. I also mentally added many books to my wishlist. I was so proud to see Hurtwood’s efforts recognised by such prestigious awards, and am grateful to the BBD&PA team for organising an evening to be remembered.’
Hurtwood’s night of success at the British Book Design & Production Awards is a momentous achievement that shows our dedication to elevating the art of bookmaking. We may be small, but we have big dreams and a willingness to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of art books.
Thanks to all involved in creating these beautiful books.
The team at Hurtwood for pre-press production and project management.
Bookbinding: Ludlow Bookbinders