BBD&P Awards laud UK book design and manufacturing


Around 250 leading lights from the UK’s book publishing and production industry celebrated the best in British book design and production at last night’s BBD&P Awards.

19 awards were handed out at the glittering ceremony at London’s spectacular De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms last night, whittled down from a shortlist of more than 150 books. The event was hosted by broadcaster and author Penny Smith.

“Thanks to lockdown and the past 18 months and especially after looking at all of the wonderful [shortlisted] books out there [in the foyer], I’m reminded again of Frank Zappa’s immortal words ‘so many books, so little time’ – well, we’ve had a bit more time,” said BPIF CEO Charles Jarrold, who used his opening address to highlight the rude health of the UK book industry by citing last year’s 4% growth in consumer book print sales to £1.7bn.

While the 2020 awards were cancelled due to the pandemic, Jarrold said they had bounced back stronger than ever this year with a record level of entries, more than 500.

“So, congratulations to all those shortlisted and thank you to judges who spend days working through all of them, tonight is an event for you, the creatives and the creators, the printers, the publishers, the designers and the students and your supplier partners to celebrate and champion the best in design and production of printed books.”

The big winner on the night, taking home four awards in total, including the Book of the Year crown for i.Detroit, was west London-based Boss Print.

I.Detroit brings together beautifully a combination of design, creative and print production with technology,” said the judges.

Boss Print receiving its Book of the Year trophy from Chris Aked, sales & marketing manager – Commercial Printing Group at category sponsor Canon UK and Smith

“What an incredible night that was to be meeting everyone in-person, and celebrate the production and design of beautiful books together,” said Boss sales and marketing manager Bonnie Lo.

“It’s been an absolute honour to be part of the BBD&P Awards this year and have the opportunity to showcase the best of what we at Boss do here in London.”



See below for the full rundown of winners, more details available here.

2021 BBD&P Award Winners

Brand / Series Identity
Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows – House Editions, Bloomsbury Publishing
Printed, bound and finished by CPI Books

Limited Edition & Fine Binding
Marrakesh, Leslie Gerry Editions
Printed by Fineprint Services and Leslie Gerry Editions
Bound and finished by Ludlow Bookbinders

Self-Published Books
i.Detroit
Printed by Boss Print
Bound and finished by Diamond Print Services

Digitally Printed Books
Marrakesh, Leslie Gerry Editions
Printed by Fineprint Services and Leslie Gerry Editions
Bound and finished by Ludlow Bookbinders

Exhibition Catalogues
Some Are Born to Endless Night – Dark Matter, Typographics
Printed by Fuller Davies
Bound and finished by Diamond Print Services

Photographic Books
Capri
Printed, bound and finished by Boss Print

Art / Architecture Monographs
Leng Bingchuan: Master of Chinese Black and White Art, ACC Art Books
Printed, bound and finished by Artron, China

Graphic Novels
COMA, Myriad Editions
Printed by Lee Fildes Book Services
Bound and finished by Pozkal, Poland

Trade Illustrated
Strata, Thames & Hudson
Printed, bound and finished by Shenzhen Reliance Printing Co, China

Lifestyle Illustrated
Ekstedt: The Nordic Art of Analogue Cooking, Absolute Press
Printed, bound and finished by C&C Offset Printing Co, Hong Kong

Literature
The Phantom of the Opera, The Folio Society
Printed, bound and finished by Eberl & Kösel, Germany

Educational Books
I Can Draw, Thames & Hudson
Printed, bound and finished by Everbest Printing, China

Scholarly, Academic and Reference Book
Charles Booth’s Poverty Maps, Thames & Hudson
Printed, bound and finished by Shenzhen Reliance Printing Co, China

Children’s Trade 0 to 8 Years
Make Tracks: Farm, Nosy Crow
Printed, bound and finished by Leo Paper Products, Hong Kong

Children’s Trade 9 to 16 Years
The Deathless Girls, Hachette Children’s Group
Printed, bound and finished by Clays

Best Jacket / Cover Design
Vivienne Westwood Catwalk, Thames & Hudson
Printed, bound and finished by C&C Offset Printing Co, Hong Kong

Best Student Book
Monstrous Carbuncle, Seb Lansdowne, University of the West of England
Printed, bound and finished by Taylor Brothers Bristol

Best British Book
i.Detroit
Printed by Boss Print
Bound and finished by Diamond Print Services

Book of the Year (selected from the winners of the other categories)
i.Detroit
Printed by Boss Print
Bound and finished by Diamond Print Services

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