To celebrate its 75th anniversary, illustrated book publisher Thames & Hudson will launch a new publishing program, book design, award, and branding.
In May, T&H will launch Pocket Perspectives, a series of small-format books featuring "timeless works by writers and thinkers who have shaped the conversation across the arts, visual culture, and history," per a press release. The six inaugural titles are: Linda Nochlin On the Body, E.H. Gombrich On Fresco Painting, John Boardman On the Parthenon, Julian Bell On Painting, James Hall On the Self-Portrait, and Griselda Pollock On Gauguin. Two additional titles in the series—Lucy Lippard On Pop Art and T.J. Clark On Bruegel—are slated for September.
In Fall, T&H will launch the T&H Gift Lab, spearheaded by Marc Valli, who joined T&H in early 2023 and was previously publisher of Laurence King's art, gift, and trade divisions. The new division will include gifts, games, and puzzles produced in collaboration with T&H authors and artists. The inaugural T&H Gift Lab titles include the storytelling jigsaw puzzles The Odyssey in 1,000 pieces and The Story of Art in 1,000 pieces; card games such as Queen of Arts: Women Artists Playing Cards; a children’s activity kit about Matisse; and a line of products by T&H children’s author Yuval Zommer.
Additionally, this year T&H will launch the Thames & Hudson Award for Book Design, open to students of graphic design and illustration. The award will comprise four categories—art, photography, history, and children's books—across which entrants can reimagine the design of newly published T&H books. The inaugural judging panel includes creative director and president of the International Society of Typographic Designers Astrid Stavro; graphic designer and typographer Neville Brody; Fraser Muggeridge, founder of Fraser Muggeridge Studio; and T&H director Johanna Neurath.
Finally, T&H has unveiled its 75th-anniversary branding and logo, as well as a rebranding of its children's list, which will use a logo featuring "chubbier, cheekier dolphins and a lower-case wordmark" beginning this month.