The New Sylva wins major award for design and production

The New Sylva has won an award in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014.

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In the category for general non-fiction, known as “trade illustrated”, it won against stiff competition to secure the prize.

The judge’s comments:

The New Sylva is beautifully designed and produced. The stunning and delicate illustrations are printed onto a very tactile, soft uncoated stock which lends itself well to the pen and ink [pencil] drawings. Beyond its apparent simplicity and humbleness in the form and approach, what makes the book feel quite special are the details: how well the text is set and various glyphs used to animate the pages discretely and elegantly. The red and black colour palette throughout allows the book to be distinguished from other titles on nature. Overall this book is an exquisite object which invites one to learn and delve into the content as well as inspire quietness and calm.

Book designer Peter Dawson, from Grade Design, said:

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the team whose collaboration have created such a stunning title. The Awards have brought the book’s profile to the wider attention of the design, print and publishing industries and in return they have rewarded our efforts with the accolade of Best Trade Illustrated Book 2014.”

British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 – winners

The New Sylva wins design award

The New Sylva

The New Sylva

The New Sylva has won an award for design from the International Society of Typographic Designers.

The Premier Award for books was collected by Peter Dawson, Creative Director of Grade Design at a ceremony in Bexhill-on-Sea, at the De La Warr Pavillion.

Title The New Sylva
Studio Grade Design
Art direction Peter Dawson
Designers Peter Dawson, Louise Evans

Peter Dawson said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our design and craft for The New Sylva title has been recognised with a Premier Award by the International Society of Typographic Designers Awards 2014. It’s a huge coup for me personally and for the studio, as it’s such a prestigious award and one that is judged to the very highest of standards.”

The award results have posted on the ISTD website

Win a signed copy of The New Sylva

love trees love wood

love trees love wood campaign by The Sylva Foundation

Love Trees Love Wood is a campaign celebrating our relationship with trees and wood, run by the Sylva Foundation. To kickstart the campaign the Sylva Foundation are giving away a signed copy of The New Sylva on the campaign’s Facebook page – see below to enter (competition open until end August).

Digital sampler of The New Sylva

To mark the publication of The New Sylva, Bloomsbury Publishing have released a digital sampler of the book.

digital sampler of The New Sylva

digital sampler of The New Sylva

Unwrapping the first copy of The New Sylva


Author Gabriel Hemery has made a short film of the moment that he unwraps the first bound copy of The New Sylva (read more here). It offers a first glimpse inside the book for our future readers.