Hachette UK: A River of Authors

Hachette UK, the UK’s second largest book publisher, recently brought its 9 publishing houses together under one roof in their new riverside offices on Victoria Embankment, London.

Our strategy was to unlock the histories of all 9 publishing houses and weave them together into a cohesive brand for Hachette UK, while also respecting the proud independence of each publishing house in the group.

We researched every author and book title they published from the foundation of the oldest, John Murray, in 1768 onwards. From this we created a mural running throughout the offices, featuring the names of 5000 prominent authors, in the shape and colours of a river referencing the riverside location of their headquarters. Each name is hand drawn and colour coded to the publishing house who first published them, giving each publishing house its own identity within a cohesive whole. New authors names are added every year, making the mural a living and growing homage to Hachette and its writers.

The River of Authors became the centrepiece of a broader refresh of the Hachette UK brand.

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This stunning mural, running right through our building, demonstrates our pride in our authors and in our history.

Clare Harington, Group Communications Director

 

Winner of 'best interior project' at the British Sign Awards 2016

A River of Authors / Lift Lobbies
 

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"A rare combination of creativity and forensic attention to detail"

Malcolm Edwards, Chairman, Gollancz

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"A magical way to tell our story!"

Clare Harington, Group Communications Director

A River of Authors / Lift Lobby

450 square metres of river mural

A River of Authors / Lift lobby
 
A River of Authors / Lift Lobbies

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"The crowning glory in our beautiful building"

Clare Harington, Group Communications Director

A River of Authors / Lift lobby

Hachette UK: A River of Authors

created by The Graphic History Company
Hand Lettering by Kate Forrester, The Artworks