AVA rebrand and new website!

Important brand changes for AVA Publishing and Fairchild Books

In July 2012, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc acquired AVA Publishing. Since that time there have been many changes, including the not-insignificant move from Worthing to London of AVA staff! AVA’s titles have been successfully migrated to a new home at www.bloomsbury.com/academic. But until this point, AVA has been kept as an independent imprint and the AVA Academia brand maintained. To better serve you, our customers, this is now changing. With effect from 1st April 2013, all new AVA titles will be published under the Fairchild Books name and carry the Fairchild Books logo.


Our last day in Worthing - much fun was had moving the entire office in the snow!


The Fairchild Books brand is well established and highly respected, particularly in North America. Established in 1910 and acquired by Bloomsbury in 2012, they have a long history of excellence in textbook publishing for the higher education market. The new combined Fairchild Books will publish around 50 new titles a year and have a backlist of 450 titles in fashion, interior design, graphic arts, moving image and photography and architecture. The AVA editorial team will continue to produce books with the distinctive look, feel and shape of the AVA list within the new imprint, with the additional benefits of a larger presence in the academic community, a unified brand and a simpler ordering process for customers.



Bloomsbury is an international publisher, with authors of the calibre of JK Rowling and William Boyd. It began to build its world-class academic division in 2008. It now has a particularly large presence in the visual arts, the humanities and the social sciences. Their lists benefit from a global presence, close association with a range of best-selling and highly-respected books and online platforms, and increased visibility in the marketplace. With the recent acquisitions of Berg Publishers, Fairchild Books and AVA Publishing, Bloomsbury has become the largest publisher of academic materials for visual arts in the world.


A nice selection of AVA books in their new home, in pride of place on the Bloomsbury mantelpiece!


We are incredibly excited about what the future holds for the visual arts at Bloomsbury. We believe this restructuring will be of huge benefit to our customers, authors and all those academics who rely on our textbooks in their teaching. It will allow us to offer:

One destination for all your teaching and research needs

Offering integrated books, journals and digital content to cater to all academic levels, covering introductory textbooks, practical studio guides and scholarly monographs.

A complete range of products in the following core areas:

Architecture & Interior Design
Fashion & Textiles
Film & Moving Image

Digital innovation and online resources

Building on the global success of the multi-award winning Berg Fashion Library, we have a number of other exciting digital products in development, including the Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive which is launching soon! We are also developing a range of new online resources for instructors and students to accompany our textbooks.


And to reward you for reading thus far, we can also exclusively share the very first AVA cover with the new Fairchild Book branding…and isn’t it a good one!

Becoming a Successful Illustrator | 9782940411931 | 192pp | May 2013


Other forthcoming titles from Fairchild Books include:

Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion, an inspiring and beautifully presented student guide to pattern cutting | 9782940411900 | 184pp | February 2013


The Fundamentals of Interactive Design, launching a new widely-anticipated Interactive Design series | 9782940411863 | 200pp | March 2013


Beyond Design 3rd Edition, the popular step-by-step guide to the pre-production processes of apparel product development | 9781609012267 | 576pp | August 2013


Draping for Apparel Design, 3rd Edition, a classic step-by-step guide to apparel design, now fully revised and updated | 9781609012403 | 544pp | April 2013


More information about all of these titles can be found at www.bloomsbury.com/academic. Our new Design catalogue which contains titles from across Bloomsbury’s visual arts imprints is also coming soon! Also check out our new Twitter handle, now @BloomsburyDsign.


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