Dezeen's year: our highlights of 2012

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Dezeen in MacBook Pro launch

And finally... 2012 has been a vintage year for Dezeen, with a major award, high-profile collaborations with Apple and Google and record-breaking traffic to our website.

Dezeen is "best architecture blog"

We were extremely flattered in July when UK newspaper the Independent named us the best architecture blog (above).

Dezeen named Digital Business Publisher of the Year 2012

Things got even better later that month when we won the prestigious Association of Online Publishers' award for Digital Business Publisher of the Year (above). The jury described us as "A smart entrepreneurial brand, with beautifully designed products - from websites to pop-up shops. Strong evidence of experimentation, fast growing revenue and audience".

Dezeen in iPhone 5 launch in Korea

We were involved in the biggest tech event of 2012 when Apple included us in the launch of the iPhone 5 in September. As well as featuring in the Keynote launch in San Francisco, Dezeen featured in the global launch movie for the new product (the image above is from the Korean version).

Dezeen features in Apple MacBook Pro launch

Apple featured us again the following month in the launch of the new MacBook Pro (above). Apple used Dezeen to show off the high-resolution Retina screen of its updated range of laptops.

Dezeen in Field Trip by Google

In October we teamed up with Google for the UK launch of Field Trip, an app that pulls up stories from our archive that are relevant to your location. Look out for further map-related collaborations with Google next year...

Dezeen highly commended as digital service of the year at IBP National Journalism Awards

In November we came close to scooping a second award. We were highly commended in the Digital Service category at the International Building Press awards, where judges described us as an "exciting and successful site" that “presented a progressive direction for a digital publication, while informing on new designs in images, video and words.”

Guardian Architecture and Design Blog

Finally we were tickled to learn that UK newspaper the Guardian launched its new Architecture and Design Blog (above) with the express intention to "beat Dezeen". Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.

Our visitor figures were our best ever this year too, with over 33.5 million visits (up 20% on last year) and over 93 million page views (up 20% on last year). Thanks to all our readers and here's to an even better 2013.

The number of video plays during the year was over 2.2 million - almost treble the number of plays in 2012.

  • frank

    Congratulations. You really do offer a good blog that helps keep one in sync with the contemporary trends. Keep it up!

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    Show offs ;)