Dezeen wins two trophies at British Society of Magazine Editors awards

Dezeen wins two trophies at British Society of Magazine Editors awards

Dezeen has won two more awards, scooping the specialist editor of the year and independent editor of the year categories at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.

Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs was named specialist editor of the year at the BSME's 2020 awards, which were announced on 11 February 2021 after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Always at the top of their game, this brand continues to evolve, innovate and find new ways to engage its audience," said the judges.

Fairs also won independent editor of the year, with judges particularly praising Dezeen's Virtual Design Festival.

"This magazine made a positive of the lockdown, with a new initiative that chimed with readers and produced tangible results," judges said.

Dezeen wins eight awards in 2020

The double victory comes on top of six other awards Dezeen won in 2020. This makes 2020 Dezeen's most successful year ever, notching up record audiences with over 110 million page views to the website and substantially increasing our social media following.

Three of the awards were for Virtual Design Festival, with our Dezeen Day conference scooping another and founder Marcus Fairs winning the digital leadership prize at IBP's annual journalism awards ceremony.

Dezeen has a strong track record of wins at the BSME Awards, which are considered the most prestigious prizes for British editors.

Fairs was previously named digital editor of the year in 2018, while the Dezeen Hot List was named best digital content idea at the 2017 awards.

Former editor Anna Winston was named business digital editor of the year in 2015 and Fairs also took home the business web editor of the year award in 2013.

In addition, Fairs won the BSME's Brand Building Initiative of the Year award in 2005 for the Icon Design Trail, which he created while editor of Icon magazine. This means he has won BSME awards five times in total.