The InPublishing Podcast


Marcus Fairs

Season 3, Ep. 8

James Evelegh talks to Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of architecture and design magazine Dezeen about:

• how getting fired led to launching Dezeen

• his global aspirations and $20 initial investment

• how Kanye West gave him his first big break

• why it's important to have a moral compass

• why journalism is undervalued but is something worth standing up for

• how they coped with Covid when their business model was collapsing all around them

• why he had to mend fences with the Italians

• why a design-led website has kept essentially the same design for the last 14 years

• why, despite predictions, advertising is still their biggest revenue stream

• their MVP approach to NPD

• why new owners JP/Politikens are such a good fit

• what the future holds for Dezeen

• and much more...

(This interview was recorded on 25th March.)

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