Following the sudden passing of Marcus Fairs, Dezeen’s founder, previously CEO, and editor-in-chief, on June 30, 2022, the design platform has reorganised itself. Max Fraser, the author, has been named the new editorial head of Dezeen. In this position, he will manage the different editorial and digital teams in responsible for the editorial output. He will also join Dezeen’s leadership team, which includes co-CEOs Benedict Hobson and Wai Shin Li, as well as founding director and board member Rupinder Bhogal. Fraser’s appointment, which started earlier this week, ends a four-month recruitment process that began on November 1, 2022, when Hobson and Li were announced as Dezeen’s co-CEOs.
“Our search for an editorial director was a lengthy and exhaustive process, with an extremely competitive field of candidates,” Hobson, Li, and Bhogal explained. “Max is an extremely talented and experienced design writer who really impressed us with the scope and ambition of his editorial ideas. We think he will be an excellent addition to our current team, ensuring that Dezeen continues to set the global agenda for architecture and design.” “I feel honored to be joining the Dezeen leadership team as Editorial Director,” Fraser said. “I remember when Dezeen was just an idea that Marcus and his team quickly grew into the internationally influential media platform that it is today.” Following the tragic and unexpected death of Marcus Fairs, Fraser said it was a great privilege to be able to join the rest of the talented Dezeen team to “continue his legacy in the next chapter of this thriving business.”
Max Fraser has been a design business commentator for over 20 years. He has written over ten books, including the Design UK series, Designers on Design (with Terence Conran), the London Design Guide series, and monographs on Piet Hein Eek, Luca Nichetto, and Benjamin Hubert. In addition to his work as an author, Fraser has worked as an international consultant for businesses and institutions. Since 2009, he has operated his own small publishing house, Spotlight Press, and from 2012 to 2015, he was the Deputy Director of the London Design Festival. Fraser has also worked together with Dezeen in the past.
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