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ISLANDIA, NY—InspireDesign, the newly launched media brand from ICD Publications, which is also publisher of Hotel Business, based here, is the winner of the 2018 Folio: Eddie Award for Best New Launch, B2B. It also received an honorable mention, in the same category, in this year’s Folio Ozzie Awards.

The prestigious publishing awards celebrate “uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design.” The Eddie Awards recognize editorial excellence, and the Ozzie Awards, outstanding creative design. A panel of judges narrowed the list of roughly 2,500-plus nominations to roughly 800 finalists, and winners were announced and celebrated at an Awards Gala at New York City’s Hilton Midtown on October 9.

More than 350 magazine media executives gathered to honor the recipients.

“The Eddie & Ozzie Awards recognize the pillars of magazine and digital publishing—outstanding journalism and content, photography, design and the extremely talented people who produce it,” said Caysey Welton, content director at Folio: “No other program celebrates a wider range of publications. Year after year, the entries continue to impress all of us here at Folio. It’s inspiring to see all the great work our community produced over the past year.”

“What an honor to receive such an outstanding acknowledgment of our concept, execution and dedication to the InspireDesign brand,” said Editor-in-Chief Christina Trauthwein, who, with Publisher Allen Rolleri and Director of Design & Technology Eliud Custodio, was in attendance to accept the Eddie Award. “This wholly validates our belief that this magazine—and its companion digital offerings—is a fresh approach to design inspiration and creativity.”

“The entire InspireDesign team is so honored and excited to be recognized by Folio: for both its unparalleled editorial content and stunning creative design,” said Publisher Allen Rolleri. “We are extremely proud of this media brand, debuting this year in a very competitive environment—and, now, receiving accolades from a jury of magazine industry peers.”

InspireDesign is published quarterly, reaching an audience of approximately 17,000 hospitality designers. Its core contents—inspiration, imagination, innovation, insight and process—aim to inform designers’ approaches to developing and executing highly aesthetic and functional projects.

“With all of the challenges print media has had to—and continues to—face over recent years, it’s encouraging to be honored for a new magazine launch,” said Dave Palcek, president & CEO, ICD Publications. “We knew this was the right time to enter the space with an imaginative and refreshing alternative to looking at and reporting on the design industry. More than ever, people want ‘unique’ and ‘authentic,’ and our readers are no different; InspireDesign delivers that expectation, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team effort it takes to develop and produce such compelling content.”