CRMA awards

Palm Springs Life Wins Top Design Honor at City and Regional Magazine Awards

The judges say, "This publication is a hefty and lavish delight for the senses with wonderful visual surprises.”

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One of the designs from the September 2019 issue that caught the eyes of the judges.

Palm Springs Life won the Excellence in Design award and was a finalist for the coveted General Excellence award at the 35th annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards, which streamed live on Facebook Thursday (May 21).

The judges, who evaluated 741 entries in 35 categories from 53 city and regional magazines around the United States, said, “Palm Springs Life immediately conveys luxury, prestige, and cachet. Glamorously styled photographs receive generous space, and the structure is clearly indicated with elegantly restrained typography. This publication is a hefty and lavish delight for the senses with wonderful visual surprises.”

The judges specifically praised the September 2019 edition, designed by Palm Springs Life creative director Chris Deacon. Other finalists in the Excellence in Design category included Boston, 5280, and D Magazine.

Palm Springs Life was also a finalist in General Excellence, which assesses overall writing, editing, art, photography, and design. “More than an experience, this magazine rewards readers with quality,” the judges said. “Its rich paper stock delights the fingers. Its meticulous deployment of typography and photography soothes the eyes. And its clear, confident storytelling engages the mind. A local eatery review feels like an invitation. A narrative about a former fashion icon transports its readers to an age of glamour.”


The use of photography impressed the judges.

For more than 60 years, Palm Springs Life has showcased the Coachella Valley in smart, sophisticated fashion. Every issue is a celebration of the distinctive lifestyle and landscape, from its history to its hip factor, and makes readers want to engage in all the community has to offer.

“We’re excited to be recognized as one of the best city and regional magazines in the country — especially at a time when our readers need us most,” said Palm Springs Life editor-in-chief Steven Biller. “Our talented staff and contributors are passionate about this community, and that resonates on every page of the magazine and in our digital offerings.”

This marks the fourth consecutive year the magazine has taken home CRMA awards and experienced gains in circulation and audience that defy industry trends.

More than 100 judges selected this year’s finalists. They included representatives from publications and media outlets such as The Atlantic, Best Life, Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, Country Gardens, Discover Magazine, Dwell, ESPN, Fast Company, Food & Wine, Forbes, Garden & Gun, Harvard Business Review, Life Magazine, Men’s Health, Meredith Corporation, Miami New Times, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, National Geographic, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, OH-SO, Out Magazine, Outdoor Life, Popular Mechanics, Rachael Ray In Season, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Sunset, Time, Time Out, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism.

See the full list of nominees and winners at

In addition to the editorial and design awards, the event awarded the Milton W. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award — named for the late, longtime publisher of Palm Springs Life — to Ralph Martinelli, group publisher of Today Media (Westchester, Hudson Valley, 914 Inc.) who died last November from a severe brain injury. He was 57 years old.


From the September 2019 issue, a spread on the late Arnold Palmer.