Blue Door Magazine covers everything creative, upscale, and cool about coastal Orange County. We offer OC the only magazine focused on architecture, real estate, design, philanthropy, art and culture. Our photo essays and vibrant stories capture the essence of the OC coast, celebrating the countless reasons to love, live and work in this unique community.
Founded in December 2018 and headquartered in Orange County, Blue Door Magazine has an affluent audience of readers that are passionate and engaged in real estate, art, architecture and design. The magazine has been awarded a Maggie award for two consecutive years—Best New Magazine; Award of Excellence/City & Metropolitan Magazine.
Justin Williams, Founder and CEO of Blue Door Magazine says, “It takes a breakthrough publication to get noticed in Orange County. It’s this simple: Blue Door Magazine is a city magazine so relevant and interesting you’d expect to pay for it. Because it is owned by the area’s top-producing real estate firms, designers, architects and general contractors, and widely distributed for free, each issue is eagerly awaited and passed along.”
The annual Orange County Press Club “Excellence in Journalism” awards were announced July 30, 2020. The live ceremony moved online this year, with the awards announced by Blue Door Magazine editor-in-chief Kedric Francis via a Facebook Live event.
The awards are open to entry by all media—digital, broadcast, and print—in the county, as well as regional and national media work by OC-based contributors. Our Blue Door Magazine team took home 11 awards, including four first place awards, excelling in our signature specialties of design, portraits, covers, photo essays, profiles, and art and culture coverage.
Brett Hillyard, our creative director and go-to photographer, won first place in the Best Photo Essay category for his Palms of the Californias, featuring his signature stunning black and white photos. Hilly also took top honors for Best Portrait—his instantly iconic image of artist Elizabeth Turk. His editor’s note portrait of Kedric Francis at China Cove Beach took third place in the category.
Our founding designer Jonny Fuego swept the Best Page Design category, including third place for On Prints and Property, a feature on the John Baldessari exhibition at Laguna Art Museum; second for Rudi Rules ‘60s chic designer Rudi Genreich, and a first place for Guo Wow, a gorgeous story on the Guo Pei exhibition at The Bowers Museum.
Jonny and Hilly took second and third place for their collaborations in the Best Cover category, and Jim Washburn took second in Best Profile for his piece on Dick Dale.