The Outpost: The possibility
By Admin I: I’m writing this post with so much enthusiasm blended with insecurity. We had and still having visual publications attempts in Lebanon, we failed and still failing to take this successful attempt beyond a euphoric celebratory night and make it a true worthy experience. Let’s start with a what if: What if it made a huge buzz then died in a redundant cycle? What if the content became secondary to the name and what if it became too cool to keep having insightful information? It happened before: Plastik, TimeOut, Ragmag, IN and other magazines did it, flattened their content, then some, only some were able to rework the balance.
The Outpost’s first impression is ‘different’, a meticulously well designed publication with attention to the smallest of details: typography is one main aspect of this whole experience! Who said modern is sans serif, and who said being hip requires flashy colors and bulky type? The Outpost managed to take a step beyond those boring 2-3 years of design; a reach to classicism and structure, with a hint of personal deviations making just the right amount of newness!
The visual interest of ‘The Outpost’ is highly complemented by a rich content: Music, fashion, design and socio-economical topics presented in 3 main entities: What’s happening – What’s not happening and what could happen, all enhanced through color coding and a set of beautifully designed illustrations and information design, even if aesthetics dominated the ‘K.I.S.S’ concept in almost all infographics in the magazine.
“The Outpost is the new face of Lebanese magazines; highly dense in information and very well done infographics. The magazine offers in its first issue a new hope for the Lebanese youth, although it did not fail to tickle my cynicism with the cheesy ‘what if… the world is ours, bla bla’, the craftsmanship and the whole studied visually pleasant layout makes you unable to put it down” Says Admin N, a brofessional diva that’s making a special appearance for this post only!
In the end, yes, it’s not really cheese-proof whether talking about the exaggerated ‘everything is possible, Superman exists’ or their ‘negotiating happiness’ – following a certain report – topic, but all in all, ‘The Outpost’ is totally worth a chance, being the only magazine joining research and information to design. We’re so past Lala au pays des chouchou magazines, aren’t we?!
Cheers to you guys!