There’s not a lot of independent magazines in existence in the Middle East. Fewer still that cross over into a global market (there’s that prohibitive language barrier that gets in the way). And when you look at the few that are on offer (I can actually only think of Brown Book ) it seems there’s only one that really deals with the realities of life in the Arab world.
The Outpost’s inaugural issue landed in September 2012 and since then has garnered a reputation for high-quality journalism and incredibly considered design (the folks at Rifle manage the visuals). But in spite of that, the realities of independent publishing mean the Beirut-based title are looking to their readers to fund their 2014 editions. So if you’re not already a fan, you should consider becoming one, and if you’re already familiar with their work then you probably appreciate the importance of this title. In both instances, we reckon this is one publication that’s deserving of some support – after all it’s hard enough producing mags in a place with a magazine outlet on every street corner.
We’ve not got our hands on the their third issue yet, but by all accounts it looks like a corker.
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?