Outsider Magazine is a global quarterly Adventure & Travel Hub’s magazine based in Ireland, merging style with thoughtful, intelligent content. The aim was to revitalise the magazine’s appearance and present the reader with an innovative and engaging design ideas, whilst retaining its aesthetic identity.
We started with quantitative and qualitative research to get under the skin of the brand, the magazine and target audience. We wanted to establish who made up the brand’s fans and set targets for growing the magazine in the coming years. From desk research and one-to-one interviews, we developed a deep understanding of the product.
What we’ve done
Creating an unforgettable magazine
With this research, we set out to create a magazine that could compete effectively for the hearts and minds of readers and adventurers across multiple markets. Beyond the magazine, it was important that we set up templates and direction to communicate the company’s values in the magazine.
Building on an established identity
Outsider’s visual approach is well-established. Retaining the magazine’s recognisable structure and grid, we commissioned a suite of strong, impactful and playful photography. We used loose, hand-inked section titles and more organic elements to create a contrast between the photography and formal type grid.
A magazine that demands to be read Our goal was to support a photo-driven editorial style while breathing new life into the magazine format. The result is a magazine that demands to be read – the clean, engaging layouts make a great case for the paper-and-ink edition. Its vibrant and lasting visual impact really draws readers in deeper as they explore the magazine. Following on from the this project, we have continued to work with Outsider to help them develop and execute a long-term design approach for the brand.