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Education Gateway Magazine: Our Biggest Challenge Yet

We are very excited to announce our biggest ongoing project yet: a multilingual (English & Arabic) magazine available in print and online called Education Gateway. We have worked closely with Prime Education Consultancy to create a brand, a magazine and a website with the purpose of helping Libyan students and young professionals further their education and professional careers.

This is one of our most unusual briefs to date, partly due to the challenges of creating a bilingual magazine featuring English and Arabic content side-by-side – it involved a lot of research and a definite step outside of the comfort zone – however, with four issues now under our belts we feel confident dealing with Arabic, and well equipped to work on multilingual projects in future. In the initial stages of research many questions came up, for example:

  • How do you present English and Arabic side by side in a magazine?
  • How should English and Arabic content be organised on a website in an easily navigable and manageable way?
  • How do you manage and deliver communications with a multilingual email subscriber list?

 

 

Through research, development and trial and improvement, we overcame all of these challenges, and are proud to say that the first issue of the magazine was very well received, with an estimated readership of around 6,000 and more online, and those figures look to be increasing in the more recent issues.

 

The bilingual website has now been officially launched, and we are in the process of developing and optimising it further.

 

Issue 1 of the magazine is now available on Issuu, Newsstand, in PDF form and in print.

Please take a look, and feel free to comment both here and on the Education Gateway website!

Layouts for Blankpages

Between 2009 and 2011 we took on pro bono work designing an online magazine for Blank Media Collective, Blankpages. This soon became the largest single layout design project we had undertaken. Here is a small selection of the issues we put together.

Hover over the right hand side of each front cover to find clickable arrows you can use to flick through the issues. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, this probably won’t work – sorry about that.