Epic Magazine

Arab Spring Break

In our second installment with Epic Magazine, a collection of extraordinary true stories, we remastered a story about a 21-year-old UCLA student who left his $9,000-a-month internship in search of a real experience. He ended up fighting with the rebels in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi where things got really really real.

The story originally appeared in print, but we used interactive as a story-telling medium with actual photos and videos from Chris' experience.

Strategy

Breaking the story down

The story itself is broken down into three distinct periods that are interwoven. We looked at Chris before Libya, Chris in Libya, and then his subsequent return for Spring Break as distinct moments within the story.

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Setting the stage Presenting Chris' backstory meant a looking into a life of structure. The design and interactions reflect this, with a bit of foreshadowing of what is to come.

Typography

Setting the mood

The type choices for the story are deliberate in conveying the overall feel of the story. The traditional serif fonts in the first section with a forced justified alignment reflect Chris' life in the bubble. When he lands in Libya, the type feels grittier and starts to break free from the grid. On his return for Spring Break, the treatment shows the parts of the first two sections as Chris has absorb the experience, but ultimately returns back to his life in the United States.

Photography Chris' experience in Libya was well documented, providing us with an amazing range of photos to help tell the story.

Photography Chris' experience in Libya was well documented, providing us with an amazing range of photos to help tell the story.

Interactive

Chris breaks free

As the story shifts gears, so does the interactive experience. The browsing experience changes from a top-down scrolling experience to a left-to-right scrolling experience. 

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Conclusion

Spring Break

As Chris returns to Libya for spring break, we return to a similar interactive experience that blends elements of the first two. Chris has, at this point, returned to his life in the United States, although he has also absorbed the experience of Libya.

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