Offscreen is an ‘old-fashioned’ magazine in high-quality print, exploring the life and work of people that create websites and apps. We tell the less obvious human stories of creativity, passion and hard work that hide behind every interface.
Each issue is built around six lengthy interviews with creative minds of successful websites, apps and other digital products. We talk to aspiring freelancers, renowned designers and developers, and innovative founders, and ask them about their professional and private lives, what inspires and motivates them, and what goes on behind the scenes of the makers of our digital lifestyles.
We give products and services a real face by going beyond the "About" section of a website and introduce some of the lesser known people of the digital industry; presenting their personal stories. We explore how web folks collaborate, what their workspaces look like or what you may find on their desks.
As the name suggests, Offscreen is a magazine that explores what happens off the screen — outside our digital world. We encourage you to put your iPad down, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a high quality read the old-fashioned way. A physical product that can be touched, collected, and read anywhere, we think, is a logical way to present this type of content. Reading it offline, in a distraction-free environment, allows us to step away from the digital context and muse on our industry from a more perennial angle.
Originally a web designer by trade, Kai Brach launched the first issue of Offscreen in early 2012. Feeling disconnected by the fast pace and the ephemeral nature of the digital world, after ten years of freelance work Kai wanted to create something more tangible. With Offscreen Magazine, he combines both his love for technology and the web, and the unique experience of printed magazines.
In the span of three months, Kai "converted" from a UI designer to an editorial art director, not only publishing and editing Offscreen but also designing the magazine from the ground up. As such, Offscreen is still a one-man operation, and a proudly authentic indie magazine supported by amazing contributors and curious readers. Kai hopes to reinvigorate printed magazines as a choice of media that provides a welcome break from our always-on society.
3–4 times per year
154 pages, 17cm × 23cm / 6.7” × 9”
300gm²/120gm² EnviroTop, a 100% certified recycled, uncoated paper
Selfdistributed around the globe. Want to become a stockist?
Designed/published by brizk design based in Melbourne, Australia
For more information about Offscreen please download our media kit.
Another night in bed reading Offscreen Magazine. No other print publication gets me this good.”
‟Just thumbed through the first print issue of Offscreen. Impressive work.”
‟This is a pretty good lookin' magazine. Also, have to appreciate a mag that gives type design credit on the about page.”
‟If you haven't already, check out (and buy) Offscreen - probably the single most beautiful magazine I've ever seen. Inspiring stuff!”
‟Just finished reading Offscreen issue 3 cover to cover in one sitting. A++++++++, would read again.”
‟I never thought I'd subscribe to a print magazine again in my life. And yet somehow Offscreen gets it so right that I did. Well done!”
‟Just ordered Offscreenmag #2. Looks even more gorgeous than the first one, if that’s possible.”
‟It really is a lovely publication. Kai deserves a serious round of applause for pulling this off. I’m very much looking forward to future issues.”
‟If you work pushing pixels or conjuring code, Offscreen Magazine will make you feel human again.”
‟Reading Offscreen right now. Will take quite a lot of time — its just too awesome to hurry through it.”
‟It was like a mini-vacation. You will not only enjoy Offscreen Magazine, you will be looking forward to reading the next one – like meeting with an old friend to catch up. I believe this idea, now realized in crisp, printed paper, is a much needed idea whose time has come.”
‟I have Offscreen in my hands! Love the make and feel of it. First article already has me hooked. I liked the foreword and the whole premise behind it — putting a face to the pixels. So lovely.”
‟Just received my copy of Offscreen. Even better than anticipated, great work. Haven't seen a mag of this quality for a long time. Look forward to reading through it all.”
‟I’m smitten with everything about it: production values, design, and most important – the content. Super happy with it.”
‟The attention and dedication to quality work by Kai Brach is remarkable.”
‟Subscribed for the next 3 issues. Every Offscreen so far has changed the way I’ve wanted to conduct life and business. Keep it up.”
‟From the minute I took the magazine out of its carefully bubble-wrapped shipping envelope I knew it was something to be savoured. Each morning last week, I settled in to the stillness of the early morning to pore over each carefully crafted page. It all seems tightly edited and restrained: No filler. Overall I was thoroughly impressed by Offscreen.”
‟Just finished reading the first issue of Offscreen. Can’t wait to get home and order the second one, amazing!”
‟The print quality is stunning, the typography well chosen to fit the content and I really look forward to which extent Kai grows beyond himself with his little project.”
‟The newsletter, site and magazine itself feature such considered use of type, that you can almost hear design geeks squealing in delight, cycling caps being carried off by an inexplicable wind. Go buy one for yourself, then bliss out on design stories from both on- and offscreen.”
‟After reading just the editor's note in the new Offscreen, I am reminded what an awesome magazine it is. Keep the issues coming, Kai :)”
‟Got my Offscreen issue 2 today. It is a work of art in itself. Great job Kai!”
‟My summary of Offscreen: emanates tranquility, restful for eyes and mind, content drew me in — I felt welcome, like sharing over cup of tea.”
‟Offscreen arrived yesterday. Was a real treat to kick back on the couch with a beer and have a read. Really impressive. Congrats.”
‟I whole heartily recommend Offscreen. Printed beautifully, lovely design and the content is even better.”
‟Just finished Offscreen No. 2. Great job! Everything you’re doing with that magazine is worth it. Thank you.”
‟Read Offscreen issue #1 on the train from Berlin to Prague. First time in a long time that I've read a magazine cover to cover! NEED to get my hands on issue #2.”
‟The enthusiasm, and unique offer, behind Offscreen has seen it embraced by the industry it represents as well as curious insiders. Offscreen also represents one of the first pure examples of the digital 'flip-flop' that will define the media of our age.”
‟Web workers: if you haven't discovered Offscreen Magazine, you're missing out. Required reading — thoughtful and beautiful.”
‟If you work with pixels, buy a subscription to Offscreen Magazine right now - you're going to absolutely love what you see.”
‟I love your mag... it's amazing with how much love and power you made a great product.”
‟Finished No2 in one day, just like No1. Offscreen has earned a special place in my thoughts. Thanks for the fantastic work.”
‟Just ordered my copy of Offscreen. Great enough to be exempt from my war on print.”
‟What I need is real people I can actually identify with. Offscreen is full of them; people who are two, five, ten years ahead of me, who share similar interests with me, and live a balanced lifestyle I can totally picture myself living five years from now. Reading about their lives just inspired me a ton.”
‟Thanks for an amazing magazine, I was waiting for something like this for many years. Keep up the good work.”
‟Love the idea of digital content presented in beautiful enduring print. Great design & great content. Rocking. Also love the way Offscreen handles advertising with a fair, tasteful non-obtrusive approach. Other magazines should take note.”
‟It's the first mag I've read every word, cover to cover (including the ads) ever…such inspiring people. Just awesome.”
‟I got my copy of Offscreen Magazine in the mail this week, damn. Love it! Thanks Kai Brach for making this!”
‟The magazine is beautiful, and stuffed with much more great content than I expected. Good work!”
‟Finished reading Offscreen issue #2. Love the unpretentious format and content.”