Rediscover Print

Offscreen is a high-quality print periodical with an in-depth look at the life and work of people that use the internet to be creative and build successful businesses. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the technology that makes your digital lifestyle possible? We invite you to turn off your device, grab a cup of coffee and meet the people behind bits and pixels off screen.

A Print Magazine about Pixel People

With the omnipresence of technology and the web, we easily forget what goes into making our digital lifestyle possible. Offscreen is a printed magazine that examines and celebrates the hard work and creative thinking that happens behind the scenes of websites, games and apps.

Each issue is built around six lengthy interviews with creators and innovators of digital products. Offscreen talks to aspiring freelancers, renowned designers and developers, and ingenious entrepreneurs to find out how they use technology to solve problems and be successful.

Offscreen wants to give abstract products a real face by exploring the personal stories that lie behind million-dollar acquisitions, bootstrapped companies and passionate side projects. It’s a window into the lives of people that object established thinking and instead take risks to push forward with the aim to advance themselves, their company or, indeed, humanity through technology.

Why Print-Only?

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 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 the fast-paced world of bits and pixels from a more perennial angle. Offscreen is a proponent of The Slow Web, the idea that not all that is instant and fast is necessarily good for us.

A One-Man Magazine

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 digital, 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.

Kai Brach

Transparency First

Born as an experiment by an industry 'newbie', Kai made his entire process of creating a new indie magazine public via Offscreen's blog, tenaciously putting transparency first. His behind-the-scene posts include details about his design decisions, self-distribution, working with contributors, replacing advertising with sponsors and much more. He also recently opened his books to the public.

Recent Interviews

Video Discussion on Print Publishing in the Age of the iPad
The Fox is Black
Stack Magazines
Athenaeum
The Spit Press

Check the media folder for more info/material.

Photos of Offscreen Magazine (top) by Harald Völkl. Portrait of Kai (bottom) by Mark Lobo Photography.

Specifications

Frequency

3–4 times per year

Format

154 pages, 17cm × 23cm / 6.7” × 9”

Stock

300gm²/100gm² EnviroTop, a 100% recycled, uncoated paper produced with carbon-neutral energy certified by Germany’s Blue Angel and Europe’s Flower eco-labels.

Typography

Tiempos by Klim and Adelle Sans by Type Together (from No7)

Print/Shipping

Printed by AZ in Berlin, Germany
Shipped by OML out of Berlin, Germany

Distribution

Self-distributed around the globe. Want to become a stockist?

Publisher

Published, edited and designed by Kai Brach based in Melbourne, Australia

Press/Media

For more information and imagery please check our media folder.

Icons on this site by Shoestrap, Dave Gandy and Daniel Bruce.

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