To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

– G.K. Chesterton


‘Fragments’ by James Firnhaber

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Welcome to Issue 10!

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Thank you once again for the many supportive words to the intro in the previous issue. It’s really uplifting to know that the DD readership does not shy away from challenging topics. I think we’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to having these difficult conversations about ethics and morality in the tech world. But I'm cautiously optimistic as I outlined in my editor’s note of Offscreen Issue 18.

I’m currently in transit so today’s intro is a bit shorter than usual. Enjoy this issue and have a great week! – Kai


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Apps & Sites

TeamWatch →

Status indicator for remote teams

TeamWatch is a small app for your Mac menu bar (but also available for Windows) showing the current status and time zone of all of your team members around the globe.

Amelia Timer →

A beautiful, free interval timer

“Just a couple taps to set your interval length, break length, and number of sets. No ads, no bloat, just a simple periodic timer.”

Macaw →

Twitter, summarised

This iOS app looks through all the people you follow on Twitter and compiles a compact summary of the most-liked tweets of your stream.

Fast Poll →

Simple online polls, fast

As the name suggests, Fast Poll allows you to create open (or private) opinion polls you can create and share in seconds – wrapped in a lovely interface.


A Magna Carta for the Web


If you believe in an open and fair web, please take five minutes out of your day today to read up on this new campaign by Tim Berners-Lee: the #ForTheWeb campaign reflects on what the web has allowed humanity to accomplish over the past nearly 30 years, examines the current trends that threaten its future, and outlines actions we must take to reverse these trends and ensure that the web remains free and open for everyone:

More about the campaign
Read the ‘Contract for the Web’
Add your voice to this campaign


Goods & Accessories


De-sk →

The modular desk system

A resizable and affordable desk system that allows you to pick and rearrange panels with various functions: from power points to wireless charging pads to built-in pots for plants.


Company of One →

The antidote to the growth hacking frenzy

Written by Offscreen alumnus Paul Jarvis, Company of One is a book about staying small: ‘The real key to richer and more fulfilling work could be to not create and scale something into a massive corporation, but rather, to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one.’ (Pre-order now, release in Jan 2019)


Overheard on Twitter

I rarely use the term ‘agile’ these days. If I mean ‘responsive to change’ or ‘adaptive’, I just say those words. If I mean ‘self-organising’, I say it. If I mean ‘lightweight’, I say that. If I mean ‘cynically exploiting a trend to sell certifications’, I say that.



Food For Thought

The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good Phone. But Maybe Phones Have Gone Too Far.  →


A product review that ends with ‘Jesus. What's happening to us?’ is worth a read even if you're not in the market for a new phone. I‘ve upated my phone last year too and reading through some reviews at the time I couldn‘t help but think: here I am again believing better/newer specs would make my life/work easier when all it does is upgrade my dependency and addiction.

The power of vulnerability →


In this great talk, researcher Brené Brown shows us how vulnerability is at the core of so many of our decisions. One idea of hers that stood out to me is that we cannot selectively numb our feelings which is why when we excessively drink or eat (or spend time online) we're numbing the bad and the good. (Her follow-up talk is also great.)

The Fat of the Lab →


There is only so far the vegan/vegetarian message can influence long-established thinking about the role of meat in our diet. So rather than replacing meat with plant-based foods, lab-grown meat could very soon ease the pressure on the environment. Here’s an update from the meat labs.

You don't have a career. You have a life →


I’ve linked to this before, but after the positive response to my intro in the previous issue of DD it’s worth sharing again: ‘Professionalism has become a destructive myth. Ditch it.’


Aesthetically Pleasing


Gorgeous aerial photography by Stas Bartnikas.


Fixture is a ‘massive 72-font take on plentiful offerings of the late 19th century’s typefaces, posters and wood letterpress sundry done in the Grotesk genre’.


This Indian-based office celebrates natural materials and an airy design perfectly adapted to the local climate.


Outstanding packaging and editorial design for the Zeit-los coffee table book.



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