I think the hardest thing for anyone is accepting that other people are as real as you are. That’s it. Not using them as tools, not using them as examples or things to make yourself feel better or things to get over or under.

– Zadie Smith


Featured illustrator: Chester Holme

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Welcome to Issue 67!

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Yesterday I officially launched the 22nd issue of Offscreen. 🎉

Through some of the most far-reaching conversations we’ve ever had in Offscreen, we covered a lot of topics that are pertinent to the big issues of today. I particularly enjoyed talking about the concept of species interdependence (how humans interact with and rely on other species to survive), and how our focus on designing in a way that benefits only one species – us – is causing that natural balance to spiral out of control. I shared some of my thoughts on this in my editor’s note of this issue, which you can also read on the Offscreen blog.

Even though we’re running a little behind schedule and therefore won’t make it to most readers before Christmas, it was important for me to end the year with a new Offscreen issue that perhaps sets a theme and raises important questions for the year ahead.

Offscreen is my main job and source of income. If you appreciate and would like to support my work, please consider ordering a copy or becoming a subscriber. Thank you! – Kai

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Apps & Sites

Hummingbird →

Window modifier

Easily drag and resize windows on MacOS by holding modifier keys and moving your cursor to adjust size and position. No more hunting for the window edges or title bars.

TeuxDeux →

Weekly to-do app

TeuxDeux, the “simple, designy to-do app” is turning ten years old this month! Happy birthday! If you’re after a very basic to-do-list app (web and iPhone) with a weekly overview layout, look no further. And it’s just $24 for the whole year.

Cocoon →

Private social space

I really like this idea: Cocoon is a mobile app (currently iOS only) for just you and your closest friends/family – no strangers or advertisers allowed. A range of features encourages you to share intimate moments that make you feel connected.

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Freemium dev tools

An extensive list of SaaS software tools for developers that come with a free tier to get you started. Created via GitHub pull requests.


Indie Mag of the Week


Offscreen →

Offscreen is an independent print magazine that examines how we shape technology and how technology shapes us.

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– Frequency: 2–3 issues/year
– Formats: print only
– Origin: Australia/Germany

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The Bézier Method Zine  →

A guide the Bézier curves

This looks beautiful and useful for anyone working with vectors: a twenty-page printed zine designed and written to help explain Bézier curves. Two-colour Risograph print on 60lb Whip Cream Pop Tone paper by French Paper. Limited Edition. More photos here.


EDK V2 →

Compact machined pen

The EDK V2 is a small footprint click pen designed for a range of liquid refill options. It’s manufactured and assembled in Mesa, Arizona, with materials and components sourced primarily from the United States and Germany. Available in Tumbled Aluminium, Matte Black Anodize, Tumbled Brass, and Tumbled Copper.


Overheard on Twitter

My design process is: me thinking for days about what I’m gonna do and finally doing it in 13 minutes and 42 seconds between two bathroom breaks.



Food For Thought

Building a More Honest Internet →


Using the radio as a comparison, the author imagines an internet that runs more like a publicly funded service. Hard to imagine today, but one may still dream, right? “If the contemporary internet is a city, Wikipedia is the lone public park; all the rest of our public spaces are shopping malls – open to the general public, but subject to the rules and logic of commerce. (...) A public service Web invites us to imagine services that don’t exist now, because they are not commercially viable, but perhaps should exist for our benefit, for the benefit of citizens in a democracy.”

It’s Time to Get Personal →


Indie advocate Laura Kalbag with a great reminder to bring back the ‘personal web’: “We can still build alternatives and work towards technology that values human welfare over corporate profit. We’ve got to take control back bit by bit, and building our own personal websites is a start.”

Vegans vs omnivores →


A thoughtful, balanced essay dispelling some of the trite arguments for and against a vegan diet. “We need to move away from the false dichotomy of vegan vs omnivore. We are asking the wrong questions. It would be better to ask ‘How can we create food production systems that best meet human needs while increasing ecological health?’” (h/t Jon)


Aesthetically Pleasing

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This little guide to the city of Boulder uses algae-based ink, replacing the petroleum-based pigments used in conventional offset ink.

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Made me chuckle: a photographer spent days waiting for museum visitors to match the artworks they observe.


Elgoc is a serif display font with a beautiful form, strong contrast, and elegant look.

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Toraya makes wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) that started in the early 16th century in Kyoto.



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