Offscreen – Issue 16


Offscreen is a high-quality, independent print magazine with an in-depth look at the life and work of people that use the internet to be creative and build successful businesses. Explore what's happening behind the scenes of popular websites, apps and other tech products through thoughtful interviews and honest, first-person stories.


Bethany Koby Can her DIY tech toys enable a new generation of problem solvers to save us from ourselves?

Azeem Azhar A ‘closet scientist’ explores the role of technology in a future marked by exponential change.

Joel Flory The co-founder of VSCO nurtures a community that strives to defy social media’s popularity contest.

Julie Zhuo Facebook’s VP of Design shares her secrets for managing one of the world’s most influential design teams.

Table of contents

Uniquely Yours
Food for thought by Brian Bailey.

Compassion by Default
Food for thought by Sarah Bray.

A collection of projects and ideas worth exploring, curated by Ivana McConnell and Kai Brach.

Bethany Koby on how a laptop she found in a rubbish bin inspired her company Technology Will Save Us, why technology is becoming an integral part of how we learn, and the challenges of creating a new toy category.

A Day With
Spend a day with Gabriel Borges.

A Day With
Spend a day with Lucy Rojas.

Odd Facts About
Learn less than useful facts about Brian Sudaand Ekpemi Antonia Anni.

Azeem Azhar on how his multifaceted background in various domains informs his decision making, the role of luck in being successful, and what he’s learned from curating his weekly technology newsletter, The Exponential View.

Rules of Business
Guiding principles for doing business, by Elena Valentine of Skill Scout.

We asked 1210 readers about their daily habits involving screens.

A collection of useful and beautiful office products, curated by Ivana McConnell and Kai Brach.

Joel Flory on how his parents’ ethics influences his leadership style at VSCO, balancing commercial interests with the demands of a healthy community, and building a social network that objects the typical popularity contest.

We take a close look at Opendesk, a young company set to overhaul the traditional furniture making process through an online platform that brings together designers, manufacturers, and customers.

One Question
We asked our readers: What is one important lesson that being an active user of social media has taught you about yourself?

A tour around the offices of OperaAvastWindwardMonday Consulting, and Ancestry.

Julie Zhuo on her ten year anniversary at Facebook, transitioning from engineering intern to VP of Design, her evolving definition of ‘management’, and how to achieve good design coherently in an environment of explosive growth.

Ten Things I’ve Learned
Jenn Bane and Glen Maddern share ten life lessons from working on the web.

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