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A bit of blatant promotion: I’m working (again) with Tom Froese on yet another illustration for the upcoming issue, and I simply love his creative approach. The work he produces is just beautiful and it’s an honour to have him in the magazine. :) Keep it up, Tom!

For a little piece in a yet-to-be-revealed magazine, my mate Tim Lucas and I have been out and about earlier this week taking some photos of me working from the various Melbourne cafés that I use as ‘satellite offices’. One of them was Industry Beans in Fitzroy, a bustling cafe/roastery with solid coffee, decent food and, of course, wifi to get some work done. :)

All photos by Tim Lucas

Done is beautiful — one in every issue No8.

The UpsStanding Desk is a wooden construct that turns any normal desk into a standing desk. It’s height-adjustable and packs flat for easy transport. Such a great idea! I wish they offered int’l shipping. Back their Kickstarter project and grab one for just $200.

My buddy Benedikt Lehnert has recently compiled a compact little typography guide shining light on some common mistakes and misunderstandings when it comes to working with type. The guide is now also available as a handy little printed booklet! Grab one here.

This guy is better at sandboxing than you.

Photo by Justin Kemp, via BP

This beautiful portrait and interview with Joachim Sauter, a successful German media artist, designer and Professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, makes me miss Berlin really badly. Luckily, I’ll be visiting in the first 2 weeks of June! :)

Photos by FvF, one of my all-time favourite websites.

The Connections You Make

When I started my research for a printer and shipper that would align with my budget and quality requirements and were approachable enough to ask some silly newbie questions, I inevitably created a link between two Berlin-based companies that I thought could work well together: AZ (printer) and OML (shipper).

After the release of issue No1, impressed with the quality of Offscreen, I helped Thomas Williams move the production of his two publications Process Journal and MADE Quarterly from Asia/Australia to Berlin in Germany. Since then I’ve been recommending my printer and shipper to a lot of publishers around the globe, and subsequently even set up a little website listing the services we use.

When I ordered a copy of Gather and Fold’s first print edition a few weeks ago, I had no idea where the magazine was printed. But as soon as I received the envelope in the mail, I recognised the packaging and shipping label: it was coming from OML in Berlin and is probably even sitting on the same shelf, right next to Offscreen. Looking at the publication’s masthead I can find the name of my printer alongside a special thanks to Thomas Williams (who I assume introduced them to both companies.)

It’s pretty amazing how sometimes things in life come back to you full circle. Don’t hesitate to share your contacts and make connections between people you believe do great work!

Remember that when the latest issue hits your mailbox you take some Instagram shots of your mag and how you like to read it, then tag it with #offscreenmag.

I LOVE a good bookstore. Nothing triggers my creative senses more than the inspiration from amazing cover art and the unique production values of printed material. This cathedral-turned-bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands, checks all the boxes and then some. I’m just in awe of Dutch design and architecture. Talking about execution… Woah!

Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink, via Colossal

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