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Offline Matters

The Less-Digital Guide to Creative Work

Jess Henderson


Offline Matters is a handbook of radical strategies for today’s creative worker. The guide blows open the true state of today’s creative work where digital solutions are doctrine, overwork culture results in burnouts and ideas churn out into depressing marketing noise.

We are dreaming of offline. Not offline as a romanticised past, a punishment, quick detox or WiFi-free café. Offline is not a lifestyle, it is a space of possibility.

A wake-up call for the digital age, Offline Matters is pro-flourishing rather than anti-technology. Take this countercultural ride through an offline-first approach to creative work. From ideas that unlearn the limiting habits of most workplaces, to insider advice on avoiding clichés and reducing digital overwhelm. The book offers practical thoughts for a creative life that refuses to conform.

Sharp, intelligent and subversive, this book is an essential resource for any creative professional.

Jess Henderson (pseud.) is a writer, theorist, and creative strategist. Aged just 26, in 2017 they founded Outsider – an insider-activist platform within the creative industries. Beginning as a subversive email newsletter, Outsider has grown to garner a cult-following around the world with their anonymous writings, research, publications, experimental workshops and offline-only events.

Henderson is a fellow of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, and speaks about offline creativity around the world – including at NYCxDesign week, Parson’s Strategic Design Conference, the DuPho Awards, and Us by Night Festival.