Looks like I’m up to bat in the last edition for this year’s Creative Guide to Christmas. In my list you’ll find the perfect gift ideas for the graphic designer!
Many of us revolted when Adobe first switched to a monthly payment format, but most designers can appreciate the positives now. Now that Photoshop CS5 and CS6 are starting to become outdated it’s time for the ever-updating Photoshop CC. Luckily Adobe has a special $10 monthly bundle called the Creative Cloud Photography plan, which gives you both Photoshop and Lightroom! Buy your designer a year subscription and they’ll thank you until no end!
Ever since Google Web Fonts opened up it gave an awesome way to move beyond 3 basic fonts for websites. However Typekit brings premium crafted fonts to every designer and developers catalog for both web and graphics. In fact over 4200 fonts can be had and used for free and commercial work. And at $4 a month that’s a steel. Oh and did I mention that since Adobe bought Typekit it automatically syncs with Photoshop!
Not only does Logitech make fantastic computer hardware, but they’re very affordable and usually the best bang for your buck. Logitech’s newer solar powered line is no exception because it saves both time and money! Admittedly they don’t look as good as Apple’s standard wireless keyboard, but the money on batteries and time on rechargeable batteries is completely eliminated. These keyboards are solar and work off of the lighting in your house. I’ve had mine for a year and it’s never died! The version linked above is for Mac, but there’s also a Windows version.
A Very Wordy Hero Print… or Any Art
I love this print because of it’s typography meets Super Mario, but honestly any type of awesome typography or vector art you frame would probably make me ecstatic. Art to put on a designers wall isn’t only just decorative, but inspirational. Find a piece in the style of your designer’s favorite genre and you’ll get instant satisfaction! I also have a few prints from Pop Chart Lab – look there to for good pieces.
Books are probably the top category under “things designers want, but are too cheap to pay for”. It’s a shame because there are so many helpful books out there. On the bright side is it makes for easy gifting. The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is an excellent book you should buy a designer or developer as it’ll help them with pricing, ethics, and copyright laws!
Listen I know it doesn’t look like the most glorious gift you can give. However if your artist works with colors, especially with brands or printing, then this is one of the best gifts you can surprise them with. These swatches will help them compare colors printed in various color profiles and help them match worldwide.
It’s kind of hard to pick out design elements and resources for someone when you’re not in that industry yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. Buy your favorite artist a Mighty Deals gift card and they’ll have the opportunity to pick from hundreds of excellent deals that update regularly. Unlimited opportunity to expand their resource library!
I’m a huge gamer and Halo 2 was the game for me that just can’t be duplicated, well until now. Microsoft has brought the game that gave Xbox Live a jumpstart to the modern era of gaming (along with three other games in the series). I cannot tell you how much I want to geek out and play this all day, everyday. It won’t help me or your favorite designer get much work done, but it’s good to relax. If your favorite artist has an Xbox One this is a must!
I’m not a photographer by trade, but I do love to take shot for fun and stock photography. The idea of taking pictures of small objects like bugs and the like is fascinating to me. Not to mention the same macro lens is extremely versatile because it’s great for portraits as well. This is a no-brainer for anyone with a Cannon DSLR. Here is a comparable Nikon marco lens.
The long rumors have been true and it’s finally here. I’ve been due for an iMac upgrade since the new bodies debuted in 2012. The 5K retina screen is what makes this such an excellent upgrade because it puts the next generation of high definition screens on a powerful computer. The screen is breathtaking to look at and work on. Your designer will forever be in your debt with this one!
What gift ideas for the graphic designer do you have? Let us know in the comments!
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