We’ve rounded up the our favorite geek gear just in time for holiday shopping for the graphic-designing or filmmaking loved one in your life.
Our 2013 Geek Gift Guide includes fun novelty items like the coffee mug shaped like a DSLR camera lens by ThinkGeek and the hand-lettered eponymous “Dodge & Burn” T-shirt that scream inside humor for the creative digital artist. But also practical items like an upgraded storage service from Dropbox and Novation Launchkey’s USB MIDI keyboard which allows you to make music anywhere and plugs into your iPad! Scroll down for links and product details.
The Best 2013 Holiday Gifts for Graphic Designers and Filmmakers
Gifts for graphic designers and filmmakers (from top, left clockwise). Details courtesy of each product websites:
“Hand-crafted from the softest fleece around, Stuffography’s Adobe App pillows give the term ‘creative cloud’ an entirely new meaning. These pillows measure approximately 12″ x 12″ (30.5cm x 30.5cm) and are cut from high-quality anti-pill polar fleece. They’re stuffed and molded with 100% polyester fiberfill, then hand-sewn shut to ensure a completely hidden seam.”
“This print was created for the SYNTH Art Show by Dan Grzeca. The poster measures 18×24 and is printed on 100lb poster stock. This is a hand-printed, hand signed, limited-edition of 100. SYNTH: A Group Art Show Inspired by Bob Moog, took place for the third time during Moogfest 2012.The show included a variety of styles of work from some of the top concert poster artists and graphic designers working today. Each artist contributed their own print to be sold at the show in very limited quantities. All proceeds from the sales support the Bob Moog Foundation! “
“Dodge and Burn was created out of a passion for analogue photography and classic cameras. The sculpted mechanical beauty of vintage cameras, the legendary photographers who used them, and the iconic images they created are the things that fuel the Dodge and Burn brand. The D&B Classic Heather tees are a new take on an old favorite. Made and printed in America, 50/50 Poly-Cotton blend.”
“Finally stateside after a year since they were only available in Italy, the branded Pantone Xmas Balls are designed by Studio Badini Createam and Selab Studio, an external collective of Seletti. The Italian modern products house licensed the Pantone banner and colorways from the New Jersey-based company that for decades has been the universal standard bearer for colors.”
“The epitome of quality-obsessed, hand-made, German craftsmanship and precision seamlessly embodied in a multi-purpose ballpoint pen. Founded in 1945 in a small garage in Brandenburg, the Cleo Skribent pen company grew to become a leading Eastern European maker of quality writing instruments, and their Messograf caliper pen soon became a trusted German staple, a weapon of choice among auto engineers, architects, and craftsmen. No matter your trade, we think you will find this tool a buoyant reminder of just how things should be made.”
“Your photographer friends will gasp in horror when they catch sight of this quirky Camera Lens Mug. At first glance it might seem that you’ve ripped apart a perfectly good telephoto lens, then filled it with your hot beverage of choice. Of course this type of heinous disregard for expensive photography equipment would be sacrilege… to a cup of good coffee.”
“Make music anywhere! Plug this tiny USB MIDI keyboard into your iPad or laptop to rock your software instruments with 25 mini-keys, 16 drum pads and 8 knobs.”
“Dropbox is a service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer.Today, more than 200 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.”
The perfect gift for both coffee lovers as well as creative digital artists who have ever faced the dreaded system reboot.
“Typography is always one of the designer’s first considerations when it comes to making a statement, and in recent years the world of lettering and type has exploded in an unprecedented wave of creative discovery. Contemporary artists, typesetters, and designers of all kinds are exploring new horizons in illustrated and hand-drawn lettering, digitally rendered lettering, and 3D lettering. This collection—large in scope but petite in size—surveys the recent lettering renaissance, showcasing a diverse range of talent in gorgeous, eye-catching examples and profiling today’s innovators. In a stunning little package that expertly combines a handmade feel with a modern aesthetic, this is the ultimate inspirational collection of contemporary lettering for design buffs and type enthusiasts alike.”
“A calendar for an office that involves more than your ordinary. The Type Calendar is an eco-friendly, modern product designed by iSkelter and shipped world-wide. The calendar cards are hand printed and sit neatly within their stand. It includes 12 months for the upcoming 2014 year.”
“This amazing product will turn any smooth surface into a dry-erase board. The most common uses are conference rooms, classrooms, and children’s bedrooms. If you let your creativity take over you might find yourself painting things like tabletops, doors, book covers, the side of a bookcase, your car’s dashboard (provided it is smooth enough), and according to Lowe’s… a garden gnome (don’t ask).”