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Tuesday
Dec152009

Guide to Holiday Gift Guides

With less than two weeks left until Christmas, the internet is buzzing with gift ideas. I've compiled a list of my favorite gift guides and just to be a little more editorial, I've chosen my own highlights from each. I know you don't have much time to hear me ramble about it, so let's get on with the gifts!



• CNET. 2009 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide


From the mouth of the tech news site CNET comes a great guide including articles on budget gadgets, luxuries and green stuff. Highlights: Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera. Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Headphones.

• Etsy Gift Guides


The editor's of Etsy list their favorite handmade and unique gifts in a ton of categories. Highlight: Egg Carton Book

• ExtraBux Gift Guide: Grown-Up Stocking Stuffers


8 stocking stuffers for adults. Highlight: Burt's Bees Mini Lip Gloss Collection


• Heeb Magazine's Graphic Novel Gift Guide


I don't talk about illustration and drawing quite enough anymore. If you're here looking for a gift for the illustration enthusiast in your life, maybe these graphic novels will work for you. Highlights: The Book of Genesis Illustrated. All Star Superman.


• Gamertell's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide


Gamers need love too. Look here for video games and gaming gear. Highlights: Dead Space Extraction for Wii


• Chicago Now: Our Favorite Green Gifts


For the environmentally conscious person. Or maybe a gift for the person you want to be more environmentally aware. Highlight: KOR BPA-Free Water Bottles


• GQ's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide


GQ Magazine's gift guide filled with fashion conscious and stylish selections. For a laugh, also check out their Tiger Woods Gift Guide. (Sorry, Tiger!) Highlights: Ion USB Portable Turntable. Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Camera.

• Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Gift Guide


Shopping ideas for TV lovers, movie lovers and star watchers. See also: 'Twilight': 12 Great Gifts! Highlight: Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection.


• Times Online's Geek-free gadget guide for Christmas 2009


Enough said. Highlight: ASUS EEE Seashell netbook


• ANidea's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide


This guide compiles ideas from social network sites such as twitter and Facebook. Highlights: Vibram Five Fingers

Gifts for Graphic Designers: A Wish List


My own guide selecting out items and ideas for the graphic designers of the world. Highlight: Pantone 100 Top Colors

The Lifehack Last-Minute Gift-Giving Guide


Last-Minute edit to the list to add Lifehacker's guide. Highlight: The Men's Underwear Repair Kit
Thursday
Dec042008

Gifts for Graphic Designers: A Wish List

Whether you're getting ready for the holiday season, a birthday or even without an occasion here's some graphic design related gifts that are on my wish list.


PRINT Magazine



The gift that keeps on giving. What could be better than a subscription to PRINT: America's Graphic Design Magazine filled with trends, commentary, reporting and ideas.


"STEP Inside Design" Magazine



Another magazine subscription worth considering is STEP Inside Design which tends to be a topical look at the current state of design. Each issue highlights creative people, design in the business world and hot design topics.


Wacom Intuos3 9 x 12-Inch USB Tablet



The Wacom Intuos3 9 x 12-Inch USB Tablet is an interface made perfectly for designers which allows you to access features and techniques in programs like Photoshop that you can't access any other way. This tablet includes shortcut keys and a five button mouse.


Pantone 100 Top Colors



Pantone 100 Top Colors is an affordable (under $30) set of colors for quick reference. For the price you get a pretty decent set of 1,114 colors.


"Hillman Curtis Designer Series"



The "Hillman Curtis Designer Series" has short films featuring Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, James Victore, and Pentagram Design


"How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul"



The book "How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul" by Adrian Shaughnessyis a business guide to being successful in the field. This book isn't about effects or visual tricks, but the business of being a commercial artist. New designers are often surprised at how important the business side of their career is and how little they learned about this in their formal education.


"Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students"



"Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students", a book by Ellen Lupton, isn't about fonts but working with type effectively on the page. Update: Read the full book review.



In "Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop" by Timothy Samara the topic discussed is one of the most important aspects of design: grid layout. It seems like many designers are unprepared to deal with the grid and there is always more to learn. It's essential to learn how to handle the many elements you will be asked to include in your designs. Learn the rules and how to break them effectively.