The 2011 Designers Wishlist

November 28th, 2011


It’s that time of year again to put on your best thinking cap and compile giftlists before Christmas. Having done just that for you, this wishlist contains an assortment of reasonably priced gifts that are great ideas to give to your designer, photographer or creative friends. Or if you’re sneaky, you can slip them into your own stocking!

Continue reading for the full designers wishlist and to share your gift ideas!


1. Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pad from $199

This is cool, really cool. The Wacom Inkling allows you to sketch on paper and your idea is transferred digitally. Each stroke is captured allowing you to essentially create layers in your file before you’ve even pulled it into Photoshop.

2. iPad Dry Erase Board from $26.95

This iPad Dry Erase board is just plain cool. It’s a quick and easy way to sketch up wireframes or quick ideas within the frame of an iPad. This could be a great tool to use in a conference room or even while on the phone.

3. Steve Jobs Book by Walter Isaacson from $17-30

This is the book that everyone is talking about. Author Walter Isaacson thoroughly interviewed the great Steve Jobs about his life as well as business. In the book Jobs speaks very openly about his life. Very highly recommended.

4. G-TECH 2TB Hard Drive for $249

If you know your friend isn’t doing their routine backups or always complains of hard drive issues, you might consider treating them with this G-Tech drive. It’s a guarantee that you won’t have to listen to them complain any longer. The drive has all the necessary inputs and most importantly it is fast and reliable.

5. Pantone Chair from $66

These Pantone chairs come in an assortment of colors and are surprisingly comfortable to sit in. They have a padded seat cushion and padded backrest. They make great corner-of-the-room or conference room chairs.

6. Tycho ‘Dive’ Album from $10-28

The newest Tycho album establishes a different musical position that is entirely refreshing. While some of the tracks are more upbeat, listening to the album is the ultimate way to tune out and get shit done. Highly recommended for that first gift so that you can listen to it while opening others.

7. Supergraphics Book from $10-28

Supergraphics is an absolutely beautiful book showcasing some of the simplest forms of geometric design. Jean Philippe Lenclos, a French symbolist and color theorist, talks about the appreciation of color and the use. This is an inexpensive book with high value.

8. Leica M9 Camera from $5999

Leica cameras have to be one of the most sought after products of all time. If you’re feeling in an ultra giving mood, gift a loved one or friend this silver Leica M9. The M9 is a small, 18-megapixel rangefinder with a 24 x 36mm sensor (35mm format).

9. Saul Bass A life in Film & Design Book from $75

Freshly published in November 2011, this hardback book is one of the first to be published about Saul Bass, one of the greatest corporate identity designers of the 20th century. The book includes 1484 illustrations and is 440 pages long.

10. Monarch Playing Cards from $6.95

Like playing cards? If so, these are for you. If not, that’s ok because this packaging is undeniably beautiful and that alone may sell you on gifting these. Inexpensive stocking stuffer.

11. Field Notes Memo Book from $9.95 (3-pack)

Simple and useful at its core. These memo books are perfect for jotting down notes or working on your sketches. Each book measures 3-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall and is bound with a rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process. Hint: gift these to your family if you know they like writing down things.

12. Tattly “Hustle” Tats & Field Notes Memo books from $15 set

Tattly + Field Notes have teamed up to bring the ultimate “get stuff done” set. In this set you get three Field Notes Memo notebooks and three Tattly Tat’s to get you ready to rock and roll.

Posted by on 11/28/11 in Design

10 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. Ryan says:

    A Leica M9! haha wishful thinking ;)

  2. Shandon says:

    Its the Wacom tablet wireless meaning when u draw on it would go straight to my computer? Or would I have to email the sketch to myself using the tablet? Either way it’s pretty sick but I’m sure iPad will have a app like this! So why not get a iPad lol!

  3. Shelby White says:

    I believe that as you sketch, it is recorded in the small black device. When you’re done you connect it to your Mac/PC and transfer the sketch.

    It’s a little bit different from an iPad because you still get to use a ballpoint pen versus you can only use your finger on an iPad.

  4. Jessie says:

    Love love love the dry erase boards!

  5. Nic Girard says:

    Just to add on the Tycho album mention. I have just received my copy of the Lithograph poster and they came out really nicely. Scott’s print are getting better and better in both quality and design. If you know a Tycho fan who already have the album, the print will surely be appreciated!

    get it here http://www.merchline.com/iso50/productdisplay.13296.p.htm

  6. Cool thanks Shelby! Great inspiration for gifts. I especially like that 2 TB G-drive. I just recently lost a lot of projects due to a hard drive burn out — and that was actually an Intel SSD drive, which was supposed to be SUPER reliable. Oh well… Just a heads up: The link to the Supergraphics book is dead.

  7. Tim Smith says:

    Thanks Shelby for this awesome post! That iPad Dry Erase Board is awesome! Definitely need one of those!

  8. Shelby White says:

    @Nic, make sure you tell Scott too!

    @Joaquim, good to hear from you! The folks at Uniteditions keep changing their link! Pretty frustrating. This is the third time… should be updated now.

  9. Ivan says:

    What is so special about Leica M9 Camera? Could you please enlighten me?

  10. Sara D says:

    LOVE #wacom Inkling digital pad


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