By Karen Barry,
2:02PM, Wed. Nov. 21, 2007
The holidays are here, my friend - and if you're anything like me, you're pulling the covers over your head and wishing for spring. (Though not before cursing at the television, which is airing that Zales commercial for, like the 40th time.)
Luckily for us, the shopping part of the season can be accomplished entirely online. You don't need my help with that, but if you have a special graphic designer in your life, I have a few ideas for you - all sure to delight lovers of type and wielders of the mouse.
Inexplicably, I've actually heard some fortunate souls blessed with brand new 24-inch iMacs say the screen is too big. Impossible. It is a multitasker's dream. You've seen designers with two monitors: one for layouts and one for tool palettes and e-mail, right? They can take both of those suckers and the CPU to Goodwill, because this baby will do it all. And it's wrapped in the typically smart, sleek design we've come to expect from Apple. Yum. ($1,799)
OK, so your budget doesn't allow for a new computer. Well, hello iPhone ($399). I'll assume you haven't been living under a rock for the past year and leave it at that.
Maybe you're looking for something softer. Like software. Like Adobe CS3 Design Premium. This is the suite of all design suites, packed full of new bells and whistles; if, God forbid, your darling designer is still using Quark, now is the time to convert. The package includes InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat for just $1,799 ($599 upgrade price).
I swear I don't work for Veer, but I wish I did -- assuming I'd get an employee discount. I love their type and I love their merch. You really can't go wrong with any purchase here, but these are a few of my faves:
If you really want to impress your designer with a personal gift, have one of his or her own designs printed on a mug, mousepad, or canvas tote at CafePress.com. It's cheap and easy -- all you have to do is provide a jpg of the design, and voila, you're in the manufacturing business.
A few stocking stuffer ideas:
And finally, wrap it all up with some lovely and modern gift wrap from Whimsy Press. Their holiday collection ($40) is fun and fresh, or you can make your own collection by mixing and matching individual sheets ($4.50 each). Watch out, though: The other gifts under your tree are going to be jealous.
The best part? If your giftee is the generous type, you might even be tempted to come out of hibernation and share in the joy of those new creative toys.