This year, our UX and Design Strategy team wanted to give you some gift ideas that we thought your design-loving friends and family would enjoy.
Read on to find seven design-inspired gifts, including card games, Lego sets, sketch pads, and more.
For anyone who has ever had trouble starting or keeping a journal, this one is designed to engage the user with prompts on how to use (read: destroy) it. Each page has a different way to destroy the book— write one word over the whole page, drop the book from a balcony, set the book on fire, stick gum in it, doodle on the cover. It’s really a whimsical, creative activity book. ($15)
Ever wonder why you chose one product over another during your holiday shopping? This great, fireside read will show you how business strategy and graphic design come together to create captivating and memorable brand experiences you can't live without. The book shares a “unified theory of brand-building,” rather than focusing solely on a strategic or creative approach. ($21)
The sketch pad that will make all designer friend drool, the Responsive Sketch Pad lets you quickly brainstorm ideas and figure out how they’ll translate from a standard browser to a responsive mobile site on smartphones or tablets. With printing on both sides, the sketch pad includes two devices on the front and three on the back. Works great with the stencil kit below. ($12)
This stencil kit lets you quickly and easily brainstorm website and app ideas by providing the most commonly used web iconography. The kit includes the stainless steel stencil, mechanical pencils, stencil protector, and more to make your wireframe ideas come to life faster than ever. ($29)
A memory card game focused on typography that includes every letter of the alphabet. With 25 pairs, each representing a different type family, this game will not only test your memory but also teach you about the evolution of type design. It even includes a glossary with main typography terms. Just, don’t expect to win if you’re playing against a designer. ($13)
For the aspiring architect on your list, the Architecture Studio includes over 1,200 Legos and a 272-page guide, filled with tips and techniques, that’s actually endorsed by architects. The monochromatic bricks let you focus on the fundamentals of architecture in the context of the Lego world. Slippers to save your feet from inevitable Lego-related injuries not included. ($160)
A reimagining of the traditional playing card, this deck swaps out the typical four suits for the printer's choice of ink: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Each card has a different opacity, which does make it a little difficult not to intentionally show off your hand. Your holiday card games just got way more colorful. ($14)
Still need something for the kids on your list? Check back soon for our STEM gifts for kids guide.
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