14 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

This holiday season, stressdesign has conspired with friends to collect a list of some design inspired holiday gifts. We’re offering these as an alternative to socks, neckties and broaches, an option to mass retail outlets. Our local first perspective is not just kind to small businesses, but also an easy way to offer unique, thoughtful gifts this holiday season. Whether you know a designer, like design-centric gifts or are just looking for something different, our short list of design gift suggestions are sure to delight.

Our gift suggestions include….

 

Clayscapes Pottery

Clayscapes.jpgOur neighbors at RockWest here in Syracuse have been growing by leaps and bounds in the past year offering classes, artists space and a improved gallery. This holiday season, Clayscapes Pottery introduces 50 gifts under $50. The Gallery at Clayscapes Pottery has a whole different look from 10/28 through 12/23. Clayscapes is featuring the work of 10 local ceramic artists with a theme of 50 gifts under $50. Clayscapes offers 50 gifts and much more to choose from. Clayscapes Pottery Inc. is committed to furthering the ceramic medium through providing quality products at affordable prices with consistent, superior customer service and education.

Clayscapes Pottery

 

Money Band

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Money-Band.com

Design Books

Books are a great gift and we don’t know a design who doesn’t love a great book for inspiration and continued learning. Here are some of our favorites from 2010.

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Recycling & Redesigning Logos – $30.00 Free UPS Ground Shipping

Purchase a signed copy of Michael Hodgson’s brand new book on logo redesign direct from the author. “A brilliant analysis of the shifting landscape of logo design by one of the finest and funniest minds in design. With a characteristic mixture of personal reflection and wise counsel, seasoned with a healthy dash of British cheek, veteran branding expert Michael Hodgson addresses the practice and products of branding design and the economic, political, and social forces that shape them.” —Alice Twemlow, Chair, School of Visual Arts MFA in Design Criticism

Recycling & Redesigning Logos

Slay The Scary Monsters - Free Download

No, really. Free. This is id29?s story of Scary Monsters: Wicked foes, shitty vendors, born losers, obstacles, pain and suffering, massive market downturns, ill-advised workplace sex, fear, backstabbing bitches, rodents, arbitrary budget cuts, power-hungry yes-men, inept co-workers, promises unkept,ugly competitors, and overripe, overpaid execs who reek of sardines, sulphur and lies- anyone and anything that keeps you from doing your job and doing it well. Ultimately, however, it is an epic tale of battles fought and won. This is a story of id29, a small yet mighty design, brand, creative and marketing communications studio in Troy, NY. It is a story of their clients and the powerful weaponry id29 will provide to you in your endeavor to Slay Scary Monsters.

Slay The Scary Monsters

The Designer’s Graphic Stew - $40.00

Under the witty and metaphorical guise of a high-end cookbook, the author provides visual “ingredients,” such as grid structures, folios, border devices, type treatments, abstract graphic elements, categorized stylistically and functionally. These ingredients are shown in use through a “recipe” format to accomplish strategies such as movement, rhythm, organization, contrast, metaphor, etc. Ingredients are coded and cross-referenced among categories for mix and matching purposes as well as demonstrating varied alternate combinations to achieving different approaches to strategies.

The Designers Graphic Stew

Eco Design The Sourcebook - $35.00

Under the witty and metaphorical guise of a high-end cookbook, the author provides visual “ingredients,” such as grid structures, folios, border devices, type treatments, abstract graphic elements, categorized stylistically and functionally. These ingredients are shown in use through a “recipe” format to accomplish strategies such as movement, rhythm, organization, contrast, metaphor, etc. Ingredients are coded and cross-referenced among categories for mix and matching purposes as well as demonstrating varied alternate combinations to achieving different approaches to strategies.

EcoDesign The Sourcebook

Craft Chemistry

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Craft Chemistry, “C2,”is a small consignment art boutique & gallery showcasing and selling artwork that is handmade by designers, crafters and artists that reside in Central New York. C2 provides an alternative shopping experience offering goods that are unique, original, inspired by contemporary trends, and can’t be found elsewhere in the city. Shop at C2 for yourself, friends, & family and feel good about buying local, buying handmade, and supporting your local artists! At c2 there is an informal gallery wall and window featuring a local artist monthly. We prefer work that is taking a chance, edgy, experimental, and that bends reality into something that wasn’t there before. We always celebrate each artist(s) with a opening reception.

Craft Chemistry

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This year, give the gift of AIGA membership to the creative professionals in your life. Whether recipients are emerging designers or experienced professionals, they’ll appreciate exclusive member benefits, including:

 

 

Order a gift membership today and AIGA will deliver your gift membership in a beautiful custom tote bag!

 

Plus: Feel great about your gift: AIGA membership supports advocacy, outreach and preservation initiatives that benefit the entire design profession such as Design for Democracy and AIGA Design Archives.

 

Order by December 15 to ensure delivery in time for the holidays. Call 212 710 3132 to place your gift membership order now. Order anytime of year for a birthday gift for a designer in your life.

 

AIGA Gift Membership

 

Raku Messenger Bird

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As a product and graphic designer, Michelle Roberts has created a beautiful, hand-crafted piece that demonstrates a delicate combination of the two professions, The Raku Messenger Bird. Like a freeze-frame carrier pigeon, each bird has a rolled up piece of paper designed for you to write your own personal message. The Birds work great as a special, unique gift for any type of occasion. Each bird is individually hand-crafted and has its’ own unique markings. No molds are used here. The Raku Messenger Birds are a nice way to send a special message to a loved one, to commemorate a private occasion, or to include as a party or wedding favor.

Concepcioun Handmade Books

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Founded in 2007 by Christine Walker, Concepcioun Handmade Books designs produces unique and beautiful handmade books, journals, notepads, and custom wedding guest books. Concepcioun’s goal is to produce high quality products to document and cherish small and big moments in someone’s life. To create momentum for people to change their lives through action, and the first step is to organize their thoughts and goals on paper. Each and every journal is made by hand, and are made with high quality bookmaking materials. These journals are unique because they combine the traditional methods of bookmaking with contemporary color palettes and modern-day ideas. They encompass what Concepcioun is about: contemporary, unique, simple and elegant, organized.

The Gift of Blog

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Since launching Alpha Six Hosting in 2009, we’ve approached web hosting from a design perspective. Our model is not to fill our servers with as many sites as possible. That market is already served. Instead, we’ve crafted the Alpha Six environment to meet the specific needs of individuals who — like us — believe that there’s a better way. Our servers are specifically built to meet the needs of our open-source software solutions. This holiday season, you can give the Gift of Blog. Each package is perfect for an blog, portfolio, special event, band, or craft-based business and comes complete with one year of hosting, domain registration (to be chosen by recipient) and a theme of recipients choice. We’ve teamed up with our own Chris Seymour of the C5 Mix to offer a choice of one of their 9 high-quality Concrete5 themes. Give the Gift of Blog, and open a the world of online independent publishing to someone you love.

Alpha Six Gift of Blog

Adirondack Firestone

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What looks like a marshmallow on a wrought iron stick is actually one of the simplest fire tool you have ever seen. The Adirondack Firestone is fresh with Yankee Ingenuity, and ease of use, and makes a perfect gift for home, camp or outdoor use.

The Adirondack Region of New York State, with its historic acres of pristine forest, is a living wilderness. Both rustic and elegant, its tranquility is unmatched. That’s why the people who are lucky enough to have visited the great northern woods understand the charm which makes it a truly special place. We founded the Adirondack Firestone Company in an effort to share a bit of the Adirondack spirit no matter where you might live. A good fire has always been the center of Adirondack life; the essence of every great camp, large or small. It’s where we keep warm, but it’s also where all the great stories and advice happen. It’s where we might share a toasted marshmallow or a goodnight kiss. And it’s also why our signature product, “The Original Adirondack Firestone, FireLighter™,” is at the heart of our company.

Adirondack Firestone

Cafe Kubal Coffee

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“Kubal” (kuB’aal) is a Mayan word from one of the dialects spoken in the highlands of Guatemala. Translated, Café Kubal means “coffee for the soul.” Every day, the folks at Cafe Kubal look for opportunities to innovate,  striving to delight our customers. For The Cafe Kubal staff, coffee is beyond a product. It is beyond a beverage. It is a response to what we are called to do. It is an act of true soulfulness: a responsibility, a passion, a love.

Cafe Kubal Online Store

This list was compiled by stressdesign staff and via submission from our website and Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the list. May you all have a Merry Christmas and give a unique gift!




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