I’ve been wanting to create sticker packs for iMessage for a while, so I was pleased to finally get around to putting these together (even though the process with Xcode/ iTunes Connect is kind of a pain in the butt for non-developers). You can
A quick list of stocking fillers and bigger presents for the creative type in your life.
Everything on this list is something that I either own or have bought for others, and all have my seal of approval (arf, arf).
1. Dotgrid notebooks
Designers can never have too many sketchbooks, but these are by far my favourites. A variety of sizes plus device template versions for game and app designers.
One of the few new devices in the past 5 years that has changed my workflow. For vector illustrators the pairing of the Pencil with Adobe Draw is divine, and Procreate for digital painters. Plus with the Astropad app designers can mirror their desktop/laptop screen as use it as you would a Cintiq or similar graphics tablets.
90% of creativity is fuelled by caffeine. With that undisputable science in mind, a regular dose dropping on to your doormat each week is a godsend (especially for more hermit-like freelancers). I use Pact myself, and my personal favourite is Fruit n Nut Espresso (that’s flavour notes, the coffee itself is not flavoured). If you want to give it a go you can use my referral code to get your first bag for £2: NAT-COFFEE
Designers and illustrators are often pretty rad at casual photography too. Kick it up a notch with an Olloclip attachment for iPhone – there are lots of options but the 4-in-1 lens is a good choice with fisheye, x10 macro, x15 macro and wide-angle lenses.
Show me a designer who doesn’t like infographics and I’ll show you a smelly impostor. From politics, to hangover cures, to my personal favourite – most farty animals – both a good looking and entertaining book.
If you haven’t got anyone who loves you enough to drop a grand on an office chair for you, then saving up for one yourself is a good investment – especially if you’ve got a bit of a dodgy back or hip like me, or if you are generally an older, crustier designer. Think about how much time we spend at our desks, and how much time a human body is designed to sit for. Yeah. I’ve linked Wellworking in the button below, that’s where I got mine from with great service and set-up. Your booty will thank you.