6 Gorgeous Gifts for Designers & Creatives

Are you looking for beautiful gifts for designers? We’ve got a few items here that have been featured in recent issues of HOW Magazine, and we’re beyond thrilled that we have a few available for sale in HOW’s official store, MyDesignShop.

From our usual array of excellent design books to a lovely wall clock, a calendar, Pantone sets and more, MyDesignShop is a great place to find gifts for designers and creatives alike.

If you’re looking for more gifts, check out what we have available at MyDesignShop, or stay tuned for more roundups of our favorite gifts for designers throughout the holiday season.

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6 Gorgeous Gifts for Designers & Creatives

Early Bird Wall Clock

This charming bird wall clock was featured in HOW Magazine‘s January 2015 issue. Here’s what our editors had to say about it:

“From a team of four designers comes an 8-inch clock inspired by the sparrow’s efforts to build nests out of twigs and leaves with that charming commitment and attention to detail known only to birds (and designers, of course). With rotating branches acting as clock hands above a small bird, this timepiece will add interest to your wall and keep you on task all year long.”

Learn more and get the wall clock here.


You can win this item in HOW’s January Issue Design Sweepstakes! Learn more and enter here.


Fifty Years of Illustration

By Lawrence Zeegen, Caroline Roberts

Delve into the vibrant history of contemporary illustration with Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. Whether you want to learn more about the flagrant idealism of the 1960s, the austere realism of the 1970s, the superfluous consumerism of the 1980s, the digital eruption of the 1990s, or the rapid diversification of illustration in the early 2000s, get an in-depth look at the historical contexts pertaining to the important artifacts and artists of the illustration industry in the latter half of the 20th century. Get Fifty Years of Illustration here.


Introductory essays and profiles of prominent practitioners, as well as examples of their work, detail the influence and impact of contemporary illustration on design and popular culture. Explore the historical, sociological, political, and cultural factors that influenced contemporary illustration, and let full-color works from leading illustrators bring each decade to life.

Check out a few pages from this great design book:



Want more illustration resources? Check out this roundup of illustrative books at PrintMag.com.


Just Type 2015 Wall Calendar

My Design Shop is excited to offer this 2015 wall calendar celebrating type! New from Workman Publishing comes an ingenious calendar that celebrates the power and the artistry of the font. Fonts are a simple way to express style and personality, and each is a work of art in itself. Just Type indulges enthusiasts with 12 of the most distinctive and historic typefaces. The squares of each oversize grid are printed using variations of the featured font for an energetic and visually striking look. Get the calendar here.

T7710 Accompanying text includes a description, characteristics, and fascinating trivia. There’s Matrix, the first font designed on a Mac. The rounded forms of Bauhaus. And the ornate Caslon, known as the script of kings—but also used by the founding fathers for the Declaration of Independence from the king. Printed on matte stock, this calendar is an elegant addition to your home or office –– or, great to give as a gift. Here’s a peek at January:


Beautiful Users: Designing for People

By Ellen Lupton

Whether you’re familiar with the name or not, Henry Dreyfuss is a figure most prominently remembered as the father of industrial design, as well as the pioneer of a user-centered approach to design. In Beautiful Users by Ellen Lupton, discover various practices of UX design—an approach that prioritizes studying people’s behaviors and attitudes in order to develop successful products. Get the book here.

BeautifulUsers_494x626Since Dreyfuss’s development of UX design in the mid-twentieth century, the practice of user-centered design has evolved and grown to incorporate the needs and desires of differently abled users. This guide to user experience design explores the ever-changing relationship between designers and users, and discusses a variety of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture.

And we just can’t get over how great the illustrations and images are:

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Want to learn about UX design? Patrick McNeil is the master. Take his online course, Intro to UX Design, at HOW Design University.

Swallow Mobile

This stylish Swallow Mobile was featured in HOW Magazine’s January 2015 issue. Here’s what our editors had to say about it:

“Bring some peaceful movement into your home with this beautiful mobile designed and brought to life by family owned Danish firm Flensted Mobiler. Allow it to grace a space you frequent in order to maximize the relaxing effects of a creation uniquely infused with the elegance of the swallow. Note: warm summer breeze not included.” Learn more and get it here.


You can win this item in HOW’s January Issue Design Sweepstakes! Learn more and enter here.


PANTONE Plus Series Formula Guide Coated & Uncoated Set

This is MyDesignShop’s most popular Pantone set—the “must have” Pantone set for designers, printers and color decision makers, now with 84 brand-new colors. These guides are perfect for selecting, specifying and matching solid Pantone Colors. With the new colors added this year, graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers now have a total of 1,761 color choices to unleash their passion and let their creativity soar. This set also features Pantone’s 2014 Artist Edition Covers. Artwork was selected from a member of the Pantone Canvas community and segmented it to create seven new inspirational covers. This set includes a free download of Pantone Color Manager Software, a $49 value, when you register the set. Get the set here.

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These are just a few of the gifts for designers you’ll find in MyDesignShop. Explore the store to find books, Pantone products, web design resources, video tutorials and more!

If you’ve designed products you’d like to sell in the store, learn how to earn money and boost your visibility by selling your work to our network of 1.5 million+ designers. Submit your products here.