Designer gifts, six of the best.

Christmas is coming and you’re trawling the web wondering what to buy for people who don’t need anything. But what can you get for the designer who has everything?

1. Pencil for Paper

The new Pencil stylus from FiftyThree is not yet available in the UK, but we managed to get hold of one and we like it. Pencil is designed for use with the brilliant Paper app for iPad, a firm favourite in the studio at Beyond. Pencil uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and provides special features like a built-in eraser and ‘palm rejection’. You’ll find an excellent review at The Verge.


2. Evernote Premium

If you ever take notes, then you need Evernote. Keep all your thoughts and ideas together in one place, synced across multiple devices. The Premium editionenables more powerful features, and there’s currently a deal on Evernote Premium available to O2 customers.


3. Instacube

The living canvas for all your Instagram and Facebook photo’s. Instacube is another crowd-funded Kickstarter project that’s been in development for some time now. We originally backed this project in 2012, they’re currently beta testing a batch of pilot units so we’re hoping they manage to move into production soon because it looks awesome.


4. Just My Type

Here’s a good one for the typophiles out there. Just My Type is a collection of stories about fonts. Written by Simon Garfield, it’s a typographic encyclopedia and a hugely entertaining read. This is a witty and accessible book, an easy read for people with an interest in the world of typography.


5. Helvetica, The Perfume

You’ve seen the movie, got the t-shirt, this was bound to happen. The ubiquitous Helvetica typeface gets its own fragrance; the scent of nothing. The Perfume is an elaborate gag created by creative collective, Guts and Glory. For those who dare to be the same, this really is the gift for the designer who has everything.


6. Typeflake

The festive season is fast approaching, now you can punctuate your designer Christmas tree with Typeflake. This is a set of unique decorations that have been precision cut on 3mm beech plywood. This is what hanging punctuation is all about. Merry Christmas folks!


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