Graphic designers "plan, analyse, and create visual solutions to communications problems," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They use computer software to mesh colours, graphics, illustrations, photographs and typefaces to create logos, websites, communication materials and other projects. Graphic design is both artistic and technical, and you can appeal to both areas with the following gifts.
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Colour Combination Books
Purchase a book that displays pages of colour combinations. There are thousands of colour combinations that can be created from basic CMYK and RGB formulas. The recipient can flip through the book and select various colour palettes. The pages list the exact numbers a designer needs to plug into his computer design program to get the colours displayed on the book pages. These books are helpful for inspiration and can help a graphic designer with project planning.
Graphic designers are fans of aesthetics and beauty. Purchase a beautiful piece of artwork in a style that you know your graphic designer friend likes. If you are an artist, then consider drawing or painting a piece for your friend. Have the piece framed or stretched on canvas so that your friend can hang it in her work space. Get inspiration from an art website, such as Art.com, where you can search for art by artists and decorating styles.
Graphic Designer Coffee Mug
Purchase a novelty coffee mug for a graphic designer friend. The coffee mug should display some kind of unique graphic element in colours that you know your friend likes or display a special message. You can design your own coffee mug or purchase one that has been designed already by searching on a website such as Zazzle or Cafe Press. Some ideas for messages include the following: "I Heart Helvetica!" (or another favourite font), "Graphic Design is mydailycious coffee," and "Friends don't let friends use Comic Sans."
Purchase a CD that contains unique fonts and graphics. Veer.com is one good source for these types of CDs. You can select a CD by selecting a style, such as "Art Deco" or even "1950s Style." Your CD gift will add value and creativity to your graphic designer friend's projects.
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