If your looking for some gift ideas for Ad agency creatives, including Creative Directors, Art Directors, Copy Writers, Graphic Designers or anyone in Interactive, check out the list below. Take a look and let me know what you think.
creative USB flash drives
Swapping files happens all the time at an Ad agency. Now you can add a little bit of fun to the task. With so many great looking USB drives out there its easy to make one a great gift. From Star Wars to miniaturized cars you can find something that matches any personality and is actually very functional.
iphone camera add-ons
Every Art Director and even a few Copy writers fancy themselves as great photographers. I’m no exception, and I love using my iphone to try to get that great shot. Now, there’s a variety of great new add-on lenses designed to help enhance the iphone camera experience. I’ve ordered this one for myself.
Mad Men – Seasons 1-5
If you work in advertising then you should really be watching this. This is one of the best dramas on television. The saga of Don Draper and the characters in this mad ad world of the sixties is hard not to love. I’m not up to date with the series but have been happily enjoying each season at my own pace on DVD. Season 3 is on my Christmas list.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
If you’re an advertising creative, chances are your doing work on a mac, have an iphone, ipad, or an ipod and are very familiar with the Apple commercial “1984″ by Chiat/Day. The man behind all of those products, Steve Jobs was a fascinating person on many levels. The biography is an inside look into his life and a great way to understand the Apple products the world loves.
Tracking your time is essential when you work at an ad agency. Stay on top of time with a great watch from Diesel. For a modest price, usually under $300, these watches are uniquely designed, well crafted and far from ordinary.
Art & Copy: Inside Advertising’s Creative Revolution – movie
The movie tells the story behind some of the best know campaigns of all time told by some of the most prolific icons of modern advertising. Incredibly inspiring for any creative at any level. I especially enjoyed the no-nonsense comments from advertising icon George Lois.
The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design
What better way to get creatively inspired than by looking through the most comprehensive collection of graphic design history ever compiled in one box set. Filled with designs spanning newspaper, magazines, posters, and advertisements that will delight creatives of all disciplines. A great gift.
You have to have fun and be in touch with you inner child to come up with good ideas. What better way to get in touch than with fun retro 8-bit graphics. These seem to be popping up all over. Here’s a few that really stand out, an ipad case, a tie, and hair clips. These should make you feel like a kid and maybe get you thinking creatively.
Don’t Make me Think
Here’s a gift you don’t need to think about, literaly. Usability expert Steve Krug distills his years of experience and observation into clear, practical–and often amusing–common sense advice for the people in the trenches. A great handbook for anyone creating any type of interactive content.
Every agency has its share of characters and uh…hipsters. Now you can enjoy watching them come and go with Hipster Bingo. From the creative mind of Philadelphia designer Paul Buller, comes the ultimate hipster watching game! When you see a hipster with an item on the card, mark it down. To win, line up the spots you marked, and bingo!! Fun to play and handsomely designed. Get a set at Etsy/HipsterBingo