Gifts for designers 2015

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Old school rules

1 Tom Dixon Perpetual Calendar
£80, Selfridges
Keep yourself up-to-date and your desk well-furnished with an etched steel calendar

2 Moleskine XL plain soft notebook
£16.95, Selfridges
Dispense with beer coasters and napkins and keep this classic notepad nearby

3 Montblanc M fountain pen
£385, Montblanc
‘Pinging emails’ is for sales reps. Write something by hand with this Marc Newson-designed beauty


4 Rotring 800+ pencil
£59, Rotring
Bridging analogue and digital, this top-end mechanical pencil has a built-in stylus tip

Everybody has their vices

5 Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old
£59.95, Master of Malt
Only dead pirates don’t drink rum

6 Ozone Coffee’s Empire Blend
£8, Ozone Coffee
Put some fine-tasting zip into life with the London-based roaster’s Empire Blend

7 Zipcar Chocolate Selection
£19.95, Cocoa Runners
Desk-time snacking gets refined with this chocolate selection

8 12-beer mixed case
from £34, Honest Brew
A plunge into the unknown turns up some amazing postwork refreshment

Long-hours luxury

9 Wacom Cintiq 27qhd touch
£2,100, Wacom
The ultimate touchscreen for designers working with colour-critical workflows and diving into digital sketching

10 Microsoft Surface Pro 4
from £749, Microsoft
Microsoft’s portable for professionals promises more power for 3D CAD on the move

11 Herman Miller Embody Chair
from £986, Wellworking
Prevent posture problems caused by hunkering over desks all day

12 BOSE QC25 noise-cancelling headphones
£269.95, John Lewis
Shut the world out and focus with noise-cancelling headphones

Workshop wonders

13 Weller WHS40 Temperature Controlled Solder Iron
£99, Maplin
Need to bring more electronics prototypes in-house? Avoid temperature spikes with this solder iron

14 Mitutoyo Digimatic Caliper
£229.99, Maplin
Stop squinting at markers and make your inspection tools digital

15 Dremel 3000 Rotary toolkit
£57, B&Q
A multi-purpose friend, from smooth-finishing 3D prints to carving up a prototype

16 A1 cutting mat
£26.99, 4D Modelshop
Low cost, high protection: your worktop will thank you

First class travel

17 Mulberry Clipper holdall
£1,350, Mulberry
Luxury design to last a lifetime: however rough the journey, arrive looking smooth

18 3DConnexion Space Navigator
£94, 3DConnexion
CAD anywhere is great, but this mouse makes it a breeze

19 Canon Powershot G9x
£399, Jessops
Handsome new large-sensor camera: ideal for travel, with WiFi for sending inspiration (and selfies) back to the office

20 Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L
£60, workingclassheroes
Keep kit secure and dry whatever the scenario with this waterproof backpack, complete with interior sectioning

Reading matters

21 Robert Welch – Design: Craft and Industry By Charlotte and Peter Fiell
£27, Amazon
Traces the progress of the British designer’s career, design philosophy and products

22 Variations on Normal By Dominic Wilcox
£10, Amazon
Enter into the DEVELOP3D Live keynote speaker’s mind with his hilarious concept designs

23 The Impossible Collection of Design ByFrédéric Chambre
£595, Selfridges
Furniture design coffee table tomes don’t get much more impressive, or more sizeable

24 Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere By Zach Klein
£13.60, Amazon
Plans to move your design office away from it all? Inspirational hideaways and sheds

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