It’s an undeniable fact that the world is dictated, decided, and derived from design — after all, nearly every facet of our society is dominated by the “visual medium.” But, behind every campaign, advertisement, and marketing endeavor, there are the creative individuals whose gifts bring the industry’s greatest brands to light. If the father figure in your life is one of the lucky few who gets to design the world around us, he deserves some additional praise — luckily, Father’s Day is right around the corner.
Shopping for the designer in your family might seem a little bit daunting; after all, they have a categorical taste that exceeds that of the normal human. If your dad would rather receive a set of drafting materials for his big day than go out for dinner or drinks, we’ve got the guide for you. Below, we’ll outline a few of the best gifts you can buy for the designer dad, from coffee table books, drawing sets, and external storage, all the way to tasteful document organizers, modern workstation adornments, and top-of-the-line tech. So, if you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed, take a look at our Father’s Day gift guide for the designer.
An Organic Architecture By Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright is known far and wide as the father of American architecture, and his acclaimed lectures on the topics of design, philosophy, and mindset were truly profound. His book, An Organic Architecture, is a collection of teachings that the architect covered in his fabled speeches at the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1939 — which, to this day, have been recounted as “one of the most remarkable events of recent architectural affairs in England.”
Pitsco Collegiate Drawing Set
A designer is only as good as the gear he uses. Well, that’s not entirely true, but a set of high-quality drafting instruments is always welcomed — especially when you’re in pursuit of an ideal education. Pitsco’s Collegiate Drawing Set is one such collection, boasting everything from a bow compass and gearhead divider to screwdrivers, extension beams, and a drop-bow pencil compass for advanced drawing endeavors.
WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive
If you’re looking to spend a lot of time drafting and designing on a desktop, laptop, or tablet, you’re going to benefit from external storage devices. Trust us when we say that you’ll be up to your ears in documents, references, drafts, and visualizations. So, do yourself a favor and pick up Western Digital’s 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive and leave your external storage qualms behind.
Bellroy Notebook Cover
As a collegiate or postgraduate designer, you’ll be burning through textbooks, notepads, and notebooks faster than you can imagine. That being said, Bellroy’s trusted Notebook Cover will help you to protect and organize your various draft holders, giving you an aesthetically pleasing external cover that will give you a leg up on the competition. This premium leather case is ideal for those who want to break free of a cluttered document holder, utilizing a concise magnetic closure and debossed detailing to keep everything looking pristine.
Filson Ballistic Nylon Briefcase
In a similar fashion, Filson’s Ballistic Nylon Briefcase is the perfect solution to carry all of your documents, binders, and books. Don’t settle for a drab, cumbersome suitcase that won’t do you any favors with your peers — instead, utilize this handsome variant that’s been built using durable ballistic nylon, abrasion-resistant materials, and a water-repellant exterior. This tasteful shoulder bag is just as pleasing to wear into a high-rise meeting as it is on an everyday jaunt.
Grovemade Walnut Desk Shelf
If you spend the majority of your day sitting at a workstation, it’s vital that you pay attention to the aesthetic qualities of your surroundings. Grovemade’s Walnut Desk Shelf helps you to do just that, providing an ergonomic lift that can house a dual-monitor setup with ease, while also giving you a modern, professional workspace that exudes your love for design. A durable 15-ply premium walnut plywood, aluminum, and hand-stained natural cork combine to turn your drab workspace into a work of art.
Best Made Small Gfeller Document Case
Best Made prides itself on the procurement of top-quality fabrics, peripherals, and construction, so you can guarantee that the craftsmanship associated with the company’s Small Gfeller Document Case is nothing short of masterful. The inclusion of a robust 8.5-ounce American russet skirting leather and intricate design process will leave you speechless, while also protecting (and organizing) your most vital documents in the process.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6
Let’s face the facts — we love to multitask — especially when it comes to our favorite motivational soundscapes. Nothing can help to shed the stresses of the workplace (or get those creative juices flowing) better than music, and Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay P6 speaker is here to appease all of your listening needs. With up to 16 hours of playtime and a compact design that’ll fit anywhere, the P6 brings innovative True360 technology and impressive sound performance to the realm of the portable speaker.
Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair
If you’ve been an active follower of the design sphere for any length of time, you probably know of Charles and Ray Eames — prolific furniture designers who made their mark on the industrial (and interior design) world. While they’re known for a large number of the furniture realm’s most prominent designs, the Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair is one of the duo’s favorite projects. Better yet, the minimalistic seating apparatus is made from molded fiberglass — bringing a tasteful, colorful presence to any office or classroom.
Apple iPad Pro w/ Stylus
Every designer needs a powerful, adaptable surface to conceptualize their future works, and none are as capable as Apple’s iPad Pro and Stylus combo. A blazing-fast A12X Bionic chip and the company’s updated Neural Engine bring a smooth, stress-free experience to photo manipulation, gaming, augmented reality, and drafting, no matter the medium. And with a slew of apps that serve to expand the capabilities of your device based on your tailored preferences, the iPad Pro is a one-stop solution for design’s most inclement challenges.
The 12 Best Automotive Designers
The design world is a small place, but there’s nothing more thought-provoking than the study of another creative discipline. Now that you’ve got a feel for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the designer dad, head over to our guide on the best automotive designers for a behind-the-scenes look at the most formidable creators in the automotive industry.