Keep On Giving: 2012 AIGA Colorado Gift Guide

Written by
Cat Fincun
December 12, 2012


As design­ers, giv­ing hol­i­day gifts can be a work of pride. In the spirit of AIGA National’s con­sid­er­a­tion of the mod­ern design attrib­utes Head | Heart | Hand, cre­at­ing this year’s gifts is a good time to reflect on what design means to us.

This past Saturday, AIGA Colorado’s Craftworks was at Foils and Dies for the work­shop “Holiday Type Cards.” The gen­eros­ity of owner Rob Barnes went far beyond open­ing up his let­ter­press equip­ment to those who joined us; he also shared the his­tory of his type col­lec­tion. One par­tic­u­larly fun German print was gifted to him from an Army vet of WWII. A prod­uct of Army sou­venirs, this type­face was shipped back let­ter by let­ter in 1944. After Rob spent time study­ing the blocks of type, he came across an amus­ing clue; the type was cre­ated in Two Rivers Wisconsin!  Another type­face was over 200 years old, cre­ated in 1833. “Appleseed” shows details of apple seeds within the neg­a­tive space of each let­ter. It was a col­lab­o­ra­tive after­noon of shar­ing ideas and find­ing type for one another’s projects. Everyone left with prints to make as unique hol­i­day cards or framed prints.

Want to give a cre­ative gift with­out mak­ing them your­self? Go to local craft fairs. All of them claim to be “not your mom’s craft fair,” or “not your mom’s style.” Fuse Denver was held this past Sunday for $6 at the EXDO event cen­ter. All of the ticket pro­ceeds went to Grow Haus. Although the event has already passed, you can still find most of the ven­dors on Etsy.

Mancraft, inspired by Ink Lounge, was show­cased this past Friday at the Rackhouse Pub. The fair high­lighted the men of Denver who can be pretty crafty. But don’t worry, you can see Ink Lounge again in Boulder on the 14th at the Firefly Handmade Market at BMoCA. You can start by down­load­ing these free gift tags.

And finally, give the gift of artist com­mu­nity! Buy an AIGA mem­ber­ship for a friend, fam­ily mem­ber, or stu­dent that could ben­e­fit from the net­work pro­vided by AIGA Colorado. With over 500 mem­bers, there is a strong net­work of peers wait­ing to share and work together.


Happy hol­i­days from AIGA Colorado!


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  • ojone­gro

    sorry, you can’t see those images very well… :(

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