Welcome to the second installment of Jackson Fish Market’s Holiday Gift Guide. We’re pleased to share a few gift ideas for your favorite designer, friend, or family member. And if you’re worried about spending in this down economy, we’ve provided gift ideas ranging from a nifty $3 up to a hefty $100 buckeroos. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Typographic City Posters from Ork Posters. Channeling Paula Scher’s awesome maps!
How about a voucher to have your picture taken with your friend or sweetie? It costs just about $3 for 4 images. Just use this handy photobooth locator here.
OXO Mango Slicer. Brilliant!
Pac-Man glass set for that old school gamer buddy of yours.
These beautiful glass EcoSpheres are self-sustaining, fully-closed ecosystems. Perfect for that person who is too busy to keep plants/pets alive.
Take-G Crafts. How cool are these wooden toys?
Phaidon 3 Volume Design Classics. Can I just say daaaaaayummm, the packaging is cool!
Subscription to Craft or Make magazine. Ok, ok, I know you can read some of these magazines online (which I do!) but it makes a really nice gift for someone who’s too cheap to buy printed form. (hint hint )
(Click on the thumbnail on the bottom row, second from the left.)
Holy crap. They’re gorgeous and filled with tiny detail.
[thx 37 Signals]
I don’t know what took me so long to find the community of Lego builders showing off their incredible creations. My favorite blog that features some amazing creations is The Brothers Brick. Three things I found there recently that simply blew me away.
Minas Tirith from LOTR:
Church of Our Lady from Dresden, Germany (And even the interior. Wow!):
General Grievous’ Invisible Hand Ship from Star Wars Episode III (Notice, no studs exposed… all smooth. Amazing!):
These folks are superb craftsmen. Awesome awesome stuff.
Over break I saw a bunch of movies. A friend really wanted to see Beowulf. You may direct your chortles at him. Since we’re all busy, I’ll try and make my comments on Beowulf concise (spoiler alert):
- I didn’t know it was animated or in 3D before I saw it. Am I oblivious, or did they downplay those aspects of the film in the marketing?
- All I could think of during the long scene where Beowulf fights naked is the scene in the Simpsons movie where Bart skateboards naked. I don’t think it’s good when a movie is unintentionally funny too often. I also think that digitally rendered genitals were not going to upset anyone in the audience given all the unbelievable violence and gore. (Though I can’t speak for the ratings board.)
- Some of the 3D animation combined with the 3D viewing was amazing. Especially the shots from the ground perspective.
- And while there were moments where certain details of the people were rendered amazingly, the uncanny valley still reigns supreme. That said, while there were some faces that looked like WOW characters at times, there were tiny flashes once-in-awhile where I could see that we might someday get out of the valley. John Malkovich’s character was the exception of course since he looks kind of uncanny in real life too.
- All in all, quite not good.