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The Gestalten Holiday Gift Guide

Because Nothing Looks Better in Christmas Wrapping Than a Solid Hardback.

Posted by Gestalten—12/2014

We like to think that for every character there is a book to match. This point of view is particularly useful during the holiday shopping season. It could potentially save you from one of those sweaty last-minute trips to the perfume counter on Christmas Eve. This is the first installment of our gift guide series, in which we'll recommend an array of this year's Gestalten titles to the particular personas that would most appreciate them.

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Nothing could be easier than making the graphic designer in your life happy this holiday season. With a number of Gestalten titles to choose from—ranging from practical tools to authoritative reference works—your main concern will be deciding how to best channel the creative energy bursting from the friends you have inspired.

Los Logos 7

This 400-page, fully indexed compendium and its unparalleled selection of cutting-edge logo-designs from around the globe is a must-have for any designer, brand manager, trend scout, or marketing strategist.

The Map Design Toolbox—Time-Saving Templates for Graphic Design 

With its wide range of practical graphic templates, this book and DVD by German art director Alexander Tibelius has done the heavy groundwork of map design leaving creatives more time and headspace to concentrate on the fun parts: style and story.

Hello, I am Erik—Erik Spiekermann: Typographer, Designer, Entrepreneur 

One of the best-known graphic designers in the world, Erik Spiekermann represents German typeface and corporate design like no other and has had immense influence of contemporary graphic design. No self-respecting designer should be without his first ever visual biography, which documents his projects, traces milestones in his life, and offers his personal perspectives on design.

Some artistic souls may have ambiguous feelings about the commerce of the holidays. But any art lover will undoubtedly treasure a visually rich compendium about an inspirational creative scene, prolific artist, or budding new movement. Consider your work as artist's muse done.

Best known for their prints, paintings, and mixed-media installations exhibited around the world, Brooklyn-based Faile needs little introduction. This new collection of rich color photographs and essays showcases the exploration of wood in their practice.Developments in the visual arts are often reflected in urban landscapes. This compilation explores the ways in which visual culture evolves in public spaces and how it shapes those spaces. It presents experimental architectural projects and creative perspectives from the fields of illustration, painting, collage, sculpture, photography, installation, and design.This book is a visual story of an extraordinary time in the history of Berlin’s Mitte district. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin Wonderland is both absorbing and hopeful in what it reveals about people’s capacity for creativity when given the necessary space and freedom. The striking black and white photography captures a truly unique era of social upheaval and the creative expression it ignited.

Faile: Works On Wood—Process, Paintings and Sculpture

Best known for their prints, paintings, and mixed-media installations exhibited around the world, Brooklyn-based Faile needs little introduction. This new collection of rich color photographs and essays showcases the exploration of wood in their practice.

Imagine Architecture—Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm

Developments in the visual arts are often reflected in urban landscapes. This compilation explores the ways in which visual culture evolves in public spaces and how it shapes those spaces. It presents experimental architectural projects and creative perspectives from the fields of illustration, painting, collage, sculpture, photography, installation, and design.

Berlin Wonderland—Wild Years Revisited, 1990–1996

This book is a visual story of an extraordinary time in the history of Berlin’s Mitte district. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin Wonderland is both absorbing and hopeful in what it reveals about people’s capacity for creativity when given the necessary space and freedom. The striking black and white photography captures a truly unique era of social upheaval and the creative expression it ignited.

 

The tricky thing about presents for children is that you often have to please the parents too. This might even include yourself if you have kids, yet want to maintain a certain aesthetic standard.  Little Gestalten is a line of books and accessories that we designed to satisfy young people’s thirst for adventure and knowledge while appealing to a grown-up's love of design and clever details.

Alphabetics—An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology  

Alphabetics depicts each of the alphabet’s twenty-six letters with an awesome alliteration—not to mention illuminating illustration—that will captivate and stimulate young minds.

Does This Happen To Everyone?—A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty

This book, aimed at young people 11 and over, tackles frequently asked questions by boys and girls about young love and puberty. Writer Antje Helms provides insightful and considered answers, while photo artist Jan von Holleben translates these thoughts and queries into fun images that reflect the adventure and joy of growing up.

Petting Zoo Memo Game by Christoph Niemann

This memo game featuring the whimsical hand-drawn animals by award-winning illustrator Christoph Niemann is classic educational fun in a design that will not look out of place in the living room of design conscious parents.

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Heavy shopping requires a durable carry-all. Spend 200 Euro or more in our EU online shop or Gestalten Berlin stores and receive the chic and versatile Gestalten x Ucon Acrobatics Tote Bag—a resilient shopping partner in any season. Get yours while supplies last. The offer is limited to deliveries within the EU.

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