It’s December, which means it’s Christmas shopping time again. If you’re not sure what to get the web geek in your life (or if you’d like some inspiration for your own wishlist), I’ve put together a list of 10 items (in no special order) that anyone working on the Web would be happy to find under the tree on Christmas morn.
Arduino is an “open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments”. It’s basically a really simple way to build electronic projects controlled by computer – letting you create physical projects that interact with the Web. Some cool Arduino projects: A Twitter scroller, Arduino RSS reader, A Web-based air quality meter that uses an antique voltmeter for a display
To get started, you’ll need an Arduino board (which you can either build yourself, or buy from one of many distributors), download the software and read the documentation on the Arduino site (or buy a copy of Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects)
As soon as people find out that you work with computers (even if you design beautiful web sites for a living) they start assume that you’ll know how to fix their computers when they break. Make it perfectly clear that you won’t with this t-shirt!
Netbooks are extremely popular as they allow you to carry plenty of punch in a a very small package. There are quite a few different models available, but this this model from Acer seems to be getting the best reviews.GiveAnApp
Ok, so this isn’t so much a gift for web geeks but a gift that web geeks might like to give. GiveAnApp allows you to give a physical introduction to a web app that you find useful – we’ve all seen how hard it is to persuade family and friends to start using that app that you’ve found really useful. This service enables you to give a gift that introduces an app.
I’m probably a little biased, as I was involved in the production of this book, but it’s a really great guide for helping web developers put together sites that look better (note: it’s a little basic for experienced web designers).
All the videos from The Future of Web Design New York were shot on one of these little marvels. We weren’t sure if the quality would be up to scratch, but if you take a look I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not bad for a camera costing about $130. Super easy to use, it’s ideal if you want to shoot short videos suitable for uploading to Facebook or YouTube, and aren’t worried about more advanced features or zoom.
OK, OK, so this is a pretty expensive – but the bundle does contain the latest versions of Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Illustrator and if you have the money to spare would would be a great gift!
A bit of self promotion here, but the lineup for next year’s Carson Workshops looks amazing: Ben Huh, Paul Boag, Daniel Burka, Tara Hunt, Eric Meyer, Ryan Singer and Dan Cerderholm. The quality of teaching at these workshops is second-to-none, and you’ll leave inspired and refreshed!
Here at the Carsonfied offices, we like nothing better than rocking out with a copy of Guitar Hero after a hard day’s work. Even though I’ve not had a chance to play it yet, the tracklisting on this new version looks awesome.
A craftsman needs proper tools, and this mouse is the pick of the bunch.
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What would you add to the list?