ImageThink’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020

As 2019 winds down, ImageThink wants to say thank you, and offer a fun few ideas from the team on what to get the creative folks in your life. 

Below, enjoy our Graphic Recorders’ favorite holiday (or any time of the year) gifts. Enjoy, and see you in 2020!

Sketchbook project instructions

Join Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project

Graphic Recorder Arielle Rothenberg’s favorite gift to give is a chance to contribute to the Sketchbook Project. Order a sketchbook, fill it up however you’d like, and send it back to be displayed in the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks! The project is a reminder that anyone can be an artist; there’s no right way to sketchbook, and participants are connected with creatives from all over the world.

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

A comic book on comic book theory and history, Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is densely informative without compromising the fun and the witty. Sasha Brito thinks aspiring Graphic Recorders and sketchnoters out there will find this a valuable and informative resource for telling stories through pictures.

Winsor Newton Water Colour Set

Winsor & Newton Sketchers’ Pocket Box

A gift Nora gave to our team of graphic recorders, this kit encourages all you marker-heads out there to try a new medium, and as Nora reminds us, serves as a great reminder that people can be inspired to think creatively anywhere, at anytime. Containing 12 half-pans of Winsor & Newton’s Cotman water colours and a portable brush, the whole kit fits easily in a back pocket when you’re on the road.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Offering high quality at a low price point, the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is Director of Creative Services Aaron Mayper’s recommendation. Perfect for sketching on the go, not to mention, much more convenient than juggling a brush and ink well in the museum gallery.

MUJI aroma diffuser

MUJI Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

Senior Graphic Recorder Lilly Lam likes to slow things down, and remind everyone that an important part of getting into a creative flow is about setting up the right environment to relax and clear your head. This MUJI scent diffuser is a wonderful companion to spending time doing nothing before diving into the important task at hand. (As a bonus gift, more on doing nothing HERE)

In Waves graphic novel

In Waves, by AJ Dungo

For those seeking inspiration, and perhaps an emotional catharsis to boot, Graphic Recorder Claud Li recommends In Waves by AJ Dungo. They describe the graphic novel as beautiful in every way (including how much it hurts).

Draw Your Big Idea is a book of sketchnote exercises for entrepreneurs by Nora Herting and Heather Willems of ImageThink

DRAW YOUR BIG IDEA, by Nora Herting & Heather Willems

Of course we could send you on your way without recommending our personal favorite (ok we may be biased) tool for aspiring graphic recorders, visual thinkers, and creatives. Draw Your Big Idea, co-written by ImageThink Founder and CEO Nora Herting, translates 10 years of experience working with some of the world’s biggest companies, into over 150 easy-to-practice drawing techniques that anyone can use to get around their creative roadblock!

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