All I want for Christmas…

Several folks have asked what to get for an architect, an architecture student and even a wanna-be architect nerd this Christmas. Some friends have even gone so far as to ask, “Brinn, why haven’t you posted a Christmas wish list for Architects? Everyone else is doing it!”. To which I replied, “I don’t stoop to the level of promoting and selling things on my site…” wait, yes I do. Well, thanks to plenty of peer pressure, the wait is over. In no particular order, I present a list of “Architects Like” themed items that your architecturally inclined friends and family will enjoy for years* to come.

(Disclaimer: years of enjoyment are not guaranteed. Most of these products are randomly chosen based on which ones made me laugh out loud the longest, hardest or generally made me giddy due to pretty pictures and awesome architecture-speak. Results may vary. In-line text links are to previous articles that make fun of architects. Product images are links to the actual product which you can purchase in my amazon affiliate store; that means I get a penny – or two! – for each purchase. For the love of architecture, please save me from poverty and buy something!)

For the architect or student who loves to sketch, promote the basics of squiggly line drawings by equipping them with a legendary Moleskine Notebook and a handy Micron Pen set. They will soon achieve greatness, one squiggly line at a time. Click the images below to buy into the greatness that is Moleskine.

Moleskine - It's Legen-wait for it-DARY!

Moleskine - It's Legen-wait for it-DARY!

 

Micron Pen Set - Fall in love with one today!

Micron Pen Set - Fall in love with one today!

For the more fashionably inclined architect or student (duh, all architects are fashionable), no outfit is complete without the standard issue bow-tie. After you’ve figured out which type of bow-tie wearer you are, pick up your own fashion forward accessory by clicking the image below.

Bow Ties. You need them to look like an architect.

Bow Ties. You need them to look like an architect.

For the hip architect in your life, consider getting them some new indie music. While they no doubt own every good indie band song that exists already, I’m sure they’ll appreciate the nod to their good taste and will share the rest of their collection with you once they realize how cutting edge you are. Click the randomly assigned indie band image to find out whether they suck. I just picked them because they’re indie. And they have a picture of a building on their cover. They must be good.

Indie music is cutting edge

Indie music is cutting edge

For the bookworm archie friend, make sure you read Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” and then give a copy to said friend as you ramble on in architect speak about how you ‘get architecture’ and understand their plight more now than ever before. It’s a subtle way to coerce your friend to read the book by undermining his allegiance to the profession. Boost their career and ego by clicking the link to Ayn Rand’s novel below.

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead. Best book ever!

Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead. Best book ever!

For the more math inclined architect (wait, architects use math!?), why not give them a visual representation of data a la Edward Tufte.  The master of maniuplation – er, information – has a great collection of visually appealing and utterly useless books. Make your coffee table look amazing by clicking the image below.

Edward Tufte knows how to make graphs. Look at them.

Edward Tufte knows how to make graphs. Look at them.

For the traveler and adventurer who fills their vacations with architravels, why not send them on a visual journey to the mecca of architecture: Marfa, Texas. While you gaze at the book with skepticism, your architect friend will get googly-eyed and recount the tales of architravels past. What better way to spend a holiday? Click the image below to be confused as to why this place is so popular.

Marfa. Architecture Mecca.

Marfa. Architecture Mecca.

And finally, for the architect or student who really wants to get a jump start on learning Revit (apparently it’s the thing to know), give them something practical to read with my friend Randy’s latest book, “BIM and Integrated Design”. If your brain hurts just from reading the title, just think how much information is in there. Click the image below to have your brain explode from information overload.

Randy's latest book!

Randy's latest book!

I was hoping to create a series of awesome tshirts before Chritmas, but then I got busy. So I’ll procrastinate…er…postpone that until next year. You can always get some sweet architangent logo gear and some less-than-appropriate-for-Christmas attire at my zazzle store (It was for Halloween, okay?). So feel free to click the images, buy some swag and have a Merry Christmas!



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  • Anonymous

    You’re still trying to get me to wear that bow tie aren’t you?

    • It’s pretty much a requirement 😉

      • Anonymous

        The last time I wore a bow tie was in high school. It was the mid-1980’s and it was a skinny black bow tie worn with my pink oxford shirt. Yeah, I hear you.