Why not toss some of your holiday gift budget toward a visual journalist who might be selling just what you need for that special someone on your list?
Today’s topic: Cool stuff…
FRESH ROASTED GRAPHICS
Jennifer Borresen — graphics editor of the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune — has an amazing store at Zazzle where she sells some of the smartest, most cleverly-illustrated items you’ll ever see anywhere.
Here are just a few T-shirts you’ll find there, for example.
I’m not sure which of those I like best. But you’ll have to agree: There’s something unique there for everyone.
Hey, fantasy football season is winding down. So how about the ultimate gift for the ultimate fantasy football coach?
Of course — Zazzle being Zazzle — all of Jennifer’s designs are available in your choice of colors on your choice of items.
Like, for example, iPhone covers.
You can get a cover for the iPhone 4 or 4S (left) or the 5 (right). And you can get either the black ninja or the pink ninja on either.
Naturally, Jennifer also sells iPad covers…
…and even neckties.
And that’s just a few samples. There are lots more to choose from. You can’t possibly go wrong. Jennifer’s Zazzle store is called Fresh Roasted. Find it here.
A 1996 graduate of Sarasota’s Ringling School of Design, Jennifer spent three years as an artist for the Tampa Tribune before returning to Sarasota in 2001.
Find her portfolio here and her sketch blog here.
Matt Erickson — a writer and editor of ever-popular mixed-martial arts coverage — has been dabbling for several years, now, in high dynamic range photography.
“Dabbling” as in: Knocking our socks off. Feast your eyes on this image from a Packers vs. Bears game at Soldier Field.
Or how about this picture of a high school football field in a small town in Indiana on a Friday evening?
Or this haunting view of downtown Chicago?
I wrote up Matt’s HDR work a couple of years ago, including his explanation of how it all works. Read up on that here.
As you can see, Matt’s really, really good at this. His work is available via RedBubble as greeting cards ($2.60 each), 23.2 x 15.3-inch wall posters ($14.04 each) and high-end photographic prints (glossy or matte finish; also available matted and/or framed, all at a variety of prices).
He’s been all over, so you can find images he’s shot in New Orleans…
…and Walt Disney World.
I’m sure you saw the story recently about how the famed Billy Goat Tavern beneath Michigan Avenue in Chicago may have to move while the building that holds it is renovated. If you have a native of the Windy City on your shopping list, might I suggest…
Jaw-dropping work. And it’d look great on any wall. Find Matt’s RedBubble shop here.
A 1997 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Matt immediately joined the the Times of Munster, Ind., and worked there for 13 years as a designer and, eventually, director of presentation and visuals. He spent time as a regional director for the Society for News Design and coordinated the SND annual contest in 2005.
Matt left the Times in 2010 to strike out on his own as a freelance sportswriter specializing in coverage of mixed martial arts. He spent a year or so working with Heavy.com and joined MMAjunkie.com — a part the USA Today media group — in 2012.
Find his Twitter feed here.
You’re reading the second of what I expect to be several blog posts over the next few days, offering up ideas for Holiday gift giving, but with items created by your visual journalism colleagues around the world.
This week’s schedule:
MONDAY: Greeting cards
TODAY: Cool stuff
WEDNESDAY: Homemade jewelry
THURSDAY: Paper and fabric goods and stuff for the home
FRIDAY: Children’s books
Also, check out the gifts for geeky collector-types that I wrote for the O.C. Register‘s Holiday Gift Guide in the Thanksgiving day paper.
Do you know of anything I should add to my list? Give me a ho-ho-holler.