Ultimate Insider Gifts

Obscure (and cheap) gifts for the industry friend who has everything.

Shopping for holiday gifts? For a peer or co-worker who already has every book, video, and plug-in imaginable? And don’t want to go broke in the process? Here are a couple of gift ideas guaranteed to impress (or at the very least, puzzle) that favorite nerd in your life:

First, for the After Effects fanatic: A line of t-shirts (and a mug) designed by Stu Maschwitz (from The Orphanage, and also of DV Rebel’s Guide, Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista fame). The obscure slogan: “The Plabt Abides.”

backstory: “Plabt” is a typo of “plant.” “Plant” refers to that magical place where the After Effects engineers work. Sample usage: “Maybe the plabt can cook up a better way to do that in the next release.” One of the many examples of a typo that has endured on internet message boards, akin to how “pwn” has come to replace “own” (as in, “After that, I pwned his a**”).

Next, for anyone you know who has ever cursed Microsoft, a way for them to get back at Bill Gates (to pwn him, if you will): A Bill Gates mug shot t-shirt.

backstory: Microsoft was once based out of Albuquerque (where we now live). And once while driving around Albuquerque, a young Bill Gates was pulled over for speeding. And this is his mug shot. Funny how he was smiling in this shot; did you think that even then, Bill knew he would eventually pwn the world?

Happy holidays…and feel free to share your own gift ideas!

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Chris and Trish Meyer

Chris and Trish Meyer

Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.