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8 Items a Graphic Designer Would Take Back to School

Well it’s that time of year here again in the UK, where you feel that chill in the air, the summer is practically over and children are getting ready to go back to school (if they haven’t already!).

I can’t say that I remember being particularly thrilled about putting on my uniform and heading off to school. However, I do have fond memories of choosing my new stationary and art supplies. I remember visiting our local Woolworths and WH Smiths trying to find the coolest pencil tin and matching pens (not that it mattered as after the first week I would have scratched my latest crush’s name on to the pencil tin and loaned out all my pens!). So I thought I’d take a look around and see what was on the market for students nowadays in the stationary department. I have to say I was very impressed with my findings and may have to put some of these items on my Christmas List (yep… you heard me… Christmas List, the count down has begun people!)!

In primary school your social status was determined by your lunch box and to be honest everyone would want to be in my gang with this retro Dr Pepper lunch box. In fact it’s times like this I wish I worked in an office just so I could stroll in with it!

Dr Pepper Lunch Box

This has to be my favorite find – the tape tape dispenser?! Genius! I don’t think I would have any use for a tape dispenser at school, but I would have found one. 

Tape Tape Dispenser

Now I was always fussy about erasers and they always had to be those massive ones that have the power to rub out anything (or carved up and thrown at people). However in the name of good taste (get it!) these cake rubbers would have been a great second choice.

Cake Erasers

And to go with cake erasers what better than a chocolate slab calculator? 

Chocolate Calculator

These cool Crayola pens are right up my street!

Crayola pens

I’m not sure if kids today need a usb flash drive for school, but you can’t get funkier than a C – 3P0 Star Wars drive!

Star Wars USB

I love this tokidoki “Kaiten Sushi” journal, it’s bright and the illustrations are bold and fun.

tokidoki Kaiten Sushi journal

And where would I put all my precious finds, well I’ll tell you… in my awesome Jam Factory backpack!

Jam Factory Backpack

Do you have fond memories of choosing your supplies and heading off to school? Are there any items that you’ve spotted that’s made you wish you were still a student? Let us know as we’d love to add them to the list so please feel free to post links!

(Disclaimer: Please note we haven’t shopped at any of the above online stores and as such can not verify the quality of service they provide)

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Posted on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
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6 Responses to “8 Items a Graphic Designer Would Take Back to School”

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  • Matt says:

    Definitely loving the chocolate calculator, and of course the C3PO usb drive, and the Jam Factory backpack… Actually I just saw that Jam Factory had Droplets back in stock, I might have to send an order through to Gavin and see if I can get one of those backpacks too!

  • lu says:

    Glad you like some of the items! The backpack definitely finishes off the selection.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dot Design says:

    The tape dispenser gets my vote, where can I get one its fantastic! Great post Lu!

  • lu says:

    Hi Gareth (Dot Design),

    They are cool aren’t they! If you click on the image it will take you through to the online store where I found them.


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