Shop Local Part Duex

Here’s five more local Charlotte designers hawking their fantastic wares on the world wide web.

AIGA Charlotte wants to help support local designers. One way you can do that in the month of December is buying your holiday gifts directly from designers. We’ve compiled a holiday gift guide with some of our favorite prints, shirts, jewelry, and books produced by designers who call Charlotte their home. 

Jake Page Illustration

Jake Page has an appropriate print for every member of your family. Bird for grandma? Check. Lighthouse for mom? Got that. Boba Fett for brother? Sure. An entire series of dinosaurs drinking tea for your sister? Absolutely. And your sister has impeccable taste.

You can also check out Jake’s Dribbble page to see process pictures of some of these prints.

Jason Tselentis

Jason Tselentis is a designer, a professor at Winthrop University, and an author. His first book, book “Type, Form & Function” was published this year, and is available for purchase on Amazon. His next book is set to come out in 2012. We’re excited to have Jason as our guest at a Talk About early next year, discussing the trials and tribulations of transitioning from designer to writer.


Give the gift of letterpress this season. K2forma is a letterpress-obsessed boutique design studio here in Charlotte. Their online store features products produced by hand in their studio. Interested in how they do it? Check out this great video of their press in action. 

Love letterpress? So do we. We’re nailing down the final details for our Letterpress Fest, a week long celebration of all things letterpress. Featuring Kyle Durrie and her touring Type Truck, it’s sure to be an amazing week. Keep your eyes open for more details.


It’s a fact—you cannot wear a poster or a book. But you can wear the jewelry made by Krista Engler, and she has a wide variety of types and styles available at her store. Pick something up for someone special (don’t forget, you’re someone special, too).

Dustin Harbin

Dustin Harbin is a talented illustrator and an indie cartoonist of the highest caliber. Follow him on Twitter and watch him swap jokes with some of the best illustrators drawing today—Olly Moss, John Martz, Meg Hunt, and Scott Campbell, to name just a few. His online store carries prints and several collections of his microcomics, and he is also occasionally available for personal commissions. More information about that on his site,

We hope you’ve enjoyed our little holiday gift guide. There’s tons of local talent here in Charlotte producing great products. We encourage you to try shopping locally and creatively this year. Happy Holidays!

By aigacharlotte
Published November 30, 2011