Today our developers received stickers, stress toys, tee shirts and hoodies from our providers. Why don't the designer community get involved in this 'swag' trend?
Because I wouldn't wear it.
DId you ask your providers why?
Designers are less likely to want ugly t-shirts
Pardon my ignorance, but what do you mean by provider?
Invision subscription for teams: 99/mo, gets you a free t-shirt
AWS bills for a small team: ~$4,000/mo
New Relic Bill for small team: $400/mo
Those number get much bigger for enterprise clients, while design tools still remain small.
My guess is that there is just more money in the game for dev tools and more competitors.
There is a (probably justified) stereotype in industry that developers are a crass, boorish bunch of bro's, whereas designers tend to have a modicum of both self-respect and taste. Thus the tendency to give swag to developers, who will think it is "Fricking Awesome, Dude!!" rather than to designers who will just sneer at it derisively. :)
Because designers don't make technical platform decisions, usually.
Because they can't code.
Developers can contribute more to vendors in way of FOSS, where as designers aren't able to 'share' as many resources specifically related to a provider.
This is obviously just a guess.
Good points, maybe dev contribute more than desigener
Good point. Developers seem to engage more with companies on Twitter than designers.