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Award Spotlight: Volkswagen Dealer of the Year

We have worked with Volkswagen for many years to help reward outstanding staff with well designed, quality awards. However, nothing gets us more excited than a new Dealer of the Year trophy and this year marked the end of the old perpetual which called for the design of the new one! The Dealer of the […]

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3D Printing & Awards

If you read about the future of business such as the visions from HP or PWC, all predictions will invariably tell us that 3D printing will be a game changer. And it is hard to deny when you look at some of the incredible pieces that are being made today. Check out a few images plucked from the web: The […]

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Our Newest Sustainable Awards

Over the past few weeks we have had the honour of creating bespoke trophies for some of the most esteemed events in this country. The Advance Global Australians Awards were presented two weeks ago by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull which recognise Australians making a global difference. Last week, the Google Impact Challenge Australia Awards gave […]

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Are you a trophy buff?

Sometimes it’s hard to know who you really are deep down. Are you a good person or a bad person? A “Carrie” or a “Samantha”? But most importantly, how well do you know your trophies? Well, are you in luck or what. We can provide you with an answer to one of the questions above […]

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The Olympics & Australia: The Ultimate Quiz

Once every four years, the whole world gathers together to celebrate the success of Australian athletes. But we often forget the Olympics is more than just winning sports, it is about winning online quizzes. How do you compare? Save Save

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8 Hilarious Tennis Trophies

In this big scary world of grand slams and reputable competitions, getting your tennis tournament to stand out can be a real issue. That is unless you have the red hot strategy of giving the winner a wild whacky trophy. Here are some of our favourite, uh, unique tennis awards out there. The Generali Open […]

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Which famous trophy are you?

Let’s get that lost soul out of limbo. It’s time to get an answer once and for all: are you a timeless Oscar or a run-of-the-mill Grammy?  

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Celebrating Digital Brilliance – The 22nd AMY Awards

What will the world look like in 5 years? 10 years? When will robots overtake humans? AIMIA is the peak digital body in Australia that brings together all the forward thinkers and digital pioneers and gives us the answers to those tough questions. Run by AIMIA, the AMY Awards are the longest running and most coveted awards […]

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#TBT Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show “The Jimmy” Award

Did you know the spin off of Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show, seductively named AustraIia’s Naughtiest Home Video Show, was the only TV show in Australian history to be taken off air mid-screening? Saucy. While we weren’t lucky enough to make the awards for that special one-off, we did make the awards for its original […]

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Sydney Film Festival: The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship

This year has once again marked the biggest cash fellowship ever offered for a short film in Australia, The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship. Presented in partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, the prize was awarded yesterday to four chuffed filmmakers including a whopping $50,000 cash prize each as well as a *ahem* stunning bespoke […]

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Creative Ideas for Crystal Awards

Creative Ideas for a Crystal Award Crystals have long been considered a premium product that serves a multitude of purposes across the globe. Unlike conventional glass, it has the added advantage of a bright luminance and shine. Crystal awards are a great choice for awarding the achievements of individual, teams, creative and corporate houses. Creative awards […]

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Tom Mitchell takes home the inaugural Goodes-O’Loughlin Medal

The inaugural Goodes-O’Loughlin medal has been awarded. In a ripper Marn Grook match between North Melbourne and Sydney last weekend, the Swan’s midfielder Tom Mitchell took out the new medallion as the best on ground at Friday’s event in last week’s indigenous round. It has since been reported that he will be re-signing a deal […]

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The Goodes-O’Loughlin Medal: The New Bespoke Medallion

Marn Grook is the traditional ball game believed to be invented by the Jardwadjali and Djabwurrung clans in western Victoria, which many believe was the precursor to modern Australian Rules Football. In 2002, to celebrate and honour indigenous history and influence in the AFL, an annual Marn Grook match between Essendon and the Sydney Swans […]

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How Do I Get An Award Made?

Where can I get a trophy made? How do I get a trophy made? How do I make a corporate award? Where do I get glass awards? We get quite a lot of questions about the process of getting a custom award, trophy, plaque, medal or statuette made, but really, it is very simple. Just give […]

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More about Design Awards

Awards Sydney The influence of recognition is powerful. Whether it’s for achievment, an incentive for advancement, financial reasons, motivation for individuals or employees, we feel an intrinsic sense of accomplishment when there is an award associated with our endeavors. To be recognised for excellence is an achievement of a lifetime. Why not show that recognition […]

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The Siren Awards Are Back for 2016

Bespoke trophies are a hard thing to master. They have to capture the essence of a brand and combine it with the prestige of a ceremony to create something iconic and memorable worth treasuring. Back in 2003 our founder Bruce Dodds was just about to board a 24 hour flight from Sydney to London for […]

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The John Belisario Memorial Award: Design Update

We love awards because they are the best way to show someone that they deserve distinction, that someone has done something exceptional. And so when a client comes to us with an award which is of low quality and doesn’t reflect a level of craftsmanship and prestige the award recipient deserves, it gives us no […]

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In the awards world, acrylic as a medium is often kept in the rigid confines of the rectangular prism. This shape gives the beautiful, crystal-clear polymer a distinct, elegant look giving the illusion text and graphics are suspended in mid-air. Often overlooked, however, is acrylic’s ability to be shaped and coloured, which leaves a world […]

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Award Spotlight: Audi Australia

Last week one of our longest partners, Audi Australia, had their annual awards nights in which some of their most prestigious trophies were given to some lucky employees. We have been making their awards for years and thought it was about time to share our creations. The Audi Dealer of the Year award, the most […]

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Last week was the 6th annual Country Music Channel Awards. This year the event night was held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in sunny Brisbane as part of CMC Rocks QLD. Some of Australia’s biggest acts were there to enjoy country music’s night of nights, with the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Amber Lawrence, […]

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Work done well deserves appreciation. Individuals or organisations that excel should be recognised for their achievements. Awards are a fantastic way to show someone what they really mean to you. We believe awards and trophies should be something to be truly cherished, something to proudly display on the mantelpiece for decades. Our dedication to detail […]

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An award ceremony represents the climax of a hard year of work for employees. And for those nominated for an award, the recognition is a great honour which will undoubtedly be etched in their memories forever. Awards are an inspiration to work hard, excel, and receive more awards in the future. When you honour the […]

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5 Ways for Bosses to Show Appreciation to Employees

As a boss, you rely on your employees to meet sales targets and maintain business growth. So, it’s of utmost importance that you show appreciation to your employees. However, rather than setting aside one day, acknowledging good work should be a way of life. Employees who feel validated are much more productive and happier in […]

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Key points for commissioning awards

A good way to recognize a personal or group achievement is by awarding the individual, company or team with a custom trophy. When looking to commission a trophy maker, keep these tips in mind to help you ensure you get what you want. Type of trophy There are a large variety of custom trophies available. It helps […]

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Bruce Dodds, CEO of Design Awards, founded the company in 1994 and has since become something of a trophy tycoon, manufacturing prizes for Toyota, The Commonwealth Bank, Marie Claire, the ARIA’s, The Communications Council and Audi  among many others. His company also makes the awards for some of reality television’s most famous competitions, such as The […]

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The Design Process

Designing an award takes knowledge and skill. To work out what is aesethically pleasing, along with the text and logo requirements of the client ,the best materials to use and budgetary considerations takes expertise and experience. With over 20 years experience Bruce, Charles, James and the team are able to advise and design a truly […]

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What can be done with plaques

In this post we will focus on plaques. The different types available, the looks achievable using different types of materials and  the manufacturing process. Plaques are a popular choice with companies as they can range from a relatively low price point through to larger perpetual plaques which can be used over time to record staff […]

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Having used a local trophy shop to supply standard ready made awards for many years, Hino approached us to work with them to produce something special for their Dinner Awards Program and their 50th Anniversary. Following initial meetings with members of the board, Hino asked Design Awards to come up with some design concepts for […]

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Different Types of Awards Materials

We often have people asking “whats the difference?” so here we look at the different types of materials used to make awards. Acrylic: Acrylic offers the same clarity as glass or crystal but with much less chance of breakage. It is also much lighter in fact acrylic is half the weight of glass and seventeen […]

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Recently we were approached by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW  to manufacture a  prestigious new award – The Cyril Maloney Medal.  The medal, due to be presented at the AHA Excellence Awards on the  24th November is for ‘recognition of service to the AHA‘.   When it comes to manufacturing medallions there is a range […]

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