07 Nov Bruce Dodds
Although Bruce is the owner of Design Awards, more often than not you will find him roaming the factory in jeans, boat shoes and a paint stained sloppy joe. Bruce is the creative genius behind most of DA’s inspirational awards, trophies and deal tombstones. He is at his best (and happiest) sketching designs and wandering the workshop pondering how to turn two dimensional concepts into three dimensional awards of distinction. Bruce’s design philosophy is ‘no visible fixings’. To the lay person this translates as never really knowing how our awards have been put together.
As the son of a master builder Bruce grew up with ‘hammer and nail’ and learnt how to build and problem solve from an early age. Inspired by his father, Bruce went on to train as an architect and a mechanical draughtsman. A long commute to his job at a sign manufacturing company was sufficient motivation for Bruce to realise his passion for design and Design Awards was born. The business started as a small awards and trophy retail outlet in Surry Hills – as Bruce puts it – making some “seriously weird stuff for an eclectic group of clients“. Today, Design Awards has manufacturing operations in Sydney and Melbourne and lays claim to some of Australia’s most recognisable awards and trophies.
In his spare time, Bruce enjoys all things boats, golf and classic automobiles. He is an avid collector of hand crafted watches and is reasonably partial to a Barossa Valley Shiraz or a beer of any description.