Created for hackers, by hackers, Major League Hacking (MLH) is a North American and European organization with 65,000 students across 16 countries. Home to an official student hackathon league, MLH hosts over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to the next generation of tech leaders around the globe.
In honour of their North American Spring 2016 Hacking Awards, MLH contacted us to produce custom trophies for their esteemed award recipients. Since the organization includes such a large number of participants, pinpointing a collaborative design that captures the essence of the company was a challenge, and one that we were excited to take on.
With custom designed laser cutting technology and printed perspex layered together and mounted into a custom built base, the octagonal award was well-received by both the founders and Hacking Award recipients.
Custom designed laser cut and printed perspex all layered together and mounted into a custom built base.
The City of Ryde hold their annual Citizen and Young Citizen of the year awards every Australia Day. This year we were engaged to create a new trophy for the winners.
We aimed to create something quite simple and effective in design. Also something that the winners would be proud to be awarded. The final result was this solid Blackbutt Hardwood Timber base with a mix of laser cut acrylic, laser etching and gold finish acrylic.
If you need something similar for an upcoming event, drop us a line and we can help you out!
Presented by TechnologyOne, the 2016 Evolve User Conference, located in Brisbane, is set to break the mould for preparing for a cloud and mobile-based world in order to maximise investments in TechnologyOne’s enterprise software.
With the need for efficient, cost-cutting business ideals, this event goes beyond the basics, delving into the specific steps for leveraging leading technologies with more than 100 sessions of industry speakers, product demonstrations and customer case studies, as well as one-on-one access with TechnologyOne experts, opportunities for professional networking and more.
Tasked with creating 350 customised invitations for this modern, technology-focused event, we began by creating an external sleeve for the invitations, accomplished through our use of laser cut Curious Matter specialty paper from K.W. Doggett.
For the internal portion and the outer box of the invitations, we used another K.W. Doggett stock called Knight vellum, further accented with a clear print over the front.
Pairing the custom invitations with a custom box, highlighted by our use of a foiled logo and tailored internal tray, we pulled out all the stops for this extensive, noteworthy and distinctive production job to create something in sync with the theme of the event.
In need of customised invitations or presentation boxes for your next event? Please contact us for more information.
Introduced by the Queensland government, the Start Playing Stay Playing initiative shines light on female achievements in the local sports and recreation industries, as well as individuals and organisations that work to boost sports and recreation opportunities for women living across Queensland, Australia.
With a twice-annual awards ceremony honouring the categories of Inclusion, Innovation and Inspiration, as well as a once yearly Minister’s Excellence Award for the winners of the previous categories, we were honoured to produce customised trophies for the 2016 Start Playing Stay Playing Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Incorporating their existing branding and armed with a desire to create something unique, eye-catching and memorable, our talented in-house production team designed the custom trophies with the illusion of floating in mind.
By employing several different engineering techniques, as well as using quality materials such as printed clear acrylic and Australian blackbutt hardwood timber with laser etching, we were able to exceed the client’s expectations and provide remarkable trophies for deserving individuals and organisations across Queensland.
We recognise the importance of leading an active lifestyle, whether for your health or personal well-being, and were honoured to create a keepsake as part of this year’s Awards celebration.
Interested in customised trophies for your business? Get in touch with our Australian or North American offices, and we’d be happy to help.
The Swell Sculpture Festival starts today! Swell facilitates high quality outdoor art and cultural events, connecting people, art and place. Their signature event is the SWELL Sculpture Festival held annually on Currumbin Beach.Now in its fourteenth year, the ten-day festival brings over 50 works by nationally and internationally renowned artists to a free public exhibition on the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast.The event delights 265,000 visitors annually, and we had the pleasure of creating the awards for the winners of the event. These custom solid timber awards combine laser etched textures and titles, and a modern stylised representation of Currumbin rock. The image wrapping around 2 of the faces is actually Currumbin Rock itself!
Two members of the Potato gang made it to the opening/awards night (pictured here with our good friend and local artist Lisa Martin). The atmosphere was fantastic and good to see so many people supporting a great event.
This was a fun project created for the City of Ryde where we used a combination of Australian native timber and coloured acrylics, to make these awards.
We also created a custom timber plaque for a special commendation award.
These are some custom-designed trophies we did for Nautique and their Big Dawg World tour.
We drew inspiration from the visual elements of the boats to create a look that maintained the branding of the company.
The tour kicks off in Florida and travels to Spain, North Carolina, California and back to West Palm Beach, Florida for the Finals. It’s kind of a big deal in the Water-skiing and Wakeboarding industry.
This piece is made from a custom shaped solid timber base, with a mix of laser cut, printed and laser etched ply and acrylics, mounted off the base.
We think you’ll agree that it’s an impressive award. Here’s a great action shot of one of the competitors followed by some of the recipients at the end of one of the rounds.
The Komune Bali Pro project was great fun and we appreciate being able to work with the guys at The Mad Hueys.
The Mad Hueys wanted a trophy with a golden shoe on it that they could drink a beer out of for their Komune Bali Pro. We love crazy projects here at Potato Press, so we jumped on it.
We resin-coated the shoes and gave them a chrome gold finish, then mounted them to a solid block of New Guinea Rosewood. The timber base had a detailed laser etch incorporating the event branding.
It all went fantastically well and you can see the winner, Taj Burrow, drinking from the trophy in the Pool at Komune Bali.
We excel at the weird, the fun and the one-off.
2016 Komune Bali Pro from THEMADHUEYS on Vimeo.
This is a custom award we created for Union Wakeboards and the Riders Choice Awards Australia. It is a routered birch ply with a black laser cut type and laser etched logo. Such a nice clean finish with that style of wood, which gives the final award a a sleek and stylish look.
Here is a recent project where we designed and manufactured these custom awards for Coursera. Coursera are a large global online training and education platform that offer courses from a huge range of university and colleges from all over the world. We shipped these over to California to their head office. The trophy itself is made from solid timber with inserted pop colour panels and recessed mirrored logo. Then all finished off with a laser etch on each side. The end result was a super clean and finished custom award.