The Magic Millions QTIS Open is a prestigious $1 million dollar race held annually on ‘The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday’ at the enchanting Gold Coast turf club. Each race within the Magic Millions series boasts a one-of-a-kind trophy design and we were honoured again to embark on a creative journey for the design and production of the QTIS Open trophies.
Our design team worked with Native Australian timbers and opted to design the base of the award with an octagonal shape that was simple yet elegant. The base was accentuated with a black inset, adding depth and achieving a visually balanced composition with the trophy’s top. Atop the trophy, a striking black horse took centre stage. Working with the amazing team at the Magic Millions, we ensured the horse on top of the award corresponded with the direction the racehorses run around the Gold Coast track. To add the final touches to this masterpiece, our team employed laser etching techniques to seamlessly incorporate logos and text onto the trophy’s body.
We loved creating this unique design for the Magic Millions QTIS Raceday! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Photos courtesy of Magic Millions Facebook page
In the midst of 2023, our collaboration with the esteemed team at Arup unfolded, tasked with crafting distinctive displays in honor of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary. Inspired by Arup’s innovative vision, we embarked on a creative journey, repurposing pavers from the building’s exterior.
Our commitment to precision was evident as we meticulously matched the red hue of the acrylic to Arup’s specified PMS colour. The crisp, white text was then skillfully UV printed onto the surface, resulting in a visually striking feature that harmonizes seamlessly with the natural glimmer of the stone. Our in-house production team the expertly cut the stone to provide a secure slot for the acrylic piece.
Crafting this distinctive piece for such an iconic Australian landmark was a source of immense pride and joy for our team. Contact us to get started on your next custom project.
ISS, a distinguished leader in workplace experience and facility management, consistently delivers innovative placemaking solutions that elevate business performance while simplifying and enhancing the lives of their valued clients.
Working with ISS again this year, the challenge was to breathe new life into last year’s award, incorporating a stunning Indigenous artwork titled “Belonging,” skilfully crafted by artist Stephen Hogarth, a proud descendent of the Gamilaroi Nation. Our design team skilfully dissected the intricate elements of Hogarth’s masterpiece. These elements were then thoughtfully arranged to produce a mesmerising 3D effect. We took great care to follow the natural curves of the artwork, extending the flow of the design onto laser-cut timber that now forms a captivating central feature, drawing the viewer’s gaze toward the heart of the trophy.
To ensure a polished finish, our in-house joinery team hand finished the awards resulting in a sleek and clean appearance. The award details and a well-deserved acknowledgment of the artist were etched onto both the front and back of the trophy, adding the final touch to this piece.
We loved creating these awards for the team at ISS! Contact us today to get started on your next design project.
The Department of Environment and Science of the Queensland Government is dedicated to being a driving force and collaborative partner in the management, protection, and restoration of Queensland’s natural environment and heritage. Their commitment extends to ensuring the well-being and prosperity of both current and future generations.
Our longstanding client reached out to us with a special request—to design and produce awards for the 2023 Excellence Awards. Given the department’s unwavering focus on environmental conservation, they sought an option that aligned with their values—a sustainable solution that was 100% recycled.
In response, our team embarked on a mission to find materials that embodied both the essence of sustainability and the spirit of the awards. After careful consideration, we identified reclaimed timber from an old farm post as the ideal medium. Infused with love and meticulous attention to detail, our team transformed this weathered wood into the very foundation of the awards.
Each award bears the distinctive marks and traces of its former life, with the presence of old nails adding a touch of character and individuality to every block. To preserve the integrity of the 100% recycled nature, our team used laser etching techniques to adorn the blocks with carefully chosen text and unique illustrations provided by their talented internal creative team.
We loved creating these unique and sustainable awards for the Queensland Government. Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Griffith University has been a valued, long-term client of ours. Over the years, we have had the privilege of designing awards for their prestigious alumni event. However, this year, the Griffith team approached us with a request to infuse their refreshed branding and event collateral into the design.
The primary aim of these alumni awards is to honour the outstanding achievements of Griffith’s alumni. It’s a platform to recognize the diverse accomplishments of these alumni, spanning a wide range of fields and their contributions to their communities.
For this year’s event, the branding incorporated Griffith’s signature red colour, but with a unique twist—a red sparkle design. This distinctive element was used in various aspects of the event, from the event webpage to email signatures and other promotional materials. The design team made the creative choice to extend this branding feature to the awards themselves.
Each award featured transparent red and white circles printed across multiple acrylic layers. This intricate design produced a captivating 3D effect that added a new dimension to the awards. A clear acrylic window was strategically placed on the back of each trophy. This thoughtful touch allowed natural light to pass through, introducing an additional layer of depth and enhancing the overall aesthetic.
To bring the design to life, our in-house joinery team skilfully hand finished the awards, providing a high-quality timber finish. The award details were laser-etched onto the body, ensuring precision and clarity.
We loved creating the unique trophy design for Griffith University! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project!
Every year, the grandeur of Aquis Park comes alive as they host their esteemed Racing Industry Awards—an annual event that celebrates the season and awards those who have been outstanding in their field. With a longstanding partnership spanning several years, our collaboration with the Aquis Park team reached new heights as we embarked on a mission to create a fresh and captivating design for this esteemed occasion.
Breaking away from the customary horseshoe motif that had graced previous years, the team sought to infuse a touch of innovation while retaining a subtle nod to tradition. In response, our design team created this unique frame that featured a floral wreath pattern that was utilised in previous years. In the middle of the frame, a shining gold mirror showcased the laser-cut representation of the iconic horseshoe, symbolizing the elegance and strength of equestrian tradition.
We delicately etched the finely crafted text and logos into the native Australian timber, adding sophistication and a lasting touch to these prestigious awards. To make them even more special, we added a discreet yet practical d-ring on the reverse side, making it easy for recipients to proudly display their awards on the wall.
We loved creating this unique design for the team at Aquis Park! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Photos courtesy of the Gold Coast Turf Club’s Facebook page.
The Indie Beer Awards shine a spotlight on the hardworking brewers all across Australia who pour their dedication into their craft. Our close partnership with the Independent Brewers Association led us to an exciting challenge: designing a fresh award for the 2023 event. The goal was clear – to create something classy and timeless while featuring the signature wheat element that defines the Indies.
Our solution was a blend of black stained timber and sleek black gloss laser-cut acrylic, forming an elegant award body. The event’s name and logo were laser printed onto a clear acrylic panel, held together with black mounts. To add a touch of luxury, we included a gold champion plate on the front of the award. This final detail brings a sense of prestige to the table, complementing the hard work that each brewer puts into their creations.
We loved creating this custom award for the 2023 Indies. Contact us today to get started on your next project!
The Yokohama Porsche Sprint Challenge annually ignites North America with its captivating semi-professional racing display. At the forefront are the renowned Porsche 991.2, 992 GT3, and 718 Cayman Clubsport GT4 cars, exuding power and precision.
We were tasked to create a standout trophy honoring race winners. The trophy itself embodies the race’s essence, housing a striking vector illustration that harmonizes a grandstand and racetrack in layered acrylic, creating a dynamic 3D effect.
Designed to resonate with Yokohama’s brand colours, a black stained timber body complements the centerpiece’s red hues. The iconic Yokohama logo finds its place on a black gloss acrylic badge, which was inset into the body of the trophy and seamlessly integrated through UV printing.
Our commitment to detailed craftsmanship shines through in every detail, as our skilled in-house joinery team refines the edges to perfection with a hand veneered finish. The industrial silver screw fixings pay homage to the racing world’s mechanics, while a silver badge adds a final note of sophistication.
We loved creating this unique trophy for Yokohama! Contact us to get started on your next custom design project.
The annual 1800m race, known as the Aquis Park TAB Wave Raceday, takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Gold Coast. Our services were recently engaged to craft an exceptional and bespoke trophy, tailored exclusively for this occasion, incorporating a distinctive wave motif as a key design element.
Our team expertly combined laser-cut acrylic components in captivating blue hues to create a wave feature in the centre of the trophy, creating a unique sense of depth. A silver mirror embellishment was added to accentuate its visual appeal and highlight the dynamic wave feature. The body of the trophy was hand veneered by out in-house joinery team, and was carefully shaped, giving it a polished and refined character. The race details were then laser etched onto the body of the trophy, with logos UV printed onto the acrylic centre of the trophy.
We loved creating the unique trophy! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Photos courtesy of the Gold Coast Turf Club’s Facebook page.
The Queensland Government Reconciliation Awards are an esteemed annual event, dedicated to honoring outstanding collaborations and projects that propel reconciliation forward across businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
This year, we had the privilege of collaborating with the Queensland Government to craft a brand-new design for the 2023 awards. Drawing inspiration from the profound heritage of the land, we were provided with indigenous artwork from Gilimbaa, an Indigenous creative agency. This powerful and captivating artwork served as the foundation for our artistic journey.
The design team sought to create an award that would not only be a symbol of recognition but also a piece of art in its own right. We envisioned a design that embraced the essence of the indigenous artwork while infusing it with a sense of depth and dimension.
To bring this vision to life, selected a thoughtful blend of timber and acrylic—a meticulous combination that allowed us to artistically deconstruct the artwork into multiple layers, achieving a unique 3D effect.
The timber base became a canvas for innovation, laser-cut to mirror the lines and patterns of the artwork. The logos and text were laser-etched the onto the base, adding a touch of sophistication and personalization.
We loved creating this unique design for the Queensland Health 2023 Reconciliation awards! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Photo courtesy of: https://womensagenda.com.au/business/2023-queensland-reconciliation-awards-recognises-six-inspiring-initiatives/
Introducing the Q22 Annual Race in Brisbane, renowned as the city’s second-richest race, boasting a remarkable $1.2 million prize. To honour this occasion, a one-of-a-kind trophy was created to celebrate the winners of the event.
Fashioned from walnut timber and a clear acrylic centrepiece, the award proudly displays a gold ‘Q,’ symbolising achievement and the race’s identity. The ‘Q’ motif elegantly merges racetrack contours with the letter’s form, embodying the spirit of this extraordinary occasion. The trophy’s base features coordinating gold mirror elements, ensuring unity and elegance. Laser-etched text and logos add a personalised touch to these awards.
At Potato Press, we’re passionate about crafting one-of-a-kind creations. The Q22 Annual Race Trophy embodies grace, speed, and perseverance, reflecting the essence of our craftsmanship. Reach out to us today to start your next custom project.
Photos Courtesy of Brisbane Racing Facebook page