Custom Awards & Event Collateral

Nautique Wakesurf Championships - Custom Timber & Acrylic Awards

Taking place at the end of September is The Nautique USA Wakesurf National Championships. Held in Texas, USA, Nautique Boats and The World Wake Association (WWA) have partnered together to create a family-oriented wakesurfing event open to surfers of all ages and ability levels.

Nautique has been a long running client of ours so we were pleased to create some more custom trophies for the event with WWA in the unique style we have carried across all our Nautique jobs.

These awards feature timber etched title plates as well as an inlayed acrylic logo badge, Although the real design feature of this award is definitely the acrylic 3D wave in the base. The wave motif has been inspired directly from the wave featured in the Wakesurf logo.

Love our style and the custom products we make? We would love to have a chat with you about how we can create something unique for you and your business, contact us today!

nautique custom timber acrylic award trophy

nautique custom timber acrylic award trophy

nautique custom timber acrylic award trophy

nautique custom timber acrylic award trophy

Fossil Custom Timber Boxes

For this project we were happy to welcome back a customer, Fossil. We have previously designed some trophies for Fossil but this time we were given the task of creating some timber boxes to house Champagne and glass flutes for their Executive Leadership Team.

Keeping true to their vintage and classic design aesthetic we wanted to incorporate the raw edges of the timber instead of coving them up. The final design also kept the natural look and feel of the timber with no stain or varnish. We then finished up with laser-etched text onto the lid.

Wanting to create some custom boxes for an event or a gift? Contact us today for a quote, we would love to create something unique for you!

Greef Bass Classic Custom Awards

Greef is an Australian Motorbike and fishing apparel brand, who hosted The Hayden Grebert Memorial Copmanhurst Bass Classic in 2017. It is a weekend where fisherman from all over Australia, fish for the biggest bass on the Mighty Clarence River!

The task given was to create an award that embraced the overall style of Greef, so using solid hardwood timber we finished the award with black details, an acrylic emblem and laser etched text into the timber. The outcome was a great reflection of the event and their host, Greef, and something winners would proudly showcase.

Have an event coming up and would like some custom trophies made? Contact us today to get the ball rolling!

Custom Box for Gold Coast Turf Club

For an upcoming awards night at the Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club, the team there contacted us to create some boxes for the winners that contained a golden horseshoe. Having previously created the perpetual trophy for their Gold Coast Cup event, we were excited to work with the turf club again to create some more unique pieces.

The box features laser cut out patterned details around each side, which tie into the existing style from their trophies. This laser cut filigree reveals blue details showing from beneath the screen.

If you are wanting a unique product made for your business, contact us today we would love to have a chat about how we can make your idea become a reality!

Gold Coast Marathon Custom Awards

Hosted annually on our scenic coastal region, the Gold Coast Marathon recently wrapped up its 40th edition on June 30th and July 1st, 2018. Touted as Australia’s leading marathon, the race includes several distinct categories for participants of all ages and abilities, including the Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, and the Garmin Junior Dash.

Prize money for winners of each race ranges from $550 to $20,000 for both men and women. Guests and supporters are invited to cheer on runners from Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads as participants race along the famously flat, scenic route alongside some of the Gold Coast’s most renowned surf beaches and broadwater areas.

Approached to create a series of custom designed awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Male category winners of the Southern Cross University 10km Run, we wanted to create a design that also encompassed the Gold Coast terrain and easygoing, sunny way of life.

Using a combination of printed acrylics and timber, we incorporated waves and sand design elements as a reminder of the natural local beauty, adding detailed layers for an eye-catching look with all the etched copy and logo elements to serve as a reminder of the race itself.

Of the 5,363 entrants and 4,732 finishers of the Southern Cross University 10km Run, we want to give special congratulations to the recipients of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, Jordan Gusman, Andy Buchanan and Adrian Potter.

For your next custom award need, be sure to contact us by phone, email or Skype and we look forward to creating a custom design based on your needs.


Metricon - Icon Collection Collateral

An Australian home design and building company operating since 1976, Metricon focuses on quality over quantity, creating homes people are thrilled to live in due to their high standards of excellence and innovation.

With locations throughout Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, Metricon recently created a coveted partnership with several of Australia’s most iconic homeware and design companies, dubbed the ICON Collection.

As part of the collection, homeowners are invited to spend $5,000 on a variety of homeware luxuries and comforts for their brand new Designer by Metricon home, and receive up to 10x the value – or $50,000 – at no additional cost.

Tasked with creating ICON Collection collateral for Metricon, our designers used both removable and fixed bases for the product, allowing the client to choose whether to use it as a wall hanging or free standing display item. CNC milled solid Australian hardwood timber was chosen for the base material, and printed gloss black acrylic discs were added to feature the ‘Proud Partner of the Designer ICON Collection 2018’ copy, as well as the Metricon logo.

This clean yet thoughtful design was the perfect addition to Metricon’s modern, immaculate aesthetic, and we are delighted with the outcome.

Interested in creating custom product for your business? Contact us directly to discuss your project with our recognised design team.

QLD Government Environmentalist Custom Award

While we love creating custom awards for a range of both local and national companies, individuals and organisations, it is a real honour when we are approached to design a custom award for the Queensland Government.

Presented by the Department of Environment and Science, the Queensland Government recently awarded John Hicks for his service from the years of 1979 – 2018. A dedicated environmentalist, John studied seabirds in the Great Barrier Reef – most notably the rare Red Tailed Tropic Birds – and helped protect these vulnerable species from extinction.

Wanting to incorporate his love of birds into the design, we used several printed acrylic layers to create a 3D effect of the Red Tailed Tropic Birds, backed by colourful coral shapes to pay homage to the natural, frail beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

The timber was laser cut and etched to include the Queensland Government logo, as well as the recipient’s name and years of service, and was designed in a classic rectangle shape for easy display purposes.

We appreciate the decades of work put forth by local legend John Hicks, and hope he enjoys this award as much as we enjoyed making it! Contact us directly at [email protected] to discuss your next custom award need.

Australian Bee Congress Custom Awards

Held in late June 2018, the Australian Bee Congress was the third held in its lifetime, after initial congresses on the Gold Coast in 1972 and 1988. Established by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc. (AHBIC), the theme for this year’s congress was ‘Pollination and Beekeeping for the Future,’ focusing largely on sustainable beekeeping tactics with attendees, vendors and speakers interested in bee products and further issues concerning Australian – and foreign – pollinators.

Sponsored by CRC for Honey Bee Products, one of the main events for delegates attending the conference is The Honey Show, a competition consisting of 18 categories judged on a variety of criteria, including colours of liquid honey, beeswax, and more.

After being contacted to create a special custom award for the 1st place winner of the Cut Comb Honey Show category, classified as #13 of 17, we brainstormed ways to make the award eye-catching and memorable for both the recipient and The Honey Show organisers.

Drawing inspiration from the remarkable honeycomb shape, we created a custom laser cut honeycomb filigree to act as the focal point of the award, with the honeycomb colouring and shape used as background print for the wording as well. In addition, we used individually printed faces and CNC milled ply timber to show exposed edges, adding a bit of rugged charm to the overall appearance.

We are proud of our local beekeepers and those in the industry working hard to ensure one of the world’s most valuable and vulnerable species is able to continue its duties, and are eager to take on new challenges when it comes to your next custom award needs.

Contact us today for more information and to speak with our team about turning your ideas into reality for your next event.

Custom Award for Gold Coast Turf Club

An impressive events centre capable of hosting more than 2,500 guests, the Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club is primarily known as one of Australia’s busiest racecourses while also being host to a large number of public and private events, from conferences and expos to gala dinners, exhibitions, holiday parties and more.

With gorgeous panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline and all the most popular modern amenities, the Gold Coast Turf Club is home to an annual sprint race for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival – called the Bat Out Of Hell – and has been since 1996. A 900 metre feature sprint race with participants traveling from far and wide from across Australia, the annual Bat Out Of Hell winner receives a $90,000 prize and a Harley Davidson as a trainer’s bonus, not to mention a custom award to showcase for themselves.

This year we were tasked with creating a a custom award for this unique honour, and faced the challenge head on with our team of dedicated and creative professionals. Designed to incorporate elements of the Gold Coast and broader Australian lifestyle, we chose native Australian timber from southeast Queensland to encapsulate the award, adding a mixture of printed acrylic to bring depth to the design.

Custom designed to include the iconic skyline seen from the Gold Coast Turf Club, as well as waves and sand elements that speak to the Goldie way of life, the award is a testament to the level of precision and thoughtfulness we aim to incorporate into all of our custom award designs.

We thoroughly enjoyed making this one-of-a-kind award, and look forward to assisting you with your next custom award need on the Gold Coast or beyond. Contact us directly at [email protected] to speak with us about your ideas.

2018 Commonwealth Games Medal Boxes

Potato Press is a Gold Coast based design company that specialises in creating unique and memorable products across a wide range of industries. So, when the Commonwealth Games Committee approached us to discuss designing the medal boxes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, our team unsurprisingly jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this historic event.

Taking place every four years, the Commonwealth Games took place on the Gold Coast shores from the 4th to the 15th of April 2018. The multi-sport event invited members of the Commonwealth to compete, with more than 4,400 athletes, including 300 para-athletes, from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations, taking part. Potato Press were honoured to be able to contribute to this piece of Gold Coast history.


The design and construction

The design and construction of the medal boxes was no easy feat. 1,600 individual pieces were required, and it took a great deal of work and coordination to ensure they were all uniform and finished to the highest standard. At Potato Press we pride ourselves on thinking outside the box and wanted to create something nostalgic that could be treasured for many years to come. We wanted athletes to take something home that paid testament to all the hard work they had put into winning the medals contained within.

The finished products were made from Australian Blackbutt timber, with every piece hand finished, taking up to 2-3 days to complete. The laser cut boxes resembled a stylised version of the sand and waves that line the iconic Gold Coast shore. Looking down through the cut outs to the medal within, invoked the feeling of looking through the water to the seabed. With the ocean forming such an important part of the Gold Coast experience, it made perfect sense to incorporate these features into the design.


An exciting project for our entire team!

“To know that the fastest man or woman at the Commonwealth Games, or some of the 4,400 athletes competing are going to be taking these pieces all across the world is phenomenal.”

The internal timber facia was inscribed with the three driving words behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games: Humanity. Equality. Destiny. Our team were enamoured by the embodiment of this message across the event, and the hardworking crew who worked on the medal boxes look forward to contributing to the rich and thriving culture of the Gold Coast through more innovative and exciting projects.

Got a project you’d love to see come to life? Contact our team today!








Southbridge Surf Club Awards

A New South Wales institution since 1979, the Southbridge Board Riders celebrate all things surfing in Australia. In need of a customised award for the first, second and third place winners of the 2017 surfing competition awards, as well as the top Male Representative Surfer, we were tasked with creating a compelling award design for the ceremony and various winners.

With a base design made of rich red cedar, we used UV printed blackbutt veneer and laser cutting to create a wooden surfboard design and attractive copy design with the Southbridge Board Riders logo, name and/or placement levels, and year. The Male Representative Surfer award winner, Lennix Smith, also had his name and surf photo attached to his custom award for added design elements.

We love working alongside local companies for all their custom award needs, and look forward to recognising more of our top surfing athletes in the near future.

Interested in having a custom award designed for your next ceremony? Give us a shout via phone, email or Skype and we’d be happy to chat.

QLD Government Turtle Conservation Award

Located in north Queensland about 15 minutes east of Bundaberg, the Mon Repos Turtle Centre & Conservation Park is one of the Queensland Government’s most prestigious animal encounter and protection projects.

Home to the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific, Mon Repos offers unique turtle encounters, school excursions and more for those interested in learning more about this prized animal population.

In honour of one man’s hard work and dedication to turtle conservation, we were tasked with creating a custom award for Dr. Col Limpus for his invaluable 50 years of turtle research, spanning from 1968 to 2018.

Wanting to create a modern yet memorable award, we chose solid blackbutt timber with custom brass cut elements and UV print acrylics, adding laser etched artwork and custom paint accents to the rectangular-shaped design of the award. With the turtle logo and Dr. Col’s name prominently displayed, we added a unique portrait etching of Limpus with a turtle for added sentimentality.

We hope Dr. Col loved this award as much as we do, and congratulations to the Queensland Government for their hard work in preserving Australia’s natural beauty and turtle populations.

For your next custom award need, please contact our team of Potato Press designers for further information.

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Some of our valued clients

Australian Government
Village Road Show
Bond University
Lend Lease
Queensland Health
Coopers Brewery
Queensland Rail
Monster Energy