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Engraving: Not An Afterthought for Custom Awards

When commissioning a new custom award, the vast majority of our clients focus on the sculptural component of the award (including traditional cast sculptures, fabricated sculptures, and crystal sculptures). 

While the sculpture associated with the award is most often the “centerpiece” of the award, it is important to take a holistic approach to the award design, and treat the award engraving as a key element of the award as well. The approaches one can take with an award’s engraving offer a number of avenues for enhancing and extending the creativity, impact, and design efficacy of the award. The engraving becomes, in affect, not an adjunct to the award, but a seamless part of the design “canvas” used to achieve the award’s desired effect.

One example of this is the custom awards we created for the Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry Forward Awards. These awards recognize passionate individuals who go above and beyond in their support for our nation’s wounded veterans in their communities, and embody the mission of WWP: to honor and empower wounded warriors. While the sculpture associated with these awards is impressive and appropriate to the communication and design objective (a sculpted backpack), the engraved bases of these awards also have a huge impact on their design. Each side of the award’s base includes engravings symbolic to the Carry Forward Program. The front of the base features the program logo, recipient name, and presentation year. The back of the base features the WWP logo and credo statement: “Patriotism. Passion. Pride. I carry forward the mission to honor and empower wounded warriors.” Each side of the base features word-art engravings arranged in a block of the WWP core values, including Honor, Duty, Commitment, Service, Country, Integrity, and Courage.

As you start the design process of creating a new custom award, we would love to work with you to help make the engraving component of your award an integral and meaningful part of the design!