This post is going to be a little bit different from the other ones, folks. At work, we recently held something like an employee-of-the-month celebration, except a handful of employees were recognized for one reason or another (I got one too, in case you were wondering!) It wasn’t anything too special, but the memorable awards were basically these simple plaques with a few lines inscribed on it. Now, for the heck of it, I was curious where someone even bought things like this; custom awards made at a small enough scale to be good for small businesses. I took to the web, and while I couldn’t find the original source of my award, I came across a Recognition Source, a company where you can buy trophies online.
They have an interesting site in that, despite having so many different options for products or awards, the interface and design are actually quite clean and straightforward. It’s a good use of branding to give off a particular idea about their products.
The site reflects the brand and the product: smooth clean lines act out in sharp relief from the background. The little things in design go a long way in improving a user’s experience in the search for some memorable awards.
Obviously, it helps that the awards themselves are often very sleek-looking. You can get an idea of what I mean from the image above this text. The award designs themselves are very strong, and in a wide variety; they have everything from imposing business-level awards to simpler little-league style sports trophies.
Anyway, I think that’s about all I have for now. Before I go, here’s an interesting little video that might help you avoid some common pitfalls if you’re interested in making a website for your own website.