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My name is Mike, and ever since I was small, I have loved making celebratory signs. I was always the kid with the 'welcome home' or 'happy birthday' sign at my house, and as soon as my parents bought our first computer, I started making signs using software programming. I followed that path later in life and have helped many friends design their signs. I love special occasion signs in particular. If you own a business, are planning a party, or have a special event coming up, please explore this space. It has everything you ever wanted to know about signs and hopefully more!



Party Signs, Decorations and Special Event Banners

A Few Important Tips When Choosing Trophies and Awards

by Charlotte Harvey

When choosing trophies and awards, whether that's for a sports team, for academic achievers at a school or for your staff, you want to ensure you take your time, shop around and opt for the best type of award for the occasion. You may have more choices for awards and trophies than you realize, so note a few important tips that can help you make that choice.


Will you be presenting the award during a ceremony that includes a stage or podium of some sort? If so, you want to choose a trophy that will be big enough to be seen by the audience. Smaller trophies may be obscured by microphones and platforms, and may seem out of proportion for the space of the room. For a small ceremony in a conference room at the office, however, an oversized trophy may seem too obtrusive and cumbersome.

Also, for awards handed out at the office, note that the person will probably want to display the award at the office; will the trophy or plaque fit on their desk or a bookshelf? If it's too large, they won't be able to display it, so be sure you choose a balanced size that can be seen but then also easily stored on a shelf or cabinet.

When choosing the size, you'll also need to consider the amount of engraving you want on the front. If the trophy or award is for a salesperson and you want to include, not just their name, but also their sales numbers, company name and other such info, you will need a large and flat trophy of sorts, or even a plaque.


For someone who has done volunteer work, you might opt for a heart shaped trophy. For academic achievements, a star is always fitting. If you're not sure the best shape of a trophy, opt for a simple square or triangle so that it doesn't seem out of place or confusing.


Be sure you choose an engraving font or typestyle that can be easily read. You may want something fancy so it looks attractive, but if it's too much scrollwork or too detailed, it may be difficult to read when engraved in a trophy or plaque. Keep the font simple and choose block letters. If you must have something fancier, check examples on other trophies and plaques first, so you know if it will be legible when engraved.