Yesterday, Derek and I got home from our trip to Boston and as Derek was opening the storm door to our house a package came tumbling out. We both looked at each other wondering if the other was expecting something. I wasn’t and Derek shrug his shoulders and picked up the package to see who it was from. It was addressed to RageHaus and it was from AIGA Richmond. Our eyes got wide with excitement.
Back at the end of January, we had entered the DG Ambigram business card in the Grade 5 competition that is hosted by AIGA Richmond. We entered on a whim. I found out about the competition maybe four days before the deadline and we rushed to get our entry in. We thought it would be fun to enter a local competition and see how we measured up against other local design groups.
We rushed in the house and quickly opened the package on the kitchen table. It was like Christmas morning. We were giddy as we pulled back the bubble wrap that encased not one but two awards. We won the Best in Category for Logos, Icons & Stationery and we also won a Judge’s Choice award. All of the work from Grade 5 had been compiled in a book that was included in our package. In the book we were able to read the judge’s comments about our entry. The one comment that struck a cord in me was when he mentions how lonesome this 2×3 entry was. He then goes onto point out that this should give anyone the incentive to compete because the judges do take all of the entries into consideration. That alone made my day.
I often worry that the little design projects we enter in competitions are often passed up because they seem minuscule in comparison to others. Yet, here is proof that if your work is good enough, the judges will see it. Winning the Judge’s Choice Award tickles me and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s also satisfying knowing that we won these awards based on our skills and abilities alone. We don’t have a huge agency or studio that we work for, this was the sole work of Derek and myself. We are RageHaus.
What started out as a Christmas present for my mother has become one of the happiest moments of our lives. Derek and I always thought we had something and now with this recognition we have gained so much more confidence in our work. Not bad for our first design awards.