Prince Philip Designers Prize – A right royal treat


We were honoured to be asked to design the branding for the re-introduction of the Prince Philip Designers Prize by the Chartered Society of Designers.

The annual prize was introduced by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1959 to be awarded to a British designer whose ‘exemplary work influenced the perception of design by the public and accordingly elevated the status of designers in society’. The award was presented at a prestigious reception held at St. James’s Palace in June when John Makepeace OBE FCSD, furniture designer and maker, was awarded the Prize by Prince Philip.The late Dame Zaha Hadid DBE received a Special Commendation for Design Inspiration. The judges had a difficult task choosing from the nominees which also included: Ian Callum RDI,Gerry McGovern, Peter Clegg RDI, Hussein Chalayan MBE and Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne.

Alongside the identity, we had the privilege of designing the Prize itself – a blue anodised aluminium and limestone trophy – together with the certificates and all printed material including invitations, guest list and a souvenir brochure.

Echoing the brand mark, the literature was kept simple and elegant. Hints of gold foil radiated off a palette of rich royal blue and bright white adding to the prestigious nature of the award and building on the heritage of
the prize.

The souvenir brochure handed to all guests on the night, was designed with beautiful typography showcasing the nominee’s work and telling the history of the Prize including a reproduction of the first invitation to the Prize and a congratulatory message from Prince Philip.

A short fall fold out cover detailed every winner of the Prize since its inception in 1959 and in harmony with the cover, short fall pages were used throughout the brochure to hold large amounts of text and display the incredible images of each designers work.