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The Making of the Bright Ideas Crystal Trophy


Few symbols embody innovation and creativity as perfectly as the lightbulb. The Bright Ideas Crystal Trophy, a Baudville Exclusive, celebrates this icon of ingenuity in stunning, solid crystal with frosted accents. The journey from concept to completion was as meticulous and inventive as the trophy itself, reflecting the spirit of innovation it honors.

The Birth of an Idea

The concept of the Bright Ideas Trophy can be traced back to a brainstorming session in May 2023 with our marketing, sales, product, and design teams. We were buzzing with excitement, eager to create a new award that would stand out in both design and significance. The lightbulb, a universal symbol of bright ideas and creative breakthroughs, quickly emerged as the perfect inspiration. It was one we were excited to run with.

From Concept to Mockups

Once the idea was cemented, our Head Designer, Travis, embarked on an exploratory phase, creating a variety of 2D and 3D mockups. Initially, the concept was quite different from the final product. The first design featured a rectangular trophy with lightbulb designs extruding from each side. We envisioned this piece in metal or with a metallic finish, aiming for a bold and modern aesthetic.

However, as we delved deeper into the design and consulted with our trophy partners, we realized there was a more effective way to bring our vision to life. The rectangular metal design, while striking, posed several challenges, particularly in terms of manufacturing efficiency and shipping durability. We needed a solution that would be both practical and visually impactful.

Refining the Design

Through numerous iterations and discussions, we pivoted towards a design that was more cohesive and elegant. We decided to craft the trophy entirely from crystal, a material that exudes a sense of prestige and clarity. The new design featured a beautifully sculpted lightbulb, symbolizing the bright ideas it was meant to honor.

We experimented with various base options, ultimately choosing a solid crystal base that enhanced the overall aesthetics and stability of the trophy. The crystal medium allowed for intricate detailing, leading to one of the most distinctive features of the Bright Ideas Trophy: the 3D etching inside the lightbulb.

The Magic of 3D Etching

Our designers were particularly thrilled about incorporating 3D etching into the trophy. This technique involves etching a detailed lightbulb filament inside the crystal, adding a remarkable depth and dimension to the award. This unique element showcases our commitment to detail and excellent craftsmanship, making the trophy a true piece of art.

Bright Ideas Crystal Trophy - 3d etching

The etching not only highlights the internal structure of a lightbulb but also symbolizes the depth and complexity of innovative ideas. It’s a feature that never fails to impress, adding a layer of sophistication to the award.

The Final Product

After months of collaboration, refinement, and dedication, we unveiled the Bright Ideas Crystal Trophy. The final product is a testament to the power of teamwork and the relentless pursuit of excellence. It’s crystal clear, executive in its presence, and perfect for recognizing outstanding achievements in any corporate setting.

Our designer summed up the experience perfectly, saying that working on this trophy “was illuminating.” 


The Bright Ideas Crystal Trophy stands as a beautiful reminder of what can be achieved when creativity and precision come together. It’s more than just an award; it’s a symbol of innovation, a celebration of bright ideas, and a piece of craftsmanship that we are incredibly proud of. Whether you’re recognizing a groundbreaking project or honoring a visionary leader, this trophy captures the essence of innovation in every sparkling detail.

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We’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing organizations to develop a branded, special experience for their team. We appreciate their trust in finding the perfect fit, and we’re so excited to highlight how they turned out!

Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the custom experience, or you’re an old hand at it, we know that together we can pair up to make an amazing impact for you and your organization!

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