All this talk of design awards got us thinking about the design of the awards themselves. We all know that the National Design Award is a sturdy yet elegant slab of asterisk-themed silicon carbide designed by William Drentell (and occasionally mistaken for a microphone by elderly winners), and we’ve always liked those orange zeppelins distributed annually by Nickelodeon, but other awards aren’t so lucky. The Juno Award (a.k.a. the Canadian Grammy, pictured at right) was redesigned in 2000, changing from a spiky glass stylized metronome to artist Shirley Elford‘s blobby, armless figure of molten glass wrapped in what’s supposed to be a spiraling, blank musical staff, but looks so helical as to suggest a statuette commemorating excellence in genetic disease research.
As if reading our minds, Radar‘s February issue has a little spread on ugly awards (including some other Canadian doozies given to the tops in film and TV in the Great White North). Among the “highly coveted atrocities” singled out are “The Nibbie” (the British Book Award), which the magazine describes as “a monstrous pen nib…[that] could easily disembowel the beloved J.K. Rowling.” The far and away winner, however, has to be “The Edgar” (pictured at left), awarded annually for excellence in mystery writing. Notes Radar‘s Dale Hrabi, “We assumed this bust was in recognition of Wayne Newton‘s contribution to the arts.”