The Designer Toy Awards are back! Yeah, it feels like two minutes since the 2016 winners were being announced. There is a reason for this. In previous years the DTA Ceremony took place during NYCC. However, in 2017 with the arrival of the Five Points Festival in NYC, hosted by Clutter Magazine. With Clutter also hosting the Designer Toy Awards, it makes sense that the DTA’s take place during Five Points! The DTA’s are a special time for all involved in the Designer Toy community. We are going to go through each category, and let you know the finalists for each. These finalists are based on public nominations, followed up by a Nomination Panel choosing the final nine. The winner will be chosen by the DTA Finalists Panel (see HERE for details on the panel) and announced at the Live ceremony on Friday 19th May at Five Points Festival.
Brand of the Year
Celebrating a Designer Toy company whose product releases last year have been consistently outstanding, of high quality, and had a breadth of diversity. While their toy releases are the most important other aspects will be considered, including events, sponsored promotions, and other supportive contributions to the Designer Toy community.
• Active and productive since at least April of last year by releasing Designer Toys pieces.
• Must have released works by at least two (2) different artists during last year.
• At least half of the brand’s output must have been designer toys.
• Brand can not be a vanity business, meaning that it cannot by owned & operated by the sole artist (or artist duo/collective) that releases through it.
So which nine Brands made the cut? Well, we’ll tell you. Congratulations to all nine for their release & contributions to the Designer Toy world over the course of 2016.