Worden-Watson dominates the 2000 EDDIs

Talk about a spectacular display. This year's EDDI Awards show witnessed an impressive show of strength from Worden-Watson, which claimed prizes in five of nine categories....

Talk about a spectacular display. This year’s EDDI Awards show witnessed an impressive show of strength from Worden-Watson, which claimed prizes in five of nine categories.

The Scarborough, Ont.-based exhibit firm drove away with honours for a series of projects on behalf of automobile manufacturer DaimlerChrysler Canada.

Exhibits International also had a good night at the 2000 EDDIs, which took place on Nov. 23 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The Toronto-based company picked up awards in three different categories for work on behalf of Nike, Nike European Operations BV, and Kia Canada.

The Taylor Group of Brampton, Ont. was the other prize winner, receiving honours for an exhibit produced on behalf of Zero Knowledge Systems.

The EDDIs, now in their 16th year, recognize excellence in exhibit design. EDDI Awards are presented to both the client and the exhibit builder.

The competition is organized by the Exhibit and Display Association of Canada (EDAC), a North York, Ont.-based organization representing companies that design and build exhibits for trade and consumer shows, museums and exhibitions as well as permanent displays.

Participation in the EDDIs is restricted to EDAC-member companies. Entries are judged by a panel of independent experts.

This year saw the addition of two new categories to the competition: retail installations, and multimedia presentations.

Awards were also presented in the categories of: portable exhibits; exhibits under 240 square feet; exhibits from 241 to 600 square feet; exhibits over 601 square feet; special projects under $100,000; special projects over $100,000; and best use of visual imaging.

TELAV Audio Visual Services of Etobicoke, Ont. received the Strategy Magazine award for Resource Member of the Year. Paul Urben of Mississauga, Ont.-based Lange Transportation, meanwhile, received the EDAC President’s Award of Excellence for exceptional merit in the exhibit industry.

The winning exhibits are profiled on the following pages…

Also in this report:

- Rock outcrop fits Jeep’s image p.23

- Chrysler mall display flexible, spacious p.23

- Nike soccer ball provides multimedia focal point p.24

- Chrysler goes retro-modern with distinctive arch p.24

- Nike entertains with interactive exhibits p.27

- Vibrant display builds Kia brand p.27

- Zero Knowledge goes minimalist p.27

- Lifestyle murals build brand for DaimlerChrysler p.28

- Jeep gets rugged p.28