The challenge of this project was to design a trophy for the Portuguese League Cup that would symbolize the festivities, celebration and the awesomeness of one of the competitions. Our goal was to design a bold and singular trophy. We knew that in order to achieve this we had to take risks. That was when we got to the idea of designing the ball, placed on the trophy's topside, in crystal. The beauty of the crystal is bolstered by engraved lines and the gold Portuguese League of Professional Football logo.
Beyond the trophy's conceptual and visual issues, the Portuguese League of Professional Football demanded safety and functionality guarantees. No risk could arise of the trophy breaking or being too heavy. We had to develop a set of tests in order to ensure that the trophy wouldn't easily tumble (the most of the weight was concentrated on the top, the crystal ball).
The trophy was released to the press just a few days before the final match, having received excellent reviews across several opinion makers. The real test was at the close of the final match of the day, when the trophy was raised into the air for the first time. It's photogenic appeal and safety were confirmed.