Awards

Below is the long list of more than 200 awards that my designs have won so far. It’s always nice that people or organizations recognize the quality of my work, but the real award for me is when customers enjoy one of my games or toys and come back for more. 

Many of the awards below are for toys and puzzles I created for SmartGames and SmartMax. This is done in collaboration with a few colleagues, so the awards are often the result of the effort of a whole team.

SmartFarmer (for SmartGames)

  • Nominated Guldbriken 2019 (Denmark)
  • Winnaar Speelgoed van het Jaar 2019, categorie 4 - 5 jaar (Nederland)
  • 2019 Independent Toy Shop Awards, Bronze Award (UK)
  • Winner 2019 Right Start Award (UK)
  • NAPPA Awards 2019 Winner (US)


BrainTrain (for SmartGames)

  • Het Speelgoed van het Jaar 2019, categorie denk-en logicaspellen (Belgium)
  • Genomineerd Speelgoed van het Jaar 2019, categorie 0 - 3 jaar (Nederland)


Colour Catch (for SmartGames)

  • Genomineerd Speelgoed van het Jaar 2019, categorie 6 - 7 jaar (Nederland)
  • Creative Child Award 2019 (US)


Chicken Shuffle JR (for SmartGames)

  • Creative Child Award 2019 (US)


Atlantis Escape (for SmartGames)

  • Genomineerd Speelgoed van het Jaar 2019, categorie 8 - 9 jaar (Nederland)


Sleeping Beauty Deluxe (for SmartGames)


Asteroid Escape (for SmartGames)


Squirrels Go Nuts! (for SmartGames)


Cube Puzzler Pro (for SmartGames)


IQ-Stars (for SmartGames)


Snowwhite Deluxe (for SmartGames)


Jump In’ (for SmartGames)


Temple Connection (for SmartGames)

  • Genomineerd Speelgoed van het jaar 2017 (Netherlands)
  • Award of Excellence 2017, Noise on Toys (USA


IQ-Focus (for SmartGames)

  • NAPPA Gold Winner 2017 (USA


Dinosaurs - Mystic Islands (for SmartGames)

  • Protégéz-vous Magazine 2016: 5 stars (Canada)
  • Het Speelgoed van het Jaar 2016 (België)


Parking Puzzler (for SmartGames)

  • Protégéz-vous Magazine 2016: 5 stars (Canada)


IQ-Puzzler Pro (for SmartGames)

  • Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2016 (USA)


Jungle Hide & Seek (for SmartGames)

  • Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2016 (USA)
  • Spiel Gut (Germany 2017)


Little Red Riding Hood (for SmartGames)

  • Best Toys for Kids award 2016, ASTRA (USA)
  • Genomineerd Speelgoed van het jaar 2016 (Netherlands)
  • PAL (Play Advance Language) Award 2016 (USA)
  • Het Speelgoed van het Jaar 2016 (België)
  • Protégéz-vous Magazine 2016: 5 stars (Canada)
  • Made for Mums: Golden Toy Award 2017 (UK)
  • Årets Barnspel 2017, The Best Children's Game 2017 (Sweden)


Penguins Parade (for SmartGames)


Three Little Piggies (for SmartGames)

  • PAL Award 2015 (USA)
  • Right Start Best Toy Award 2015 (UK)
  • Best Toys for Kids award 2015, ASTRA (USA)
  • Toy of the year Award 2015 (Belgium)
  • Speelgoed van het jaar 2015 (Netherlands)
  • Creative Child 2015 GAME OF THE YEAR award, Puzzle Games category (USA)
  • 2015 Gold Star Toy Award Winner by Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine (USA)
  • Parents’Choice Award Spring 2015 Games (USA): Silver Award
  • Creative Child 2015 PUZZLE OF THE YEAR award, Puzzle Brainteasers category (USA)


Butterflies (for SmartGames)


City Maze (for SmartGames)


Quadrillion (for SmartGames)


Brain Cheeser (for SmartGames)


Bunny (peek a) Boo (for SmartGames)


Noah’s Ark (for SmartGames)

  • Pihla's award of excellence 2018 (Finland): "The most fun brain game I have played”


Vikings (for SmartGames)

  • Tillywig Brain Child Award Spring 2013 (USA)


IQ-Link (for SmartGames)

  • Nominated “Toy of the Year 2013 (Netherlands)
  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2014: GAMES Magazine (USA)


Back 2 Back (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2014: GAMES Magazine (USA)
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2013 (USA)


Angry Birds On Top (for SmartGames)


SmartGamesLive.com


IQ-Twist (for SmartGames)


Bill and Betty Bricks (for SmartGames)


IQ-Fit (for SmartGames)


AquaBelle (for SmartGames)


Bend-it (for SmartGames)

  • Guldbrikken: nominated “Toy of the Year 2012-2013” (Denmark)
  • Major Fun Award 2013 (USA)
  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2014: GAMES Magazine (USA)


Temple Trap (for SmartGames)

  • Creative Child Magazine USA: 2012SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD (Kids Games category)
  • Best Puzzle Runner-Up 2014: GAMES Magazine (USA)
  • Spiel Gut (Germany 2017)


Titanic (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle nominee 2011 (GAMES Magazine USA)


SmartCar (for SmartGames)


Hide & Seek - Canada, special version of Pirates (for SmartGames)

  • 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine 2011 (Canada)


Penguins on Ice (for SmartGames)

  • Guldbrikken: nominated “Toy of the Year 2011” (Denmark)
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2011 (USA)
  • National Parenting Publications Awards Honors 2011 (USA)
  • Toy of the Year 2011 (Belgium)
  • Consumer Label 2011, category “girls”, selected by the visitors of the Toy Museum (Belgium)
  • Best Puzzle Runner-Up 2012: GAMES Magazine (USA)
  • 2011 People’s Play Awards Nominee, category “Puzzles”: Timetoplaymag.com (USA)
  • 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine 2012 (Canada)
  • CTTC Best Bet Award 2013 (Canada)
  • Toy of the Year 2012, games category and overall winner (Czech Republic)
  • Winner of Creative Child’s 2013 Game of the Year Award (USA)
  • Gamepuzzles Annual Pentomino Excellence award 2018, Kadon Enterprises (USA)


Trucky 3 (for SmartGames)

  • Good Toy Foundation: nominated "Toy of the Year 2011” (The Netherlands) 
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2011 (USA)
  • National Parenting Publications Awards: Gold Award 2011 (USA)
  • Fun Award 2011 girls age 3-6 (Belgium)
  • Gold Medal, Toy and Games Fair  2011 in Łódź (Poland)
  • 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine 2012 (Canada)
  • Seal of approval Winner Spring 2012: National Parenting Center (USA)
  • Parents’Choice Award Spring 2012 Games USA:Silver Honor
  • Toy of the year 2012 (puzzle), recommended by child psychologists (Russia)


Troy “extra muros” (for SmartGames)


Chicken Shuffle (for SmartGames)

  • 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine  2011 (Canada)


Anaconda (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle nominee 2012 (GAMES Magazine USA)


Alcatraz (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle Runner-up 2011 (GAMES Magazine USA)


MetroVille (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle nominee 2011 (GAMES Magazine USA)


Day & Night (for SmartGames)

  • Mam Dziecko (I Have A Child Magazine): Superproduct 2009 (Poland)
  • Seal of Excellence 2011 (Canada): Protégez-Vous Magazine
  • Main Prize Winner “A child’s Friendly World” 2010, age 3-7 years (Poland)
  • First Prize “Grand Prix 2011”, Best product on Toy Fair Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Silver Award, Best Toy Guide 2011: Right Start Magazine (UK)


RoadBlock (for SmartGames)


CastleLogix (for SmartGames)

  • Good Toy Foundation: nominated "Toy of the Year 2007” (The Netherlands)
  • Finnish Toy Association: Game of the Year 2009 (Finland)
  • Mam Dziecko   (I Have A Child Magazine): Superproduct 2009 (Poland)
  • Main Prize Winner “A child’s Friendly World” 2010, age 3-7 years (Poland)
  • 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine (Canada)


Camelot JR. (for SmartGames)

  • Seal of Excellence 2008 (Canada): Protégez-Vous Magazine
  • Trophées Flip (catégorie enfance) 2008 (France)
  • Super trophées Flip (toutes catégories) 2008 (France)
  • ITSA Best Game Award 2009 (Australia)
  • Mam Dziecko  (I Have A Child Magazine): Superproduct 2009 (Poland)
  • Main Prize Winner “A child’s Friendly World” 2010, age 3-7 years (Poland)
  • Practical preschool award 2011, Toys & Games age 3-5, Overall Winner (UK)
  • Best Toys and Games 2013 Holiday List (Toys are Tools USA)


Tower of Logic - Inferno (for SmartGames)

  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2009: GAMES Magazine (USA)


Airport Traffic Control (for SmartGames)

  • The Ombudsman for Children, Main Prize Winner category: Toys for 7-12 year (Poland) 2009
  • AGA Award Winner 2007 (Australian Games Association)
  • Best Puzzle nominee 2010 (GAMES Magazine USA)


Hide & Seek - Pirates (for SmartGames)


Hide & Seek - Safari (for SmartGames)

  • Good Toy Foundation: nominated "Toy of the Year 2006 (The Netherlands)
  • Good Toy Guide Award 2006 (UK)
  • Hamleys :”The Toy That makes You Turn Off Your TV “AWARD 2006 (UK)
  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2009: GAMES Magazine (USA)
  • МОО "Экспертиза для детей ( IPO, "Examination for Children): Gold Award 2008 (Russia)
  • The Ombudsman for Children, Main Prize Winner Toys for 7-12 year (Poland) 2009
  • Toy of the Year 2011, category of educational toys and games (Czech Republic)


Camouflage - North Pole (for SmartGames)

  • Seal of Excellence 2007 (Canada): Protégez-Vous Magazine
  • CTTC three star rating (Canada)
  • Nomination Hamleys Toy of the Year 2006 (UK)
  • Good Toy Award 2006 (UK)
  • Best Puzzle Nominee 2009: GAMES Magazine (USA)
  • Dr Toy's Best Vacation Product 2007 (USA)
  • МОО "Экспертиза для детей ( IPO, "Examination for Children): Gold Award 2008 (Russia)
  • The Ombudsman for Children, Main Prize Winner Toys for 7-12 year (Poland) 2009
  • Gold Award, Best Toy Guide 2011: Right Start Magazine (UK)


GoGetter (for SmartGames)


SmartMax (magnetic discovery toys) awards until 2015


BeadBabies (for SmartFrames)


Packaging for bottles (school project)

  • Silver student oscar: 1994 Belgisch Verpakkingsinstituut


Gotcha, wooden toy (one of my graduation projects)

  • Aanmoedigingsprijs Vormgeving Provincie Limburg 1994


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