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We figure what customers and others say about us is more important than what we say about ourselves. So here’s some of the feedback we receive. If you’re a customer, please get in touch and share your view too.

Awesome service, knew what we had in mine, outcome was of a very high standard, very impressed......thanks team.

Jayson Paul - Brothers in Arms Military Motorcycle Club

We are really impressed with the creative responses by your team to our project briefs and artwork concepts. Coupled with your ability to work with our clients’ tight deadline requirements, it has been really helpful and impressive both to us and them. In our business it is so often the case that you just have to work with last minute requests. But along the way it is important to acknowledge those people who help go the extra mile to pull it all together behind the scenes. So thanks again to you and your team for your high level of service and quality workmanship on our recent projects.

Robyn Fraser, Account Manager - Signature Promotions Limited

Two years ago Swimming New Zealand rebranded and required a redesign of the national medals. Tribe worked with SNZís designer to ensure that the right outcome was achieved. Their enthusiasm about the new design was second to none and they went to every length to ensure the design worked, despite the technical challenges. Tribe have always provided us with efficient, prompt service and an excellent quality product. They are without doubt a great Wellington company.

Sandra Holden, Operations Manager - Swimming New Zealand

Our experience of working with Tribe was exceptional from start to finish. We were impressed with the level of personal service, efficiency of the design process, cost and delivery time. However it was Tribe customized product innovation that gave us the best return on investment. We now have a product which, in an over-crowded cosmetic industry, allows Trilogy to stand apart from the ordinary.

Catherine de Groot, Co-founder - Trilogy

Our client was looking for something special and a 'point of difference' for their elite badges, not only did Tribe offer valuable suggestions regarding the manufacturing, they were also prepared to trial a bevel edge finish which our client was desperate to have. Tribe surpassed ours and the clients expectations. Bravo!!

Caroline Bassett, Senior Production Coordinator - Converga

For original and innovative design you can't go past TRIBE for that special way of recording a special event,occasion or extra special people. We found the service great and delivered with style at a good price. Quality products at a great price! We will return for the same friendly service.

Dennis Cole, Special Projects Officer - Horowhenua District Council

The service and quality was exceptional, and such a quick delivery time. I really appreciate the extra mile you went to give us the product we want.

Clive Robinson, Clothing Store Manager - New Zealand Defence Force

I just received the package of badges and they look awesome. On the whole the badges are the best I have come across. I showed them to my team members and they too passed on good comments.

Carol Braganza - Lions Club of Petone Inc

Trophy Specialists & Engraving Ltd utilises the fantastic services of Tribe Design because the team there has consistently achieved high quality results time after time.

Martin Eagle, Director - Trophy Specialists & Engraving

Tribe are always keen to use their design knowledge to take a 2D idea and make it 3D. Their recommendations are always on point. It makes my job as a designer much easier to know they will take my idea and make it awesome. Thanks Tribe.

Johnson McKay, Director - Fly Limited

We love to design custom metal products

Tribe Design is located in central Wellington, New Zealand. In 2010 Millard Manufacturing got a fresh new look and feel, and became what today is Tribe Design. Our focus, expertise, and dedication to design, however, has not changed since the birth of Millard Manufacturing in 1982. We remain passionate about designing and producing custom metal products that illustrate quality and detail. 


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General Manager & Head of Design

Tim Allott

Tim has been with Tribe Design for over 5 years. His ability to turn a simple sketch into an intricate metal design is a truly unique talent that is an invaluable component of the Tribe team. He graduated from CPIT with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

Sales and Marketing Assistant

Malia Brock

Malia began at Tribe Design in 2017. She graduated from Western Washington University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Frequently asked questions

Can you design my product?

We have expert product designers in house that are ready to assist you wherever possible. If you supply an overview of what you are wanting to achieve or the problem needing to be solved, we are more than able to come back with creative recommendations and ideas.

Why do you charge tooling and set up costs?

We charge tooling because it takes a substantial amount of time to hand-craft your master pattern so the order can be manufactured to the highest specification. Don’t be fooled by other companies without tooling costs, as often they use print or laser based processes to brand an existing product. Everything we supply is formed in metal and painted by hand – to your specification.

What is the minimum run quantity?

Minimums do vary depending on the project, the product and the budget – so please ask. But as a general rule, a standard item has a 50 unit production minimum. Regardless of your needs, however, please do talk to us.

What types of products can you make?

Our product capability is forever growing as we discover new ideas. Our product page shows some of the specific product lines we have supplied our clients over the last few months. If what you want is not here, don’t worry. Simply complete our get a quote form and tell us what you do want.

What type of artwork files should I send?

We prefer an Illustrator file. Editable PDF files are fine too. But if you send image files, such as tiff and jpeg, that will require re-drawing, so we will have to charge for the artwork time in addition to tooling and set-up costs. We have to do this is because we need a very specific file for tooling the master pattern. You can upload your artwork file and send it to us by completing our get a quote form here

Do I have to pay the tooling and set up costs for every order?

Nope, you only have to pay the tooling and set up costs for each item the first time you order it. After that a reorder of the same item is just $25.

How long does an order take?

We can normally turn a new job around in 3-4 weeks from sign-off. But if you’ve left things a little late, please do call us on +64 4 385 1152 and we’ll talk straight away with operations and try our best to meet your time critical deadline.

How much does it cost?

You’ll be surprised how affordable it is to form your idea in metal. Because every job is personalised, we will supply a quote that is right for your job. Simply complete our get a quote form and upload any visuals you may have so we can advise an accurate price for your project.

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