They say that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With this in mind, every now and then we take a trip to eBay to look at some of the weird and wonderful badges of the past.
December is here so we'll finally allows ourselves to mention the C-word. We were delighted to print these fantastic retro Christmas badges for the Little Museum of Dublin.
The Little Museum tells the story of the Dublin through objects donated by the public. Today there are over 5,000 artefacts in the collection. These badges replicate a badge from their own collection from the Switzers Department store which closed in 1995. Switzers was famous for it's christmas windows and people would make the trip to the city centre with their children just to see their window displays which featured moving characters.
Visiting Santa at Switzers was a big thing. RTE's archive website has a video of Santa arriving at Switzers in the 80s. He appears to be travelling in a giant boot or maybe it's a roller skate.
The Little Museum made a little video about Switzers featuring the badge. Take a look below:
38mm campaign badges printed for Galway Traveller Movement.
Here are some 38mm Rainbow LGBTQ badges we printed for the student union at NUI Galway.
Quick a lot of our orders have been heading West lately! We send badges all over Ireland and abroad too as long as it's within the EU.
We recently made some badges for Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds for use at an event called Ireland's Family Pet Expo. Here's a dog called Kit modelling one of the badges. This isn't the first time our badges have been word by dogs. Below is another image from an Airbnb event for hosts.
Our clip badges are ideal for use on dog collars or anytime you are worried about the wearer being spiked by a badge pin such as badges for young children. Below are some 58mm clip badges recently printed for the Rock Jam School of Music and Performance.
We recently made some badges for the National Treasures roadshows. National Treasures is an archive project which includes a new RTE TV show focussing on"the everyday objects that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years."
The project includes an online archive and will culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.
Here's one of the badges with my Grandad's old bellows camera. You can submit your own object at www.nationaltreasures.ie
Some badges we recently made for a troop of scouts using a design hand drawn by one of the children.
Recently, while making some badges, I was watching one of my favourite cartoons Clarence and was delighted to see Jeff designing and making a badge. This is basically a typical working day at BadgeMaking.ie
38mm printed badges
Some recently printed badges related to STEM produced for Dublin City University.
We're loving these awesome floppy disk beer mats from Trouble Brewing. It's an excellence example of how to use design and print to stand out and start a conversation.
I lost my keys recently so my new set have an email address printed on one of our bottle opener keyrings.
We've just received another 5 star review on Facebook. That's 10/10 reviews giving us five stars. You can give us a rating on our Facebook page. It's a big help to a small business like BadgeMaking.ie and only takes a few seconds.
We recently produced these hashtag badges for Plan International for the International Day of the Girl. Including a hashtag on your badge is a way to encourage social media engagement especially at events. The hashtag badges can be an effective nudge suggesting to your audience that they share images or thoughts online. A hashtag specific to your event, cause or product also helps the audience to find other people's social media responses by uniting it under a single tag.
I have attended events in the past where visitors were tweeting or tagging Instagram posts with four or five variations of a hashtag. These badges eliminate while also communication the spirit and message behind the International Day of the Girl.
In an attempt to encourage people to talk to each other on the Tube an American in London has been giving away badges in Underground stations. Jonathan Dunne's badges are printed with the words 'Tube Chat?' and have received a mixed response.
It's definitely an interesting use of a badge and shows how badges could be used to encourage a particular behaviour in real time and not just to display a message. However not all Londoners share Dunne's enthusiasm for chatting with strangers on public transport. A number of parody badges have been produced in response with messages like "No chat please, we're British".
Badges have always been a very popular merch item for bands and musicians to sell at gigs. We've printed badges for a range of Irish musicians including these 25mm badges recently made for the Galway based band Majestic Bears who describe themselves as a 'Grizzly Irish Folk Band'.
You can listen to the Majestic Bears on Bandcamp.