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.
Leanne Ross who runs the website A Cup of Lee was one of the speakers at the Social Media Belfast conference. Leanne is a digital PR professional and spoke about "Social for Small Business and Blogging"
She used BadgeMaking.ie as one of her examples of good use of blogging by a small business. One of her slides (pictured above) featured badges we recently made for Moobles and Toobles for a trade show.
You can read a summary of what she spoke about and view her slides here on her own blog A Cup of Lee.
We've just received a 5 star review on our Google+ page.
Got 100 badges made for an upcoming wedding with a simple # names, they are brilliant and great quality they will go down a storm on the day, had them within a week of ordering and was really inexpensive, i would highly recommend Badgemaking.ie
Dublin at the moment, like most other cities, is currently full of people walking around looking at their phones (well even more than usual). They're playing Pokemon Go the new augmented reality smart phone game.
When the game was first released in Ireland I noticed adults sheepishly walking around playing the game trying to hide what they were really doing. In recent days more and more people are playing and nobody is trying to hide it. Why?
I think it was to do with a concept known as 'social proof'. This is the idea that when we see others, especially other people like us, exhibiting a particular behaviour then we are more emulate that behaviour ourselves. Unlike most games which can be played at home in order to play Pokemon Go the player has to go out in the world and walk around. The visibility of adults playing the game emboldens others to play the game without embarrassment. Due to there visibility every player becomes an advertisement for the game.
If a small business or organisation can make an aspect of their project more visible they can leverage social proof to promote their product, idea or cause. Badges are an ideal way to do this. A well designed badge will be voluntarily work by your existing customer and seen by their friends. Your new potential customers will trust their friends much more than they will trust any paid advertising or other marketing message coming straight for you.
The badges we made for the Mattress Men documentary about Mattress Mick are a great example of this. The badges focus on cheesy, ironic, mattress themed puns which are appropriate to the subject matter of the documentary and to the target audience. These badges offer the wearer something, in this case humour, rather than just prominently pushing the name of the documentary. People are happy to wear the badges because of the humour and the wearing of the badge is an endorsement of the film to their friends and colleagues. The same principle applies to any project or cause.