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Uses of Badges

10/8/2012 1:01:40 PM | by Anonymous


Badges are used worldwide for various reasons. Badges can serve several purposes, from advertising and identification needs to displaying achievement and as fashion accessory. They often contain insignia of an organization, for which they are meant to be used for. The varieties of badges are vast, with the badges that serve different functions spotting different designs and different application. A police officer may spot a badge as a form of identification and authority that is granted by taking an oath, or a student may posses a badge to serve as identification, portray an achievement or as a fashion accessory. Companies may hand out badges as part of a marketing campaign, to promote their product and gain publicity. Such badges often contain the company’s logo or other statements that are associated with them.


With the several varieties of badges, they are often made out of various materials to match their application. Some common materials used to make badges include metal, plastic, leather, fabric and rubber. Badges are usually attached to clothing, bags, and vehicles or other accessories where the user deems them visible or ideal for placement. Metal and plastic badges are often hard and therefore cannot be sowed onto clothing. Instead, they often spot a safety pin at the back which allows them to be attached to other soft surfaces. However not all badges are like this, some may simply not have any attachments at the back, and are only used when required. These badges are often identification badges, such as those of police officers. As for fabric and textile badges, they are often woven or embroidered onto clothing and other fabric. They can also be attached by gluing, ironing and other methods. There are also those slide on badges worn on the shoulder strap in army and other types of uniforms. These badges help differentiate personnel ranks and authorities. In the army, the badges help in detonating the unit or platoon a person belongs to, along with showing the qualifications that the individual has received through military training. Similarly, many youth organizations such as scout troops have a similar ranking system that works with textile badges that can be worn on the uniform to determine the rank and achievements of the individual.


There are also those merit badges that students, boy scouts or individuals can attain that display the knowledge and skills that the badge bearer has acquired through certain training course. In schools, merit badges are often given to students as a form of motivation. When the student receives a badge to show his or her qualifications, he or she would become more motivated to accomplish better qualifications and badges. Schools often have systems wherein students can earn badges with each increasing levels of difficulty. The purpose of these systems is to motivate students to strive harder and achieve better badges.


In the recent time, badges have gained much popularity as a form of fashion accessory. Many manufacturers now produce badges in several unique designs that users can use as a part of their fashion, having them attached onto their bag, clothes or those that can be sowed onto clothing and fabric. The purpose of these badges is not to identify or commend the user on qualifications and achievements, but simply to add to the fashion of the individual. Due to this recent trend, many companies have started focusing on marketing through badges meant as fashion accessory. These companies usually tend to manufacture badges in bulk and distribute them for free to the public. The objective of these badges is to spot a catchy look that would entice the user to use them on bags; clothes etc, which would help the company market their brand name or other causes, as usually the badge would contain the logo of the company. Aside from these uses, there can be several other applications of badges, such as in art or other fields.

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