Just thought it would be fun to share some of the creative process on designing the new badges.
The artwork was done by our talented digital artist Daria.
I wanted the badges to expand our Blacksmith metaphor and set a tone that goes back to the original days of these products, when they were referred to internally as Asgard (Forge's original codename).
I wanted the freedom to play creatively within a world that we could create and make our own, whilst indulging in my own personal interest for Vikings, dragons and Norse legend.
I wanted to ensure we had at least 3 tiers of badges - from basic up to the elusive and iconic premium level.
We thought just a simple sliced cross section from a treestump would be basic enough.
And give us the ability to focus on a few details.
Which just make all the difference...
The badges start to introduce some characters, and we'll be playing with them some more as we define the "Roles" within the the community.
All leading towards those prestigious Gold Shields....
We've covered all the basic community Badge types so far. We're now working on some external Badges that are awarded for things like
- Being a Forge User
- Being a Forge Customer / Power User
- Being a Hammer customer
- Being an Anvil user
- Trying our (soon-to-be-renamed) Nuwe PaaS product beta
- Using certain power features of our products, like Forge Forms, Forge Server, Hammer.json
- Building a Cockpit powered website
- Building a Contentful powered website
- Building a Hammer-ready template
- Building a Hammer Ready Theme
And I'm looking for more ideas like this, so please leave your own thoughts below in this thread!