Designing badges for a civic media platform: reputation and named levels

Stefano De Paoli, Nicolo De Uffici, Vincenzo D'Andrea

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Badges are gaining momentum on the social web but known HCI design experiences are very few. In this paper we present a design experience related to badges and named levels for representing reputation within the context of a Civic Media Platform called timu. We describe our design methodology and the exercise we have devised for designing named levels together with users. We then describe our design vision which unites contextual details about timu together with the rhetoric of progression provided by the language proficiency system. In the conclusion we generalise our design results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBCS-HCI '12
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers
Place of PublicationSwindon
PublisherBCS Learning & Development Ltd.
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201214 Sep 2012
Conference number: 26th

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
PublisherBCS Learning & Development
ISSN (Print)1477-9358


Conference26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleBCS-HCI '12
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThis year's conference returns to its foundation theme of 'People and Computers', and so has attracted a wide range of HCI work. The BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction is the leading conference of its type in the UK and is one of the top European conferences in the field. It performs a critical role in supporting the development and success of the UK HCI community. As such, the conference aims to provide opportunities for open dialogue and academic debate that is inclusive of our entire community.

This ethos is reflected in these proceedings, which represent a body of work we hope will broaden your thoughts, develop your ideas, and deepen your understanding of state of the art HCI research.


  • Badges
  • Named levels
  • Interaction design
  • Civic media
  • Reputation
  • Reputation systems


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