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Halloween Buttons for All!

Halloween Buttons for All!

In preparation for the little ghouls and goblins that visit Busy Beaver’s storefont each Halloween, we’ve prepared a mix of fun Halloween buttons to hand out to trick-or-treaters and visitors this evening. The seven designs feature some of our favorite spooky graphics, inspired by vintage Halloween decorations. Creepy cats, friendly pumpkins and watchful owls– these...
Behind the Button: Carrie Vinarsky

Behind the Button: Carrie Vinarsky

Artist Carrie Vinarsky has an advantage when it comes to designing a good button. Sure, she’s got the artistic chops as a comic maker, screenprinter and tattoo artist. But as Busy Beaver’s Production Shift Lead, Carrie handles nearly every order we get, scheduling them to be made, and pressing a few hundred thousand buttons herself...
First Kiss Inspires Button Proposal

First Kiss Inspires Button Proposal

At Busy Beaver, we pride ourselves on working with customers to make their craziest button ideas a reality. Even so, when Kristina Taylor reached out to us in September, her request was one of the more unusual: Help her propose to her boyfriend, Kumar. Kristina explained that the request came out of the couple’s first...
Metallic Finish 101: Tips & Tricks to Make the Most of Metallic Designs

Metallic Finish 101: Tips & Tricks to Make the Most of Metallic Designs

Metallic was the first special finish that Busy Beaver ever offered. Inspired by a customer’s special request way back in 2000, metallic takes advantage of the button’s metal parts to give your design a sleek, silvery sheen.  As the first company to offer metallic in modern times (a few companies had something similar back in...
Behind the Button: Chris Uphues

Behind the Button: Chris Uphues

The smiley button has long been associated with 1970′s hippie culture, so we were excited to see Chris Uphues‘ nod to the “flower child” era with his smiling daisy creation for this year’s Button-O-Matic series. A longtime button pal, smiling faces are integral to Chris’ work, usually in the form of his iconic happy heart...
Buttons Proclaim Love for Urban Agriculture

Buttons Proclaim Love for Urban Agriculture

While nearly 80% of Illinois is farmland, you wouldn’t necessarily know it looking at the state’s biggest city. Like most urban areas, Chicagoans are used to seeing a lot more concrete than greenspace on a daily basis. But tucked amongst Grand Avenue’s blocks of warehouses in West Town is an oasis of green: Christy Webber Farm...
Behind the Button: Jay Lynch

Behind the Button: Jay Lynch

While Jay Lynch might not be a household name outside of comics circles, if you grew up in the 70s or 80s you’ve undoubtedly come across his work. Beginning in the 1960′s, Lynch was a major contributor to Wacky Packs and Garbage Pail Kids cards– he’s featured in the Garbage Pail Kids documentary currently in...
Cards Against Humanity Create Button Business Cards that Confuse and Delight

Cards Against Humanity Create Button Business Cards that Confuse and Delight

There a million blog posts and articles out there about how to get your business card to stand out from the crowd– Don’t get too complicated (but also be original), use an image (just not too many images), be clever (but not too clever). Clearly, standing out from the crowd is no easy task. But...
Behind the Button: Tim Lahan

Behind the Button: Tim Lahan

Last week we shared how Penelope Gazin hoped to add a little contrast to our 2014 Button-O-Matic series by creating a “smiley” that was slightly more sinister. Still smiling but showing some wear, New York-based artist Tim Lahan‘s button takes the tradition smiley image and roughs it up a bit, literally. Tim created his button by...
Behind the Button: Phil Guy

Behind the Button: Phil Guy

We originally shared one of illustrator Phil Guy‘s buttons back in 2013 when he illustrated his own version of a naughty vintage metamorphic button that we have in the Button Museum collection. Given that history of putting his own spin on historic designs, we knew that Phil would have an interesting spin on the smiley...
Wear Buttons to Win Prizes at 2014 Culture Collide Festival

Wear Buttons to Win Prizes at 2014 Culture Collide Festival

‘Pin It To Win It’ is back again! This year, festival goers at Culture Collide SF, Culture Collide LA, and Culture Collide NY all have a chance to win prizes just by wearing buttons. Here’s how you can snag some great prizes: Throughout each Culture Collide Fest, collect buttons from every country represented at all...
Behind the Button: Penelope Gazin

Behind the Button: Penelope Gazin

In curating this year’s Button-O-Matic series, we wanted to work with artists who could take the smiley theme to new and interesting places. By inviting artist Penelope Gazin (a.k.a. Penelope Meatloaf) to create a design, we knew that a yellow background, two-dots-and-a-line smiley was not going to be a possibility. Sure enough, she delivered with...