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7 Ways to Use Buttons for Pride Month

7 Ways to Use Buttons for Pride Month

Pride Month is just around the corner, and we put together some of our favorite creative ways to use buttons in your celebrations. From parade giveaways to fundraising, buttons are a great way to increase visibility and show support for LGBTQ issues. 1. Giveaways at Pride Parade This one is probably a no-brainer, but Pride Parades and other community...
"Mad Men" of Buttons

“Mad Men” of Buttons

In honor of Mad Men’s series finale this weekend, we decided to honor the real mid-century “mad men” of Madison Avenue by collecting some of our favorite mid-century advertising buttons. Looking back through the Button Museum archives, it’s easy to imagine taglines written by Peggy Olson and campaigns straight out of Don Draper’s head. Here are...
Make Your Summer Reading Program Shine with Buttons!

Make Your Summer Reading Program Shine with Buttons!

Summer is just around the corner, and for librarians that can only mean one thing– it’s time for summer reading programs! And whether you’re looking for promotion ideas, irresistible program incentives or ways to stretch a limited budget, buttons are a great option. Check out these ideas for utilizing buttons for your library’s summer reading program. Buttons Fit Your Budget...
Meet the Beaver: Natalie Peeples, Designer & Pre-Production Coordinator

Meet the Beaver: Natalie Peeples, Designer & Pre-Production Coordinator

Busy Beaver’s Designer and Pre-Production Coordinator, Natalie Peeples, is taking over our Instagram account today to give you a peek into a day in her life. As the person in charge of getting your artwork ready for production, Natalie processes over 100 orders each week– that’s over 5000 every year! Natalie’s role starts by checking design...
Button Memories: BOOK IT! Buttons

Button Memories: BOOK IT! Buttons

“Button Memories” is a new series in which Busy Beaver staff and other button lovers share the stories behind some of their favorite pinbacks.   Remember Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program? As a kid who already enjoyed reading, being told that I could also earn free pizza was just icing on the cake… or rather, pepperoni on...
Inch by Inch, Little Things Make a Difference

Inch by Inch, Little Things Make a Difference

“Small things can make a big difference.” That’s the motto of Inch x Inch, a new monthly button club featuring the work of a rotating line-up of contributing artists and designers. Focusing on small things in the form of 1″ buttons, proceeds from club memberships support art programming, and the big difference it can make in the...
Earth Day Every Day!

Earth Day Every Day!

When Busy Beaver started back in 1995, sustainability and “green” practices weren’t nearly the buzzwords they are today. But even when we were making just a few thousand buttons a year, founder Christen and crew were committed to building a business that was successful and respectful of the environment. Back in the day that meant bringing scrap paper back to...
3 Reasons Bands Should Button Up for Tour Season

3 Reasons Bands Should Button Up for Tour Season

Busy Beaver has been making band buttons since the beginning— our very first customer was actually the band Guided By Voices. So when it comes to creating buttons for musicians and record labels, we’ve got 20 years of experience! If your band is looking for some new retail and promotional items for this coming tour...
Revisiting "Almost There," from Art Show to Documentary Feature

Revisiting “Almost There,” from Art Show to Documentary Feature

Back in 2010, “Almost There,” an exhibit celebrating the work of self-taught Indiana artist, Peter Anton, opened at Chicago’s Intuit Gallery. Featuring paintings from Anton’s meticulously recorded visual autobiography of the same name, “Almost There” the exhibit was curated by Chicago filmmakers, Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky. Flash forward four years to summer 2014, and “Almost There” had evolved from...
How To: CMYK vs. RGB Color for Beginners

How To: CMYK vs. RGB Color for Beginners

When you’re new to print design, color can suddenly feel a bit overwhelming. What used to be as simple as ROY G. BIV now has lots of strange acronyms and new terms floating around– RGB? CMYK? Spot colors? What does it all mean?! Luckily, getting a basic knowledge of print color doesn’t have to be complicated. With a couple definitions...
April Fools!

April Fools!

Calling all pranksters! If you’re still in search of a good April Fool for the gullible in your life, we’re got the button set for you! Busy Beaver has created three button designs to satisfy even the most discerning of April Fool’s Day jokester. Best of all, we’re giving them away! The trio of playful pinbacks...
Meet the Beavers: Carrie Vinarsky, Scheduler Shift Lead and Button Presser

Meet the Beavers: Carrie Vinarsky, Scheduler Shift Lead and Button Presser

Today over on Busy Beaver’s Instagram, we’re launching a new series of account takeovers by members of the Beaver crew to give you a little taste of what a day in the life of a Busy Beaver is really like. First up is longtime Beaver Carrie Vinarsky. Carrie is our Scheduler Shift Lead, as well as a...