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You Can Do It!: Finals Week Buttons Offer Motivation to College Students

You Can Do It!: Finals Week Buttons Offer Motivation to College Students

Trying to motivate a group of people? Sure, you could take the “Hang in there” Kitty approach, but why not think outside the box with something a bit more creative? That’s the approach that Brandy Agerbeck took when creating a set of motivational buttons for students at her alma mater, Grinnell College. Brandy explained, “Grinnell...
Cool Story, Bromine: Chemistry Pun Buttons as Incentives

Cool Story, Bromine: Chemistry Pun Buttons as Incentives

We love a good pun here at Busy Beaver— we refer to pizza as Za Za Gabor and our camera is called Camera Diaz, after all— so when this order of chemistry pun buttons came through recently, they definitely made us laugh. Designed by members of the Younger Chemistry Education Scholars Committee (YCES), these buttons...
"Butterfly Food Cart" Buttons Create Solidarity Between the Human and Natural World

“Butterfly Food Cart” Buttons Create Solidarity Between the Human and Natural World

Buttons were created to spread messages. Simple or complex, silly or serious, there’s a button for seemingly every idea that exists. Given that range of expression, it’s inspiring to discover customers who have created entirely new ways of using buttons. In that spirit, Busy Beaver was honored to work with Natural Resources Defense Council and their inaugural...
Biking For Buttons: Dairyland Dare Buttons Up

Biking For Buttons: Dairyland Dare Buttons Up

Arguably, the best part of signing up for a 5K, marathon or bike race is the swag bag; you get a free t-shirt, energy bars, a water bottle, and for the Dairyland Dare, collectable buttons. Inspired by the Wisconsin Film Festival buttons, race organizers Stewart Schilling and Michelle Godez-Schilling decided to incorporate buttons into this...
Gunshow Comic Buttons Up

Gunshow Comic Buttons Up

We’ve written before about the many cool intersections between the comics and button worlds– Neil Brideau 2″ square buttons that transformed comics panels into wearable works of art and Andrea Bell‘s meta “buttons on buttons” design for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, not to mention the button mini comics we made for the 2013 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. Needless...
New Sup Pop Records Airport Store Innovates with Button Packs

New Sup Pop Records Airport Store Innovates with Button Packs

There are certain things you expect to be able to buy at an airport– magazines, neck pillows, cheesy souvenir t-shirts. But a record player? Nivana album? T-shirt you could actually wear in public without embarrassment? These are exactly the kind of items available at Sub Pop Records recently-opened store in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The...
Buttons As Souvenirs: Independent Film Festival of Boston Buttons Up

Buttons As Souvenirs: Independent Film Festival of Boston Buttons Up

Buttons have long been used to commemorate special events; some of the earliest buttons made were sold or given out as festival mementos. “Buttons make a great souvenir and are an affordable way for festival attendees to show their support,” said Judy Wong of the Independent Film Festival of Boston. The festival, which runs yearly...
Think Indian: The American Indian College Fund Buttons Up

Think Indian: The American Indian College Fund Buttons Up

Though born and raised in Syracuse NY, I’ve always referred to Pleasant Point, ME as “home”. My mom’s side of the family is Passamaquoddy, an American Indian tribe, and our family is from the reservation at Pleasant Point along the beautiful northeast coast of Maine. Each summer when I was a kid, my mother would...
Art Buttons: UMKC Student Exhibit Buttons

Art Buttons: UMKC Student Exhibit Buttons

We often think of buttons as purely promotional items; after all, pin-back buttons are the perfect medium for a logo or simple advertising message. But buttons can also be a great canvas for works of art. Case in point, these 1.25″ buttons recently ordered by the University of Missouri in Kansas City Gallery of Art....
10% Off 1-inch Buttons

10% Off 1-inch Buttons

Get 10% off all 1-inch buttons now through the end of August! Just use coupon code OneInchAug14 at checkout when placing your order. Click here to get started on your order.
Chicago Market Encourages Membership with Buttons

Chicago Market Encourages Membership with Buttons

It’s not everyday that you spot someone proudly proclaiming, “I’m a owner” via a tiny 1-inch button. An owner of what, you’re bound to think– Car? House? Pet rock? At Busy Beaver we call this type of conversation-starting button a “social lubricator,” and a prime example is the “I’m an Owner” design recently created for...
Beloved Encased Meats, Beloved Buttons: An Interview with Hot Doug's Doug Sohn

Beloved Encased Meats, Beloved Buttons: An Interview with Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn

Chicago sausage superstore, Hot Doug’s, has a veritable army of die-hard fans. Case in point: When Doug offered free hot dogs for life to anyone who got a tattoo of the shop’s logo, plenty of people took him up on the offer. I dig Doug’s, too. When I graduated from college, my mother offered to take...