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Bringing Fun to Architecture, and Buttons

Bringing Fun to Architecture, and Buttons

Fun is an essential part of Busy Beaver’s company culture. Beavers get pizza on their birthday, we have chore chart competitions with prizes, and every year we throw a big party for the Button-o-Matic series release. We get to see a lot of great button designs come through, but when I saw an eye-catching design for...
Digital Button Zine Now Available for Download!

Digital Button Zine Now Available for Download!

“A Very Brief History of Buttons,” Busy Beaver’s first-ever zine, was released back in 2014. The zine is of a cultural history of the 20th century as told through pin-back buttons and the messages they spread. In just a few short years, the publication has made its way into the hands of movers and shakers in the...
William McKinley, Grand Marshall of the Button's 119th Birthday

William McKinley, Grand Marshall of the Button’s 119th Birthday

Every good party needs a mascot, and for this year’s celebration of the button’s 119th birthday, we chose a face with gravitas to spare– 25th President William McKinley! The stern elder statesman adorns this year’s button’s birthday design, ready to get down at the button celebration. But why McKinley, you may be asking? The button was patented back in July...
The Button is 119! Four Ways to Celebrate

The Button is 119! Four Ways to Celebrate

This week marks the 119th birthday of the pin-back button, also known as National Pin-back Button Day. Each year we celebrate the pin-back’s original patent date, July 21, 1896, and all the ways that buttons have changed the world since! We’re planning a full week of celebrations, and– lucky you!– you’re invited! Here are our favorite ways button-lovers can...
5 Ideas for Using Neon Buttons

5 Ideas for Using Neon Buttons

So you’re in love with our new Totally Neon paper special. It’s no surprise! With rainbow of five fluorescent shades, who wouldn’t love it! But perhaps you’re having a hard time coming up with the perfect excuse to make some show-stopping neon buttons or magnets of your own? Good thing we put together five great ways to...
How To: BOOK-IT Inspired Buttons

How To: BOOK-IT Inspired Buttons

For 20 and 30-something adults in America, BOOK-IT! is synonymous with buttons and pizza. The program, which was started in 1984, used the lure of pizza to get kids reading. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, kids in classrooms all over the country were given 3-inch BOOK IT! buttons to use as a sort of reading log– for...
6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

The academic year is drawing nearer and orientation sessions have already begun! There are so many ways Admissions departments can support incoming students and excite those already on campus. Buttons are a great opportunity to build connections among new students, let proud parents show off a little, help newcomers make connections with faculty, and more.  Check...
Hot Dogs Go Punk: Hot Doug's Black Flag Parody Button

Hot Dogs Go Punk: Hot Doug’s Black Flag Parody Button

Busy Beaver has happily partnered with our old pals at Hot Doug‘s for this weekend’s Dog Dayz of Summer. For two days only, Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn will pop-up his legendary restaurant at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse in Chicago.  Attendees will enjoy an exclusive “best hits from Hot Doug’s” in a festival-like setting, paired with delicious beverages and live music....
Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!

Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!

Everybody knows that bands and buttons go hand in hand. For your fans, they’re a cheap merch item they can wear to show their undying love for your band every day. And for you as a band members, buttons are inexpensive and super easy to customize, even for a design newbie. But maybe you want...
"For All the World to See": Putting Girls at the Center of International Development

“For All the World to See”: Putting Girls at the Center of International Development

The recent Nobel Prize awarded to 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai should leave no doubt about the power adolescent girls can yield. The challenge however, is in harnessing that power, given that millions of girls live in poverty around the world and lack access to the supports that would allow them to live up to their potential as change-makers. The Girl Declaration...
How To: 6 Tips for Going Totally Neon

How To: 6 Tips for Going Totally Neon

Ready to get bright? Totally Neon is Busy Beaver’s newest special finish, and it’s perfect for adding some major pop to your designs! With Totally Neon, your black and white artwork is transformed into a mix of five super bright colors on buttons, magnets, bottle openers or mirrors. Since Totally Neon is different from any of the other...
Meet the Beavers: Ben Bertin, Shipping Coordinator

Meet the Beavers: Ben Bertin, Shipping Coordinator

Today in our Meet the Beavers series, we’re introducing you to our Shipping Coordinator, Ben Bertin. Ben is responsible for packing orders for shipping and pick up and he also recently took over assembling printed orders to get them ready for production. As both one of the first, and the very last set of eyes on an order before...