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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...
Happy Birthday Button: Thanks for Celebrating with Us!

Happy Birthday Button: Thanks for Celebrating with Us!

Thanks to everyone who joined in the button’s 118th birthday celebrations! From balloons to piñatas to a cake with more candles than we’ve ever seen, there truly ain’t no party like a button party!  After a party this fun, we can’t wait for 119!
Happy Birthday Button: Your Favorite Pin-Backs

Happy Birthday Button: Your Favorite Pin-Backs

The button’s 118th birthday celebration is in full swing! Button enthusiasts from all over the world are joining in on the party by sharing their favorite pin-backs online with hashtag #happybirthdaybutton. With so many great buttons being posted, it was tough to choose a few to share, but here are some of our favorites– Join...
Happy 118th Birthday to the Pin-Back Button!

Happy 118th Birthday to the Pin-Back Button!

Who’s ready to party?! Today is National Pin-back Button Day, also known as the 118th birthday of our beloved pin-back button! On July 21, 1896, the Whitehead and Hoag Company filed the very first patent for the pin-back button. 118 years later, buttons have made their way to every corner of the globe, spreading millions...
Milton Glaser-Designed Buttons Raise Awareness about Global Warming

Milton Glaser-Designed Buttons Raise Awareness about Global Warming

“It’s not warming, it’s dying.”  That’s the tagline for a new campaign launched this week that aims to spark action on global warming. With an iconic 1″ button at its center, the campaign was created by a designer already well known for his iconic imagry– legendary designer Milton Glaser. The message of “It’s not warming”...
How To: Glow in the Dark Tips

How To: Glow in the Dark Tips

A dark bar, late-night music festival, star-gazing event, slumber party, midnight madness sale– there are a million opportunities to make an impact with glow in the dark buttons. And since making a button is all about getting your message seen, what could be better than a design that does double duty: visible both day and...
Ventriloquism and Buttons: Creative Fundraising from Vent Haven Museum

Ventriloquism and Buttons: Creative Fundraising from Vent Haven Museum

As the purveyors of the world’s only Button Museum, we’re always on the lookout for kindred spirits running similarly quirky, little museums, and we found that in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky’s Vent Haven Museum. Founded in 1975, Vent Haven is the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism and boasts an impressive collection of ventriloquial figures...
I Like Food (Buttons). Food Tastes Good!

I Like Food (Buttons). Food Tastes Good!

I like food. Food tastes good! Juicy burgers, greasy fries, Turkey legs and raw fish eyes –Descendents, ‘I Like Food’ Here at the Beaver Dam we’re pretty big fans of food. When an employee has a birthday, our owner Christen orders pizza from Piece in Wicker Park.  When our design guy Erik moved to Minneapolis...
How To: Busy Beaver's Guide to Button Packaging

How To: Busy Beaver’s Guide to Button Packaging

Imagine the impact that a single button can have. It’s a lot, right? A great design that speaks to your audience, perfectly located at that important event, or handed out to the right person, can mean big things. Now imagine you can double or triple the impact of that single button, plus give yourself a...
Superb Buttons Create Buzz and Reward Brand Loyalty

Superb Buttons Create Buzz and Reward Brand Loyalty

There’s nothing worse that being with a group of people all talking about the new hotspot in the neighborhood and all you can think is, “How have I never even heard of this place?” Well, never fear, you wannabe trendsetters! Superb is a new app that lets you collect and save placed you love or...
Camp the Pigeon: High Class Bird Gets His Own Merch

Camp the Pigeon: High Class Bird Gets His Own Merch

It’s not everyday that we have a pigeon as an invited guest at the Beaver Dam. But that’s exactly what happened with Camp the Pigeon showed up on our doorstep a few weeks back. Camp is a “high-class Chicago pigeon,” rescued by Mariah Naella and her husband George Keaton when his egg appeared in their apartment after...