How do you sum up 2012? So far news outlets have declared 2012 to be the year of the election, the woman, even the year of meh. Well, Busy Beaver has one more title to add to the list— the year of the pin-back button! Here are the top 5 reason why 2012 was the year of the pin-back button:
In the year of feline celebrities like Grumpy Cat and Henri Le Chat Noir, one kitty rose above the rest to become the the most amazing creature on the planet— Lil Bub! And we’d like to think that her custom buttons (or Bubtons) allowed her outshine all the other online feline celebrities.
2. JCPenney Gives Away 80 Million Buttons
As part of their Black Friday promotion, JCPenney gave away 80 million free pin-back buttons. 80 million! Now that’s what we call spreading the button love.
3. Buttons Became Fine Art
Over the summer, The Art Institute of Chicago distributed more than 100,000 “I (DOT) Lichtenstein” buttons to promote the Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibit.
4. Campaign Buttons
5. One small pin for man, one giant pin-back for mankind.
In 2012, pin-back buttons were launched into space!