Design Inspiration

We’ve compiled cool designs, how-to guides, and expert tips & tricks to help you design the very best buttons.

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Button History

From cheeky flapper buttons to historical campaign buttons, read on to learn more about button history.

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Mar 15th 2017

Art of the Pin Game
How pins and patches have taken over popular culture During your next trip to the coffee shop, take a look around. Chances are more than half the folks sipping lattes will be wearing a  … read more
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Dec 10th 2015

A Love Letter to Bloomington, Indiana
DIY has gone through many phases since the concept first took root in the 1960s and 1970s, in the mid-1990s, I was right in the middle of a great DIY community in Bloomington, Indiana. For a small … read more
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Feb 16th 2015

Jim Keltner Buttons Up
Jim Keltner, qu'est-ce que c'est? John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, referenced him as one of the most prolific session drummers in rock'n'roll history. Pictured … read more
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Sep 9th 2014

How to Give Buttons Away
Giving stuff away isn't difficult. Who doesn't like something for free, right? Buttons make great freebies to give away, but handing out swag can be a strategic move when you're promoting yourself … read more
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May 30th 2014

Good Eggs Buttons Up
I've been known to order from grocery delivery services from time to time— I don't have to carry 30 pounds of cat litter up two flights of stairs and they delivered during this year's Polar Vortex! Bu … read more
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Oct 1st 2013

Nyan Cat Buttons Up
Busy Beaver has become the go-to button manufacturer for internet famous cats! We've previously blogged about making  Lil Bub buttons and other internet cats, and now we're honored to be mak … read more
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Aug 14th 2013

Citizen Brick Buttons Up
Citizen Brick, the folks behind the unofficial Breaking Bad Lego set, recently placed an order for some 1-inch buttons using our special finishes:Citizen Brick buttons using our glow-in-the-dark … read more
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Nov 16th 2012

Lincoln Campaign Buttons
Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln opens today nationwide. While the timeline of the movie focuses on a few months in 1865, and not on either of Lincoln's presidential campaigns, it still got us thi … read more
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Sep 14th 2012

Jon Contino Buttons Up
Jon Contino is a NYC-based illustrator and designer who recently created this vintage-inspired set of buttons. If you already have one, consider yourself part of the creative "in crowd."Jon said of hi … read more
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Aug 9th 2011

Anders Nilsen Buttons Up
The Chicago art button scene adores Anders Nilsen for his installations at a private residence and Lula Cafe. Hold onto your pin-backs for his largest piece yet. Pictured is the newest work b … read more
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Nov 15th 2010

The Truman Show Buttons Up
Buttons play integral roles as miniature tableaux of expression, even in movies.You may remember Jim Carrey in the Truman Show, a surreal film that blurs the line between real life and reality televis … read more
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