Giving out Golden Button Awards each year is tough. We’re constantly amazed by the clever and creative button designs that come through each day and could easily give out a thousand awards. Sometimes, though, there’s a button that goes above and beyond to make an impression on one of the Beavers. To honor those extra special buttons, we’re presenting “Buttonmaker’s Choice” Golden Button’s to seven outstanding customers. You know you’re doing something right if you can catch the eye of the buttonmaker!
Christen’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Milton Glaser
As part of our 2013 Button-O-Matic series, iconic designer Milton Glaser’s created this “moon” design, Christen’s pick for Buttonmaker’s Choice. She said, “The moon does so much while just hanging out in our sky. Even though it’s about 240,000 miles away, it lightens the night and helps give us oxygen by moving the ocean waves. This design is a humble and charming ode to something so large and impactful.”
Denise’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Grumpy Cat
As a connoisseur of cat memes (see our Golden Button award for two of her other favorites, Nyan Cat and Lil Bub), Denise selected Grumpy Cat as her Buttonmaker’s Choice pick. “In the Pantheon of internet cats, Grumpy Cat would be my number one pick. I’m honored that Busy Beaver makes her buttons.”
Joel’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Phil Guy
Joel, who also curates the Button Museum, selected Phil Guy‘s double-eyed smiley face as his Buttonmaker’s pick because, “I like that he riffed on that iconic design” with a variation of the smiley face, one of the museum’s button categories.
Sandra’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Lesley DeSantis
Sandra selected Lesley DeSantis’ guinea pig magnet packs as her pick because, “I just love Guinea pigs and hamsters! They are curious little animals that recognize and bond with other Guinea pigs– Team Players.”
Abbey’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: a. Favorite Design
Abbey’s Buttonmaker’s Choice selection was Amber Favorite, of a. Favorite Design, who created buttons with the “make-ready” sheets used to test her letterpress. Abbey said, “I loved that the buttons took something that would’ve otherwise ended up in the trash and created these gorgeous and totally one of a kind designs.”
Natalie’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Poetry Foundation
The candy-colored cosmic effect buttons Poetry Foundation created with Ana Benaroya‘s illustrations are Natalie’s selection for Buttonmaker’s Choice. She said, “As soon as I saw the buttons, I recognized Ana’s illustrations because I’d admired her work online, and the bright, colorful portraits are a perfect use of cosmic.”
Brian’s Buttonmaker’s Choice: Gregory Sale
Brian’s Buttonmaker’s Choice went to artist Gregory Sale who used buttons in his piece “Love for Love.” Said Brian, “I really appreciated that the buttons were used as part of a larger community art project, promoting awareness of voices that often go unheard.”
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for spreading such well-designed and clever button love!