Ah, the diamond-shaped button. Quirky and unusual, it can also present a bit of a challenge for the button designer. Just what kind of images look good on tiny diamond-shaped canvas, you may be asking yourself. Here we present Busy Beaver’s tips for creating diamond buttons that stand out from the crowd.
Tip #1 – Diamond Logos
Maybe it’s a no-brainer, but if you’ve got a diamond-shaped design to begin with, chances are it’ll look excellent on a diamond shaped button. A perfect example if Half Acre Beer’s diamond “squidowl” logo on a 2″ diamond button.
Tip #2 – small, BIG, small
To really take advantage of a diamond’s unique layout, make sure the text you’d like to put on it matches the shape. Blocks of text that are all the same length won’t fit well on a diamond– better to try that on a square button. But if your text goes something like small text, BIG TEXT, small text, then a diamond’s for you. Check out this example from the Button Museum.
Tip #3 – Text in the middle
Diamonds are a good option if you’ve got a small amount of text and want to add a patterned background. Because the shape is widest in the middle, diamonds give you plenty of space for a single word or short phrase to stand out against a larger background. Check out this Sir Mix-a-Lot button from the Button Museum for a good example of this layout.
Tip #4 – Image in the Center
You can center an image on any button shape, of course, but a diamond gives you an opportunity to frame your design at an unexpected angle. This works best for images that are pretty uniformly tall and wide to reduce the amount of empty background space around the main image. This example by Kevin Scarbrough of Evil Supply Co. is a great illustration of adding interest with the diamond button shape:
Tip #4 – Signage
When all else fails and you want an excuse to make a diamond button, they also make excellent mini street signs.
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