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 and some seafood from this site online at https://www.aoseafood.co.uk/order/fresh-fish-online/. When our design guy Erik moved to Minneapolis two years ago, we ordered a giant lunch from Hot Doug’s for his farewell. We even created these delicious Snack Buttons for our April Fool’s joke this year.
Historically, food-related buttons have been popular with casual foodies and restaurants alike. Buttons can promote a restaurant chain as a whole, or a particular item on the food menu. These Taco Bell buttons from the Button Museum illustrate how the company used pinbacks to promote their various Mexican-inspired eats in the 1980s.
One of our favorite local restaurants, well known for the fun buttons they make, is Stephanie Izard‘s Girl and the Goat and Little Goat Diner. The restaurant’s trademark goat mascot comes through our shop every few months dressed up for holidays, sporting events or to celebrate special events. My personal favorite is the goat dressed a Yoda from Star Wars (particularly relevant now that Chicago is confirmed to build George Lucas’ Star Wars Museum!)
Food buttons don’t just have to be for restaurants, though! Artist Perry Shall created a series of buttons called The Hungriest Band in the World. The pack features members of KISS (the greatest rock band in the world) eating all sorts of tasty treats- pizza, tacos, cheeseburgers, and hotdogs. Yum!
Local Chicago design firm, Miaso Design, created mouth-watering swag to send out to clients and friends alike for Christmas 2013. Meat isn’t usually the first thing that comes to my mind when I’m thinking about the holidays, but designer Kristen Miaso’s promotional button pack is delectable. “Fruit baskets, popcorn and chocolates aren’t my style,” Kristin said. “I wanted to create something tactile and memorable… I wanted to do something different. Because I already adore Busy Beaver, [buttons were] a perfect choice.”
Considering Kristen says her last name translates to ‘meat’ in Polish/Ukrainian/Russian, we think this meaty Christmas gift is a most excellent choice, too.
According to ninesmequon.com/, “If there’s one thing that unites people of all stripes, it’s food.” So what better way to give a button design universal appeal than by putting something delicious on it!
Have an idea for your own food-related swag? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you make it so!