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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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History of the Button

Jul 1st 2019

History of the Button
Did you know that July 21st is the button's birthday? The celebration date is based on the day in 1896 when the final patent on the pin buttons was granted to the nation’s first and foremost button … read more
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History of Cubs Buttons

May 1st 2019

History of Cubs Buttons
Do you smell that? Fresh cut grass, newly laid chalk lines, hotdogs on the grill? That's right—it's baseball season! And more exact, Cubs season here in Chicago. Now that Spring Training has wra … read more
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The History of Flapper Buttons

Feb 13th 2019

The History of Flapper Buttons
You might be familiar with the popular fashions of the 1920s: short shift dresses, bobbed hair and feathered headbands. But if you look closer at some old photos you might also notice a small and c … read more
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The History of Streaking Buttons

Jan 1st 2019

The History of Streaking Buttons
Just like buttons, streaking holds a special place in the heart of Americans. Which makes sense why streaking is the subject to so many wonderful (and slightly ironic) buttons in the Button Muse … read more
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History of NASA Buttons

Dec 1st 2018

History of NASA Buttons
From the start, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been an organization pushing boundaries to explore and uncover our galaxy. Since 1958 the mission of NASA has been to ed … read more
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The History of Protest Buttons

Oct 1st 2018

The History of Protest Buttons
Along with campaign buttons, the badge pinned to a lapel in promotion of a cause is among the most iconic of all button types. Social justice buttons have been popular since the pin-back button was … read more
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Snoopy Buttons Through History

Aug 29th 2018

Snoopy Buttons Through History
Snoopy, a cartoon dog that needs little introduction. Created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1950, Snoopy was the pet dog of the Peanut’s main character, Charlie Brown. The pup didn’t become an … read more
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The History of I ♥ Buttons

Aug 1st 2018

The History of I ♥ Buttons
The real history of the "I ♥" icon started in 1977 with a logo created by Milton Glaser for a Wells Rich Greene ad campaign. Commissioned by Deputy Commissioner William S. Doyle, Glaser designed th … read more
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April Showers Bring May Flower Pins

May 16th 2018

April Showers Bring May Flower Pins
You know the classic saying, "April Showers bring May Flowers" so the Button Museum is here to deliver a beautiful, button bouquet straight from the archives. Flowers can be used to symbolize a ran … read more
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Buttons That Make Us Laugh

Apr 11th 2018

Buttons That Make Us Laugh
Let's face it—everyone right now could use a good laugh right about now. On the one hand, the internet makes it extremely easy to spread the unfortunate word of tragedy, so we thought we'd try to h … read more
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