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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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Podcast Merch Survival Guide

Aug 12th 2021

Podcast Merch Survival Guide
The love for podcasts has exploded over the last few years! They’re a convenient and accessible way to digest content. You can listen to your favorite shows just about anywhere… at the office, on y … read more
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Born To Be Crafty

Jan 7th 2021

Born To Be Crafty
Kate Thurman, the creator and designer behind Smarty Pants Paper Co., has been making note cards literally since childhood. “My after school art teacher had a Gocco screen printing machine, and w … read more
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Pronoun Pins & Buttons

Feb 12th 2020

Pronoun Pins & Buttons
Learn how five organizations use pronoun pins to show support and help educate the public. A pronoun is as much a part of a person's identity as their name. And since pronouns should not be assume … read more
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Paws and Pin-Backs

Nov 14th 2018

Paws and Pin-Backs
At Busy Beaver we believe that buttons can be used to affect social change. That is why, every year, we team up with an organization or an individual to curate a  1-inch button artist series … read more
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Pusheen the Cat Buttons Up

Oct 3rd 2018

Pusheen the Cat Buttons Up
Meet  Pusheen the cat. Chances are that you've seen this gray tabby on anything from bathing suits to backpacks, or from plush toys to custom pinbacks. Her cute demeanor first graced th … read more
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OurMusicMyBody Starts a Dialogue

Sep 5th 2018

OurMusicMyBody Starts a Dialogue
In light of the #MeToo movement, more conversations are being had about appropriate conduct. It can be a difficult to address the topic of sexual assault and harassment, but as  OurMusicMyBo … read more
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5 Creative Ways to Fundraise

May 2nd 2018

5 Creative Ways to Fundraise
Whether your organization is just starting out or has been established for years and is looking for new ways to incentivize donations, we wanted to help by pulling together a list of five creative … read more
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Everytown for Gun Safety

Dec 13th 2017

Everytown for Gun Safety
Not only is gun violence prevention one of the most polarizing issues in America right now, it’s also one of the most ubiquitous. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, "everyday 93 Americans ar … read more
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7 Table Tips on How to Sell Comics

Apr 5th 2017

7 Table Tips on How to Sell Comics
It’s almost Table Season! Comic artists across the country are gearing up to sell at comic conventions, art fairs, and zine fests. But in the sea of vendors, how do you get noticed? I've reac … read more
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BlackPaint Studios Makes an Impact

Mar 29th 2017

BlackPaint Studios Makes an Impact
Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar were fed up. After years in the corporate ad world, they were sick of the condoned culture of misogyny and the lack of female creative leadership. Jordan and Katie … read more
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Every Button Has a Role to Play

Nov 23rd 2015

Every Button Has a Role to Play
It’s February of 2004 and the secluded research facility known as Limetown in White County, Tennessee erupts in disarray. Emergency services are called to the remote location and yet none prevail p … read more
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Rifle Paper Co. Buttons Up

Oct 6th 2015

Rifle Paper Co. Buttons Up
We hear a lot about staying "on brand" these days. Creativity is important but consistency can be key to building a brand that's sustainable, recognizable, and sought after. Rifle Paper Co. gets … read more
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Clever Holiday Button Promotions

Dec 2nd 2014

Clever Holiday Button Promotions
Everybody's wants to stand out from the crowd when it comes to holiday promotions, and history has proven that buttons are a great way to make that happen. From smelly to sparkly to seemingly endle … read more
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First Kiss Inspires Button Proposal

Oct 29th 2014

First Kiss Inspires Button Proposal
At Busy Beaver, we pride ourselves on working with customers to make their craziest button ideas a reality. Even so, when Kristina Taylor reached out to us in September, her request was one of the … read more
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How to Give Buttons Away

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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Gold Bullion Meets Gold Buttons

Sep 4th 2014

Gold Bullion Meets Gold Buttons
Gold buttons are great for promoting all sorts of things, but it's not everyday that we get to make a gold button order to be used in promoting actual gold. Then again, it's also not everyd … read more
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Buttons As Souvenirs: IFF of Boston

Aug 14th 2014

Buttons As Souvenirs: IFF of Boston
Buttons have long been used to commemorate special events; some of the earliest buttons made were sold or given out as festival mementos. "Buttons make a great souvenir and are an affordable way fo … read more
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Good Eggs Buttons Up

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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New Belgium Brewing Buttons Up

May 21st 2014

New Belgium Brewing Buttons Up
New Belgium Brewing certainly knows how to throw a party! In its 15th year, Tour de Fat has become the go to summer event for bike enthusiasts across the country. Who wouldn't want to see costumed … read more
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Nyan Cat Buttons Up

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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Behind the Button: Marieke McClendon

Sep 20th 2013

Behind the Button: Marieke McClendon
Next up in our "Behind the Button" series is Marieke McClendon. Besides being a freelance graphic designer and editor of Lineworks Comics Anthology, McClendon also occasionally helps out at Busy Be … read more
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Behind the Button: Fred Sasaki

Aug 22nd 2013

Behind the Button: Fred Sasaki
In anticipation of this year's  Button-O-Matic series release, we’re presenting a multi-part series of interviews with a few of the artists called “Behind the Button”. First up, Fred Sasaki … read more
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Citizen Brick Buttons Up

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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Jon Contino Buttons Up

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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Bubtons: Buttons for Lil Bub

Jul 2nd 2012

Bubtons: Buttons for Lil Bub
Bub's fans demand accessories. Thus, Bubtons— custom button packs featuring four 1.25 inch buttons of Lil Bub herself. Who is Bub, you ask? She's a toothless, "perma-kitten", dwarf cat from Bloom … read more
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Anders Nilsen Buttons Up

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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Kickstarter Kicks Buttons Up a Notch

Aug 11th 2010

Kickstarter Kicks Buttons Up a Notch
What is precious, wearable, and glows in the dark? These amazing one-inch, glow-in-the-dark, 24-karat gold buttons conceptualized by Kickstarter and produced by Busy Beaver Button Co. Kickstart … read more
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