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Handcraft Strikes Back: Buttons, Badges, Pins and Clips

      Buttons, badges and pins stand for a medium which is often underestimated and not taken seriously. That’s a pity, because designed properly, badges and buttons can effectively communicate ideas to your potential customers and impress them with something creative and beautiful.

      Buttons, badges and pins stand for a medium which is often underestimated and not taken seriously. That’s a pity, because designed properly, badges and buttons can effectively communicate ideas to your potential customers and impress them with something creative and beautiful.

      In this post we cover some interesting ideas for design of buttons, badges, pins and clips — traditional handcraft which can be attached to cloth, bags, documents and whatever you can think of. You may use them to deliver some idea or message, in web design (e.g. Missy makes use of them) or in the merchandise for promotion purposes.

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      Not all examples presented below fit to all environments; some of them are more likely to be used in informal environments. You don’t want to have a Bart Simpson screaming at your boss during the job interview, do you?

      Why buttons?

      Buttons are powerful because they show what is important to the person wearing it, which ideas he or she supports and what kind of a person you are dealing with. Some buttons can make people pass away with a subtle smile, the other ones can send a message to the world, and as such, pose a very powerful medium to explore. Which is why we, designers, can make use of them, packaging ideas in small and “portable” objects of daily life.

      So why not surprise your clients by handing in some pretty and creative pins, buttons or stickers one can attach to cloth, bags, laptops or personal documents? In most online-shops you can upload your own designs and produce dozens of buttons at a very cheap price. Therefore we want to focus your attention on the power of buttons and badges and give you some ideas for your future designs.

      Buttons and Badges

      Toy Robots - pinback buttons Robots in the town! And they are pretty sweet, too!

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Toy Robots - pinback buttons

      We steal your mail to keep you safe “Just in time for the postal rate increase.” Sometimes, buttons can make something think or laugh. This button may not make any sense, but it is provoking and as such desevers a place in our selection.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - pseudotecnico:blog » Il fotografo della domenica #44

      Ampersand button If you love ampersands, you’ll love this button, too.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Ampersand

      Bird Talk (Red) badge A twittering button for Twitter users. Or maybe talking about birds is one of your favourite subjects?

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Bird Talk (Red) badge

      Cassette Tape buttons Cassette Tape for record collectors. You can show what is important to you without saying a word about it.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Cassette Tape buttons

      Angel Tea badge “Tea is a gift from the gods. Coffee is a gift from the ninnies.”

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Angel Tea badge

      Simpsons badges Badges: good. The Simpsons badges: better.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Simpsons badges

      Buttons for Designers Nintendo DS Lite button, Mario, Adobe and… do you recognize the man at the right in the second row?

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - IMG_1186

      BSW Buttons by ~thagerott Pure typography can also be used for badges and buttons.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - BSW Buttons by ~thagerott

      Mozilla and RSS buttons The promotion of your products can be done with badges. In the examples below Firefox, Thunderbird and RSS buttons are presented. Well, literally RSS-buttons.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - pseudotecnico:blog » Il fotografo della domenica #44

      Dessert K: Kiwi Jelly Mmmmm, tasty! Dessert Kiwi Jelly and Apple Pie. This fruity dessert is really happy. Dessert A-Z button series by hakee+ from Hong Kong.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Dessert K: Kiwi Jelly
      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Dessert A: Apple Pie

      Hello Jupiter Four Buttons Buttons can also be pretty colorful.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Hello Jupiter Four Buttons

      sketchBot Buttons These characters are pretty tough and sweet.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - sketchBot Buttons

      “i love u…” button That’s an interesting idea. Two characters communicate via, well, external medium — a piece of thread.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons -

      Pop Labs Buttons Pop Labs buttons have the form of a bottle cap.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Pop Labs Buttons
      Pins, Badges and Buttons - New Pop Labs Buttons

      buttons by ~scrape

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - buttons by ~scrape

      Love

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Love

      badges

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - badges

      Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Buttons

      Bota Fora Goma! Buttons have a form of a cloth button.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Bota Fora Goma!
      Pins, Badges and Buttons - My buttons available @ Prickie

      Space Invader badges Space Invaders are coming back. Pixel art can be used for badges as well.

      Geek Set Have you even been in love with the square root?

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - My buttons available @ Prickie

      Uber Geek Badges Have you even been in loved with the square root?

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - My buttons available @ Prickie

      Empressr Buttons Icons can communicate ideas in your design projects. They can communicate ideas through your buttons as well.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Empressr Buttons

      1 + 1 = 2 Well, that’s kind of clear, but cute also.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - : buttons

      Stencil Graffiti Button Set - Star Wars Fighters Grunge and Graffiti art applied to buttons design.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Stencil Graffiti Button Set - Star Wars Fighters

      Bookworm buttons Sending the message in the office.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Bookworm buttons

      TV Dinner Monster Pins

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - TV Dinner Monster Pins

      Skull Rock 6-Pack Skulls don’t have to be scary. They can be sweet, too.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - (Another) ☠★ Skull Rock 6-Pack ★ â˜

      Hand-drawn Buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - hand drawn 1

      Fabric buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - fabric buttons

      Spock pins Made from 1960s Star Trek comic book.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - spock pins

      Cassette Badge Sets

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Cassette Badge Sets

      ajoelha Pop art collage. “Get on your knees and confess”.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - ajoelha

      Birthday Surprise!

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Birthday Surprise!

      New Pocket Mirrors!

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - New Pocket Mirrors!

      Radial Pattern buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Radial Pattern buttons

      Toilet Paper Buttons Hm, this is an unusual theme for buttons design. But that’s exactly what makes them different. We don’t know what is the idea behind, though.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - : buttons

      DeathGob Badges

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - DeathGob Badges

      DSCN2932

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - DSCN2932

      Filter017 Pins

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Filter017 Pins

      origami badges

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - origami badges

      I Love Pirates button

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - I Love Pirates button

      Hey Cupcake! pinback buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Hey Cupcake! pinback buttons

      Mi prima Carnal Love is in the air. And on your button.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Mi prima Carnal

      Reading is Sexy button

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - DSCN2390-

      Proud to be green Simple, nice and clean pattern on greenish buttons.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - DSCF0153

      Sweet Skull 6-Pack Unusual design: these pinback buttons with Japanese skulls and sweets on silver and red shiny, sparkly hologram papers.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - ★ Sweet Skull 6-Pack ★

      Rob Jan’s “Fantastique” badge cloak This is the back of a Star Trek Klingon patterned Science Fiction and Fantasy trophy cloak. This view shows the back and two side panels fully deployed. All of the badges are either drawn in the computer, obtained on line or hand drawn and painted by Rob Jan. Impressive.

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - ROB JAN'S

      Handcraft

      bt2 pincushion

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - bt2 pincushion

      old pin cushion

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - old pin cushion

      pin cushion 2

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - pin cushion 2

      Pincushions

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Pincushions

      Le Ragazzine

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Le Ragazzine

      Buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Buttons

      Blossom badges

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Blossom badges

      Petit Petisserie

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Petit Pâtisserie

      Warm ‘n Fuzzy Flower Buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - - Warm 'n Fuzzy - .: Flower Buttons:.

      Blossom badges

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Blossom badges

      drought relief - felt art

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - drought relief - felt art

      ‘Strawberry Sundae’ wall art

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - 'Strawberry Sundae' wall art

      Crafting 365, day 173 - pink teacups

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - Crafting 365, day 173 - pink teacups

      Last Click

      Bee buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - bee buttons

      Cupcake buttons

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - cupcake buttons

      Plates of tarts

      Pins, Badges and Buttons - plates of tarts