A button (or badge in some places outside the US) can be designed for maximum impact through message, image, and cleverness. They have a capacity to communicate change and are often proudly worn as badges that represent our causes and beliefs.
Designers can tap into this capacity to communicate through creative button designs that challenge our conceptual thinking, promote positive change, while stylistically pushing the medium. In this post, we look at over 40 button designs driven from a variety of sources: modern illustrators, campy old cartoons, political badges, close up textures, positive causes, and more. Let’s look at some inspiring buttons and see if we can kick our creative engine into gear.
Buttons can be visually interesting, as the collection below illustrates. They can be clever and conceptual. Many of the examples below pull textures from various sources. One of the more conceptual examples ties together cassette tape designs and button textures. And in the case of the “void” button you have the message and stark emptiness of minimal design unified. There are numerous ways to get creative with your button designs, below are just a few.
Buttons can make strong statements that support causes, challenge our way of thinking, and communicate active involvement. Here is a selection of buttons that either have made a difference or are being worn and impacting the world today.
Pop culture is a big source of inspiration for button designs. They have traditionally been handed out as swag at all kinds of events. Many artists have taken up this medium to showcase some of their work. Buttons make for cool giveaways or small products for artists to sell. Merging a message, like “Solving Poverty,” within something fun could make the button more interesting. Below are an assortment of buttons from Star Trek, pixel artists, bands, cartoons, and more.
Some Early Entries in the “Solving Poverty” Button Design Contest
Below are a handful of early entries in the contest. Notice how many of them have worked on conceptualizing the lettering and message. The buttons below make strong statements and rely heavily on the words to communicate the message. Some have added imagery, effective type choice, and play with transparency as well. It’s a good start and we hope to see more great entries as well. It’s a good cause and a challenging topic to design for.
Here is the link to the button design contest announcement for all the details. Be sure to use the tag “solvingpoverty” in the Psdtuts+ Flickr group when submitting your entries. Also, follow this link for more about how you can take action through design and make a positive difference in the world.
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