Badge and buttons, buttons and badges...
My buttons match my moods and the seasons. You will rarely find me without at least one, on bag, lapel or hat.
It depends on the message I'm trying to get across when I choose what to make and what to wear. Like my cards, because I do the manufacturing, I am able to allow for a great variety ~ and can make changes quickly and efficiently (short, sharp promotions).
- 1.25 inch: Mere accents and can easily worn in groups (or attached to my chair or its carrying bags. Viewers have to come close, and they do, to comprehend the messages. Can be quite an icebreaker.
- 2.25 inch: More formal name badges and company statements. These can be of more intricate, eyecatching design, even with striking, attention-getting additions. These need the most planning and often become the most duplicated, especially where I intend other people to wear my advertising.
- 3 inch: My ad hocery. I can collect sayings, select photos and designs, and produce on a whim. Real mood stuff. Small numbers. I can pass a message that is easily readable and can expect an audience reaction ~ a smile, a flash of whimsy or a call to action.
NB it is very rare to have the same button design work in all three sizes.
Politics is a great consumer of buttons, especially Presidential Campaigns. One campaign produced 8 inch buttons. I might argue that the message value was "over-kill" and a waster of resources. So far I have not been tempted to stray into that size manufacture.
My choice of sizes has been refined over more than a decade to suit also economy and efficiency. Some of my clients refer to me as "The Badge and Button Man" ~ I let them.
What is your message?