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Welcome to The Button Post by Pure Buttons! A blog where we discuss all things related to custom pin-back buttons and other custom promotional products that Pure Buttons offers. Stick around for coupons to score cheap pinback buttons, new button product announcements and more!

Button Packaging Examples – (full of photos)
Categories: Button Packaging

Here is another small collection of a few recent button packaging orders. More photos will be coming soon. Keep the creative thoughts flowing!
Tyler Hilton Button Packs

Button Packs

Alphabet Arm Button Packs

Strhess Button Packs
Categories: Button Packaging

Another great company from Cleveland, Ohio! Derek Hess resides in the northeastern part of Ohio along Jakprints and of course PureButtons! I’ve decided to show off the new Strhess Clothing button packs. Take a look for yourself.

Strhess Button Pack
Strhess Button Packs 2

These are great 4 x 1.25″ Round Custom Button Packs

How to avoid color issues from RGB to CMYK
Categories: How To's

Have you ever created your artwork in RGB color mode for the web and then needed convert it into CMYK color mode for your next print run and notice the colors change? I’ve asked Aaron Belyea from Alphabet Arm to explain this and to give his recommendations for designing your next project.

Aaron, Thanks for taking the time to give some 411 on this. Take it away.   

The first thing I tell all my designers and/or interns is to run out and have both RGB and CMYK tattooed on each wrist for quick, fool-proof referencing. Serious, no just kidding, but our friend and fellow designer Andy Huff happens to have this sweet ink which makes for a blog-style perfect joke.

Color Tattoo

In all seriousness, we’d recommend working in a CMYK format whenever possible (any designer worth their weight in buttons should know how to set up their documents within Illustrator or Photoshop from the get-go. If you are unclear how to do this, we’d recommend hiring a designer/studio for the whole project). That said, we can offer a couple of tricks of the trade. First, we do like to set up our artwork using Pantone (Solid to Process) colors that have a smooth transitions to CMYK. That way, you have a physical version of the color that you are aiming to use for production. The other nugget of knowledge would be, when exporting Illustrator files to Photoshop, we found that exporting as RGB tends to have a better color ratio than Illustrator’s default CMYK export. For some reason, the CMYK export reinterprets 100% black differently each time. So, we’ll export as RGB, then convert to CMYK in Photoshop, and color correct as need be.



Meet the PureButtons Staff, Jeff Nemecek-Owner
Categories: Interviews

Jeff, how are you today?
I’m not bad.. could be better. It just got done raining here all morning.

Tell me about yourself.
I’m 5’11” average build, brown hair… Is that how you answer this question? (Great interview so far).

What is your typical day like?
It varies, but most of the time it is very hectic.  A lot of emails, phone calls, etc.  But, I try to be as personable with my employees as I can be.  I want this to be as fun and laid back of a company as possible.  Sometimes, we stop working a little early and play some Guitar Hero. (If we have time)

How did you start Pure Buttons?
By accident.  In all honesty, it was a “pure” coincidence and is a really long story. I will try to condense it as much as possible.  I had started a clothing line when I was in high school.  A client of mine purchased band t-shirts from me and asked me if I knew a place where they could get buttons cheap.  I decided to get a machine and make them myself, to make a few extra bucks.  I had been taking classes for web design and development, and figured I would put them to good use and make a website to sell custom buttons. Next thing you know, a few large clients ordered, and it just exploded from there.

Why buttons?
Everyone loves buttons, so why not.  It was a niche, cheap band buttons.  That was how we started.  We try to keep the same backbone that we started on, cheap, amazing buttons for everyone.  Everyone loves ‘em and we figure they will love them more once they get a PUREbutton, especially at our cheap rates.

Just a random question, dealing with buttons all day long, do you every dream or have nightmares about buttons?
No, not yet.  I hope I never do.

Well, you really seem to enjoy it, what do you love the most about it?
I love being able to provide a service people find useful and affordable. That in itself is rewarding.

What do you dislike about it?
Tough question, I’d have to say, the stress. Sometimes it just eats away at you after a while but, eventually you learn how to manage it. (So I hear).

In a few years, where do you see yourself and Pure Buttons?
Me Personally:
Working at my home office in the next year and coming into the office randomly throughout the week to check up on production. As for now, I’ll continue to pass out at my desk on extremely long days.

For the Company:
I see us as the top custom button provider. With only being in the business for 3 years we’ve slowly begun taking the top rank. It’s just a matter of time before it happens.

As the brains behind the company, why do you offer such an excellent product for so cheap? I mean, if you charged what your competition charged, you could probably make double.
This is a question I get asked all the time. I just put the customer in mind before we figure any pricing structure. Why pay more for something when you don’t have to? I say that to myself all the time. Money isn’t the answer to everything. With that in mind, having the cheapest prices and best quality is more rewarding then anything else. I know our customers feel the same way.

If you had to sum up Pure Buttons in a sentence or two, what would it be?
Custom Promotional Pinback Buttons (thanks google)

If there was one thing you could have done differently with your company, what would that be?
I wish we would have figured out our innovative ways of production 3 years ago. We finally have our new production facility tweaked and ready to handle anything anyone throws at us. With the least amount of staff. 

Do you have any words of advice for anyone interested in starting their own company?

The single most important advice I could say would be to start using QuickBooks immediately. Start your book keeping off on the right track. This way you’ll stay more organized with your finances and you’ll stay away from the financial surprises. (Or at least encounter them less). I can vouch for this personally as will most other small business owners out there.

I would also recommend setting up your business the legal way. Meaning, get a sole prop, an LLC or S-Corp. and pay taxes! I’ve heard horror stories of companies starting off on the wrong foot and it only bites them in the butt later on.

Promotional buttons, design to succeed

This post will be the final edition of our promotional buttons series.  Everyone loves buttons, no doubt about it.  This post will help you get the most out of those promotional buttons that everyone loves.  First thing, think about who you are targeting.  This is a very important step, that many look over and don’t give enough credit to.  You need to put yourself in their position.  In you ideal customer, what do they like? How much money do they make? What gets them excited? These are all very important questions, that you must consider before you start designing.

Now, that we have established and have clear understanding of what our ideal customer might be interested in, lets start desigining.  It does not matter too much what you design, as long as it is something that will appeal to your ideal customer, you are golden.  However, there are some things to keep in mind.  Buttons are small, so you promotional buttons main goal, should be to grab attention.  Once attention has been grabbed, it needs to convey a message.  A good message is something that will puzzle your customer, or be witty enough that they will want to ask quesitons.  In our earlier post, some good examples of promotional buttons, you can see some great examples.

Everyone loves buttons indeed, so why not make your promotional buttons a success. It all starts will a well thought out design.

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