Born out of a second-hand button machine I was loaned and the lack of ideas for a spectacular birthday present, I began to make lifetime merit badges for friends to celebrate their 30th birthdays. The graphic challenge of working within a fairly rigid and established style while also trying to boil down personalities to a handful of icons has been a lot of fun. It’s been especially rewarding to reflect on my relationships, create something truly unique and personal to give to my friends, and then watch them wear their pins proudly (for the most part).

EARLY 2014+ | 1.25 ” DIAMETER