Button Badge — B0451B8
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All Stereohype button badges available at stereohype.com are classic high quality one inch (25mm) metal back badges with so-called D-pin (although it looks more like an 'e'). Tiny stickers at the back mention the artist, release date, series number, etc. The growing collection of these mobile mini canvases – featuring over 1,400 individual designs by over 500 international graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and artists – consists of all B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) contributions, winners of Stereohype's annual button badge design competition and additional series such as the special collaborations: AFOMFS Series, MICA Series, 10x10 Series and Emoji Series. Badges are manufactured in the United Kingdom.
Taking inspiration from the classic WWII posters instructing the populace to “Keep calm and carry on” in the face of possible Nazi invasion, these new badges imagine the motivational propaganda today's government might issue to get us through the credit crunch. Sprouting the seemingly illogical message that we can “spend” our way out of debt, the design has been updated for the naughties – the crown is replaced with the bowler hat, a symbol of the banking elite who have run the country into the ground and the colours chosen are Dollar Green, Sterling red and Yen blue.
Allistair Burt is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a background in architecture. His work encompasses a wide range of artistic forms such as film, site specific art, painting, illustration and sculpture. He has directed a series of short films for Channel 4, designed a storytelling machine for a Shetland Gallery and has exhibited work throughout the UK. One of these shows documented his highly amusing trip around Scotland with an old air hostess trolley. Allistair made a short film about Eilidh’s Daily Ukulele Ceilidh, had part of his 'Small World Experiment' included in FL@33’s book Postcard and created the design competition 'Common of Houses' trying to solve the MP’s two home problem through creative means.
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Selected international designers, illustrators and artists were invited to submit designs for this one inch (25mm) button badge series. Stereohype sells B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) Series 8 badges separately and gives them away as a free surprise badge with selected Stereohype T-shirts. B.I.O. Series 8 includes artworks by Allan Deas, Andy J. Miller / Koma Design, Allistair Burt / Alburt, Anja Gerscher, Bálint Egyed / Voov, Fiona Hamilton / Soma Gallery, FL@33, Greig Anderson, Heiko Hoos, Jan von Holleben, Karin Kloubert / April Mediengruppe, Madeleine Duba, Peter Crnokrak / The Luxury of Protest, Supersentido, Mike and Katie / TADO, Tom Würzburg, Yuko Michishita. Released: September 2009