The Best Button Badge Designs of 2016 now available as prints

Some of the awesome work from Stereohype's Button Badge Design Competition are now available as 7-inch prints.

Winning designs from Stereohype’s Button Badge Design Competition in 2016 are among the selection of prints now available for you to purchase online.

The Button Badge Motif Print Series, which [email protected] developed, now includes 45 new seven-inch, textured prints from Stereohype’s 1244-strong button badge collection. Along with each print – which cost £25 - the according button badge will be thrown in as well.

The first 18 badge prints were released in December last year, and with the new 45 prints the collection has grown to 63.

The button badge prints include designs by Ben The Illustrator, Lara Peralta, Julien Martin and [email protected]’s Agathe Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek. Check out the available prints here.

Stereohype’s annual competition is now in its 12 year, where judges (including Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett) choose single badge entry winners and four badge entry winners from hundreds of designs. 

The print series currently features selected designs from Stereohype’s one-inch button badge collection, but is expected to grow to include the entire collection by over 350 illustrators, graphic designers, typographers and photographers. 

Various prints of Stereohype’s mascot squirrel will be added to the series due to “popular demand”. Each squirrel motif and perspective will be available in varying sizes.

Stereohype Button Badge Design Competition saw an unprecedented amount of designers, photographers, artists, illustrators and students entering.

A total of 279 individual badge designers entered, and 30 were awarded prizes by a panel of judges including Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett. Other judges included Agathe Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek from associated design studio [email protected] and Stereohype, writer Anastasia Frost and Jo Gulliver from Computer Arts.

There are two categories under which designers can win a prize – single badge entries and sets of four. First prize for the single badge category went to News Zhang, and Lara Peralta came first for the sets of four category. We feature their designs and the designs of second and third place in each category.

Check out designs from a few of 2016's category winners. If you want to buy the winning badges, visit the Stereohype website.

Also check out Stereohype’s BIO (By Invitation Only) Series 16. It’s a one-inch button badge series that Stereohype sells separately and gives away as a free surprise badge with selected Stereohype T-shirts.

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1st prize (single badge): News Zhang

 This year’s single badge first prize went to Zhang JianXiong (News Zhang). He’s in his final year of his Graphic Arts Degree studies in China.

Described as hardworking and expressive, News Zhang has a collection of emoji designed to help others express themselves in original ways.

2nd prize (single badge): Ciaran Meister

Dublin-based illustrator Ciaran Meister is also a music producer, making music documentries and promotional videos under the alias of Mangetout. He also runs a small Irish label called Mines Clarence.

3rd prize (single badge): Blanca Rego

Blanca Rego’s designs artistic audiovisual pieces which have been shown at numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Europe and America.

These days her work evolves around the subjects of rain, noise, chaos and void, from a literal sense and a conceptual point of view.

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1st prize (set of 4): Lara Peralta

First prize for set of four went to Lara Peralta, a freelance art director, graphic designer and illustrator from Portugal. Lara began her career in advertising agencies, design studios and also worked in a non-profit organisation.

Her set of four badges, Reach for the Sky, takes a witty angle to the common phrase. Grab a star, the moon, a cloud or anything.

2nd prize (set of 4): Zuzanna Kwiecien

Zuzanna is currently a student at Gray’s School of Art in Scotland. Her work includes experimenting with textures to bring humour and meaning to her illustrations.

3rd prize (set of 4): Prateek Vatash

Prateek’s work involves geometry, colours and shapes in a vibrant and bold manner. He’s a graphic-artist and designer based in India.

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