Cute As a Button Contest

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If you have designs on ‘kerning’ a prize for displaying your digital art dexterity, then we’ve got just the ‘typeface’ of challenge you’re looking for! ModCloth is teaming up with indie button-maker Badge Bomb to bring you the Cute As a Button Contest – a competition of inventive visual communication.

Show us your true ‘grid’ when it comes to graphics by designing a truly unique pinback button, and you could be the recipient of a $200 gift certificate from ModCloth, plus 500 pieces of your work produced by One Inch Round (Badge Bomb’s button manufacturer). As a special treat, the winning entry will be chosen by two celebrity judges, Twinkie Chan and Susie Gharemani, along with a little help from Badge Bomb themselves!

Here’s how the contest works:

  • Visit the ModCloth Facebook page, and click into the contest tab, where you’ll find detailed instructions on how and where to submit your design.
  • Upload your graphic between 6 p.m. ET on 5/2/11 and 6 p.m. ET 5/10/11. Tell us a bit about your design in a caption. You may submit up to three entries.
  • Get your friends and family to vote for your entry by leaving a comment under your design. Voting will occur for the duration of the contest, so enter early – the sooner you submit your work, the more time you have to gather votes!
  • Voters may comment on your design as many times as they’d like, but only the first comment will count as a vote. People may also vote for more than one entry.
  • The top five vote-fetching configurations will be filtered out and sent to our celebrity judges, who will pick one final winner. The winner will be announced on Facebook on 5/12/11.

But before you begin bustin’ out your beautiful objets d’art, let us illustrate a few key points that will help you create a successful entry:

  • You must design a 1-inch button with a .25 inch bleed. Your file must not exceed 5MB, and it must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  • There’s no theme for this contest, but your entry should reflect the spirit of ModCloth. And while we’re sure that you can do many amazing things with just text alone, we prefer to see designs that are illustration-based.
  • When designing, remember that even though your submission will be square, what you actually want to see on the face of the button will need to fit within a circle. Here’s an example:

  • If it’s selected to win, you’ll be asked to send us your design with the following features: 600 dpi resolution (no less than 300 dpi), a .5″ bleed (.25″ on all sides), and a CMYK or Greyscale color mode. It should be saved as a .psd or .tif, and not flattened, so that Badge Bomb can produce the buttons. More details can be found here.

We know it probably goes without saying, since we know that our customers are such fine, upstanding individuals, but by entering this contest, you pinky swear that you are the creator and rightful owner of the artwork. You also assure us that your participation in and submission of art to the contest does not violate the rights of or contracts made with any third party, and that ModCloth and Badge Bomb have permission to manufacture and promote your button design.

We can’t wait to see all the cool things you come up with. Good luck, and happy designing!

39 Responses to Cute As a Button Contest

  1. Taylor 05/02/2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I just wanted to clarify that this is a text only challenge? You only want buttons with fonts and not just illustrations?

    • Victoria 05/02/2011 at 6:56 pm #

      I don’t think so? Like in the example, it can be anything.

    • ModCloth 05/02/2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Hey, Taylor!

      Sorry for the confusion. We’re looking for illustrations. 🙂


    • Sarah 05/03/2011 at 12:13 am #

      I don’t think so, it just seems like they are making graphic design jokes. Typeface, grid, kerning.

    • Taylor 05/03/2011 at 6:56 pm #

      Anyway thank you for the clarification. I did realize that they were all graphic design jokes/words, but they were all text specific, so that threw me off.

  2. Kat 05/02/2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Now here is a contest for someone like me XD

  3. Amanda 05/02/2011 at 10:46 pm #

    I really hate contests where voting decides the winners or finalists…It always ALWAYS becomes a popularity contest, and some of us have little or no internet following, since we don’t blog…

    • Kaci 05/03/2011 at 3:48 am #

      Agreed. It’s a cheap marketing ploy. I like Modcloth and I like most of their marketing BS but this is too egregious for me to take part in.

  4. Summer 05/02/2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I look foward to entering!

  5. Jakki 05/02/2011 at 11:13 pm #

    I agree with Amanda……voting competitions on facebook aren’t usually very fair, though I suppose it increases audience participation 😉

    Either way this sounds cool, I can’t wait to see the designs 😀

  6. Jo - Lost in the Haze 05/02/2011 at 11:33 pm #

    What a great idea! I’m sharpening my coloured pencils for drafting now!


  7. Amy 05/03/2011 at 1:12 am #

    What great designs already, I will be contributing!

  8. Amanda 05/03/2011 at 8:54 am #

    I mean, I do think it is SO GENEROUS of them to offer a $200 gift card (wow), but it really becomes very unfair when unbiased judges are not the main determining factor in the winners…Someone like me really has no hope, no matter how awesome I may be at graphic design.

    • Taylor 05/03/2011 at 3:18 pm #

      I agree that I think there is a slight flaw in voting be a contributing factor narrowing down finalists. It really becomes about who is the most connected rather than their designs. However maybe it should serve as more motivation to recruit as many contacts as you know to vote for you. Because at least the final decision among the finalists is chosen by unbiased and well qualified judges.

    • Amanda 05/03/2011 at 3:34 pm #

      I definitely think the judges will be beautifully qualified and absolutely unbiased- that’s why I wish they were deciding the whole thing. Because this is what I mean- there’s no way I’d make it to the finalist’s circle, no matter how much campaigning I did, because I am not even close to being as “connected” as say, fashion bloggers, for instance- they come automatically with hundreds of followers. It’s impossible. In fact, maybe that’s the point, though- I’ve heard of retailers rewarding bloggers for helping to market their sites by posting about them in their blog spots, so maybe this contest is sort of a way to indirectly do that…? Makes sense, I guess. Oh well.

    • Taylor 05/04/2011 at 2:21 pm #

      Yeah I know what you’re saying. I still entered anyway hoping maybe people could just see past that or there would be enough free will voters. Although it really does seem like what you’re saying is turning out to be more true, which is pretty frustrating. I kind of wish it wasn’t true. :/ I guess this just means I have to try to campaign harder, if I can.

  9. Sheeno 05/03/2011 at 9:16 am #

    Oh dear, Amanda has a VERY valid point. Anyways are we allowed to submit more than one entry?

    • Amanda 05/03/2011 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks, Sheeno. Sometimes you don’t know whether you’re going to get flamed or supported when it comes to the internet…..Anywho, I believe it said only one entry per person? I don’t think I’m even going to enter, though. There’s really no point for me….

    • ModCloth 05/05/2011 at 5:28 pm #

      You can submit up to 3 entries! 🙂

  10. Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline 05/03/2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I love the button/graphic shown…it would be perfect for me/my blog. I can’t wait to see the entries. : )

  11. Clara 05/04/2011 at 12:39 am #

    I have two questions: are we allowed to use pre-made patterns from websites where personal an commercial use is allowed? And is there a maximum number of entries per person?

    • Clara 05/04/2011 at 12:40 am #


    • ModCloth 05/05/2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Your design must be original artwork and you can submit up to 3 entries. Good luck!

  12. Tera 05/04/2011 at 4:11 am #

    The app that they are running the contest through keeps having errors anyway, so the voting system isn’t fair regardless. As for the popularity contest remark, I some what agree with Amanda, but I definitely don’t think this is targeted toward fashion bloggers to reward them for supporting ModCloth. It’s not that hard to get a bunch of interest generated in your entry with facebook. It seems to me that you just don’t want to get your hopes up, which I can totally understand.

    • Tera 05/04/2011 at 4:12 am #

      Also, the contest app only lets people vote once and they can submit as many entries as they want as opposed to the instructed limit of three. Just a heads up.

  13. Elle 05/04/2011 at 8:23 am #

    Awsome! I can’t wait!

  14. Deidre 05/04/2011 at 10:53 am #

    Is there a non-facebook option? Do you absolutely have to enter the contest on Facebook??

    • ModCloth 05/05/2011 at 5:31 pm #

      Hi Diedre! Yes, this particular contest is just through Facebook.

  15. Fran 05/04/2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Super great idea! I love buttons!

  16. Lindsay 05/04/2011 at 8:25 pm #

    I’d like to verify what Taylor said.. IS THIS A TYPOGRAPHICAL design only?? The entire first paragraph is about typography but the rest pays no mention

    • Tera 05/04/2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Click show replies under Taylor’s post.

    • Lindsay 05/04/2011 at 9:11 pm #

      ahh thanks. Didnt see that link!

  17. Badge Bomb 05/05/2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Look at all of these great designs! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

  18. Ashelyn 05/05/2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can you have more than one entry? It doesn’t say anywhere in the rules… I tried to comb through them, but I guess I may have missed it. They imply that you can only have one, but it’s not explicitly said anywhere. Nor is there any contact but here to ask… hmmm…

    • Lindsay 05/05/2011 at 3:55 pm #

      bullet point #2
      “Upload your graphic between 6 p.m. ET on 5/2/11 and 6 p.m. ET 5/10/11. Tell us a bit about your design in a caption. You may submit up to three entries.”

      I dont know why some people submitted 10 or more!

  19. Machir 05/05/2011 at 9:19 pm #

    To those with questions: The article above states that you may enter up to 3 designs and that although text-designs can be amazing they would prefer them to be illustration-based.

  20. Cassie 05/05/2011 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m only seeing four designs, and the page doesn’t seem to be loading completely. Is it working properly?

    Can you enter more than one design?

  21. Cassie 05/05/2011 at 10:52 pm #

    From Badge Bomb’s page: “Please limit to 3 per entries per person.”
    Also guys, the page is pretty buggy using Firefox 4.0, only the first four entries show up. That’s a bummer for all but the top four, don’t you think?

  22. Laura 05/05/2011 at 11:07 pm #

    I am never good at these voting competitions 🙂 but I think my design is “Cute as a Button” for show! Check it out and please vote for the little monsters 🙂 everyone needs a friend no matter who you are!!

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