Printer's Ball emoticon juxtaposed with a die cut letterpress poster on a 2.25-inch button.

Busy Beaver Button Co. juxtaposed words provided by Poetry magazine with salvaged letterpress posters provided by the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts to make a limited edition of 500 letterpress 2.25-inch buttons for the Sixth Annual Printers Ball in Chicago.

The event, which this year takes as its theme “Print Loves Digital,” is an annual celebration of literary culture founded by Poetry magazine and other independent Chicago literary organizations.

What better way to express the theme for the free event than buttons?

Celebrate at the Sixth Annual Printers’ Ball located at at The Ludington Building on the Columbia College Chicago 1104 South Wabash Avenue on Friday, July 30, 2010 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. More info here.

Each one-of-a-kind button is available to the first 500 attendees of the Printer's Ball