This isn’t about those shiny Web 2.0 badges spotted abundantly around the web these days. Rather these are real-world badges that gadget freaks and people with that individualistic trait would love to show-off on their apparel. These custom buttons and badges are brought to you by Fat Statement AB – a Swedish company specialising in print media.
The badges come in two different sizes – 25 and 45 mm (1 and 1 3/4″) and are made from stainless steel with a protective plastic mylar that covers the picture. Talking about the picture brings us to the coolest part of this service – a fully interactive flash-based designer with which you can create and submit your design in a jiffy. Ordering your own button involves 4 steps. Design, Choose Size & Quantity and Add to Cart. As simple as that. Note that you’ll require Flash Player 9 installed on your computer to be able to work with the designer. Also, for some weird reason the designer didn’t quite finish loading a couple of times. The buttons are printed at 300dpi resolution on high-quality matte photo paper using high-end inkjet printers – so you won’t be wrong in expecting sharp colours and print.
Another cool thing I liked about the service is that it employs an IP-based geo-location service that (on most occasions) correctly identifies your region and immediately tells you the shipping costs. The price for a custom button (of either size) is quite decent – USD 1.5. Shipping is worldwide and as I mentioned earlier comes as an extra that depends on your geographic location.
As for warranty, they do make some sincere promises on their site regarding the replacement of defective shipments. Orders upto 1 kg in weight (approx. 150 medium sized or 450 small badges) are handled with ease.