The image of a Fil-Am toddler holding on to a green balloon is imprinted on a limited edition double walled ceramic mug released by Seattle-based coffee company Starbucks for the holidays.
Starbucks news describes the design of the “Boy with a Green Balloon” Mug as the likeness of an adventure-ready energetic Flynn being lifted off the ground by an oversized green balloon, as designed by his mother for the Dot Collection. The mother, Starbucks visual communication designer Esther Asuncion, submitted the likeness of her 3-year-old son Flynn with his arm holding the balloon string and wearing a striped scarf around his neck.
The Filipina-American visual artist was raised in Guam and moved to the U.S. mainland to study fine art and studio art. Asuncion worked her way up from being a local store barista enjoying the creation of chalkboard art in the stores. Six years after her employment in the coffee chain she now helps the company’s marketing and merchandise groups present how employees should display their coffee and seasonal products in U.S. and Canada stores.
Asuncion was asked to submit sketches within one day for one of the Starbucks Dot Collection design concepts – a boy or girl with a balloon. The illustration of her boy was approved with no changes. Asuncion says, “There’s a tiny piece of my heart, outside my body, in customers’ hands.”
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