Melody’s Starbucks Card idea: The Dale Chihuly Starbucks Card. (Giveaway)
A few weeks ago, I visited the new Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Seattle Center. Dale Chihuly is world-famous as a glass artist, and the exhibit at the Seattle Center is phenomenal. If you get a chance to see it, you should go! I had my phone with me, and as we walked through the exhibit, I took a few photos. Trust me, these don’t do this exhibit justice. It’s way better in real life. The colors are phenomenal, and the shapes are intriguing and inspiring.
^ The above photo is a ceiling within the Seattle Center’s Dale Chihuly exhibit. I’ll be honest. I looked at that, and I saw the possibility of great creativity in a Starbucks card design. Originally, I’d thought of a mug, but I think a card is a much better idea because of the translucency of a Starbucks card.
By the way, there is glass work in the gardens outside the exhibit too:
So, I propose that Starbucks partner with Dale Chihuly and create something really amazing and collectible. Starbucks certainly can do this. As you may recall, in 2009, Starbucks partnered with Christian Siriano to create a “designer mini card.” If they can partner with a fashion designer to create a card, then they can certainly partner with a glass artist. And, I think it is especially nice that both Dale Chihuly and Starbucks are products of the Pacific Northwest.
Of course, there is the question whether Dale Chihuly might like this idea? I tweeted about it, and @ChihulyStudio replied:
Of course, that does not mean that Dale Chihuly himself is interested in this idea. The @ChihulyStudio profile appears to be an employee of the Chihuly Studio who tweets on behalf of Dale Chihuly and his studio. It’s a good start for a reply though!
As an aside, you may be wondering why I am not posting this idea on MyStarbucksIdea.com. 1) There is no way to put pictures into idea threads at MyStarbucksIdea.com and this idea really needs images. A picture is worth a thousand words. 2) I have my own blog, so of course I will use this resource; 3) I am not totally convinced that the voting at MyStabucksIdea.com is all that meaningful. It sometimes happens that good ideas get down votes, and vice versa, for whatever reason; 4) the format of MyStarbucksIdea.com doesn’t allow for longer ideas with embedded links and a lot of formatting. I want to be able to have links!
There you have it. Now if only we can make a cool Dale Chihuly Starbucks card happen. 🙂
Please vote up the Dale Chihuly MyStarbucksIdea.com idea! Thanks!
$30 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway:
A little over one month ago, I did a giveaway of a $30 Starbucks card in an article about a Tazo tea poster. That giveaway looked like it was pretty popular, and it was easy to manage. So this giveaway is structured nearly identical that one:
You must leave a comment in the blog to enter – Your comment should include your idea for the Starbucks card, whatever that may be. It doesn’t matter if you want new designs, new functionality, or something else. It does have to be a serious suggestion though.
One entry per person.
Your entry must be posted in these comments before 9:00 p.m. (PST), July 15, 2012.
I will count the first 70 eligible entries. No entries after that are counted.
Your name cannot be entirely key words, spam, or you cannot simply have the user name “Starbucks.” (In other words, “Buy cheap meds here” is not a valid user name, and nor is simply “Starbucks” without more.)
I would ask that you share this blog and/or article via Facebook or Twitter, though that is not required.
Do not assume that just because you see 70 comments, the giveaway is closed. I will count the first 70 valid entries. I’ve learned from experience that many comments will simply be discussion and not entries.
All entrants must be over 18 years of age.
The winner must have a valid address in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, or the U.K.
There will be only one grand prize winner of the $30 gift card.
Good luck! I look forward to hearing your Starbucks card ideas!
That is so true Denise. I think part of the reason that I like doing this is that people do come out of the woodwork, and I genuinely interested in their thoughts. By my analytics, emails, and twitter conversations, I am sure that I have a solid small base of daily readers, but people just won’t come post in the comments. Actually, twitter can be frustrating because I’ll have twitter conversations where I think, “Hey, that topic is well discussed on my blog, and honestly, I can’t say what I need to say in 140 characters so I wish you’d comment on the blog,” but some people get annoyed if you ask them to make a blog comment on twitter.
I always hope that a few people will find that this is an interesting place, and stay and join the conversations again. There are great conversations in the comments! And of course, I think my articles are totally interesting and informative, though obviously, I love my own blog!
Melody to your last comment so well said and yes Denise R agree with you. If there is any comment on twitter, I can make to advance Chihuly moving forward with exploring a SB card that would be my pleasure. I also like Dad Cooks idea of the Siren over the years!
I think they should have cards that feature drinks that they serve. Ex. Card with a picture of a carmel frap.
Sara at Saving For Someday
I didn’t just materialize for the giveaway, I promise. I had to comment because the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix had a Chihuly exhibit awhile back and it was spectacular. We still have quite a few of the pieces installed now as permanent exhibits and they’re beautiful all year ’round.
But on topic of your comment request: I’d have to agree that a Chihuly card would be lovely, and, yes, would need to be very colorful. Didn’t Starbucks once do a Frank Lloyd Wright-esque card?
Personally, I’d like to see a series of cards with pictures drawn by kids or special needs adults as part of a “get and give” campaign. Kind of like those holiday cards you can get to support various hospitals or awareness-advocacy groups (i.e., humane society, child abuse, heart assn). I think it could go a long way to create a win/win for everyone. And it could be that for the first loading if you load $25 then $20 goes to the card and $5 to the philanthropy. But Starbucks would have to work out the back end logistics on that for tracking, but I’m sure they could figure it out quickly.
As a lapsed glass artist and current Canadian Starbucks partner I love the idea of the Dale Chihuly Starbucks card. His works are true masterpieces.
I like Sandra T’s idea and also DadCook’s siren idea……would be very cool.
@CD: just overall, (re: Halloween card), I’d love to see more ‘stuff’ back in the stores in general, as we used to see. (and have said before:)
I have been reading your blog for over a month, and I visited Seattle two weeks ago. During my trip, I made sure that I attended the coffee tasting at 1600 Olive Way store (I got to try three blends there), and I visited the Starbucks Gear Store. Thanks for your ongoing news on Starbucks.
My idea for the latest function of Starbucks Card is to actually have the QR code printed on the back. I noticed that the QR code that is generated by the Starbucks app is tied to the card number, so it doesn’t change at all. If the Starbucks Card has both the magnetic strip and the QR code, then it may be faster and more efficient to scan the QR code.
What do you think?
I would love to see special edition starbucks cards which featured the core bean imagery– like a really pretty depiction of the kenya elephant or sumatra tiger.
i LOVE the idea of a Chihuly card. not only am i barista, but i have been a lampworker/glassblower for over 10 years. Chihuly is an amazing inspiration, and very near and dear to my heart.
several years ago, starbucks had a “design a starbucks card” for partners. i entered (didn’t win) and loved the idea, so i’d like for them to bring that back to life. i love the destination series, and would love to see that expanded. chicago, nola, vegas, portland, just to name a few.
1. You’re helping me test my new tablet and keyboard.
2. I would love to see more 9Red) and conservation intl (and other charity) themed cards.
3. I really love wildly coloured designs, and though I think chihuly’s work is pretty neat, I think i’d also love to see other glass artists work showcased on something like this as well.
I’d love to see a Keith Haring Starbucks card. I think it would be great if you could design your own card along the lines of a Skin-it where you could upload your graphic and customize your card and have it sent to you. I have some great doodles and stick figures I’d like to see immortalized on my Starbucks card.
@Melody – I recently went on a 2 week trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and was excited to go to Starbucks and see some of the things from that I knew about from reading your blog! I had a trenta iced tea lemonade, which is both a size and a beverage that we don’t have in New Zealand, and also a mocha cookie crumble frappuccino, but I prefer the java chip. What I found interesting is that at every starbucks I went to, everyone had paper cups, no one had the ceramic ones, even when sitting in the cafe. At home in NZ, and in Australia, unless you’re actually taking your drink away, you get it in a for-here cup.
I hope that my comment was a valid entry, even though I live in New Zealand, my mum lives in Australia and so I can use her mailing address and pick up the card on my next visit – or let her use it for her much loved caramel macchiatos!
I would like a especial edition with different representative images from around the world where Starbucks has stores, really photos like for example Eiffel tower, etc.
I think a wonderful idea for a Starbucks card would be to use student artwork-in the way Google does. They always have such beautiful drawings-possibly it could be kids from programs that Starbucks does! What do you think? 🙂
I have to say I LOVE the idea that was posted a few comments above of a Starbucks card with the coffee art/ stamp images. Sumatra tiger, Kenya elephant…etc
They could make them colorful and gorgeous!
Voted yes on MSI!
Thank ALN for voting up, and thanks to everyone for many great comments. I included the link to the MyStarbucksIdea.com thread in the body of this article now. I know I still have to do the drawing. Will do that soon! Thanks all!
Melody I have virtually stopped reading MSI but for this I just went and voted it up. Hope it happens. Also, posted something on twitter.
Never again will I do a contest that ends on Sunday! It is impossible to squeeze doing a drawing during the work week!
Entrants were as follows:
3. Stephanie Schak
4. Ryan Hammers
6. Cheryl Forsley
7, Ivee Mendoza
8. Earl Dizon
9. Seaweed Hero
10. Sandra Trollinger
12. Amy in Boston
17. Steve @ Grocery Alerts
18 Troy Stewart
22. Bobbi Cacatian
24. Mary E
26. Sue Starbuckseditor
28. May C
32. Jessie C
37. Becky E.
39. Sara @Saving for someday
40. William Law
46. Michelle H.
48. Liz B
That’s it. I will announce a winner later today. Lots of familiar faces in there. I hope people will come back and comment on some of the articles. It really is true comments represent only about 1% of site visitors! Everyone lurks! 🙂 I know you’re out there – well, thank you for reading!
And the winner is 35. Curt!! Curt please email me! Melody @ stsrbucksmelody dot com
I know that this comment is awfully late, but I couldn’t figure a way to upload my photo suggestion for a Chihuly Starbucks card… which by the way I would totally get, even though I have had my current tropical themed card FOREVER!!! I was able to add the photo to my current post over on my blog if you want to check it out. http://beautea97.blogspot.com/2012/08/seattle.html, it’s the one of the needle’s reflection in the orb.
@Leslee – I went to your blog – LOVE the pic of the blow glass & the space needle in the background. Fantastic. That would make a great Starbucks card image!
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