More than two decades after the creation of this iconic cup design, the woman behind the pattern is finally getting some credit.
Two weeks ago, a Reddit user posted a series of questions directed at the creator of the teal and purple “Jazz” design ubiquitous on cups and other paper goods in the 90s, hoping the internet could help track down the person behind the pattern. Last week, Thomas Gounley of the Springfield News-Leader managed to do just that, as clues posted on Reddit helped lead him to Gina Ekiss.
Gounley found that from 1987 to 2002, Ekiss had worked at the Springfield plant of the Sweetheart Cup Company, the distributor of the design. In 1989, the company held an internal contest to create a new stock image, and Ekiss entered the image that would become “Jazz.”
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