Jori Cicale with her winning design for the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Cicale, a resident of Steger, is a senior graphic design major at Dominican University. Her design will appear on more than 500,000 programs, posters, bus ads, t-shirts & other coll
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:05AM
Steger resident Jori Cicale bested about 150 competitors to win the Chicago Latino Film Festival’s poster contest.
Cicale, unlike many of the other 150 or so entrants, is not a professional graphic designer. Not yet, anyway.
She is a senior graphic design major at Dominican University in River Forest.
Cicale’s design will appear on more than 500,000 programs, posters, bus ads, T-shirts and other items around the city.
The design originated as a Mexican sugar skull, or calavera, traditionally used to decorate an altar during the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday.
After coming at it with a fresh perspective, Cicale said she transformed it into the brightly colored, eye-catching standalone image that was selected.
“My first design was a sugar skull, and if you see the design where I ended up, it’s completely different. You wouldn’t even think they were related. But I started putting pieces of color onto the skull and created a whirlwind of color within it,” she said.