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Steger woman’s poster tops in film fest contest

Jori Cicale with her winning design for Chicago Latino Film Festival. Cicale resident Steger is senior graphic design major Dominican

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

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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.

Staff reports



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