Ali Ucci Design

About Ali

 

I'll spare you the typical photo of my minimalist desk with MacBook Pro, sketchbook, favorite writing instruments, and cup of coffee. Instead, here’s an artistic self-portrait of me out exploring our wonderful world.

 

YES, THAT'S ME YOU SEE IN THE LOWER LEFT!

YES, THAT'S ME YOU SEE IN THE LOWER LEFT!


I work full time as a Graphic Designer Manager and lead graphic designer at SMMA, a fully integrated A/E firm, located in Cambridge, MA. There, I provide graphical strategy and design management for the firm, which includes refreshing and implementing their brand identity and graphic design and direction for client projects.

Before moving to the Boston area, I found myself working at an unexpected place: a children's museum in Norwalk, CT as an exhibit graphic designer. The opportunity came after the marketing director passed my resume along to the director of exhibits, claiming, "she's not going to want to work in marketing, her work is too nice!" What was a temporary job turned into an adventure of planning, brainstorming, and designing hands-on exhibits for kids under the age of 12 for four years.

As a designer I provide excellent visual problem-solving skills ranging from concept development to production including print and web design, branding and information design, and environmental design. 

I hold an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a BS in Printing, also from from RIT. In addition, I am an experienced user of American Sign Language. Other interests include snowboarding, dogs, letterpress prints, and collecting posters/artwork on all my travels.

Contact me at aliucci@gmail.com

Publications
MFA Thesis, 2008
American Sign Language: an influence on graphic design problem-solving

Awards
2011 Connecticut Art Directors Club Excellence Award: Kids at Heart Identity

2011 Connecticut Art Directors Club Silver, Judges Choice and Excellence Awards: Energy Lab Exhibit

2011 Connecticut Art Directors Club Silver Award: Tot Town Exhibit

2010 Advertising Club of Connecticut Silver Award: Healthyville Nutrition Kit

2010 Connecticut Art Directors Club Excellence Award: Built It! Exhibit

Semi-Finalist in the 2008 Adobe Achievement Awards

Experience
Associate / Graphic Design Manager
SMMA
Cambridge, MA

Exhibit Graphic Designer
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT