Friends of the Chicago River 40th Anniversary Film
Design, Animation, Audio
Designed while at Thirst
This short commemorative video trailer celebrates 40 years of accomplishments by Friends of the Chicago River. Friends, founded in 1979, is one of the city’s longest-running organizations working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Inspired by design legend John Massey's Chicago Has A Great Lake poster, the video design brings Massey modernism to the River, with simple geometric shapes representing people, plants, and swimming fish. The original soundtrack is a literal representation of Friends, beginning with one solo marimba player and adding performers one-by-one as the piece flows forward.