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Bud Rodecker

Bud Rodecker is a partner at Thirst and an adjunct professor at DePaul University. His work explores the space between logical constraints and formal play, and balances form with meaning. He is interested in systems and processes with the potential to create design.

At Thirst, he collaborates with John Pobojewski and Rick Valicenti. Rodecker’s work has been displayed in the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Chicago Cultural Center, Typeforce, published in various publications including Graphis, Concept Magazine Indonesia, IdN Magazine, Slanted, archived in The Chicago Design Archive, and earned recognition from the STA 100, Design Observer 50 Books 50 Covers, and by Graphis with a platinum award.

Outside the studio, Rodecker explores the process of creativity through self-initiated experiments and teaching design at DePaul University. He has participated in numerous design-related lectures, workshops, and panels—sharing his unique perspective on design and the creative process.


Illinois State University, 2017
Cardinal Stritch University, 2014
Bradley University, 2014
AIGA West Michigan, 2014
Spark Conference, 2014
Oklahoma State University, 2014
SEEK Conference, 2013
Apple Store, Lincoln Park, Keynote Presentation, 2012
The School of the Art Institute, Keynote Presentation, 2012
UMD Student Show 2012, Keynote Presentation, 2012
The American Academy of Art, Keynote Presentation, 2012


Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, 2012–Present
Instructor at The Chicago Portfolio School, 2011–2012


The 7th China International Poster Biennial, 2015
CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design, 2014
As You Are: A Decade of You Are Beautiful, 2013
Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2012, 2012
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, 2011
Architecture & Design Film Festival, 2011
Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2011, 2010
Printervention, 2010
Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2010, 2010


Newcity Design50 2018, 2018

Selected Work

Triangle Square

Columbus Community Brand Installations

Columbus Community Branding

Spoke Apartments Branding

Duet Apartments Graphic Identity

Group Therapy Program

Pizzeria Bebu Graphic Identity and Signage

SoNu Branding

Temporis Graphic Identity

Commonwealth Plaza Graphic Identity

3Eleven Branding and Environmental Graphics

Take It to the Bridge Book

Eight O Five Branding

Idol Structures Exhibition Catalog for the DePaul Art Museum

The Institute of Memory (TIMe)

Holoscenes Poster and Program

MAS Context Redesign

MAS Context 23 Ordinary

MAS Context 21 Repetition

Confederate Motorcycles Identity Proposal

400 W Huron Identity and Showroom

Domus Branding

The Black Ensemble Theater Identity and Signage

SOM City Design Practice Book

IIDA Perspective Magazine

Drew University Undergraduate Branding/Collateral

Contract Magazine Redesign

IIT Poster: Fall 2009

Culture Coast Network

Arik Levy Book

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