Bud Rodecker is a principal designer 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 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award-winner 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.