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John Pobojewski

John Pobojewski is a principal designer at Thirst, and an intermedia artist blending movement, print, sound, video, and generative art.

John was featured as one of five designers profiled by Communication Arts in their 2016 feature “New Currents in Chicago Design.” In 2007, he was named one of Print Magazine’s "New Visual Artists: 20 under 30." John has also received professional recognition from the Type Directors Club, the Society of Typographic Arts, the Chicago Design Archive, AIGA, and SEGD. His work has appeared in many design publications including Graphis, ID Magazine, and IDN Magazine.

John has presented at numerous conferences including SALT Istanbul, the SEGD Conference, the MAS CONTEXT Analog Conference, AIGA National Convention, Processing Conference Chicago, and TEDx. He also lectures at colleges and universities around the U.S.

As an intermedia artist, John has been part of several group exhibitions including Write Now: Artists and Letterforms and CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design at the Chicago Cultural Center, Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation project at Stanford University, as well as three annual TYPEFORCE exhibitions. His digital projections for Chicago Repertory Ballet’s production of Macbeth brought “a contemporary look” and were “especially potent” according the Chicago Tribune.

John is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.

Lectures

Iowa State University, 2017
College for Creative Studies, 2016
SEGD Experience Chicago, 2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
MAS ANALOG Conference, 2012
SALT Istanbul, 2012
Columbia College Chicago, 2012
Processing Conference, Chicago, 2011
TEDxBGSU, 2011
SEEK Conference, 2008 + 2011
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
Judson University, 2011
Florida Atlantic University, 2010
Northern Illinois University, 2009

Awards

Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant Recipient, 2009
New Visual Artists: 20 under 30, 2007

Exhibitions

CHGO DSGN WHEREVER at LVL3 Gallery, 2015
TYPEFORCE 6, 2015
TYPEFORCE 5, 2014
CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design, 2014
Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2012, 2012
TYPEFORCE 3, 2012
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, 2011
Graphic Design: Now in Production, 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
TYPEFORCE 1, 2010
Chicago International Poster Biennial 2010, 2009
Sound in Print, 2006
Design Life Now: National Design Triennial, 2005
A Tribute to Mr. Rogers, 2004

Publications

New Currents in Chicago Design, 2016

Selected Work

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