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John Pobojewski

John Pobojewski is a partner at Thirst focusing on intermedia and the blending of brand, interactive, sound, motion, and environments.

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, Reviews, and Workshops

HalfRez 7 Conference, Chicago, 2018
School of Art Institute of Chicago, 2017 + 2016
MAS CONTEXT: ANALOG Conference, 2017 + 2012
Iowa State University, 2017
College for Creative Studies, 2016 + 2009
SEGD Experience Chicago, 2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
SALT Istanbul, 2012
Columbia College Chicago, 2012
Processing Conference, Chicago, 2011
TEDxBGSU, 2011
SEEK Conference, 2011 + 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
Judson University, 2011
Florida Atlantic University, 2010
Northern Illinois University, 2009


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


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


Newcity Design50 2018, 2018
New Currents in Chicago Design, 2016

Selected Work

150 Media Stream: We The People

Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW Series 2017

The 36th Annual Interiors Awards


Writers Theatre

Eighth Blackbird



SAIC Lecture Poster Fall 2016

Terminal 5 Murals

GOGO 7600 Identity and Campaign



Tongzhou New Town Video

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