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Happenings: Awards

Bud Rodecker receives Prometheans Award

Congratulations to Bud Rodecker for being recognized by his alma mater for his achievements in design. Each year the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth honors accomplished alumni and friends with the Society of Prometheans award.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humankind to promote innovation and creativity. The Society of Prometheans award honors alumni and friends who have demonstrated the passion, commitment, and talent to achieve excellence in their art and profession, and benefactors who have enabled the School of Fine Arts to achieve new levels of excellence in programs

Thirst recognized by the STA 100

Thirst is proud to announce that six of our projects have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious STA 100. This year's competition was judged by Neville Brody, Martin Venezky and Denise Gonzales Crisp. The complete list of winners can be viewed on the STA 100 site. View our winning work below.

Eighth Blackbird

Exhibit Columbus


IN Light IN

Top Tech magazine illustration


Tokyo TDC, Vol. 26

Two of Thirst's projects have received recognized by the Tokyo Type Directors Club as "Excellent Work" and are included in this year's publication.

JITZMOB identity designed by Rick Valicenti

Multiple Perspectives designed by Taek Kim and Rick Valicenti

6th CA Typography Annual and 7th China International Poster Biennial

Thirst is excited to announce that a couple of our recent projects have been accepted in the 6th Communication Arts Typography Annual and the 7th China International Poster Biennial!

Our A → $ boxed set was selected for the CA Type Annual and will be included in the upcoming Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Communication Arts on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution.

A → $ boxed set produced by Classic Color for Smithfield Properties


Multiple Perspectives, a collaboration between Taek Kim and Rick Valicenti, was nominated to be included in the 7th China International Poster Biennial. Multiple Perspectives was originally designed through invitation to the 10th Korean Society of Typography Exhibition. It will be on display 15–19 October in Hangzhou, China. CIPB is regarded as one of the most prestigious exhibitions in the field of international design.


Poster by Taek Kim and Rick Valicenti

MAS Context Repetition in 50 Books / 50 Covers

We're happy to announce that MAS Context Repetition has been accepted into 50 Books / 50 Covers. View the guidelines document we designed for MAS Context and other issues we've designed here.

3st at AIGA Design Week and NeoCon: HH Collection for Holly Hunt


Custom luxury furniture designer Holly Hunt invited Rick Valicenti/3st to direct a keepsake-quality catalog to elevate the perception of her already luxe brand as well as introduce her most ambitious furniture and lighting collection since opening in 1987.

Join us June 11 at Open Secret Studios for an exclusive AIGA Design Week event. Designer Rick Valicenti and Milano-based photographer Tom Vack will pull back the curtain and share their collaborative designer/photographer history and creative synergy.

Known for a look that is consistently at the forefront of style and quality, HOLLY HUNT showrooms and collections have lead the industry in luxury home furnishings and textiles. This occasion carried with it a more ominous mission– this collection needed reignite her global leadership role in the luxe furnishings market by creating a buzz which would precede two new showroom openings in Sao Paulo and Paris.

Rick Valicenti and Holly Hunt have worked together on and off for over two decades, but this occasion began like no other. Holly offered one of her Holly-isms which served as design brief to some and a mantra to others – “the aliens have landed and they’re pretty.”

The design approach was simple: marry sublime imagery with a minimal amount of typography and beauty will ensue. Vack photographed the collection in collaboration with 3st programmers/sound artists, John Pobojewski and Cameron Brand. Art direction and staging by Valicenti and design by Valicenti and Robyn Paprocki.

Learn more in our project archive

For a review of the presentation during AIGA’s design week, visit the Dordt College Student Group blog.

Rick Valicenti wins National Design Award

Thirst is extremely proud to announce that Rick Valicenti has been awarded the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Communication Design. The National Design Award honors the best in American design that demonstrates the importance of design and its impact on the quality of daily life. While the award honors excellence and innovation over a body of work, the submitted portfolio represents Thirst’s present and future. “This is a shared honor, we all did this together.” – Rick V

A little history on the National Design Awards

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.

“Thank you to our family, clients, and friends with whom we share our life’s work.” – Rick V

Read more about the other award winners on the New York Times.

Thirst work selected for STA Archive10


We are proud to announce that last night, six pieces were selected  in the STA’s Archive10, a permanent collection of Chicago design. The accepted pieces are: Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and the 21st Century Thirst, IIT/College of Architecture 2009 Fall Lecture Series, Archeworks Works, Vol.1, OPUS, Smith Partners, Columbia College of Chicago Media Production Center.

It feels great when others recognize work you’re mighty proud of. Thank you STA for a great night.

Thirst Represented in Chicago Poster Biennial

The finalists for the 2010 poster biennial have been announced. We’re proud to announce that we have three posters accepted into this years show. See all the finalists on




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