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Group Therapy at CAP UCLA

Congratulations to Poor Dog Group (PDG), for premiering Group Therapy at CAP UCLA! Group Therapy draws on 16 hours of recordings from the group’s therapy with a licensed professional to probe the inner workings of long-term collaboration. 

We were proud to work with PDG in designing the performance program and poster. View our work here.


Learn more about Group Therapy on Poor Dog Group's website. 

Buy tickets to the performance through CAP UCLA.

Thirst 1993, 2010

Thirst has three works on view at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the inaugural exhibition of the new modern and contemporary architecture and design galleries titled Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute.

Gather Give Grow is a film highlighting Archeworks' Mobile Food Collective (MFC) program which premiered at the U.S. Pavilion of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

Also on display is a front and back cover press sheet for Emigre, Issue No. 26, All Fired Up designed by Rick Valicenti in 1993, as well as his Fluxus Vivus poster for the Arts Club of Chicago from the same year.

The exhibition is up through January 21, 2018.


Stills from Gather Give Grow, 2010

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Lecture: John Pobojewski at Iowa State University

What are you doing tonight?

If you're near Iowa State, get over to Sukup Hall for John Pobojewski's lecture titled "What Am I Doing? Defining the Future of Design" at 7 p. His talk is free and open to the public.

609 Bissell Rd
Ames, Iowa
7 p

Paula visits (maybe) THIS TIME

On both Saturday the 19th and 26th I will be in the Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University at 1131 W Sheridan between 12:00 and 5:00… I would love to see you there! – Rick Valicenti

(maybe) THIS TIME
13 October – 26 November 2016
Ralph Arnold Gallery
1131 W Sheridan Rd

Paula Scher visited the exhibition hours before receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the STA.

(maybe) THIS TIME Artist Talk

Saturday, October 22, Rick Valicenti will be giving an artist talk in celebration of his exhibition, (maybe) THIS TIME, in the Regis Multipurpose Room of Loyola University. Valicenti will answer questions about his work, and a reception will follow in the Ralph Arnold Gallery.

Saturday 22 October
2–4 p

Loyola University Chicago
Regis Multipurpose Room
6340 N Winthrop Ave

Free and open to the public.

Save these Dates!

Artistry Engraving & Embossing invites you to a live-action open house of letterpress, foil stamping, and engraving. Watch new CHGO DSGN on press. 23–25 of September. Designers, clients, and inquirers are welcome!

A limited edition keepsake set of the seven prints will be available to guests on a first come, first served sign-up basis. Guests are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the weekend anytime between 6:30a and 7:00p. 

Announcing MACBETH: Design and Dance

As light creeps from within dark woods, Thirst is bringing design to the stage with an epic collaboration with the Chicago Repertory Ballet. Director Wade Schaaf's new production of MACBETH — the tragic Shakespearean tale of ambition, lust, and murder — features over an hour of interactive moving sets and motion graphics all designed by Thirst's John Pobojewski and Kyle Green. 

Buy tickets now! Opens this Friday!

March 4–5 and March 11–12
7:30 pm
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N Dearborn St

Concept and Original Choreography: Wade Schaaf
Projection Design and Animation: Thirst
Music: Selections by Wojciech Kilar

Thirst takes Typeforce, a preview

The whole Thirst team was on hand this week to install at Typeforce 7. We’re excited to share our work, so here’s a preview from install day.

This year’s exhibition will feature a collaboration between Anna Mort & Rick Valicenti, Rick Valicenti & Tanner Bowman, Bud Rodecker, and Taek Kim.

Typeforce opens tomorrow at 6pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. We’ll see you there.

Replication by Taek Kim

Name Dropping by Tanner Bowman and Rick Valicenti

The X Type Files by Bud Rodecker

Wasted — Not by Anna Mort and Rick Valicenti

Thirst sails to Cuba

In a historic race, our long-time client and friend, Bill Smith, is racing from Key West to Havana in the Conch Republic Cup. Smith’s sailboat, Wooton, is decked with a Bud Rodecker of Thirst designed logo and custom designed spinnaker.

Calling All Citizens

On Sunday, 1 November 2015 Rick Valicenti will be speaking followed by a conversation with Sarah Herda as part of the Chicago Humanties Festival. Rick will be sharing insight and reflecting on design as a mirror of our civic consciousness.

For more information and tickets, go to

Celebrating Design

As a member of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award jury, Rick Valicenti will be attending the Awards Gala on October 15 in New York to celebrate this year's winners. 

The Awards were conceived in 1997 by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor achievement in American design, and Rick Valicenti was the 2011 recipient of the Communication Design Award.

2015 Jurors
Lindsey Adelman
Waris Ahluwalia
Amale Andraos
Maurice D. Cox
Doreen Lorenzo
Todd Oldham
Casey Reas
Margie Ruddick
Rick Valicenti

2015 Honorees
Lifetime Achievement: Michael Graves
Director’s Award: Jack Lenor Larsen
Design Mind: Rosanne Haggerty
Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Heath Ceramics
Architecture: MOS Architects
Communication: Project Projects
Fashion: threeASFOUR
Interaction: John Underkoffler
Interior: Commune
Landscape: Coen + Partners
Product: Stephen Burks

Permission to Fail

Opening on October 19 and continuing through January 26 at the School of Design Gallery at Mount Ida College, a selection of Rick Valicenti's ABRACADABRA sketches will be on display as part of an exhibition called Permission to Fail: Sketchbooks of Graphic Designers, Illustrators, and Photographers organized by co-curators Jim Fitts and Alison Poor-Donahue.

Other participating artists include: Gary Baseman, Donovan Beery, Pep Carrió, John Cuneo, Chaz Maviyane Davies, Marc English, Ed Fella, Jim Fitts, Nathan Fox, Milton Glaser, Rodney Greenblat, Brad Holland, Eric Hunn, Mirko Ilić, Jeff Johnson, Lou Jones, John Langdon, Ross MacDonald, Jeffrey Marshall, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Bill Mayer, John McHugh, Debbie Millman, Shogo Ota, Alison Poor-Donahue, Jeff Scher, Ross Storey, Scott Thomas, and Cary Wolinski.

Opening Reception:
Tuesday 20 October
6:30 – 8:30 p

RV Displays New Works at The Nest

Rick Valicenti's image work will be on display at The Nest in Michigan City, Indiana.

2 October
6:00-8:30 p

Thirst leads local Moving Design Initiative

264,430 Chicagoans were impacted by eviction or foreclosure between 2008–2012. That is almost twice the entire population of Evanston!

In collaboration with Leslie Thomas of Art Works Projects, photojournalist Jon Lowenstein, and documentary filmmaker Maren Wickwire, Anna Mort and Alan Davis of Thirst led a talented team of Moving Designers to create a powerful pop-up exhibition curated by Roberta Feldman currently on display at the 625 Studio Gallery.

The National Public Housing Museum believes the housing crisis is not over and the horrific statistics and true stories need greater amplification, sustained regulations, and responsible legislation. Design stepped up and did all it could to advance this social agenda and at the same time bring real human presence into the presentation of words, data, and portraiture.

Very generous Moving Designers:
Jenna Blazevich
Andrew Fortnum
Chris Givens
Ellissa Jane MacArthur
Erin Maresko

Photos by Erin Maresko, David Lai, and Thirst











Design Young’uns

Rick Valicenti is heading south for the weekend for CHGO DSGN GONE TX, presented by Creative Summit #28. In addition to introducing the work of over 200 Chicago designers to over 500 design students, Rick will be joined by five Chicago designers as guest speakers on March 27–28 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Duncan Jackson (Billings Jackson Design)
Renata Graw (Plural)
Angie West (West Supply Co.)
Jennifer Mahanay (Wright)
Matthew Hoffman (Hey, It's Matthew)

Creative Summit is a renown student competition and conference organized by Chris Hill. Since 1987, Creative Summit has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships during the conference to attending juried students.

Poster by Magdalena Wistuba and Rick Valicenti

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