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Thirst on Display 1 of 3… at the Walker


We are proud to announce that Thirst’s Intelligent Design is represented in the newest exhibit at the Walker Art CenterGraphic Design: Now in Production. This is the largest museum feature of graphic design since 1996. As the Walker puts it:

This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool.

The exhibition is on display until January 22.

Other designers exhibited include Daniel Eatock, Experimental Jetset, James Goggin, Lust, Project Projects, Stefan Sagmeister, and many more.

Intelligent Design credits
Concept: Rick Valicenti
Design: John Pobojewski and Rick Valicenti
Programming: Robb Irrgang and John Pobojewski
Illustration: Gina Garza
Production: Classic-Color, Inc.

17 years of number 17 at the TDC


Not too long ago we posted about something you might not see. Well now you have the chance to see Rick’s contribution along with everyone else’s. 17 years of number 17 will be on display Tusday May 17 at the Type Director’s Club in NY.

Other Contributors include:

Tuesday May 17
6–9 pm
Type Director’s Club
347 West 36th Street
Suite 603

Ode to Carl Success Party

Ode to Carl is now printed! Delicious Design league did an incredible job printing them, they look fantastic. To celebrate we hosted a small get together at the 3st office. Music was played, drinks were drunk, large quantities of chips were consumed, and posters were picked up.

Posters begin shipping this week; I’ll be mailing them out as fast as I can roll them. Thank you again to all 83 of you who supported my project, and to those of you who helped me spread the word.




Rick will be presenting at Gravity Free 2011


Gravity Free 2011, The Great Multidisciplinary Design Conference: Coming up this May, Rick Valicenti will be presenting at the 2011 Gravity Free conference in San Francisco. He’ll be sharing the stage with 21 other seriously talented folks.

Shazam! Right in front of our eyes, designers became the Merlins of the 21st century… fearless wizards turn Mad Men titles into Emmy-winning motion graphics… True Grit into a showcase for Oscar-nominated production design…ordinary eyeglasses into fashion eyewear Elton John can’t resist… even John Lennon personal moments into iconic “I Love New York” images. And that’s just the beginning.
This year twenty two of the world’s most remarkable designers—from as many different design disciplines—invite you to join them backstage for an close up look at the “Wonders of Magical Thinkers”


May 24–26, 2011
San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


C2F meets 3st



Cybu Richli of C2f is currently in Chicago on a residency from Lucerne through March 2011 serving as both design ambassador and design observer.

He’s been sent here by his government to meet and engage with the Chicago design community. Last friday he and his collaborator Fabienne led Thirst in a day of play and experimentation.

Bud: “What do you think we should do today?”
Cybu: “Today, I would like to explode something.”
Bud: “OH! well, I don’t think we have any fireworks.
Commences grabbing anything Bud can find in the office.

The rest of the day was spent working on various projects. Cybu made Helvetica out of thick rubber bands. Fabienne made a typeface out of a hair net. Tinne organized office materials. Rebekka made a bubble wrap person. Bud forced inflated rubber gloves into artificial relationships. And John Pobojewski explored some film abstractions of the oddest truths ever heard… 

C2F’s website describes their practice like this:

C2F is a young communication design company established by Cybu Richli and Fabienne Burri. Our focus is on visual communication for arts, architecture, business, design, education, cultural clients, sciences.

But to truly understand their work, you have to spend time with it. It’s all the right things, smart, clever, surprising, and complex. Do spend some time with it.

Bud Rodecker in Typeforce 2


This past Friday, Typeforce 2 opened at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Typeforce showcases great examples of lettering work by Chicago’s emerging professionals, including John Pobojewski / 3st in last year’s show.

This year Bud Rodecker / 3st was fortunate enough to be featured alongside some excellent Chicago talents. He displayed his series inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” called Ode to Carl. The exhibited work consisted of 2 screenprinted posters and three one of a kind pieces.

Running simultaneously with the show Bud has posted all five posters to Kickstarter — and just 3 days later, it is nearly half-way funded! Hopefully by the time the exhibition closes, There will be enough backers to produce a complete set of screenprinted posters. Go to to order your set.

Ode to Carl by Bud Rodecker on Kickstarter

If you didn’t make it to the opening, don’t worry, it will be on display until March 7.

featuring: Andy Luce, Bill Talsma, Bud Rodecker / 3st, Caroline Corboy, Chris May, Emily Vanhoff, Frances MacLeod, Gary Rozanc, Jarred Kolar, Jessica Lynn White, Justin Gilman, Kyle Fletcher, Margo Yoon, Mark Addison Smith, Matthew Hoffman, Meng Yang, Nancy McCabe, Nick Adam, Nicole Briant, Quite Strong, Scott Reinhard, Sean Fermoyle, Sonnenzimmer, Studio 1a.m., Tami Churns

Sponsored By
Firebelly Design,  Public Media Institute, Graphic Arts Studio

Curiosities at York College Now Open


As we prefaced a while back, our Curiosities – The 21st Century Thirst feature exhibition is now open at York College in Pennsylvania. Special thanks to gallery curator Matthew Clay-Robison, professor Melanie Rodgers, and all of the students for their tireless efforts putting up the show.

Please stop by before February 24, 2011.

Cora Miller Exhibit Hall
WOLF 201 B
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651

Announcing Curiosities (2-point-oh) at York College


Almost one year ago, Curiosities – The 21st Century Thirst opened at the Schmidt Center Gallery on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. On January 23 Curiosities 2.0 opens at York College of Pennsylvania.

The exhibition has been dramatically refashioned to include new work and to respond to the fabulous setting. Self-inspired art and design fills Brossman Gallery while Thirst client-initiated work hangs in the adjoining Cora Miller Gallery.

We love to share our art and design, so please stop by York College between January 21 and February 24, 2011. Your feedback is encouraged.

WOLF 201 B Cora Miller Exhibit Hall
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651

Thirst members are out there!


Next week on wednesday, November 3rd at 7pm, Rick Valicenti will be presenting at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. The following wednesday, November 10th at 8pm, Bud Rodecker and John Pobojewski take to the air waves on Design Chat. If you’re in Washington DC stop by and say hi to Rick at the Corcoran, and no matter where you are in the world, tune in to Design Chat on Nov 10th to say hey to some other 3sties.

A visit from CAFA


Right after our fall student tour day, we had the pleasure of being visited by students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. While on their grand American design tour—including stops in New York, San Francisco, Boston, and of course, Chicago—they chose Thirst and IIT as their Chicago must-see’s. View more of their trip on their blog.

Great Lakes Nation Opening / Fri 8 Oct 6-10pm


While you’re out tonight, be sure to stop by the Chicago Art Department (1837 S. Halsted St.) to check out the Great Lakes Nation opening. The opening is from 6–10pm, and is open through October 24 by appointment. Contact for viewing.

More about the show:

What if the 35 million people living in the Great Lakes Basin decided
to secede from North America due to a lack of sustainable priorities?
Motivated by the impending freshwater crises, artists will examine the
issues of living in Chicago by the largest freshwater system in the

Other Featured Artists from Moving Design’s Call to Action workshop:
Nick Adam
Todd Childers
Matthew Hoffman
Lisa Korpan
Bill Lenehan
Stacy Peterson
Scott Reinhard
Bud Rodecker
Matt Wizinsky

Opening Night: Friday, October 8, 2010, 6-10pm
Open through October 24 by appointment.
Please contact for viewing.

Turning Japanese… PechaKucha!

I have been invited to be a PechaKucha Night presenter at Chicago Volume 15, September 7th (TONIGHT) at Martyrs’, the official home of PechaKucha Chicago. Admittedly, lacing my 20×20 (20 slides, 20 seconds each image) with a blend of surprise and personal/professional commentary has been more fun than I anticipated.

From what I can tell, PK Chicago has a global reputation for an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, designers (interiors, graphic, fashion), architects, filmmakers, photographers, writers, mountaineers, et. al., coming together to make their patented PechaKucha presentation to a knowing audience.

A good time should be had by all as Martyrs’ gets packed to the gills on a PK Night… or at least that is what i am told having never been there before. Please stop by or check out the to get a sense of PechaKucha – it’s now in 330 cities.

See you soon.

Rick Speaks at TEDxMillCity

Rick Valicenti recently spoke about his passion for real human presence in design at TEDxMillCity.
He traced the thread of human presence through recent and classic work from 3st as well as recent work from Moving Design.

Here are links to the projects he discusses:
Fluxus Vivus
Circa 2525
Vancouver Lecture Series Poster
Miami Lecture Series Poster
AIGA/Unisource Poster
Toronto Lecture Series Poster
Juice Ad
Notes To Self
Arik Levy Video
HMI Neocon
Hoboken Memorial
Third Coast Audio Festival
Works 1
Call to Action
One Drop

Rick presenting at TEDxMillCity


Rick will present Thirst and Moving Design’s latest work and thinking on design at the TEDx in Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 16.

The theme of TEDxMillCity
How today’s business leaders can use creative methods to gain insight and inspire change. Attending this invitation-only event at the Guthrie Theatre will be many of Minnesota’s business leaders, thinkers, strategists, and marketeers.

Other presenters include Captain Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret) and Philip Enquist, FAIA of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Learn more about TEDxMillCity and its presenters at

Call to Action Workshop


Moving Design’s Call to Action: A Design Intervention on Water is now underway! Participants were welcomed with a Chicago must “see and do” – a cruise of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Martin Felsen, Director of Archeworks was onboard to share facts and figures about the city’s water system and its (ab)use of Lake Michigan. On June 3, participants attended the Infrastructures for Change Conference which focused on the design and planning of the next 100 years of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the built urban environment within the Great Lakes Basin.

Tuesday, June 15th the Call to Action Speaker Series begins. Four guest speakers will share their experiences. The evening with be filled with information and inspiration as we experience the beginnings of our collective energy.

June 15, 2010 Guest Speakers:
Martin Felsen / Director Archeworks
Phil Enquist / Head of Urban Planning, SOM
Sarah Herda / Director Graham Foundation
John Bielenberg / Founder, Project M (virtual)

We will broadcast the Call to Action Speaker Series live online.
To watch visit the event on Vokle at 6:10 pm (CST) tomorrow evening!

Mark you calendars for Moving Design’s Call to Action Speaker Series
Monday, July 5
Monday, July 12
Monday, July 19
Monday, July 26
Monday, Aug 2

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