We are pleased to announce Satoru Nihei as our 2018 Artist in Residence.
Through the 3st Artist in Residence (AiR) program, we create four quarterly projects in collaboration with an emerging Chicago artist/designer. We place great value in the works of the artists in our community who delight our imaginations and open our minds. During the year we indulge ourselves with the creative stretch that these collaborations bring to our studio.
Thirst's Bud Rodecker, Rick Valicenti, and John Pobojewski(L to R) are honored to be part of Newcity’s Design50 — Chicago's annual survey of design leaders who shape our city. We are thrilled to share this year's list with all fifty luminaries, especially our collaborators Jeanne Gang, Iker Gil, Matthew Hoffman, Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth, John Ronan, Alberto Vélez, and Tanner Woodford.
John Pobojewski recently presented at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG this past fall. His presentation, entitled Design of Music, was the first focused on his work in sound, as well as a brief, somewhat silly primer on the role of design used within music composition. Check it out here.
MAS CONTEXT: ANALOG is the annual conference of MAS Context, a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio and Iker Gil that addresses issues that affect the urban context. Each issue delivers a comprehensive view of a single topic through the active participation of people from different fields and different perspectives who, together, instigate the debate.
This Fall our studio produced two short films for SOM’s City Design Practice. Created by John Pobojewski and Kyle Green, the work showcases our passion for shaping stories of innovation through design in motion.
A Vision of AMIE
The first film highlights a prototype for the future of cities: a 3D-printed house and a 3D-printed car that share energy both on and off the grid. This entirely new way of thinking was designed by SOM in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and over 30 industry partners. View Project
“[The film] feels like Charles Eames for the 21st Century…” Philip Enquist, Partner-in-charge, SOM City Design Practice
City Design Practice
The second film outlines SOM’s principled approach to urban design. The film premiered at the Global Cities Forum in Chicago among an extremely influential audience of mayors, governors, and other civic leaders. View Project
Taek Kim, designer at Thirst and MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute, is featured in the recent issue of ETHEREAL, a collection of art and design interviews published by Columbia College, Chicago.
In his interview Taek reminds us that "attitude is everything" and is featured along with Matthew Hoffman, Indo, Gallerie F, and other exceptional local talents.
Rick Valicenti/Thirst has been featured in Newcity as one of the Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2015. This issue recognizes our city's curators of design, praising the importance of bringing together a scene where "unlike the coasts, design can still feel marginal... the people featured in these pages keep the creative industry humming. Let us raise our voices in a paean to these otherwise unsung heroes." Valicenti's curation of the 2014 CHGO DSGN exhibition at the Cultural Center is highlighted.
Many notable design luminaries were featured including Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima, Tanner Woodford, Blair Kamin, Christopher Jobson, Iker Gil, Jonathan Solomon, and others.
Thirst recently completed a bespoke presentation for Chicago Lakeside's bid for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Chicago Lakeside is located on the city's far south side on the site of the former U. S. Steel South Works Steel Mill, where most of the steel was forged for the Willis Tower and the Hancock Building.
In the 1980s, President Barack Obama began his career as a community organizer in the same neighborhood, helping residents get back on their feet after Southworks closed in the late 70s. Entitled 'Full Circle,' the bid asks the President to return to this neighborhood, place his library here, and transform this still-struggling community.
Custom packaging and a nearly 200-page book were created with a presidential spirit of importance, and an emphasis on legacy.
To mark the opening of EXPO CHIC, Rick Valicenti's visualization celebrating the courageous act of speaking truth to power is on public display at the Metra entry at Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue.
We are grateful to Nathan Mason, curator of public art for Chicago's DCASE, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, for this very public opportunity,
Here we will be posting sketches, concepts, ideas, short essays, and studies, all based on our personal interests. Curio is evidence of our curiosities ripe for potential, often entertaining, and occassionally insightful.
We are thrilled to announce the opening of CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design. Curated by Rick Valicenti. This exhibition celebrates the work of more than 100 of the city’s leading designers, and will run May 31– November 2 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Chicago has long been regarded as an international center for design, and this retrospective celebrates the region’s creative and innovative spirit. Join us for a public reception in Exhibit Hall on Friday evening, May 30, from 6–10pm.
Follow CHGO DSGN on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the opening reception, featured works, and ancillary events.
Valicenti comments on the show: “Chicago design is alive once again and on display for the world to see. Almost a century ago, Chicago designers were at the epicenter of print. A few years later, Chicago was home to the New Bauhaus, and in the 70s our designers championed international modernism. Today’s designers are reverberating with inspiration from storied times as they amplify Chicago design’s future.”
Surprise, invention, and risk run through the 200+ works on display. A broad range of endeavors are featured from functional objects to theoretical proposals. Highlights include the DIVVY bike naming and graphic identity program by IDEO and Firebelly, the world’s thinnest watch from Central Standard Timing, an exhibition catalog for the Art Institute of Chicago by Studio Blue, some of the best Kickstarter-funded initiatives such as TIKTOK by MNML design director Scott Wilson, an open-source international library of icons called The Noun Project, and product designer Steven Haulenbeek’s collection of bronze bowls cast in the ice during this winter’s frigid polar vortex.
Above: CST-01 Wristwatch by Central Standard Timing, Ice Cast Vessels for Collection WEST by Steven Haulenbeek
CHGO DSGN features work from Chicago’s established design studios: Crosby Associates, Morningstar, VSA Partners, Wright, the University of Chicago Press, the Department of Design at Leo Burnett, Threadless, and furniture-design legend Holly Hunt.
Above: An elevation from the exhibition featuring work by Plural, Jonathan Nesci, Cody Hudson, and Tim Parsons.
The next generation of Chicago designers are featured as well, including the delicate utensil designs by Martin Kastner for Alinea, publications designed by James Goggin, an experimental book by Plural, a sonically-activated animation by John Pobojewski of Thirst, the radical designs by Materious, audio-generated posters for the Poetry Foundation by Sonnenzimmer, public works by the designers from the Museum of Contemporary Art, and a conceptual study for typography made with water by Matt Wizinsky.
Above: Leather Chair by Jay Sae Jung Oh, O'Hare Terminal 5 Entry Wall Mural by Thirst
A selection of works will have their Chicago debut, including a limited edition bronze chair by furniture designer Jonathan Nesci, a bookshelf by Felicia Ferrone, a sculptural leather chair by Jay Sae Jung Oh, a film using an experimental microscopic camera by Leviathan, and an incense-burning skull by Cody Hudson.
Photographer Sandro Miller created a breathtaking 80-foot long portrait of the participating designers to celebrate CHGO DSGN. He states:
"… [The portrait] is an homage to Richard Avedon's famous portrait of the Chicago Seven... which included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden. Each made their radical presence felt and revolutionary voices heard just outside the Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue in 1968."
CHGO DSGN will also feature custom displays designed by Tim Parsons, Associate Professor of Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute.
Exhibition resources made possible by: Smithfield Properties Best Imaging
Additional resources provided by: Casati Gallery Cenveo Classic Color FLOR Graphic Arts Studio Holly Hunt Lamin-8 Leo Burnett Maya Romanoff Morningstar TenFab Design Wright
Refreshments provided by: Goose Island Beer Company SkinnyPop
3st is proud to participate in TYPEFORCE, an exhibition at the Co-Prosperity Sphere located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. This exhibition of typographic designers and artists will include the works of 3st's Rick Valicenti and John Pobojewski, and former 3st intern Magdalena Wistuba.
The show opens this Friday at 6:30p. Please come by!
Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608
Leave Behinds — Calligraphic Compost
Rick Valicenti is presenting Leave Behinds — Calligraphic Compost, a series of cultured marble sculptures.
Valicenti describes the work as:
Scribed as calligraphic compost, these relational markers are hardened residue. Much the same way graphic design despoils our urban landscape, these sculptures are purposely placed yet ultimately abandoned. Keep only the good memories and leave the bad behind.
John Pobojewski and Magdalena Wistuba are presenting their collaboration Dig Deep, an ambient interactive interface for three touch tablets.
Each touch tablet displays a field of textures inspired by the role of authority, networks, and resolution in digital communication. Once touched, a field reacts to touch speed and direction, swarming into a typographic statement.
Our tactile sense is connected to how we feel — it is as important as the voice, eyes, and ears. Recently, the fingertips are becoming more utilitarian. Touch is becoming a tool used to navigate interfaces, serving our mind versus our heart. Are we inadvertently numbing our sense of touch?
Rick Valicenti has been invited by Professor Min Wang, AGI, and director of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) design program. Posters are popping about in the art districts here in Beijing announcing tomorrow's presentation. The poster was designed by Prof. Huang Li, Valicenti's host and co-director of Deep Breath the Moving Design intervention on fresh air with his interdisciplinary design seniors at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. More about Rick's time in Beijing here.