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Columbus Branding featured on CityLab

We're happy to have our work for the Columbus community branding featured on CityLab.

Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.

Read the full article here.

We're worldwide something... Big in Korea!

Taek Kim and Thirst are featured in CA Korea magazine from Seoul!


New Currents, Old School Flow

Thirst's John Pobojewski is highlighted for his work on O'Hare's International Terminal murals and videos for the 36th Annual Interiors Awards in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 57 as part of a feature on five Chicago designers. In the article, titled New Currents in Chicago Design, Tom Biederbeck comments that Chicago design is always transforming — "a flow that's never the same, but always reflects what's gone before." John's work is accompanied by that of Cody Hudson, Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw, and Jennifer Mahanay.

The feature reminded us of a very similar piece by Pat and Greg Samata in the March/April 1989 issue of Communication Arts that also highlights five Chicago designers: Jeff Barnes, Kym Abrams, Robert Petrick, Steven Liska, and Rick Valicenti.


Wired Magazine on AMIE

The AMIE project, designed in collaboration between architects SOM and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is featured in Wired Magazine's online edition. The article features animations created by Thirst from our profile film that we created for the project. 

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


Its has been a privilege to have collaborated with Susan Mathieson–Mayer and those at the Lyric Opera since 1988. Our first two designs were a LO monogram and Tannhauser poster. After 25 successful years, Susan left her Vice President position at the Lyric on a high note. The first project for Susan's successor Lisa Middleton signals change with a more direct graphic approach.

The 2014/15 subscription brochure

1988 Tannhauser poster and Lyric Opera Monogram

New Collaborations for MAS Context

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of our collaboration with MAS Studio on the design of it's journal, Mas Context.

MAS Context is a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio, that addresses issues affecting 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.

We're opening the design of each issue up for collaboration by inviting a select group of Chicago designers. Like the essence of the publication, the design of each issue will be a compilation using Thirst's new design guidelines.

We believe this publication will become an on-going mirror of the Chicago design community in response to the global content of Mas Context.

Our Partial list of contributors includes:
Nick Adam
Bart Crosby
James Goggin
Emily Haasch
Jinhwan Kim
Kim Le
Jennifer Mahanay
Jason Pickleman
Kyle Poff
Michael Renaud
Scott Reinhard
Isaac Tobin
Katherine Walker
Beth Weaver
Magda Wistuba
Matt Wizinski

Rick V in Wired Magazine


Rick Valicenti appears in this month’s edition of WIRED, commenting on the huge influence of Steve Jobs on the design of letterforms. He falls right after Penn Jillette, but before Bruce Sterling… somewhere between magic and the future.

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3st in publication: Designers’ Identities


3st is proud to be featured in Liz Farrelly’s recent book Designers’ Identities from UK publisher Laurence King. The book features personal work from many renown firms worldwide.


We were also thrilled to see a mention of 3st in this publication on AdamsMorioka’s blog Burning Settlers Cabin.

Designers’ Identities is available from Amazon.

Thirst in IdN Hong Kong


We are proud to be featured in International designers’ Network (Hong Kong). IdN is an international publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community. It is devoted to bringing designers from around the globe together to communicate with, learn from and inspire one another. It has truly become what the initials of its title proclaim it to be — an international designers’ network.

Our work with our clients Jeanne Gang, Arik Levy, IIT College of Architecture, and Lyric Opera is featured, as well as some personal research that we constantly initiate as a vital component of our art/design practice.

3st In Publications


When it rains it pours! Three fantastic new publications just released feature Thirst work. All three are great compendiums of work you may not see anywhere else. Lust and Graphic are available for purchase on

Lust: A Traveling Art Journal of Graphic Designers
by James Victore

What would you do or make if you had an unlimited budget, a visionary client, and complete control? We all dream of high-paying, high-profile jobs and crave for more creativity in our work. Lust is a peek into what is possible when designers are allowed to pursue this dream.
Lust is a documentary of unrealized projects and a traveling report of creativity from around the world; a handmade sketchbook zig-zagging across six continents, gathering steam and collecting documents. In it are designers, dreams, and a peek into their processes.

AGI: Process is the Project

An exhibition catalog from the Mapping the Process show, Process is the Project, catalogs individual AGI member’s process maps.

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers
by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico

In this new book from one of the great authorities on graphic design, some 100 of the worlds leading graphic designers open up their private sketchbooks, giving the reader an unparalleled insight into their creative development, design philosophies and visual influences. Samples range from typographical explorations to fully fledged illustration ideas, from scrappy scribbles and eccentric handwriting to photographic collages. Contributors include such world-recognized names as Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann, Sara Fanelli, Christoph Abbrederis, Shogo Ota, Art Spiegelman, Uwe Loesch, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Bruce Mau, Francois Chastanet and Jordi Duro. “Graphic” is a treasure trove of design inspiration for professionals, students or anyone engaged in the visual industries.

Thirst in Slanted Mag



Enforcer, first featured in the Typeforce exhibition catalog, is featured in the August 2010 issue of Slanted. Along with:

…the work of studio Moiré (Zurich/CH), the photographic essays “Images from the Dark Side” by Martin Miller (Baltimore/USA) and “A Crude World” by Paolo Woods (Paris/FR) as well as contemporary typefaces, illustrations and projects related to monospace and typewriters. Type essays by Alexander Negrelli (Berlin/DE), Rieke Harmsen (Munich/DE) and Horst Wöhrle (Esslingen/DE) examine the aesthetics, history and connotations of typewriter fonts, interviews with Yves Peters (Sint-Denijs-Westrem/BE), Richard Kegler (Buffalo/USA), Georg Seifert (Berlin/DE) as well as a Tokyo report by Ian Lynam (Tokyo/JP) and a musical travelogue by DJ Frank Wiedemann (âme / INNERVISIONS, Berlin/DE) round up the stuff to read.

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Thirst featured in Impressive


Thirst’s work for Wright Auction House and the MCA are featured in the new book Impressive, Printmaking, Letterpress, & Graphic Design by Gestalten Books.

Impressive is a topical exploration of the interplay between current trends in graphic design and traditional handiwork such as letterpress printing, hand-cut linotype, chiselled woodblocks, and embossing.

The work in this book is really… Impressive. Purchase Impressive for $69 at

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