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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.

IN Light IN

IN Light IN, the Indianapolis Light Festival opens this weekend for two nights only. Rick Valicenti was commissioned to name and design the brand of the festival. Zach Minnich collaborated on the posters and program designs.

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


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. 

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.


A Selfie from Spencer


"Test flight 2 bathroom selfie series"

Spencer Pratt's JITZ MOB

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. 

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

Super Bowl

Photo: Associated Press

Orbit, designed by Rick Valicenti and Robb Irrgang for Fireorb way back when, continues to be the favorite display typeface of the NFL playoff season. (not certain what type is used for the number 50)

Enjoy the game…

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.

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

A Moving Future

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

The Final Scene

Thirst's John Pobojewski and Taek Kim designed the poster for Sonny Valicenti's latest short film, The Final Scene. As an Official Selection of the 2015 Austin Film Festival, The Final Scene investigates the breakup of legendary 50's comedy duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

It will be screening October 30 at the Rollins Theater and November 2 at Galaxy Highland 9 in Austin.

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