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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.

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

6th CA Typography Annual and 7th China International Poster Biennial

Thirst is excited to announce that a couple of our recent projects have been accepted in the 6th Communication Arts Typography Annual and the 7th China International Poster Biennial!

Our A → $ boxed set was selected for the CA Type Annual and will be included in the upcoming Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Communication Arts on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution.

A → $ boxed set produced by Classic Color for Smithfield Properties


Multiple Perspectives, a collaboration between Taek Kim and Rick Valicenti, was nominated to be included in the 7th China International Poster Biennial. Multiple Perspectives was originally designed through invitation to the 10th Korean Society of Typography Exhibition. It will be on display 15–19 October in Hangzhou, China. CIPB is regarded as one of the most prestigious exhibitions in the field of international design.


Poster by Taek Kim and Rick Valicenti

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

From the bottom of our hearts and the rooftop of Eight O Five

Endless thanks and gratitude to Smithfield Properties and Classic Color for hosting the Chicago design community at Eight O Five for the opening of A → $. It was a perfect way to close the summer, and more than 500 guests have a keepsake produced by Classic to remember the night.


From Ben Stagl at West Supply

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