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Rick Valicenti


Rick Valicenti is a producer, director, and collaborator working with a wide network of designers and artists. Formerly the founder and design director of Thirst, a venerable Chicago design studio, Valicenti is a recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) Medal, 2006, and the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, 2011. Rick is also an invited member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). His complete works are recently archived at the Newberry Library, and the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Large selections of Valicenti’s work are at the Ryerson Library at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Lubalin Center at Cooper Union, and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at Art Center in Pasadena, California.


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Dialogues: Bart Crosby

Rick Valicenti and Iker Gil interview graphic designer and AIGA Medalist Bart Crosby

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Helmut Jahn (1940-2021)

Remembering architect Helmut Jahn and his work

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Surveillance Songs

Surveillance songs by The Police, Rockwell, and St Vincent

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Surveillance by Designers

We asked a few great Chicago designers to give us their view of surveillance

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Photo Essay

Talking to Myself

Visual essay by Rick Valicenti, founder and design director of Thirst/Chicago