Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication practice providing design for high profile clients in the architectural, cultural, and civic communities.
His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), resides in the permanent collections of the Yale and Columbia University libraries, Denver Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been published in The New York Times.
The White House honored Valicenti in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006, he received the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession, for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession.
Valicenti is a former president of the STA (Society of Typographic Arts) and is a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since being invited to join in 1996. In 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago. He has served on the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture & Design Society under curator Zoe Ryan between 2011 and 2016.
Valicenti was the 2016-2017 Artist in Residency at Loyola University, Chicago. In 2013-2015 he led on-going Moving Design initiatives responding to issues of fresh air in Beijing, China. Entitled “Deep Breath,” the three-year project involved 20 interdisciplinary design students. Their work was exhibited at the Salone de Mobile Milano in 2014.
The Surrounding Type
A key ingredient of the Chicago type in the last 30 years, Valicenti talks about what were the things that got him started, and what keeps him going.