A Panel Discussion with the Full Design Team on Process, Collaboration and Best Practices
with Rick Valicenti, Bud Rodecker, Zach Minnich and Suzi Shin and
moderated by DePaul Professor Heather Snyder Quinn
Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments for high profile clients in the architectural, performing arts, and education 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. From 2011 through 2015, Valicenti served on the Art Institute of Chicago?s Architecture & Design Society under curator Zoe Ryan.
Bud Rodecker is a partner at Thirst and an adjunct professor at DePaul University. His work explores the space between logical constraints and formal play, and balances form with meaning. He is interested in systems and processes with the potential to create design.
At Thirst, he collaborates with John Pobojewski and Rick Valicenti. Rodecker?s work has been displayed in the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Chicago Cultural Center, Typeforce, published in various publications including GRAPHIS, CONCEPT MAGAZINE INDONESIA, IDN Magazine, SLANTED, archived in The Chicago Design Archive, and earned recognition from the STA 100, Design Observer 50 Books 50 Covers, and by GRAPHIS with a platinum award.
Outside the studio, Rodecker explores the process of creativity through self-initiated experiments and teaching design at DePaul University. He has participated in numerous design-related lectures, workshops, and panels?sharing his unique perspective on design and the creative process.
Zach Minnich is a communication artist currently engaged as a designer at Thirst. Originally from Dayton Ohio, he received his BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University in 2014. Minnich is forging a lifetime of practice and describes the on-going work as a search for his voice through a collection of studies.
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