Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design practice devoted to art, function, play, and real human presence. He has been influencing the design discourse internationally since 1988 and is a leading presence in design as a practitioner, educator, and mentor. In the spirit of fusing design, research, and art, a decade ago, Valicenti created a new model for expanding design within culture called Moving Design. This new model of passionate practice resides at the intersection of experimentation, experience, and education. At the center of this model of practice are large-scale research initiatives designed to shapea community’s point of view.
The White House honored Valicenti in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006 he received the AIGA 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 Society of Typographic Arts (STA) and is a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since being invited in 1998. In 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago.
Rick Valicenti worked with interdisciplinary fine art seniors at Loyola University and lead them through research and designed responses to the topic of Gun Violence in Chicago. This research culminated in an exhibition titled Heartbreak-A Processing Space at the Ralph Arnold Gallery on the Loyola Lakeshore campus during the spring semester.
In January 2017 a studio of designers and fine artists began a collaborative research and making initiative in response to 762 homicides in Chicago during 2016.
Our work has been dedicated to those around us impacted by gun violence - loved ones and their families, friends, neighbors, the first responders, clerics, policy makers, and the many thousand members of the local public.
Our time was not devoted to debating the Second Amendment, or trying to find solutions to the economic issues that promote Chicago gun violence.
Our focus remains in response to gun violence and how we, as empathetic creative individuals, can awaken civility, public awareness, policy discourse, and all the while renew respect for life.
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