Rick Valicenti is founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design firm devoted to art, function and real human presence. His clients include the leaders of Chicago’s design and cultural communities.
In 2006 Valicenti was awarded the AIGA Medal for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession. He is a member of AGI (the Alliance Graphique Internationale) and AIGA Chicago. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) and the 2006 Triennial, Design Life Now. The Thirst monograph, Emotion as Promotion, was published in 2005.