Between Light and Shadow: The Designer/Photographer Relationship


$10 Students
$15 Members
$15 APA Midwest Members
$40 Non-Members

Rick Valicenti, Thirst/3st
Tom Vack, Photographer
Holly Hunt, Holly Hunt

Projects reach their greatest potential when all contributing members challenge each other to go further and create beyond their current abilities. At this event, we’ll take a closer look at the dynamic working relationship between designer and photographer.

Designer, Rick Valicenti of Thirst/3st and Photographer, Tom Vack will reveal into the creative process that occurred over their most recent print collaboration for custom luxury furniture designer and showroom presence, Holly Hunt. Printed on Sappi Fine Papers at none other than Classic Color here in Chicago.
The actual beautiful 64-page catalog will be the subject of the entertaining evening and on view.

About Rick Valicenti

Rick's Image smRick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, a communication design firm devoted to art, function, 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.

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 1996. In 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago.

Over the past 30 years, Valicenti has publicly presented his work through lectures, workshops, and critiques on the design industry to more than 100 professional and college audiences on five continents. He has edited a 356-­page monograph on the Thirst work titled, Emotion as Promotion, published in 2005 by the Monacelli Press.

Valicenti and Thirst/3st work is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the 2006 Triennial, Design Life Now; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Library of the Museum of Modern Art. The work continues to advance the public design discourse while pushing the boundaries of graphic and intermedia design.

About Tom Vack

da tom-022721Born in Chicago 1948. Studied Architecture and Design at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle 1966-1969. Self taught in photography. Worked in Chicago from 1970-1984. Working predominantly with Graphic Designers such as Rick Valicenti, Joseph Essex, Jilly Simons, Robert Petrick, John Greiner and Gene Bellini. Has lived and worked in Italy and Germany for 25 years. Working for designers such as Michele De Lucchi, Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad and Marc Newson, and for companies such as Magis, Luceplan, Driade, Leica, Emu, and Sharp.

About Holly Hunt

HollyHeadShot2012_3HollyHeadShot2012_3A native of Texas, Holly Hunt describes her design-centric business of showrooms and product for interior designers, as a business of 10,000 details. If we believe Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, it also takes 10,000 hours to be really good at anything. So, Holly has been very busy for 27 years in the business of interior design and vows to stay at it until she gets it right! Holly leads HOLLY HUNT, the company, as President and CEO and is intimately involved in design and creative work.

In 1983, Holly began in the interior design business by buying a small showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, which she filled with the best-of-class luxury designer collections. She subsequently expanded her reach into all major U.S. markets. The HOLLY HUNT brand has become the premier design and distribution entity for high end interior furnishings in the country. She has often been credited with raising the bar in interior design showrooms. Home & Garden magazine recognized HOLLY HUNT as the Top Showroom in their Best of the Best awards three years in a row. The award was voted on by interior designers across the U.S.

As an arbiter of refined taste, her eye for what is now and what’s next has led to her success. Today, the company designs, produces, and presents collections of furniture, lighting, textiles, leather, and continues to represent the best of designer collections.

Holly resides in Chicago where she serves on the board of the School of the Art Institute and the National Council of the Aspen Art Museum.

Tremendous thanks to event chairs Robyn Paprocki and Brendan Shanley.

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When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001