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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.



I had the honor of working with Rick at a Hashimoto Design Workshop at Utah State University over three days. This workshop was first focused on research and writing before designing. I drew a movie genre out of a hat and developed a film based on the Indie genre. I titled my film "Wake" with the subtitle "What we lose in the fire, we'll find in the ashes."

Here is the Netflix description I wrote based on the film:

After a tragic suicide, a series of events unfold in the Mitchell family, which eventually tear them apart. The domino effect of loss, adultery, and divorce sends a mother and her daughter into the only thing that can save them, each other. Set in the suburbs of Chicago, their journey tells a story of commitment and resilience and how a broken family doesn’t have to stay broken.


I was honored with the award of Curator's Pick by Rick for Best Film Poster Design, along with a personal critique by Stefan Sagmeister who I was able to showcase my portfolio to later that year.
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