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Bud Rodecker is a principal at Thirst, an adjunct professor at DePaul University, and president of the Society of Typographic Arts. 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 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award-winner Rick Valicenti. Rodecker’s work has been displayed in the Venice Architectural Biennale, The Art Institute of Chicago, 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, Communication Arts, Design Observer 50 Books 50 Covers, the STA 100, 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.

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selected Lectures

  • 2016, STA Design Weekend, Itasca Illinois, Conference Lecture, Self-Inflicted Creative Constraints
  • 2015, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Wisconsin, Lecturer, Be the Ball
  • 2015, Veritiv Paper Show, Chicago Illinois, Lecturer, Paper Persona Keynote
  • 2014, Bradley University, Peoria Illinois, Lecturer, Be the Ball
  • 2014, AIGA West Michigan, Grand Rapids Michigan, Co-lecturer, Thirst Work
  • 2014, Spark Conference, Schaumburg Illinois, Conference Lecture, Be the Ball
  • 2014, Ignite Conference, Chicago Illinois, Presenter, Design(er)
  • 2014, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Oklahoma, Keynote Presentation, Four Stages of a Creative Career
  • 2014, SAIC, Chicago Illinois, Studio Presentation, Thirst Work
  • 2013, Seek Conference, DeKalb Illinois, Co-lecturer, Living a Creative Life
  • 2013, The Apple Store, Lincoln Park, Chicago Illinois, Lecturer, Systems in Graphic Design
  • 2012, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago Illinois, Lecturer, What I didn’t learn in College
  • 2012, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth Minnesota, Lecturer, UMD Student Show
  • 2012, The American Academy of Art, Chicago Illinois, Co-lecturer, Please Sir, May I have some more?
  • 2011, AIGA, Chicago Illinois, Presenter, Fueled
  • 2008, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Illinois, Panel Discussion, Independent lens community screening of Helvetica panel discussion
  • 2008, Harrington College, Chicago Illinois, Lecturer, What I didn’t learn in College at Harrington College

 

 

Preseneting at Ignire Chicago 2014


selected Exhibitions

  • 2015, The 7th China International Poster Biennial, West lake of Hangzhou, China, Judged, Holoscenes Poster
  • 2014, CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design, The Chicago Cultural Center, Curated, Contract Magazine, STA Archive Posters, MAS Context, SOM CDP 2
  • 2014, CHGO DSGN: EXPO CHGO, Navy Pier, Curated, God Hates Hate
  • 2014, CHGO DSGN: Beijing, Institute of Fashion Technology, Curated, MAS Context Surveillance
  • 2013, As You Are: A Decade of You are Beautiful, The Green Exchange, Curated, Scarlet Letter
  • 2012, Typeforce3, The Coprosperity Sphere, Curated, 
  • 2011, Write Now, The Chicago Cultural Center, Curated, Ode to Carl
  • 2011, Fair Warning, The Comfort Station, Curated, 
  • 2011, Typeforce2, The Coprosperity Sphere, Curated, Ode to Carl
  • 2010, Printervention Show, The Chicago Cultural Center, Curated, Give a shit, do some good
  • 2009, Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and 21st century thirst, Florida Atlantic University Galleries, Office, 

 

 
CHGO DSGN Photo by Dave Burk 

CHGO DSGN Photo by Dave Burk 


selected Awards

  • 2017, Graphis, Poster Annual 2018, Silver Award, 2016 STA 100 Poster
  • 2016, Communication Arts, Typography Annual, Selected, Temporis Graphic Identity
  • 2016, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100, Selected, SoNu Digs Identity
  • 2016, Society of Typographic Arts, STA 100, Selected, Temporis Graphic Identity
  • 2015, Design Observer, 50 Books / 50 Covers, Selected, MAS Context Legacy
  • 2015, Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, 7th China International Poster Biennial, Selected Award, Holoscenes Poster
  • 2014, Design Observer, 50 Books / 50 Covers, Selected, MAS Context Ordinary
  • 2010, Graphis, Poster Annual 2011, Platinum award, IIT Fall 2009 Lecture Poster

 

 
Temporis Identity

Temporis Identity


selected Publications

  • 2017, Graphis, Poster Annual 2018, 2016 STA 100 Poster
  • 2016, Communication Arts, Typography Annual, Temporis Graphic Identity
  • 2014, Global Wayfinding Leading Design, Columbia College University, Black Ensemble Theater
  • 2013, Communication Arts Typography Annual, Cool Treats
  • 2012, It’s Nice That, Have a good gander at Bud Rodecker's gorgeous catalogue for Absent Nature, Arik Levy Absent Nature Catalog
  • 2012, Graphis, Poster Annual 2012, IIT Spring 2010 Lecture Poster
  • 2012, Graphis, Poster Annual 2012, Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and the 21st Century Thirst
  • 2011, Under Consideration / FPO, “Ode to Carl” Chicago Poster Series
  • 2011, The Poetry Foundation, Carl Sandburg’s typographic “Chicago”
  • 2011, IdN Magazine, Extra #04 Most Wanted
  • 2011, Slanted, Slanted #14 – Grotesque 2, AW typeface
  • 2011, Design Bureau, Design, Print, and Publish
  • 2011, Introduction to Graphic Design Methodologies and Porcesses. Understanding Theory and Application, Third Coast Audio Festival Identity
  • 2010, Concept Magazine Indonesia
  • 2010, Graphis, Poster Annual 2011, IIT Fall 2009 Lecture Poster

 

 
Arik Levy Absent Nature Catalog

Arik Levy Absent Nature Catalog