(I didn’t know that the White House gave an award for Design, either).
Lovers of expressive type came out a few weeks ago to hear Rick Valicenti talk Design. Rick’s the founder of Thirst/3st, a Design Communications firm in River North. While his company primarily does B2B work, his high-profile stuff is very high-profile (see: the new international terminal at O’Hare and your odd NY Times illustration). Unlike many other recent speakers, Rick’s been in the communications world for several decades. There was no nagging feeling of competition in the audience; we just sat back and marveled at a guy who’s more accomplished than we’ll be for about 30 years. Good stuff.
(By the way, the award is called the “Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design” and Rick received it in 2011. His and 3st’s work is also featured 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. Get back to work).