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A vast collection of seminal architecture and design lives proudly in the streets of Columbus, Indiana, where an exploration of the city’s architecture, design, art and community occurs every year during Exhibit Columbus. Commissioned to design Exhibit Columbus’s graphic identity, Rick Valicenti was joined by his Chicago-based design firm Thirst, including designer Taek Kim, for the identity’s implementation.

Exhibit Columbus’s curatorial team directed Thirst’s design process, encouraging a re-expression of mid-century optimism, with a presence in this moment. The team also requested that the graphic system align with both architect Alexander Girard’s color palette for the interiors of the local Miller House and Garden landmark, as well as designer Paul Rand’s enduring identity program for the Columbus Area Visitors Center. 

The inaugural 2016 symposium for Exhibit Columbus, Foundations and Futures, welcomed internationally recognized experts along with community leaders who have helped build and maintain Columbus’s landmarks. The 2017 inaugural exhibition featured winning works for the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prizes of temporary architecture or art. Other components of the exhibition included installations created by students from universities and Columbus-area schools. Thirst’s bright, graphic identity welcomed visitors throughout the entire event.

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