AMES, Iowa — Intermedia artist John Pobojewski, a principal designer at Thirst communication design practice in Chicago, will share the firm’s work in a lecture Thursday, March 23, at Iowa State University.

Pobojewski will present “What Am I Doing? Defining the Future of Design” at 7 p.m. in 0022 Sukup Hall. Sponsored by the ISU Department of Graphic Design and Ames graphic design firm Measure, his talk is free and open to the public.

About the speaker

Pobojewski was one of five designers profiled by Communication Arts in the 2016 feature “New Currents in Chicago Design.” He received a Sappi “Ideas that Matter Grant” in 2009 and in 2007, he was named one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists: 20 under 30.” He also has received professional recognition from the Type Directors Club, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago Design Archive, AIGA and SEGD. His work has appeared in design publications including Graphis, ID Magazine and IDN Magazine.

As an intermedia artist, Pobojewski blends movement, print, sound, video and generative art.

He has been part of numerous group exhibitions, including “The Metaphysics of Notation” (2009-2010) at Stanford University; “Write Now: Artists and Letterforms” (2011-2012), “CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design” (2014) and “CHGO DSGN: Wherever” (2015) at the Chicago Cultural Center, and three annual Typeforce exhibitions (2012, 2014, 2015). His digital projections for the Chicago Repertory Ballet’s production of “Macbeth” in 2016 brought “a contemporary look” and were “especially potent,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Pobojewski is a frequent speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at colleges and universities around the U.S. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication and a Bachelor of Music in performance from Northern Illinois University.


Chad Johnston, Graphic Design, chadmj@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu