As a designer, Rick places a high importance on forming a personal and meaningful relationship with all of his clients. Often injecting his own personality and history into his work shows just how much Rick cares about making design personal and memorable. In 1989 he formed the design studio Thirst, which is a small operation which ruthlessly searches for creative applications of unique design solutions. Never one to be afraid of technology, the work of Thirst is often very progressive and unique in its aesthetic.
Rick also spends much of his time involved in efforts to educate students and other designers and donates much of his time to holding workshops and personal critiques for both high school and college-level design students. A very active member of AIGA, he was awarded the AIGA gold medal for his contributions to the design community. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the 2006 Triennial, Design Life Now.