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Reza Abedini, (Persian: رضا عابدینی ‎‎, born 1967 in Tehran) is an Iranian graphic designer and a visiting Assistant Professor of graphic design and visual culture at the American University of Beirut. His works keep a modern theme as he blends traditional Islamic patterns, calligraphy and culture. He combines simple illustrations with poetic typography and elegant layouts, exploring the beauty of the Persian language.


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His design influences include Aleksander Rodchenko, Ikko Tanaka, Sani'ol Molk Ghafari, Roman Cieslewicz and Mirza Gholam-Reza Esfahani.

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Abedini has won dozens of national and international design awards. In 2006 he received the Principal Prince Claus Award in recognition of his personal creativity in the production of special graphic designs, as well as for the personal manner in which he applies and redefines the knowledge and accomplishments of Iran’s artistic heritage, thus making them highly interesting. The award also focuses attention on the diversity of both the historical and the modern Iranian culture, recognizing the impact of graphic design as an influential international means of communication.

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Abedini is a member of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) since 1997, he was a member of jury at several biennials throughout the world. His name is listed in Meggs History of Graphic Design, as one of the world's outstanding post digital graphic designers.

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Early life

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Growing up, Abedini’s teacher saw potential in and guided him to embrace art. He then assisted his teacher on several creative art projects. From there, he majored in painting from the Tehran University of Art and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. Upon graduating until 1993 he was the Editor of the visual section of Sureh monthly magazine. In 1993 he founded the Reza Abedini Studio.

Academic career

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He has been a professor at the University of Tehran since 1996. He is also an Art critic and currently editor-in-chief of Manzar magazine in Iran.

Honors and awards

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  • First Prize: best film poster of Fajr International Film Festival Iran 1993-94-96
  • Film Critics Special Award for the Best film poster, Iran 1994
  • IRIB’S Special Award: The Best film poster, Iran 1996
  • 3rd Award: poster, The 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, Tehran 1999
  • Special Award: Creativity from Iranian Graphic Designers Society, Tehran 1999
  • Special Prize: China International Poster Biennale China 2003
  • Honorable mention: 13 Colorado international poster exhibitions U.S. 2003
  • The Union of Visual Artists of the Czech Republic Award, Brno 2004
  • Second prize: 15th Festival d'affiches de Chaumont France 2004
  • Gold Prize: Hong Kong International Poster Triennial Hong Kong 2004
  • First prize and gold medal: 8th International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico 2004
  • Silver Prize: Second international poster Biennale Korea 2004
  • First prize: The First international Biennale of the Islamic world Poster Iran 2004
  • Bronze Medal: The 2nd China International Poster Biennial CIPB China 2005
  • First prize: 9th Press Festival of Children & Young Adults Iran 2005
  • The Principal Prince Claus Award, 2006

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