Gestalten TV

An Interview with Graphic Designer Reza Abedini.

One of the advantages of being a designer here in America, is the vast amount of inspirational resources available. Imagine if you were a designer in a country where access to the internet was restricted, or specific books in the library were banned because they ruffled the feathers of the government.

The video below is a re-post of Gestalten’s interview with Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini. Now based in Amsterdam, he is less restricted about where he finds inspiration, but when he was starting his career in Iran it was a different story all together.

For Tehran-born and Amsterdam-based designer, Reza Abedini, graphic design is not merely a visual art form but “a value”. Combining traditional and contemporary types in his own body of work—logos, posters, corporate identities and three-dimensional designs—for more than 20 years, he is also teaching as professor of graphic design. In our feature, he gives insight into the merits of Arabesque 2: Graphic Design from the Arab and Persian World, why there is a “useless distance between the letters” in western printing and how to find one’s own visual identity these days.