I am thoroughly inspired by the work of Iranian typographer and calligrapher, Mehdi Saeedi. Not only is the breadth of his work impressive, but his ability to integrate contemporary graphic design with traditional Iranian calligraphy is exceptional. On top of that, he’s a really nice guy!
I was honored to spend a week with Mehdi during his visit to VCUQ this Spring semester, where he presented a series of workshops and lectures for students, alumnae, and faculty.
His recent book titled “From Contour to Calligraphy” is a sizable collection of work demonstrating his unique approach to figurative calligraphy and design. I’m proud to say I have an autographed copy from the author himself.
Throughout his week-long visit, Mehdi led a series of workshops on the “Melody of Letters” for students at all levels in the Graphic Design program – from sophomore year to MFA students.
If you have not had the opportunity to see Mehdi Saeedi’s unique blend of illustration, graphic design, and calligraphy you are in for a real treat. Here are a few of my favorites from his substantial collection of work.