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Dabireh is a Collective of young Iranian graphic designers who share a passion for calligraphy and typography and have a keen interest in the history and theories of Persian language and writing system.
Recognizing the absence of a comprehensive body of critical writings and professional commentary, Dabireh aims to be a credible source of articles, interviews and research-based projects which address the less explored territories connecting the vast historical sources and the inspired diverse practices of contemporary designers today.
Members of Dabireh Collective:
Reza Abedini graduated as a graphic designer at the school of Fine Arts in Tehran in 1985. In 1992 he received his B.A. in painting from the Tehran Art University. From 1993 onwards, Reza Abedini Studio’s reputation grew steadily along with its body of work. Recognition came first in Iran, and quickly followed in the rest of the world. His vision and work has traveled the world through exhibitions, awards and lectures. In 2006, he won the prestigious Prins Claus Prize. In 2009, he founded international design agency OrientationLab with LAVA. Abedini currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
Follow his work via www.rezaabedini.com
Iman is a self taught designer, he lives and works in Tehran in his personal studio. With use of hand drawn type and imagery he brings influences and elements of calligraphy and manuscripts into his work. He is currently carrying out an in depth study of traditional Persian arts and culture with focus on local typography and design. Iman was the editor in chief of Rang Magazine from 2006 to 2007 and also and editorial member of Manzar in 2005. Currently Iman is an editorial member of the Dabireh Journal.
Iman has exhibited his work extensively in Iran. In 2007 he cocurated The Seattle-Tehran Show which featured works by selected designers from the two cities. His works have been shown as a part of the 50 years of Iranian Typography both in Basel School of Design in Switzerland and at York University in Canada. Iman's work has been published in books and periodicals including Area 2 (Phaidon) and Young Asian graphic Designers (DAAB).
Follow his work via www.imanraad.com
Aria is an active contributor to the Tandis Visual Arts Biweekly. He has written and translated numerous articles for Tandis and Dabireh. A graduate of Graphic Design from Sooreh High Education Institute, he works in his design studio in Tehran and has exhibited his work in Iran and internationally including in France Japan, China, USA, Canada, Russia and Mexico. Aria's work has been published in Arabesque, Un Cri Persan and Almanac of Asia-Pacific Design.
Farhad Fozouni received his B.A in graphic design from Azad University in 2003. He has worked as the art director for several prestigious art magazines including Culture and Music, 77 and Art Tomorrow and has curated and co-curated Rokhsat exhibition in Tehran and Gen-x and Gen-v exhibitions at York University in Canada and Italy. His work has been published widely inside Iran and Internationally. He is the winner of STA prize for excellence in typography from Chicago International Poster Bienniale in 2008.
Farhad works and lives in Tehran, where he runs his own art studio, Studio Tehran. Urban art of the city has been a constant source of inspiration for him as a designer and artist. As an editorial member of Dabireh, he is currently focusing his research, writing and creations around Morphology of Persian script.
Follow his work via www.farhadfozouni.com
Shahrzad holds a bachelor of graphic design from University of Tehran. She has explored with typography in three dimentional space and has carried out typography experiments with various material as a part of her typo-photographs that address Persian poetry. An active member of Dabireh Collective, Shahrzad has exhibited her works in Iran, USA and Canada. In 2008 a selection of her Posters were publised in Arabesque (Gestalten).
Follow her work via www.shahrzad.ch
Mohammad Reza Abdolali
Mohammadreza has received his B.A. And M.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. During education and after his graduation in 2008, he has been researching and acquiring experiments in Persian typography specially with three dimensional type both in theory and practice. He has been working on dimensional Square Kufic script the result of which has been published in Dabireh: Alef. He experiments with stereo typographic posters (via anaglyph). Recently, he has been investigating visual aspects of preliminary forms of writing at the dawn of historic era (i.e. circa 3000 BC) partly published in Journal of Fine Arts (UT). Second Annual Poster of Typographic as Asmaolhosna honorary (2006) and Art Director prize of Tehran 9th Media Festival of Children and Adolescent (2009) are among his awards. In addition to exhibitions in Iran, his works have been presented in Illinois University in Chicago as a part of Dimension + Type Exhibition as well as Russia, Poland, Canada, United States, Cyprus and published in books including New Visual Culture of Modern Iran and The Bulletin of The 9th Tehran International Poster Biennial. He is currently working specifically on Islamic calligraphy and its geometric basis which is reflected in manuscripts and sparsely mentioned in treatises of the era.
Behrouz is a partner at Burning Ships, a creative consultancy based in Toronto and Barcelona. Reluctant to just work, he invests his time and skills into branding and design for those who aim at making a measurable impact in interesting places.
He holds a B.Des. from York University and Sheridan Institute and has studied and worked with prominent Iranian designers at University of Tehran. This mixed background enables him to explore new grounds in design.
Zeynab Izadyar was born in Iran and graduated from Tehran University in graphic design. For her thesis she designed a thematic type face for the Iranian contemporary poet, Yadolah Royayee along with typographic design with the Typeface for Royayee's book of poetry “70 Tomb Stone”. She has shown her work in group shows in Tehran at Tarahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran museum of contemporary art, Iranian Artist Forum, Saba Cultural and Artistic Center and Tehran Art Gallery. Her group shows outside of Iran include, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado, Design Commission Gallery, Seattle, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and UDK (Universität der Künste) gallery, Berlin, Salon International Du Livre Et De La Presse, Geneva, York University, Toronto, and Cartacanta 2010 Festival, Italy. She is presently completing her MFA degree at Yale University School of Art in Graphic Design.
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