Pouya Ahmadi

... - Pouya Ahmadi is a principal and co-founder of Chicago-based design studio Programme, and is a design director at Studio/lab. He is an editorial board member and contributing writer of Neshan magazine focusing on contemporary graphic design and visual arts. His work has been shown by AIGA, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Society of Typographic Arts, Moscow International Design Biennial, and Etapes. Pouya holds an MA/MAS degree in Visual Communication from the Basel School of…

Pouya Ahmadi is a principal and co-founder of Chicago-based design studio Programme, and is a design director at Studio/lab. He is an editorial board member and contributing writer of Neshan magazine focusing on contemporary graphic design and visual arts. His work has been shown by AIGA, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Society of Typographic Arts, Moscow International Design Biennial, and Etapes. Pouya holds an MA/MAS degree in Visual Communication from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

E X P E R I E N C E :
Studio/lab, Design Director, 2015–present
University of Illinois at Chicago, Adjunct Professor, 2015–present
Programme, Principal and Co-Founder, 2014–present
Neshan Magazine, Editorial Board member, 2010–present
Morningstar Inc., Senior Designer/Team Lead, 2011–2015
Neshan Magazine, Graphic Designer, 2005–2007
Didgraphics Inc., Graphic Designer, 2004–2006

E D U C A T I O N :
MA in Visueller Kommunikation und Bildforschung, FHNW/HGK—The Basel School of Design, Basel, Switzerland, 2011
MFA in Graphic Design, University of Illinois in Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2009
MAS in Graphic Design, FHNW/HGK—The Basel School of Design, Basel, Switzerland, 2009
BA in Visual Communication, University of Tehran, Department of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran, 2007

P U B L I C A T I O N S :
People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design and Illustration, Thames & Hudson, United Kingdom, 2015
Exploring Typography by Tova Rabinowitz, Cengage Learning publications, United States, 2015
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 13, Moscow, Russia, 2014
Communication Arts Magazine, Design Annual edition, United States, 2014
HOW Magazine, International Design Annual—Typography, United States, 2014
Chicago Design Archive 13, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2014
I Love Type 08, Victionary Publication, Hong Kong, 2014
Face and Identity (Gesicht und Identität), Wilhelm Fink, Paderborn, Germany, 2013
GUI Design, Sendpoint Publication, Guangzhou, China, 2013
AIGA Chicago Snapshot, Chicago, United States, 2013
I Love Type 07, Victionary Publication, Hong Kong, 2013
Graphic Design Series Nº3, Hightone Book Corp., Guangzhou, China, 2013
Typography 33, Type Directors Club, New York, United States, 2012
IdN World Magazine Nº18, Hong Kong, 2012
Arabesque 2: Graphic Design From The Arab World And Persia, Germany, 2012
Neshan Magazine Nº28, Neshan Publications, Tehran, Iran, 2012
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 12, Moscow, Russia, 2012
Bild und Zeitlichkeit, Basel, Switzerland, 2010
Swiss Design Network Symposium, Lugano, Switzerland, 2009
Persianissimo: Iranian Contemporary Poster Design, Iran, 2009
Ornament And Design Process, Basel, Switzerland, 2009
Arabesque: Graphic Design From The Arab World And Persia, Germany, 2008
Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Fourth Iranian Typography Exhibition, Iran, 2008
Almanac of Asia-Pacific Design III, Hong Kong, 2007
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 7, Moscow, Russia, 2006

A W A R D S:
Award of Excellence for Typography, Communication Arts Design Annual, United States, 2014
HOW & PRINT International Design Awards—Typography, United States, 2013
Chicago Design Archive 13, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2013
AIGA Chicago Snapshot, Chicago, United States, 2013
Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club, New York, United States, 2012
International Award for Students in Design, :output 13, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
International Ultra Short Film Festival, Art By Chance, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
Portfolio challenge, Open-Output, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
1st prize, Second International Biennial of Poster, Tehran, Iran, 2007
3rd prize, Poster competition ‘To Greet World Expo Shanghai 2010’, Shanghai, China, 2006

Pouya Ahmadi is a principal and co-founder of Chicago-based design studio Programme, and is a design director at Studio/lab. He is an editorial board member and contributing writer of Neshan magazine focusing on contemporary graphic design and visual arts. His work has been shown by AIGA, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Society of Typographic Arts, Moscow International Design Biennial, and Etapes. Pouya holds an MA/MAS degree in Visual Communication from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

E X P E R I E N C E :
Studio/lab, Design Director, 2015–present
University of Illinois at Chicago, Adjunct Professor, 2015–present
Programme, Principal and Co-Founder, 2014–present
Neshan Magazine, Editorial Board member, 2010–present
Morningstar Inc., Senior Designer/Team Lead, 2011–2015
Neshan Magazine, Graphic Designer, 2005–2007
Didgraphics Inc., Graphic Designer, 2004–2006

E D U C A T I O N :
MA in Visueller Kommunikation und Bildforschung, FHNW/HGK—The Basel School of Design, Basel, Switzerland, 2011
MFA in Graphic Design, University of Illinois in Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2009
MAS in Graphic Design, FHNW/HGK—The Basel School of Design, Basel, Switzerland, 2009
BA in Visual Communication, University of Tehran, Department of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran, 2007

P U B L I C A T I O N S :
People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design and Illustration, Thames & Hudson, United Kingdom, 2015
Exploring Typography by Tova Rabinowitz, Cengage Learning publications, United States, 2015
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 13, Moscow, Russia, 2014
Communication Arts Magazine, Design Annual edition, United States, 2014
HOW Magazine, International Design Annual—Typography, United States, 2014
Chicago Design Archive 13, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2014
I Love Type 08, Victionary Publication, Hong Kong, 2014
Face and Identity (Gesicht und Identität), Wilhelm Fink, Paderborn, Germany, 2013
GUI Design, Sendpoint Publication, Guangzhou, China, 2013
AIGA Chicago Snapshot, Chicago, United States, 2013
I Love Type 07, Victionary Publication, Hong Kong, 2013
Graphic Design Series Nº3, Hightone Book Corp., Guangzhou, China, 2013
Typography 33, Type Directors Club, New York, United States, 2012
IdN World Magazine Nº18, Hong Kong, 2012
Arabesque 2: Graphic Design From The Arab World And Persia, Germany, 2012
Neshan Magazine Nº28, Neshan Publications, Tehran, Iran, 2012
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 12, Moscow, Russia, 2012
Bild und Zeitlichkeit, Basel, Switzerland, 2010
Swiss Design Network Symposium, Lugano, Switzerland, 2009
Persianissimo: Iranian Contemporary Poster Design, Iran, 2009
Ornament And Design Process, Basel, Switzerland, 2009
Arabesque: Graphic Design From The Arab World And Persia, Germany, 2008
Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Fourth Iranian Typography Exhibition, Iran, 2008
Almanac of Asia-Pacific Design III, Hong Kong, 2007
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 7, Moscow, Russia, 2006

A W A R D S:
Award of Excellence for Typography, Communication Arts Design Annual, United States, 2014
HOW & PRINT International Design Awards—Typography, United States, 2013
Chicago Design Archive 13, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2013
AIGA Chicago Snapshot, Chicago, United States, 2013
Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club, New York, United States, 2012
International Award for Students in Design, :output 13, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
International Ultra Short Film Festival, Art By Chance, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
Portfolio challenge, Open-Output, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
1st prize, Second International Biennial of Poster, Tehran, Iran, 2007
3rd prize, Poster competition ‘To Greet World Expo Shanghai 2010’, Shanghai, China, 2006

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