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  • Jun 09, 2011

Book Blog: A Visual Culture of Modern Iran

If there is one thing I learned from my father about being Iranian is that our culture is both ancient and modern at the same time. Graphic design is the perfect visual form to show this tension. Since it targets the public, good design usually references something that everyone already understands, but is still fresh enough to grab their attention.

Iran's tension between the old and the new is beautifully illustrated through the work of many of the nation's contemporary graphic designers, and is the topic of this week's Book Blog. About five years ago, Dutch graphic designer Hans Wolbers met Iranian designer Reza Abedini (one of my personal favorites), and together they made A New Visual Culture of Modern Iran.

Works by Behzad Javanbakht (2002) and Mehdi Saeedi (2001).