2019—2024 Ph.D. Candidate (all but dissertation) in Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University — Ohio, US
2014—2017 Master of Fine Arts (MFA, terminal degree) Graphic Design, Ohio University — Ohio, US
2011—2013 B.A. in Illustration, Azad University — Tehran, Iran 
2009—2011 Associate Degree in Animation, Applied Scientific Faculty of Media — Tehran, Iran 


Member of Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) [Invite Only]
Editorial Board Member at Indie Games Magazine (IGM) [Invite Only]
Member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) since 2015
Ohio University Academic Excellence Full Scholarship: 2014–2017; 2019 – Current    


Licensed Graphic Arts teacher from University of the State of New York: 2017


8/2022 – Current  The World Bank, Washington DC

User Interface and Interactive Designer — Part of the VR and interactive team at the bank, my responsibilities include designing the interface for the bank’s immersive digital products while ensuring a design professional touches.

4/2022 – 12/2022  Long Dash, Washington DC

Visual Designer — Long Dash is a creative consultancy that approaches everything with a journalistic mindset. Originally founded by The Atlantic Magazine. 

Provided art direction and created visual assets for COOLSCULPTING®’s brands that includes digital product design UI/UX, social media campaigns, motion graphics, and branding. Daily work involved close collaboration with other creative directors, copy writers, junior designers, and 
project managers.    

5/2020 – 12/2020 Benjamin Finance, Washington DC  

Brand and UI/UX Designer, Art Director — Created a branding system and visual identity for a startup financial technology company, focusing on digital banking and personalized credit cards. 

Designed the application’s user experience and interface of the Benjamin mobile app 
(Digital wallet)

3/2018 – 6/2018 Landor & Fitch, New York NY

Brand and Digital Designer — As a branding team member for top-notch corporate clients, I developed motion and digital designs that helped elevate the reputation of household names like United Airlines, BP, and BMW. Collaborating with senior designers and creative directors, I successfully performed on international accounts that demanded finesse, and strategic thinking.

11/2017 – 3/2018 Sullivan NYC, New York NY

Digital Product and Motion Designer — Design team member focused on motion graphics and digital product design of branding projects. Designed digital products and graphic elements for corporate brands like Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase.

7/2017 – 11/2017 The Jewish Museum, New York NY

Full time Senior Designer, Digital & Print — Created collateral materials, exhibition catalogues, signage, and social medial visual assets for the museum under the supervision of Roy Rub, the museum’s creative director.  

4/2017 – 6/2017 2x4 Studios, New York NY

Freelance Motion and Digital Designer — Worked on a branding project for a New York-based news and sociocultural platform focused on Arab-Americans. Designed news platform UI and created motion graphics and social media visuals. Collaborated with Brooklyn based design studio “MorcosKey.”

9/2015 – 4/2016  43rd Athens International Film + Video festival (AIFVF), Athens Ohio

Art Director and Graphic designer — Worked side-by-side with David Coligovani, the director of the festival, to redesign the festival’s visual identity, website, brochure, lanyards, magazine, and t-shirts.

Jury Positions

2023-2024 – Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts  New York NY

The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

2023-2024 – The Communicator Awards  New York NY

The leading international awards program recognizing excellence in communication across a spectrum of industries, championing effective and meaningful work.

2023-2024 – The w3 Awards  New York NY

The w3 statuette is an impressive representation of the very best in Websites, Advertising, Mobile Sites & Apps, Video, Social, and Podcasts, and Emerging Tech. Each statuette is engraved to include the details of the winning entry as well as the person to be honored.

2023-2024 – The International Davey Awards  New York NY

The largest and most prestigious awards competition exclusively for the “Davids” of creativity.
The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.

2023-2024 – The Telly Awards  New York NY

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.


2023— Nominated and shortlisted for The A’Design Award and Competition in the category of home appliances for my innovative scent diffuser design (Licensed). Como, Italy

2017—“Passing through shadow veils” Official selection of short films at  Farhang Foundation Film Festival,  Los Angeles CA

2016—“Untitled” Official selection of short experimental films at Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH

2013—Official jury selection of the 3rd Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition for live audio visual performance, Tehran, IRAN


2018—J. Paul Getty Museum | Proposed an internal graphic design system for the curatorial and graphic design departments to the Art Director of the museum Mr. Merritt Price, Los Angeles, CA

2018—Herman Miller | Presented my work and gave art directions to Richard Elder, the 
Vice President Global Brand Design of Herman Miller Company, New York, NY

2017—The Jewish Museum NYC | Spoke about Farsi typography and how it is different from Arabic typography to the creative director of the museum, New York,NY

2017—2x4 Studios | Presented design work to Michael Rock, founder and partner of the studio, New York, NY

2016—Ohio University College of Fine Arts + Design | Artist talk and work presentation at the college’s auditorium to the undergraduate graduate students, Athens

2013—The 3rd Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition | Invited to talk and discuss studying art and design abroad, Tehran, Iran

Selected Academic Papers 

2023 – Politics of Queerness and Hyphenated Identities, the Intersection of Race and Sexuality through Deconstruction of Rafa Esparza’s Performances and Installations.

2021 – Video Games, Video Gays, and Play: The Intersection of Queerness and Video Games
Published at Indie Games Magazine (IGM)

2020 – A business as big as a Queen’s wig (Arca, an artist emerged from Drag platform: An analytical approach to Drag culture)

2020 – Defining Queer Iranian Diasporic Narrative Through the Film of Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior 

2019 – Persian Miniatures: A culturally specific visual language 

Teaching Experiences

Fall and Spring 2022/23 (Asynchronous)
Teacher Assistant for the Practice of Film Criticism FILM_3440J_1002_LEC_SPRG 
Ohio University School of Film 

Spring 2020 (In Person)
Instructor for “INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS: ARTS IN CONTEXTS” undergraduate level IART-1170 Ohio University School of Interdisciplinary Arts 

Fall 2020 (Online)
Instructor for “INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS: ARTS IN CONTEXTS” undergraduate level IART-1170 Ohio University School of Interdisciplinary Arts

Fall 2021 (In Person)
Instructor for “INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS: ARTS IN CONTEXTS” undergraduate level IART-1170 Ohio University School of Interdisciplinary Arts

Spring 2022 (Asynchronous)
Instructor for “INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS: ARTS IN CONTEXTS” undergraduate level IART-1170 Ohio University School of Interdisciplinary Arts

Fluent in Persian, English. Reading and writing in Arabic 

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