Pouya Ahmadi is a graphic designer and art director based in Chicago. He works across cultural and social field, collaborating with artists, curators, and designers developing brand identities, printed matter, and publications. Pouya's work has been featured by It's Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design, People of Print, Grafik, Etapes, Type Directors Club, Ligature magazine, Print magazine, IdN magazine, Moscow International Design Biennial amongst others. 
If you are interested in collaboration feel free to reach out.

Select Clients: 
Renaissance Society
Experimental Film Society 
Verge Books
Green Lantern Press
Chicago Design Museum
Neshan Magazine
Sector 2337
University of Chicago
Morningstar
University of Illinois at Chicago
Cacophonies Music



       FEATURES AND INTERVIEWS
Interview with Pouya Ahmadi, Ligature Magazine, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2018 
Pouya Ahmadi’s publication Amalgam is “a somewhat contradictory situation”, It’s Nice That, London, United Kingdom, 2018
Ficciones Typografika, edited by Erik Brandt and Mark Gowing, Formist Foundry, Sydney, Australia, 2018 
Knif Mono, Exhibition Publication, Bat Coop + Building Paris, Paris, France, 2018
Through a Glass Darkly poster series, Fonts in Use, Berlin, Germany, 2018
New Age Now poster, Fonts in Use, Berlin, Germany, 2018
Progetto Grafico International Graphic Design Magazine, Here, Elsewhere. Translations, Migrations, Contaminations, the Italian association of visual communication design, Milan, Italy, 2017
Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Exhibition Publication, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2017
Dubai Design Biennial, Weltformat D×B, Delusions and Errors Publication, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017 
Enter Pouya Ahmadi’s Black and White Poetic Newspaper with Grace, TypeRoom, Athens, Greece, 2017
Typo/graphic Posters curated by Andre Felipe, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2017
Knif (pronounce [Ka-neef]), Fonts in Use, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Inspo Finds Collection 1 by Naomi Bassey & Sarah Horn, London, United Kingdom, 2017
Pouya Ahmadi, Arcademi: Publishing Shapes of Tomorrow, Mannheim, Germany, 2017
Type Hike: A Retrospective, Type Hike, United States, 2017
Pouya Ahmadi uses typography to “bridge the gap between poetry, performance and space,” It’s Nice That Journal, London, United Kingdom, 2017
From Tehran to Chicago, Pouya Ahmadi’s Having a Design Dialogue Between East + West and Past + Present, AIGA Eye on Design Journal, New York, United States, 2017
Peep, Issue 1, London, United Kingdom, 2017
Numbers in Advertising Design, PIE Books Intenational, Tokyo, Japan, 2017
Elegant + Experimental Design from Chicago Film Poster Pro Pouya Ahmadi, Interview with AIGA Eye on Design Journal, New York, United States, 2016
From Tehran to Chicago, Pouya Ahmadi is an Adventurer for Type, Interview with TypeRoom Journal, Athens, Greece, 2016
The Style-bending Work and Curious Mind of Chicago’s Pouya Ahmadi, Interview with Working Not Working Journal, New York, United States, 2016
David Lynch, Architecture and Structuralist-inspired Graphic Design by Pouya Ahmadi, Interview with It’s Nice That Journal, London, United Kingdom, 2016
Typodarium, Typographic Calendar, Quantum Typeface Feature, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Munich, Germany, 2016 (Project completed in association with Studio/lab Chicago)
Pouya Ahmadi Posters, Grain Edit Magazine, California, United States, 2016
Pouya Ahmadi: Posters for Experimental Film Society, Work Feature in People of Print Journal, London, United Kingdom, 2016
Reel Life, Interview with Grafik Magazine, London, United Kingdom, 2016 
Exploring Typography by Tova Rabinowitz, Cengage Learning publications, United States, 2015
People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design and Illustration, Thames & Hudson, UK, 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 Identitet), 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 3, Hightone Book Corp., Guangzhou, China, 2013
Typography 33, Type Directors Club, New York, United States, 2012
IdN World Magazine 18, Hong Kong, 2012
Arabesque 2: Graphic Design From The Arab World And Persia, Germany, 2012
Neshan Magazine 28, Neshan Publications, Tehran, Iran, 2012
Moscow International Design Biennial Catalog—Golden Bee 12, Moscow, Russia, 2012
Between Moving and Still Images, Image and Temporality (Bild und Zeitlichkeit), 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


        AWARDS AND HONORS
Dean’s Research Prize, Latin-Non-Latin Publication, Chicago, United States, 2016
Chicago Design Archive 15, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2015
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


       PUBLICATIONS AND WRITING
Editor, Amalgam Journal Op.I, Winter 2018
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #43—Interdisciplinary Design, Spring 2018
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #42—Design and Culture, Winter 2018
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #41—Design Museums and Archives, Autumn 2017
Author, Material Non-Material; A Review of Studio Moniker’s Conditional Design Work, Neshan Magazine #40—Interaction Design, Summer 2017
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #40—Interaction Design, Summer 2017
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #39—Design and Advertising, Spring 2017
Author, Objective, Subjective, and Graphical: A Conversation with Studio Feixen, Neshan Magazine #39—Design and Advertising, Spring 2017
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #38—Publishers and Publishing, Winter 2017
Author, Publishing as an Act of Self-Expression, Neshan Magazine #38—Publishers and Publishing, Winter 2017 
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #37—Women and Design, Autumn 2016
Author, For the Love of Letterforms; Carol Wahler and the Type Directors Club, Neshan Magazine #37—Women and Design, Autumn 2016
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #36—Non-Western Design, Summer 2016
Author, In Praise of Arabic Letters, Neshan Magazine #36—Non-Western Design, Summer 2016
Co-Editor, Neshan Magazine #35— Design Studios, Winter & Spring 2015
Author, Future Type—A Semiotic Turn, Neshan Magazine #33—Type and Typography, Summer 2015
Author, Daily Practice: A Review of Design Experiments of Renata Graw (Plural), Neshan Magazine #32—Intercultural Design, Autumn 2014
Author, Post Poster, Neshan Magazine #31—Poster Design, Summer 2014
Author, The Book that Music Built: A Review of Leander Eisenmann Work, Neshan Magazine #29—Book Design, Autumn 2012
Co-Author, In-Between Color, Sound, and Space, Neshan Magazine #27—Environmental Graphic Design, Spring 2012
Author, Laika: A Dynamic Typeface, Neshan Magazine #26—Design with Type, Winter 2012
Author, Ordigami, or How I Learnt to Fold Information, Neshan Magazine #25—Handmade Design, Autumn 2011
Author, A Concept Inside the Box: The Packaging Design Work by Studio Zwoelf, Neshan Magazine #24—Packaging Design, Winter 2011
Author, Gazing into the Amsterdam Sky!, Neshan Magazine #23—Information Design, Autumn 2010


       SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Knif Mono, Exhibition, Bat Coop + Building Paris, Paris, France, 2018
Great Ideas of Humanity, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, United States, 2018
Type Hike, Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, United States, 2018
The New Winds: Contemporary Iranian Design, College of San Mateo, California, United States, 2018
Dubai Design Biennial, Weltformat D×B, Delusions and Errors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017
Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2017 
Type Hike, Exhibition, Block 37, Chicago, United States, 2017
Chicago Art Expo, Your Are Beatiful Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 2017
Type Hike, Exhibition, Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas, United States, 2017
Type Hike, Exhibition, The University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY, 2017
Type Hike, Exhibition, Block Thrity Seven, Chicago, IL, 2017
ChicagoMade: Great Ideas of Humanity, Hong Kong Design Center, Hong Kong, 2016
ChicagoMade: Great Ideas of Humanity, Chicago Design Museum + 50,000 ft., Chicago, United States, 2016
ChicagoMade: Great Ideas of Humanity, Lost Arts, Chicago, United States, 2016
Chicago Design Archive 15, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, United States, 2015
Moscow International Design Biennial, Moscow, Russia, 2014
This Is Chicago, Poster Exhibition Curated by AIGA, Chicago, United States, 2014
Sarajevo 100 (1914–2014), Poster Exhibition, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2014
Chicago Design Archive 13, Chicago, United States, 2013
AIGA Chicago Snapshot, Chicago, United States, 2013
Moscow International Poster Biennial, Moscow, Russia, 2012
Momayez Foundation Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2012
MUIP Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
Bild und Zeitlichkeit, Berlin, Germany, 2011
Persianissimo, Colorado/Istanbul/Bolzano/Famagusta, 2009–2012
100 Iranian Logotypes Exhibition, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2010
Bild und Zeitlichkeit, Basel, Switzerland, 2010
Art By Chance, Ultra Short Film Festival, US/EU, 2010
Entwurf/Gesicht/Identitet, Image Lab, Basel, Switzerland, 2010
Gegenwart, Basel, Switzerland, 2009
Ornament and Design Process, Basel, Switzerland, 2008
Gen X, poster exhibition, Toronto, Canada, 2008
Silk Road, IGDS members’ poster exhibition, Sharjah, UAE, 2008
Shahnameh, The Fourth Iranian Typography Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2008
Anti-Aids, poster exhibition/competition, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2007
Iranian Typography Exhibition, FHNW/HGK Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2007
The Second International Biennial of Poster, Tehran, Iran, 2007
The 9th International Poster Biennial of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2007
Zigzag, poster group exhibition, Tehran Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2007
Moscow International Design Biennial, Moscow, Russia, 2006
Tamga, logo design exhibition/competition, Moscow, Russia, 2006
International Poster Competition to Greet World Expo, Shanghai, China, 2006
Students and Professors Exhibition, group poster exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2006
The 5th Generation Graphic Designers Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2006
The Day of Graphic Design, group poster exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2006
The World Biennial Exhibition of Student Poster, Novisad, Serbia, 2006
The Sings, exhibition of members of IGDS, Tehran, Iran, 2006
The Day of Graphic Design, group poster exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2004
Human and ..., group poster exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2003


       PRESENTATIONS
Presenter, ChiDM Presents: Pouya Ahmadi, Chicago Design Museum, 2018
Presenter, MAS Context: Couplings, Leo Burnett, Chicago, United States, 2018
Host and Curator, Through a Glass Darkly: The Rodina, UIC School of Design Public Seminar Series, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018
Host and Curator, Through a Glass Darkly: Andrew Blauvelt, UIC School of Design Public Seminar Series, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018
Host and Curator, Through a Glass Darkly: Mark Owens, UIC School of Design Public Seminar Series, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
Host and Curator, Through a Glass Darkly: Till Wittwer, UIC School of Design Public Seminar Series, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
Presenter, Type Hike, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, United States, 2017
Co-Presenter, TypeCon 2016: Resound, The Society of Typographic Aficionados, Seattle, United States, 2016
Presenter, TypeCon 2015: Condensed, The Society of Typographic Aficionados, Denver, United States, 2015​​​​​​​


© Pouya Ahmadi, 2006–2018​​​​​​​
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