MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Mehrdad Sedaghat is an Iranian designer. In 2016, he moved to the US to pursue his Master’s degree. His professional experiences in Iran include a wide range of design practices, teaching and community outreach. He was a visiting professor at the University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran, art director for several festivals and cultural events, art director graphic designer for Istgah Azadi publication and Felesh advertising agency, and principle organizer for the Day of Design in Mashhad City. Mehrdad’s research and projects focus on the hybrid visual culture and its relationship to the sensitivity of global politics in the Middle East and the US.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Mashhad, Iran and live in East Lansing MI
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
I hardly remember mornings in my life
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Amir Kabir, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Facebook before it was banned after the 2009 election in Iran. After that Instagram.
FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Jeff Wall, Wafaa Bilal
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Teaching Design by Meredith Davis
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
TV, movies and podcasts
DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?
I play Dutar whenever I miss my home and friends in Iran
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A filmmaker or photographer
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Do not confuse movement with progress, just because you are doing a lot more, doesn’t mean you are getting a lot more done.”