Sara Jamshidi is an independent graphic designer and art director with MA in visual communication from the Royal College of Art. She is a research-based designer with a practice that spans between the realms of archives and special collections, museums and education, with an editorial design approach. Sara is currently teaching full-time as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, at George Washington University.
Before attending RCA, Sara has worked at Design Observer, where she was senior designer working on editorial and commercial projects as well as contributing to the website as a writer including for her column, The Observers. Sara has taught as adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College or Art—MICA, where she was also a visiting crit for the students’ thesis class at the MA program. She was previously senior designer at Top Shelf Design, a boutique marketing and design studio in Washington DC.
Sara has conducted workshops in the UK and US at the RCA and other universities and schools focusing on combining graphic design and collaborative approaches with social methods of learning. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at Dubai Design Week, Typographic Singularity in London, and AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers in New York. Sara has received several scholarhips including AIGA CT creative scholarship and was shortlisted for Art Directors Club’s Young Guns in 2016. In 2018 she was awarded a grant by Magic of Persia foundation to develop her MA final project about Iranian stamps—Project M.