Sara Jamshidi

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Assistant Professor & Faculty Advisor,
Graphic Design
Flagg Building, Rm. 300 (take Stairway 1 from 2nd Floor, Bridge), 500 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
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Sara Jamshidi is a 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. 

Current Research:

Exploring Iran’s cultural history and collective identity through visual language of its stamps.

Social and participatory methods in design education


Wit and Humor—Not a Laughing Matter: On British Graphic Design, Neshan Magazine, 2018

Explain Yourself / Show Yourself, Robert Hetherington and Ken Hollings, 2018

GraphicsRCA Archive—The Graphic Design Archive of the Royal College of Art, Neshan Magazine, 2017

Face Forward: Tobias Frere-Jones, Design Observer, 2016

The Observers, Design Observer, 2013–2016

Distinctions and Selected Exhibitions: 

Magic of Persia Foundation grant, 2018 

AIGA 50 Books | 50 Cover winner for cover and book design, 2017

Varley Memorial Award, 2017

Art Directors Club’s Young Guns, shortlisted, 2016 


Typographic Singularity, Courtyard Galleries, London, 2018

Graphics RCA 50-Years and Beyond, Dubai Design Week, Dubai, 2017

Typographic Singularity, Hockney Gallery, RCA, London, 2017

Book Test Unit Exhibition, RCA, London, 2017


Before attending RCA in 2016, Sara 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 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. She recently was awarded a grant by Magic of Persia foundation to develop her MA final project about Iranian stamps


Raised in Tehran, Sara moved to the United States after receiving her BS in Biology from Iran’s former National University. She studied Communication Design at University of Connecticut and spent a semester at Central Saint Martins in London. 

MA in Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London 

BFA in Communication Design, University of Connecticut

B.Sc. in Biology, Shahid Beheshti University