PrizeWinner in Illustrate (graphic)
University/SchoolUniversity of Maryland, College Park
ArtistAlireza Vaziri Rahimi

As graphic designers, we have a responsibility to our society, especially in this surreal pandemic. Nowadays, when we all have to wear masks and hide our faces to protect our health under these thin fabrics, we are witnessing the true self of our leaders! The masks instead of covering their face, are representing their thoughts more than ever.

Alireza Vaziri Rahimi is a designer, creative director, and educator. He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has been an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Maryland, College Park. Alireza holds an MFA in Design from the University of California, Davis, and a BFA in Design from the Tehran University of Art. He is a multidisciplinary designer utilizing visual storytelling and interactive media to promote social change with design.