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Alireza Vaziri Rahimi
MFA Design, UC Davis

I believe Design is a way of changing the world to be a better place. A better world may have a different definition for different people: perhaps an ergonomic chair or an Interface for a pioneer application, each can make one’s world a better place to live in. Over a decade of professional and academic experience has equipped me with extensive collaborative skills and creative methods in visual communication design.

Being exposed to utmost sophistication revealed the power of design thinking to me which has enabled me to efficiently apply it in leading the creative processes and organizing the ideation and implementation of different projects. As a designer, my greatest passion is to view and visualize the depth of a phenomenon beyond its existence. In this journey, I welcome challenges and mainly confronting the inner voices telling me “just mind yourself.” As per the legendary Persian poet, Rumi said: “I came to you without ‘me,’ so come to me without ‘you’.”

I am researching manipulation and Design, I aim to re-examine concepts such as propaganda, misinformation and social media in relation to design and our contemporary digital culture. I am trying to answer these questions that How does social media manipulate our thoughts? How can visual design make society more aware of this crisis? I would like to turn technology back on itself as a mirror (with using Augmented Reality) to reveal some of its problems.

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