His special focus and proficiency in typography and calligraphy leads him to be recognized as the first designer who employed shaping of letters in forms and shapes (Zoomorphism) in graphic design. Moreover, in another part of his works, he tries to use the principles of calligraphy in type design.
Accordingly, Mehdi determined and founded "Letters Melody" course and teaches in Iran's Universities as well as holding some international workshops in other countries to make people with different language background familiar with the beauty of letters in art and graphic design.
In 2013, he also founded First International Exhibition of Type Design, as part of Silver Cypress. biennial, a competition that devoted to Persian type design for the first time.
In consideration of Mehdi Saeedi's artworks, a large number of them have been selected for exhibition in many prominent museums, collections, major domestic and international exhibitions worldwide. They have also been published in several reputable international magazines. Mehdi won several prestigious and well-grounded awards both locally and internationally resulting in becoming known as the most awarded Iranian graphic designer in Iran's graphic history Among which are: Grand Prize, Taiwan International Poster Design Award, Taiwan, 2007; Grand Prize, "Five Stars Designers' Banquet", International Invitational PosterTriennial of Osaka, Japan, 2009; Top Award, 15th International Invitational Poster, Colorado, United States, 2007; First Prize, 12th International Poster Triennial, Ekoplagat ?11, Slovakia, 2011 and Gold Medal in "Graphis poster annual 2013", USA et c.
There are additionally several publications of Mehdi Saeedi's collection as well as the selection of artworks that the recent one of those in 2013 was published with the title of "From Contour to Calligraphy" in 384 pages. Furthermore, he is included among 30 designers in Second edition of "New Masters of Poster Design" that features the best poster designers currently working all over,
also his works feature on The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2, 1960-Today's book.
He is also an AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) member.
Three books of Mehdi Saeedi's collection of works have been published, in both English and Persian. In 2005, Mehdi's first collection of works, "Mehdi Saeedi: Collection of Graphic Works 1999-2004" (ISBN9786006413082), was published by Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The book consists of approximately 70 color reproductions of posters and 46 logos and includes two introductions, by fellow Iranian graphic designer Ghobad Shiva (AGI) and French designer Thierry Sarfis.
A second book, "From Script to Calligraphy: Collection of Mehdi Saeedi's Posters" , is a collection of Mehdi's works in a decade and was published in Germany in 2008.
In 2013, Mehdi published the book "From Contour to Calligraphy" . This book is a collection of his works through 14 years of professional efforts demonstrating Mehdi's approach to figurative calligraphy (Zoomorphism or Tasvir-Negari) and Graphic Design. The content of the book is divided into three sections. The first section consists of art pieces that inspired by traditional Persian calligraphy, and the second and third sections are based on works utilizing contemporary design titled "Modern Persian1" and "Modern Persian2". This book begins with introductions by renowned visual artists including: Alain Le Quernec (AGI) from France, Rene Wanner and Niklaus Troxler (AGI) from Switzerland, U.G Sato (AGI) from Japan and Aydin Aghdashloo from Iran.
In addition, Mehdi authored "5th generation of young Iranian graphic designers" , that is a book of selected works of those who born in 70s and 80s and pioneer in having different look on contemporary Iranian posters.
Mehdi Saeedi is also featured in various world valid publications and collections that among them are:
Learn World Calligraphy that offers a unique glimpse of scripts worldwide and the calligraphers who write them and Covering nearly all of the world's writing systems, New Masters of Poster Design that features around 30 top poster designers currently working all over the world, Atlas of Graphic Designers a comprehensive collection illustrates the world of graphic design country by country, featuring the best graphic designers from all over the world., 1000 Type Treatments and The Design of Dissent that examined graphic work focusing on social and political concerns from around the globe and is written and designed by Milton Glaser and Ilic'.
Honours and awards
Grand Prix, Exhibition of Visual Arts, Iran, 1998 & 1999
Honourable Mention, The 7th International Biennial of Poster, Mexico, 2002
Special Award, Poster Design Competition: "Books, Children and the Family", Iran, 2003
Diploma of Honour, The 1st Book Cover Design Exhibition in the 16th Tehran International Book Fair, Iran, 2003
First Prize, The 1st International Biennial of the Islamic World Poster, Iran, 2004