I’m a recovering political theorist turned graphic designer and design researcher and writer. I completed a PhD in political theory at Indiana University Bloomington in 2004, and earned an MFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. I’m an assistant professor of graphic design at Iowa State University, where I teach and study typography, design research and methods, and design semiotics. I’ve contributed numerous type and book reviews to Typographica and Fonts in Use, and I’m writing a book on the principles and history of modular scripts. My experimental modular typeface Kast was a jury finalist in the 2016 >protoType competition. I’ve developed Kast into paper, photographic, print, and digital artifacts, and I make digital animations using Python and >Drawbot to investigate typographic representation and parametric/algorithmic/generative formal systems.

I live in Ames, Iowa, with my partner, >Miriam Martincic—a freelance illustrator and designer—and two miniature dachshunds, Oona and Henri.

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Maurice Meilleur
Iowa State University
158 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011