I’m a recovering political theorist turned graphic designer and design researcher. 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, computational design, and design ethics. I’ve contributed numerous type and book reviews to Typographica and Fonts in Use, and I have two book projects underway: one is on the semiotic and creative potential of constructed scripts, and the other is a critical catalog raisonné of the constructed script designs of Jurriaan Schrofer. I’ve presented my research in progress to audiences at Robothon, ATypI, TypeCon, Typographics, Type@Cooper, and the Letterform Archive. My constructed typeface design Kast was a jury finalist in the 2016 protoType competition at TypeCon in Seattle. 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 and patterns.

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

>Curriculum vitae (.pdf)
>Student work

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