Meena Khalili

Assistant Professor


Meena Khalili is a native of Washington, D.C. Her work crosses boundaries between traditional design and studio art practices. Meena’s research explores typography and Persian calligraphy through multimodal media, and focuses on design, illustration, and book art. She is inspired by geography, impermanence, and her experiences as a first generation Iranian-American. She has studied at the Illustration Academy, at the Lorenzo de' Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy, and has conducted many speaking engagements and workshops throughout the U.S. and in Doha, Qatar. Meena runs her design practice at

Course Offerings

ART 522: Advenures in Design: Process + Methods
ART 571: Letterforms I
ART 574: Book Forms
ART 576: Web Design
ART 577: Design for Interaction


Graphic and Publication Design
Typographic Design
Digital Media and New Media Studies
Interactive and Print Design
Experimental Design
Traditional and Digital Illustration
Book Arts

Selected Achievements + Exhibitions


TypoFilm, artlink Regional Juried Exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN
Gold for a Silver Situation, Richmond, VA
Design EDU Podcast
"Remaking Language Project” chapter published in Redefining Creativity, Cambridge Scholars Press


TypoFilm, animated typographic work projection, Jakarta, Indonesia
Lassen Volcanic Park design work published at Library of Congress
Type Hike: A Retrospective, monograph
Best in Show: AIGA Louisville, The Show
Type Hike, Type Directors Club, Chicago Design Museum, The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
Tramp Trump, Positive/Negative 32, National Juried Art Exhibition
I Will Gladly Lend You My Copy, Creative Quarterly 47
Creative South Podcast, Episode 64: Meena Khalili, Triple Threat


AIGA Louisville Design Week speaker, Cultivating Curiosity + Breaking Rules in Pursuit of Design

Professional Memberships

University and College Designers Association
Southeastern Collage Art Conference
College Art Association