Maithili is a graphic designer with over a decade of experience. She is the Art Director at Speaking Tiger Books, India and former art director of Rupa Publications India. Penguin Books, India (where Maithili worked as a Senior Designer) introduced her to the world of publishing. Since then Maithili has designed book covers as well as books in various genres—collaborating with illustrators, photographers, calligraphers as well as folk artists. She has also worked on children’s picture books as a guest art director with Pratham Books Storyweaver.


Before entering publishing, Maithili has worked with branding and design studios such as Ray and Keshavan (now Brand Union), Banglore and DMA (now DY Works).


Recently Maithili received the Oxford Book Store: Best Book Cover Prize 3rd Edition at the Jaipur Literature Festival.


Additionally, she is also a partner at visual communication practice, Studio Em + En.