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Maithili is a graphic designer with around twenty years of experience. She is the consulting 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 of 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).


Maithili received the Oxford Book Store: Best Book Cover Prize 3rd Edition at the Jaipur Literature Festival (2018) and Special Jury Award Oxford Book Cover Prize 7th Edition (2022)


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

For work, inquiries, collaborations or just to say hello, you can email her at

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