Zia Khan is the founder and principal of Lucid Partners, a communication design firm in Atlanta. Founded in 1994, his firm has served clients such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Home Depot and Mohawk Industries, on engagements ranging from brand identity to stakeholder communication. In his 20-plus years as a designer, Khan has seen his work recognized by Communication Arts, Black Book AR100,HOW and Graphic Design USA, and has received several awards, including the prestigious Mohawk Show Award of Excellence.
He is also a partner in Kenari, a social enterprise that designs neighborhood food systems.
Born and raised in Bangalore, India, his nontraditional route to the design profession included undergraduate studies in physics and geology; later on, he graduated from the Portfolio Center, in Atlanta. In recent years, Khan has developed a deep interest in issues at the intersection of business and design. A notable achievement during his two terms on the AIGA Atlanta chapter’s board as the business outreach chair was the creation of the Brand Academy program, an executive course produced in partnership with the Emory University Business School. He was an adjunct professor at the Atlanta College of Art and periodically teaches innovation design at the Portfolio Center. He currently serves as treasurer on the national board of the AIGA.