Graphics students redesign covers for formerly out-of-print books

Four AdPR students in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will see their book cover designs printed by the University of Georgia Press. Designs by Leila Choucair, Savannah Colbert, Michaela DeRosa and Elizabeth Elliott were chosen as new covers for formerly out-of-print books.

The project is a collaboration between the UGA Press, which is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state, and Kristen Smith's ADPR 5520 Advanced Graphics class.

The students visited the Press in October where they talked to Erin New, the art director, and learned about book publishing and what makes a good cover. New participated in a critique of all the students' covers when they were complete.

“They handled typographic challenges, conducted art research and, in some cases, created their own illustrations,” New said. “I was so impressed with the students' work.”

Smith, a senior lecturer of public relations in the Grady College, expressed her gratitude to the Press for working with her students.

“A project like this takes energy, and the staff at the Press was generous with their time and serious about the educational mission of the university,” Smith said. “This kind of collaboration is great real-world experience for our students. I'm thrilled that these students have professional work in their portfolios prior to graduation.”

Design by Leila Choucair


Design by Savannah Colbert



Design by Michaela DeRosa



Design by Elizabeth Elliott
Date: December 1, 2014

Contact:  Kristen Smith,