Brandi Avant

Brandi Avant – Designer

I am a graphic designer with over 12 years of experience in academic publishing.


I am a book and publications designer.

I specialize in cover design but I also have comprehensive experience in black and white and color interior/text design as well as magazine page layout and full color books such as cookbooks and fine art catalogs.

I have worked with the University of South Carolina Press on numerous exciting projects including a series of fiction edited by the late great Pat Conroy (Story River Books). I designed the cover of an anthology of self-titled “Grit Lit” edited by Brian Carpenter and Tom Franklin and a cover for the expanded edition of one of George Singleton’s early novels, “Why Dogs Chase Cars.”

I enjoy crafting clever cover designs combining photography, typography and sometimes illustration. I would self-describe my style as sophisticated with a splash of humor or whimsy. I enjoy bringing the essence of a book to life visually.
Anthologies Historical Fiction Poetry Short Story
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Parenting & Families Photography

Work experience

University of South Carolina Communications and Marketing

Mar, 2015 — Present

I design the alumni magazine and other publications for the University of South Carolina.

The University of South Carolina Press

Jul, 2003 — Mar, 2015 (over 11 years)

Book cover and interior design for novels, short stories, historical fiction and scholarly monographs; cover and interior design for fine art books, cookbooks


In Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home, Sheila R. Morris has collected essays by South Carolinians who explore their gay identities and activism from the emergence of the HIV-AIDS pandemic to the realization of marriage equality in t... read more
Greek Revival: Cooking for Life

Patricia Moore-Pastides

Take eighty-seven ambrosial recipes designed for the needs and appetites of everyday cooks, leaven with delectable anecdotes about the Greek lifestyle, then pepper with revealing scientific insight, and the result is Greek Revival: Cooking for Life--an appetiz... read more
Accomplished South Carolina storyteller George Singleton has been called "the unchallenged king of the comic southern short story" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "a breakthrough writer you need to know" by Book magazine, and "a big-hearted evil genius wh... read more
Solomon: Israel's Ironic Icon of Human Achievement (Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament)

William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus Walter Brueggemann

In this study of Solomon and his place in the larger consciousness of Israel, Walter Brueggemann considers what Old Testament narratives regarding David's heir reveal about the aspirations and ideals of the ancient Israelite people. On the supposition that fig... read more
The Complete Poems of James Dickey is an authoritative edition of all 331 poems published by one of America's most distinguished poets, collected in one volume for the first time. Dickey's most-admired and most-anthologized poems--such as "The Performance," "C... read more
Writers and Personality

Louis Auchincloss

In this concise but pointed volume of ruminations on writers, literary icon Louis Auchincloss considers the inextricable link between a writer's personality and the fiction he or she creates. The acclaimed novelist examines the works of two dozen writers from ... read more
Alfred Hutty (1877–1954) was a master painter and printmaker whose evocative landscapes and realistic studies of the human condition represent the best aspects of the Woodstock and Charleston art traditions of his era. Edited by Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G. H... read more
Pam Durban’s new collection of stories explores the myriad ways people lose, find, and hold on to one another. When all else fails her characters―science, religion, family, self―the powerful act of storytelling itself keeps their broken lives together and fost... read more
A Clear View of the Southern Sky reveals women in the twenty-first century doing what women have always done in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. In each of the ten tales from southern storyteller Mary Hood, women have come--by circumstances and choice-... read more
Pat Conroy’s work as a novelist and a memoirist has indelibly shaped the image of the American South in the cultural imagination. His writing has rendered the physical landscape of the South Carolina lowcountry familiar to legions of readers, and it has staked... read more
Sojourner in Islamic Lands takes us on a journey from Kazakhstan in the far north of Central Asia, across the mountains to the former Soviet Union, then south to Iran just below the Caspian Sea. Russell Fraser follows the ancient Silk Road wherever possible. F... read more
Drawing on storytelling traditions as old as southern literature itself, Grit Lit is the first anthology devoted to contemporary writing about the Rough South. From literary legends to emerging voices, the acclaimed writers featured in this collection view the... read more
First published in 1873, Bill Arp’s Peace Papers, by Charles Henry Smith (1826–1903), is a collection of writings from the Civil War and Reconstruction by the Confederacy’s most famous humorist. Smith, a lawyer in Rome, Georgia, took the penname “Bill Arp” in ... read more
This collection, which gathers fifteen stories by contemporary Indian women representing the varied languages and regions of their subcontinent, is now available to an American audience for the first time. Western readers have come to recognize the names of In... read more
Breast or Bottle? is the first scholarly examination of the shift in breastfeeding recommendations occurring over the last half century. Through a close analysis of scientific and medical controversies and a critical examination of the ways in which medical be... read more
Capturing the rich contrasts of the land and the intimate history of generations in the Mississippi Delta, Into the Flatland, by Kathleen Robbins, is a series of photographs documenting the terrain, people, and culture of her ancestry. The photographer returne... read more
The third collection by the prize-winning Asian American poet Jon Pineda, Little Anodynes is a sequence of lyrical, personal narratives that continue Pineda's exploration of his biracial identity, the haunting loss of his sister, and the joys--and fears--of fa... read more
Set against the exquisite, historical backdrop of Charleston's insular South of Broad neighborhood, A Southern Girl is a tale of international adoption and of families lost, then found anew through revelations, courage, and the perseverance of a love without b... read more
Novelist Walker Percy once said that the only remaining unexplored territory in southern literature was the Jewish southerner. Famous all over Town, the first novel from southern storyteller Bernie Schein, stakes a claim on Percy’s unexplored terrain with a co... read more
The Lost Woods is a collection of fifteen short stories, most of them set in and around the fictional small town of Sledge, South Carolina. The events narrated in the stories begin in the 1930s and continue to the present day. The stories aren't accounts of hu... read more

Brandi has 4 reviews





Vicki F.

Vicki F.

Sep, 2023

Brandi has been amazing. Very creative and very professional. She had really good suggestions for design and editing to make sure design looked good. I would definitely engage Brandi again when I need more design work for my books. Vicki Ferrara
Deedra B.

Deedra B.

Jul, 2022

Brandi Avant’s work is exquisite. She was able to take my vision and create exactly what I wanted. I am so grateful to her and recommend Brandi to everyone.
Don L.

Don L.

Dec, 2021

Brandi is an excellent lady with whom to work. As a neophyte author, she is professional, provided a great product, and supported me with helpful guidance.
Brandi A.
Thank you!!!
Joseph D.

Joseph D.

Jul, 2019

Brandi did the cover of my book on schedule and improved my own idea tremendously with little effort on my part. As a retired academic writer and professor, she was a pleasure with whom to communicate and impressive in her knowledge of how to get the job done well. Next book I will only contact her for the finished product. This first non-academic work, I used three persons to provide a cover p...
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Brandi A.
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with on your book’s cover!

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