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Amitabh VermaAmitabh Verma, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, recently turned his talents to creating pandemic posters. Instead of dry, text-heavy signage, his posters employ historic images such as Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam, as well as Egyptian hieroglyphs and da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, along with a little bit of humor.


Verma’s academic research includes ways to make cities better and the value of manual graphics (sketching, drawing, writing by hand) in a world dominated by technology. Before the pandemic, he was actively promoting sketching to the larger community through workshops focused on creativity, mental health and self-expression. Verma was going to teach a March class on the subject for OLLI. In the meantime, you watch him on the YouTube channel: “Sketching UGA,” and learn how to sketch the iconic structures on the UGA campus (the Arch, Chapel, and bell tower). See more of his pandemic posters at



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