Naiad Design worked with StarWalk KidsMedia to revive a terrific series of out-of-print books for teens / young adults, “Be The Judge,” by Doreen Rappaport. Each book, converted to modern e-reader format, places the reader in the jury’s shoes in a famous historical court trial. The books include a wealth of old newspaper clippings, photographs, courtroom evidence, maps, and other information relevant to each crime. The book walks the reader through the crime, the arguments on each side, and the jury’s deliberations, and asks the reader to judge the defendant for herself and consider whether a jury today would reach the same verdict. Naiad Design’s task was to make the content feel accessible and compelling through a crisp, updated graphic format.

Cover designs for 3 books in the series

Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Cover
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Cover
Be the Jury: Lizzie Borden Book Cover
Be the Jury: Lizzie Borden Book Cover
Be the Jury: Alger Hill Book Cover
Be the Jury: Alger Hiss Book Cover

Internal page spreads

Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Sacco Vanzetti Book Design
Be the Jury: Lizzie Borden Book Design
Be the Jury: Lizzie Borden Book Design