Bea Reis Custodio

Bea Reis Custodio – Designer

Passionate and experienced book designer with over 20 years of cover and page design and publishing experience. Make your writing stand out!

Overview

Over the past few years, the publishing industry has changed quite a lot. However, the basics of good book design remain the same and are based on rules developed over centuries. For the perfect book to be produced these rules have to be applied and it makes no difference if you are publishing a paperback, hardback, kindle or EPUB format. A book needs structure and clarity, good typography, a page layout that reflects the author’s manuscript in a creative way and an attention-grabbing and unique cover.

I have worked as a book designer for over 25 years and I have vast experience in creating beautiful layouts and typography, commissioning illustrators and managing projects. I have worked on projects for some of the top publishing houses, including BBC, HarperCollins, Dorling Kindersley, Gallimard, Random House and Barnes & Noble.

My diverse portfolio includes books on many subjects across classics, reference, puzzles, fiction, and in academic fields - both adult and children’s titles.

I have a solid understanding of design styles, strong typographical eye and meticulous attention to detail. I work with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and I love using Adobe Illustrator. I’m skilled at working to tight deadlines and multitasking.

Make your book stand out. Whether you are an independent writer or small publisher, I’m here to help you to have the thrill of getting your work out in the world looking perfect!
Services
Non-Fiction
Geography Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
Fiction
Romance Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English
Certifications
  • BA Graphic Design UFRJ

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2018 — Present

Arcturus Publishing

Apr, 2004 — Sep, 2018 (over 14 years)

I have worked as Deputy Design Director at Arcturus Publishing and my key responsibilities were:
• Interior page and jacket design following the Editorial brief.
• Commissioning and managing briefs, specifications and budgets for freelance designers.
• Finalizing jackets and pages before books were signed off by the Art Director, Editorial and Sales department.
• Liaising with the digital team to create e-book covers.

Book Creation LTD

Aug, 1995 — May, 2004 (over 8 years)

• Interior page design following the editorial team briefs. Clients included the BBC, Everyman Travel Guides, Harper Collins, Doris Kindersley and Reader's Digest.
• Diagrams and graphs.

Portfolio

Cold Cases

Grieg, Charlotte

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Resonant

Leet, Robert

Cover Design Book Interior Design
Cover Design Book Interior Design
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Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring B

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Bea has 37 reviews

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Yemisi O.

Yemisi O.

May, 2024

The final design of the book covers and inner typesetting was of high quality. Despite the back-and-forth changes, Bea remained professional throughout and delivered the final product on time.
Susanna H.

Susanna H.

May, 2024

Love working with Bea, she is truly an amazing professional and her experience working with big publishing houses shines through. All three covers that I have had are to the point and a great fit for my genre. Could not recommend her enough.
jodie R.

jodie R.

Apr, 2024

I have worked with Bea before and will work with her again as needed. She is thoughtful, detail oriented and responsive, a joy to collaborate with.
Susanna H.

Susanna H.

Apr, 2024

I worked with Bea the second time around on my second book. Again she has done magic and got the design right from the get-go. It is lovely to work with someone with her experience who can give feedback, and suggestions and who knows her craft. I recommend her and could not be happier with her work.
jodie R.

jodie R.

Mar, 2024

I have really enjoyed working with Bea: she is prompt, helpful, and goes above and beyond what is expected. She is talented and experienced; she expanded my scope of information not just about the design process but also about uploading to self-publishing sites like Amazon. Given that all our communication was over an electronic medium, her warmth and support was also helpful. As we ran into te...
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