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!


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!
Art DIY & Crafts History Philosophy
Romance Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
  • BA Graphic Design UFRJ

Work experience


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.



Leet, Robert

Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring B

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Bea has 32 reviews





Helen O.

Helen O.

Nov, 2023

Bea has created some really wonderful and fantastically readable book designs for my target audience of 7-9 year-olds. The books are quite text-heavy but Bea's input has made the text so appealing that I have been delighted to see young readers, particularly ones who are just getting comfortable with chapter books (including my own son) happily engaging with them. I have worked with Bea on two ...
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George D.

George D.

Nov, 2023

Bea is AWESOME. She has helped me numerous times with various versions of my design cover! I will use here again and again and again as I publish more books. You cannot go wrong with BEA!!
Michael G.

Michael G.

Nov, 2023

I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the interior of my book. Bea perfectly matched the fonts and style from the first book in my series. The title page also matched the font from my cover. Throughout the process, she was highly professional and responsive to my questions.
Scott K.

Scott K.

Oct, 2023

Bea was excellent to work with and her product was impeccable.
Marianne J.

Marianne J.

Sep, 2023

This is my third time working with Bea, and she's so lovely to work with. I wanted to make a few updates to a previous book that she'd helped me with. She was super quick to respond and super quick to make the changes. It's so easy to work with her and I hope to work with her again on future projects! Definitely a gem here on Reedsy! Thanks Bea!

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