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!

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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 a small publisher or an independent writer, I’m here to help you to have the thrill of getting your work out in the world looking perfect!
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  • BA Graphic Design UFRJ

Work experience

Graphic designer

October, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Deputy Art Director

Arcturus Publishing
April, 2004 – September, 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.

Senior Designer

Book Creation LTD
August, 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.
• Illustration and graphs.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring B

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Bea has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Bob Leet
In general, I prefer using Reedsy professionals to hiring freelancers I do not know, as I can count on their competency and integrity. Bea Custodio stands out as exceptional even among the Reedsy folks I have used in the past. I had several specific technical issues I needed to address with both my cover design and layout, and Bea completed them all with hesitation. Not only do I love the cover...
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Bob Leet, December 2021

Marianne Jennings
Working with Bea has been an absolute joy! This was my first time working with someone to format the interior of my book and I was a little nervous about it at first. But there was no need to be with Bea. Bea has been so kind, patient and helpful as we worked together to take this mediocre manuscript and create a beautiful, easy-to-read and professional fun fact book. I had a specific timeline...
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Marianne Jennings, November 2021

Johann-Michael Ginther
Bea is an experienced layouter, she is delivering highly professional results, in our case a very satisfying 500 pages book layout. Bea is a wonderful collaborator to work with, quick and kind in answering, patient, readily responding to wishes, ideas and changes, very positive. We already look forward to a follow-up project, it will be a pleasure to work with her again

Johann-Michael Ginther, October 2021

Phyllis Pritchett
Bea was a joy to work with. Talented and first rate at find solutions on the Ingramspark site.

Phyllis Pritchett, August 2021

Stephanie Chapman
Bea was an absolute delight to work with. This was my first time working with a cover designer and she went above and beyond my expectations. Best of all, I've gotten really great feedback on the cover from the readers who have been promised advanced reader copies.

Stephanie Chapman, June 2021

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