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 (over 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.
• Diagrams and graphs.

Portfolio (24 selected works)


Leet, Robert

Goodbye Woomera Belle

Draper, Chris

Bold Forecast The Hurricane Agnes Deluge

Letcher, Gary, Forbes, Dr. Greg

Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring B

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Bea has 12 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Gary Letcher
Can I leave more than 5 stars? Bea did excellent work designing the cover and interior of my book, getting it ready for publication. I have had many compliments about how compelling her cover is. Communication was excellent-plus, even though she and I are six time zones apart. She always got right back to me in response to my input. The work was a true collaboration. The printer (Ingram) t...
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Gary Letcher, June 2022

Susanna Heiskanen
I could not have had a better with than Bea to work on my cover. She got from the get-go on what I wanted to achieve with the cover. Everything was well thought after and she delivered a professional-looking cover that I have been complimented with ever since. I could not hesitate to recommend her to work with and I am looking forward to working with her again.

Susanna Heiskanen, May 2022

Chris Draper
Bea is a joy to work with. She was able to accommodate my requirements and suggestions while giving useful advice where needed. Highly recommended!

Chris Draper, April 2022

Blue Jones
Beau was great! She is so kind and patient. She explained every step to me and promptly responded to all my messages! Highly recommend her and look forward to working with her in the future!

Blue Jones, January 2022

Sharenda Roam
Bea is extremely talented and a joy to work with! She knew immediately what I wanted for the design. It was almost as if she could read my mind! :) She is punctual and very kind. She is flexible and responds quickly, even though we are 7 hours apart. I hope to work with her again soon! She is the kind of person I would love to sit and chat with over tea. Hire her for her beautiful designs and p...
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Sharenda Roam, January 2022

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