Mark Mechan

Mark Mechan – Designer

Hello! I can help give your book the cover that it deserves: bespoke, beautiful and bold. I've spent 30 years designing and illustrating.


I’m a prolific book designer and illustrator, author and artist — with over three decades’ experience in print and digital publishing producing beautiful and eye-catching work.

One of my favourite aspects of cover design is to talk personally to authors about their books and find out what they really want to give their creation the cover or illustration that it deserves. It’s so important to start off on the right note before we commit anything to paper or pixel. Writing a book is a long, personal process and so it deserves a professional finish — bespoke, hand-drawn artwork with a creatively-designed flourish that will help it stand out from the rest.

I have worked as Art & Design manager across the gamut of publishing skills — covers, interiors, typography & page layout, and online promotional material.

Blending traditional and digital approaches and techniques, I’ve worked with authors and publishers across many areas including popular fiction, reference, cookery, coffee table books, poetry, learning, and literary fiction.

I’m twice published as author/illustrator of children’s picture books: Tumshie and Welly Boot Broth.

Anthologies Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books Poetry
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
  • Saltire Society: Scottish Book Cover Designer of the Year 2022 (nominee)
  • Diploma Medical Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting

Work experience


Apr, 2013 — Present

I’ve been a freelance creative for publishers and companies including The Gresham Publishing Company/Waverley Books/Geddes & Grosset, Vagabond Voices, xDesign, BBC, NHSGGC, Cadbury, Inovas, The Association for Scottish Literature, The Common Breath, Taproot Press and Edinburgh City of Literature.

Waverley Books

Jan, 1999 — Present

I was Art and Design Manager at Waverley Books for over 15 years, covering reference, fiction, children's, language and learning and stationery. I was responsible for covers, page layout, project management, illustration and promotional material.

Department of Medical Illustration, West Glasgow Hospitals University

Aug, 1994 — Dec, 1999 (over 5 years)

As a Medical Graphic Artist I produced annual reports, scientific research presentations, magazine design, patient information material, scientific and medical research posters, electronic presentations and journals; and I specialised in hand-drawn artwork and cartoons.

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