Steve Mead

Steve Mead - Designer

Oxford, UK

Cover design and page layout with a passion for books.

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Overview

I am a passionate book designer specialising in primary and secondary educational books and fiction trade books. I pride myself on delivering a professional, collaborative, and creative service from concept to full digital and print production.

When I design books I find it essential to understand the target audience and how your project can exceed in useability and design so it delivers a successful product for reader, parent, teacher, and child.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Middle Grade Fantasy
Science Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
History
Math & Science
Nature

Certifications

  • Adobe Animate CC course

Work experience

Freelance Book Designer

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

Hi,

I offer a service that is tailored to support you in finding the right design and direction. I know the publishing process and what works for each age range, subject and target audience.

I have produced many non-fiction and fiction books from concept to production, offering a collaborative concept stage to get the look and feel right followed by a well-managed and communicative approach to producing the end product.

Please contact me with any queries and I am happy to help and hopefully work with you in the future.

Thanks
Steve

Digital ebook designer

Oxford University Press
March, 2018 – August, 2018 (5 months)

This was a part time project helping OUP to establish its first ebook service. Transforming print books to work on an ebook platform.

Senior Graphic Designer

Capstone Publishers
June, 2005 – June, 2017 (about 12 years)

Designing non fiction Library books for the Primary and Secondary educational sector. and Trade books for WHSmiths and Waterstones. Managment of projects from budgets to schedules.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Orangutan Rescue Gang

Joyce Major

From award-winning author Joyce Major comes this utterly gripping tale about a wildlife rescue gang embarking on a quest to rescue a stolen baby orangutan.When eleven-year-old Jaylynn moves from Seattle to Sumatra, Indonesia, she discovers a baby orangutan chained to a wall by his mean owner, Maniac Man. Quickly she pieces together her mission: steal the baby orangutan, then return him to the ... read more

From award-winning author Joyce Major comes this utterly gripping tale about a wildlife rescue gang embarking on a quest to rescue a stolen baby orangutan.When eleven-year-old Jaylynn moves from Seattle to Sumatra, Indonesia, she discovers a baby orangutan chained to a wall by his mean owner, Maniac Man. Quickly she pieces together her mission: steal the baby orangutan, then return him to the ... read more

The Funny Life of Milo: Gross Stories

Holdaway, J.S., Buencamino, Nesi

Finding Ted James

Wilcox, Steve

The Cycle of the Orbs

Gibson, D S K, Gibson, Judah

The Book of Miriam

Zambrana, Louis

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and The Devil's Hound (The Magnicent Lizzie Brown Book 2)

Vicki Lockwood

Lizzie's blood chilled as the sound went right through her. It was the baying of a hound...All is not well at Fitzy's Circus. A clown fall ill, the star performer is injured, and tickets for the show aren't selling. Is it because of the terrifying dog said to haunt a nearby graveyard? Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang decide to confront the so- called 'Devil's Hound' once and for all. Can Lizzie ... read more

Lizzie's blood chilled as the sound went right through her. It was the baying of a hound...All is not well at Fitzy's Circus. A clown fall ill, the star performer is injured, and tickets for the show aren't selling. Is it because of the terrifying dog said to haunt a nearby graveyard? Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang decide to confront the so- called 'Devil's Hound' once and for all. Can Lizzie ... read more

The Baking Life of Amelie Day

Vanessa Curtis

Baking Life of Amelie Day

Baking Life of Amelie Day

Amphibian Body Parts (Animal Body Parts)

Clare Lewis

Amphibian Body Parts

Amphibian Body Parts

Jonny Jakes Investigates The Hamburgers of Doom

Malcolm Judge

Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover reporter for banned school newspaper The Woodford Word. Nothing will stop his pursuit of the truth. Not teachers. Not parents. Not double detention.When a new head teacher arrives halfway through term, Jonny smells a rat. Teachers handing out sweets? All-you-can-eat hamburgers? He’s determined to get to the bottom of it, because Jonny Jakes investigates the same wa... read more

Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover reporter for banned school newspaper The Woodford Word. Nothing will stop his pursuit of the truth. Not teachers. Not parents. Not double detention.When a new head teacher arrives halfway through term, Jonny smells a rat. Teachers handing out sweets? All-you-can-eat hamburgers? He’s determined to get to the bottom of it, because Jonny Jakes investigates the same wa... read more

The Jude Crew

McCoy, Keith David

Dysfunction

Robin, Guy

Robotics Engineering (Science Brain Builders)

Ed Sobey

Robotics is one of the hottest fields in STEM curriculum. Open students' eyes to the field of professional robotic engineers. Readers will learn the basics from a real-life expert and get some hands-on epxperience all in a digital format.

Robotics is one of the hottest fields in STEM curriculum. Open students' eyes to the field of professional robotic engineers. Readers will learn the basics from a real-life expert and get some hands-on epxperience all in a digital format.

Red Rock

Kate Kelly

The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone, and only ‘scavvers’ now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn’t the first time… Living with her uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Danni’s world is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a stra... read more

The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone, and only ‘scavvers’ now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn’t the first time… Living with her uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Danni’s world is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a stra... read more

Steve has 34 reviews

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Brittany Hair
Steve was a pleasure to work with. He was quick, professional, and knowledgeable. I would absolutely hire him again!

Brittany Hair, September 2022


S. Deborah Desser
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S. Deborah Desser, September 2022


Michael Farnsworth
Great work and all-around professional! Responds in a timely manner and very creative with his ideas. Would definitely use again.

Michael Farnsworth, August 2022


Sharon Vernon-Cra
Steve was very professional during our collaboration. He explained the process in details and answered my questions promptly. Steve gave me several design concepts to choose from. That was probably the most nerve racking decision. He was proficient in his craft and delivered an exceptional product. I would definitely recommend Steve to others.

Sharon Vernon-Cra, June 2022


Jim Speer
It was great to work with Steve. I had a broad idea of what I wanted for a Cli Fi cover but no real skill in making it happen myself. He gave me four options and then we quickly narrowed it down and perfected one of those options. He did a good job matching the content and feel of my book. He was fast and responsive to all of my corrections and questions. I will definitely be using Steve for my...
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Jim Speer, June 2022

Steve Mead
Thanks Jim, pleasure working with you.

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