Steve Mead

Steve Mead – Designer

Cover design and page layout with a passion for books.


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.
Action & Adventure Middle Grade Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Children’s Non-Fiction History Math & Science Nature
  • Adobe Animate CC course

Work experience


Jun, 2017 — Present


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.


Oxford University Press

Mar, 2018 — Aug, 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.

Capstone Publishers

Jun, 2005 — Jun, 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.


The P is Silent

Saunders, L.

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 ... 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 cha... read more
Red Rock

Kate K.

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 ... read more
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.

Robin, G.

The Jude Crew

McCoy, K.

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 ... read more
Amphibian Body Parts
Baking Life of Amelie Day

Steve has 43 reviews





Susan T.

Susan T.

May, 2023

Talented, easy to work with and great communication skills.
Michael F.

Michael F.

Apr, 2023

Steve is incredible and goes to great lengths to ensure that the project is done to your satisfaction. He has worked with me on layouts, creating covers, and helped with graphic design projects and his skills are top notch. He is willing to work within my budget and always over delivers. He completes projects timely and I would use him again.
S.E. W.

S.E. W.

Apr, 2023

This is my second collaboration with Steve and he is the epitome of professionalism. I thoroughly enjoy working with him.
Camille K.

Camille K.

Mar, 2023

Throughout the entire process, I felt confident that Steve was committed to getting my project right. From getting the dimensions perfect for the printers, to making sure the color, tone, style and placement of text was suitable for the genre. He even completed my project before the deadline. The end result was even better than I expected, and I have hired him for my next two children's books.
Steve M.
Thanks Camille, it was pleasure to work with you on your lovely book.
Akilah T.

Akilah T.

Feb, 2023

Steve has been easy to work with and supportive the whole way through. I know we had a lot of requests and he did his utmost to ensure that we were satisfied with the final product. My clients loved the cover he designed. He responded quickly and explained everything in full detail. He was professional and worth the value.