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
Children’s Non-Fiction Humanities & Social Sciences Math & Science True Crime
  • 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.


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.
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 51 reviews





Trudy L.

Trudy L.

Sep, 2023

Steve was very nice to work with. He is creative and has great ideas. He was very willing to make changes when asked and responded promptly. We are very pleased with the result of our collaboration. I have no hesitation in recommending Steve. Many thanks Steve, great work.
Camille K.

Camille K.

Aug, 2023

If ever you get to work with Steve, you won't regret it! The only reason he is not working on my third book, is because he is booked up. Steve went beyond what he was paid for and made sure to fix all "hiccups" along the way, even after the collaboration was complete. My design for A CODE RED CHRISTMAS is stunning, and most of all his price is not based on just qualifications. but what he can d...
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Steve M.
Thank you!
Joe N.

Joe N.

Aug, 2023

I have worked with many contractors in my career and Steve is one of the best. He was extremely responsive, understood my project, and provided excellent insights. In addition, he did a great job with my cover and offered some great ideas. He was able to provide print and ePub version on schedule. Steve is a real find!
Steve M.
Thanks Joe.
g M.

g M.

Aug, 2023

Always done early. Quality work.
Udayan P.

Udayan P.

Jul, 2023

Working with Steve was an absolute pleasure. He was open to ideas, responsive to feedback and kept me up to speed on progress. Highly recommended.

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