Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe - Designer

Melbourne, Australia

Attention-grabbing book cover design ~ On time and on budget. Specialising in business non-fiction.

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I'm a graphic designer specialising in book design, with over 19 years experience in publishing and digital marketing. I love helping fellow self-publishers navigate their way through the publishing process, and offer either design services or knowledge-sharing consults (or both!)

I know the ins and outs of self-publishing a book, because I've done it multiple times myself. Creative Minds is my imprint for publishing books and resources targeted at creatives and small business owners. You can purchase my books at bookstores around Australia or internationally online.

I enjoy working with authors to bring their books to life, employing my skills as a clear and authentic communicator to develop highly functional and aesthetically pleasing design outcomes. My long list of clients have enjoyed working with me not only for my creative, concept-driven and highly communicative design work but for my organisation and communication skills, reliability, efficiency and affordability.​

I am currently offering book cover design services only.
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Writing & Publishing
Works with


  • Bachelor of Design Studies (Graphic Design)


  • Australian Business Book Awards ~ Finalist 2020
  • Australian Business Book Awards ~ Cover Design Finalist 2021

Work experience

Designer & self-publishing consultant

January, 2003 – Present (about 20 years)

Graphic Design – Non fiction trade & education

August, 2003 – November, 2005 (over 2 years)

John Ilhan: A Crazy Life

Dabkowski, Steve, Reid, Annie, Ilhan, Patricia

Tess has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rob Feinstein
Tess McCabe did a terrific job creating my book's cover and interior design. She's an extremely talented designer, and I couldn't be more pleased and proud of my book's appearance. It's beautiful! Tess is prompt, careful, patient, meticulous, gracious and an absolute delight to work with. I would recommend her without hesitation to any author.

Rob Feinstein, September 2020

Tess McCabe
Thank you, Rob! It was a delight to help you get your book out into the world, and the final product is a project I am pleased to have in my portfolio. You have written an important guidebook for s...
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