Press & Prestige

A bit about what we’ve done and who’s liked it

  • Awards & Recommendations

    2018: Winner, Best Fiction eBook cover design November 2018, for The Sheriff’s Catch by James Vella-Bardon, published by Unbound.

    2017: The Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD):
    Shortlisted for Best Literary Cover Design for Beast by Paul Kingsnorth.
    Shortlisted for Best Non-Fiction Cover Design for The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla, Art Direction.

    2016: Judge on the Academy of British Cover Design Awards.

    2015: The Bookseller Industry Awards, Book of the Year Award for design of The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth, illustration by Alan Rogerson, published by Unbound. Read the Bookseller article HERE

    2015: Awarded, CommArts Illustration Annual (USA) for Art Direction of The No.9 Bus to Utopia by David Bramwell, design by Matt Chase, published by Unbound.

    2013: Nominated In-Book for D&AD Branding Expression in Print, as part of a team of illustrators on the Penguin English Library project Art Directed and Designed by Coralie Bickford Smith of Penguin Books.

    2012: Judge on the D&AD Book Design jury, acting Jury Foreman for Black Pencil judging. Watch the video HERE

    2011: Nominated In-Book for D&AD Book Design Category for Art Direction of Philip Pullman’s novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

    2010: Nominated In-Book for D&AD Book Design Category for Art Direction of Nick Cave’s novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

  • Press

    The Society of Authors featured a cover design by us on the cover of the summer 2019 issue of The Author.

    The Casual Optimist, Book Covers of Note August 2018 featured Agrippina by Emma Southon, published by Unbound.

    The Bookseller Design Blog, September 2016 (@perfectbound_) featured the cover design for The Good Immigrant published by Unbound (designed by James Jones, Art Directed by Mecob) in their September 2016 design-round-up.

    The Bookseller Design Blog, August 2016 (@perfectbound_) featured the cover design for Versailles published by Unbound and Beast published by Faber & Faber in their August 2016 design-round-up.

    The Bookseller Design Blog, July 2016 (@perfectbound_) featured the cover designs for Lily Poole published by Unbound and Beast published by Faber & Faber in their July 2016 design-round-up.

    CREATIVE REVIEW, In Search of the Beast, June 2016. Article describing the process behind the jacket design of Beast, the new hardback from Paul Kingsnorth.

    The Bookseller Design Blog, June 2016 (@perfectbound_) featured the cover designs for Rinse, Spin, Repeat published by Unbound and Flack’s Last Shift published by Blue Mark Books in their June 2016 design-round-up.

    The Bookseller Design Blog, March 2016 (@perfectbound_) featured the cover design for What If The Queen Should Die? published by Unbound in their March 2016 design-round up.

    Academy of British Cover Design Killed Covers Magazine, produced by Studio of Ideas, Little Brown, Book Group March 2016. A magazine of covers by previous Judges of the competition that didn’t make it to book.

    Arcangel Images interviewed me in July 2015, followed by a Guest Blog Post on picture fees in book cover design, High Street vs.Supermarket?

    Reedsy, the online platform where authors meet publishing professionals, interviewed me in November 2014.

    The Zed Magbook / London College of Communication: A 1000 word article on cover design and the impact of digital on book publishing now, in conjunction with Masters students from LCC. See the Blog for more details . . .

    The Casual Optimist: Alexander McCall Smith designs featured in a post entitled Beasts! on the book, design and culture blog penned by Dan Wagstaff. September 2014.

    Unbound: Here’s an INTERVIEW for the crowd-sourced publisher Unbound, talking about what I do and some other stuff. Scroll down to the image of Unbelievable by Jennifer Pickup. Guest Post on mecob’s design for the BAAF’s book Adopting a Child.

    Creative Review Blog featuring, and a review penned by Mecob. Scroll down the Irvine Welsh spine bit . . .

    Design Week, 25th March 2010: Mecob quoted in article on sourcing bespoke photography. Read it HERE

  • Talks & Events

    Lounge Books, Expert Q&A Facebook Live Chat, April 2018. Designing effective book covers.

    London Book Fair, Author HQ, 2017. Book Jacket Design: Importance, Considerations and Approach. Speaker alongside Angus Hyland (Pentagram) and Claire Ward (HarperCollins), chaired by Justine Solomons of Byte the Book.

    Reedsy Facebook Live Chat, sharing feedback on several book covers for self publishers. Watch it here.

    Ben Galley & Whitefox, June 2016. Web discussion on cover design with self publishing consultant and fantasy author, Ben Galley, and Whitefox Founder, John Bond.

    ABCDays, March 2016. Speaker along with local authors illustrators as part of a community day run by Hunting Raven Books, Frome. Session with Key Stage 2 pupils at Vallis First School.

    Speaker at Indie Insights Event by Clays Self Publishing, Goldsboro Books, London, February 2016

    Byte the Book: What Place do Book Design and Illustration Have in the Digital Age?, panel member, London, May 2015

    Panel Member, Creative Bath & Bath Spa University discussion on The Future of Print, Bath, April 2015

    Speaker at The Bookseller Design Conference, London, July 2013

    Speaker at TalkSpace 01, Edinburgh, November 2010.

    Speaker at The Bookseller Cover Design Seminar, London, June 2010

    Publishing Scotland Book Cover Design Workshop, Edinburgh, May 2009

    Speaker at The Bookseller Cover Design Seminar, London, November 2007

  • Exhibitions

    May 2012: Killed Covers at the Hay on Wye Book Festival. The exhibition brought together a selection of covers that got away from leading Book Cover Designers, and me!

  • Teaching

    Bath Spa University: Fantasy Publishing Venture project with BA Publishing & Creative Writing students, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    Bath Spa University: Cover design seminar with BA Creative Arts students, December 2015.

    UWE Bristol: Professional Practice Lecture, 2011.

    Ediburgh College of Art: Graphic Design Programme Tutor, Academic Tutor (night school),
    Visiting Lecturer (Textile Design) 2010-2011.

    Glasgow School of Art: Visiting Lecturer, 2008.

    The Nottingham Trent University: Visiting lecturer, 2005 & 2006.