Iram Allam

Iram Allam - Designer

London, UK

Internal book designer with over 20 years experience: 10 years with Macmillan Publishers. Beautiful and classical designs across all genres.

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I have over 20 years experience in book publishing and specifically in internal book design and layout. I've worked for some of the largest publishers in London namely HarperCollins, Orion Books and Macmillan Publishers and Macmillan is still my main customer. I have worked on big name authors such as Kate Moss and David Baldacci. I have now been working freelance with my own company since 2019 and I can design your fiction, non-fiction, kids and poetry books. That includes plate sections and endpapers. I can also do family trees and infographics. I especially like designing historical fiction but I have designed science fiction, parenting and business books. My design skills are all encompassing as is normal with in-house trade designers.

I have been working with authors for a long time and I'd like to think that I can bring your ideas to life. I would normally get a brief and then provide some sample pages for you to approve. Upon approval I will typeset your book and provide you with a print ready pdf for printing. I am also happy to give advice from the perspective of a traditional publisher. I'm very much a heads down and get it done person and I will often complete a project before the deadline.

Please give me as much information about the text as possible ie whether there are headings, how many diagrams need to be done by me, any pictures or illustrations to be supplied or any special design. I think I am pretty knowledgable about publishing and I hope that comes across!
Business & Management
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance book designer

February, 2019 – Present (about 2 years)

Senior Text Designer

Macmillan Publishers
January, 2008 – July, 2018 (over 10 years)

Senior Book Designer

Orion Publishing Group
April, 2004 – December, 2007 (over 3 years)

Book Designer

Orion Publishing Group
March, 2001 – March, 2004 (about 3 years)

Junior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 1998 – March, 2001 (almost 3 years)

Production Controller

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 1997 – March, 1998 (11 months)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Buster's Secret Diaries

Hattersley, Roy

The Fred Files

Graham, Alex

Iram has 8 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Audrey Miller
Aram has been a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her. We’re finishing my project and I will miss our early morning texts! She’s professional, punctual and her work is perfect. I look forward to meeting her on my next trip to London. Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller, April 2021

jong Lee
Iram is fast, accurate, and a great communicator. She's done a great layout job for the book we've been working on. Highly recommended. Five Stars!

jong Lee, March 2021

SRenee Smith
I've written 6 books, two were book deals, so this is not my first time hiring talent. Iram's talent, efficiency, and customer service skills supersede anyone I have ever worked with. I had a 7-day turnaround time. She told me upfront she had never completed an interior design in that short timeframe, but she would try. Iram did not disappoint. She blew me away. She delivered a high-quality pr...
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SRenee Smith, December 2020

Willie Drake
First and foremost I absolutely love her work, her design seamlessly owns the story narrative. And she goes the extra mile for her clients and that's special.

Willie Drake, November 2020

Nosolino Vera Cruz
What I can say about Iram is punctuality, speed, and professionalism.

Nosolino Vera Cruz, November 2020

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