Liam Relph

Liam Relph - Designer

London, UK

I am an experienced book and book cover designer. I have worked for Penguin Random House and HarperCollins and I love designing books.

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I have worked within the book publishing industry for over fifteen years, designing books and book covers for a number of leading UK publishers such as Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Hodder & Stoughton. I have worked on book projects for authors such as Iris Murdoch, Travis Elborough, Marina Hyde and Patricia Highsmith.

I will always aim to create work that is creative, intelligent and well thought out. The design of any book really does matter and I will focus on adding the maximum design value to any book I am working on. I have typeset, designed and illustrated numerous book interiors over the years, ranging from Poetry anthologies to fully illustrated Children's art books. I love working on the interiors and offer a service where I will make your words sit beautifully on the page.

I also co-run a small poetry press (Donut Press) and have created books for John Hegley, Tim Turnbull and Annie Freud amongst many others.

When I'm not designing I like to make Thai food and read as many books as I can get my hands on!
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Freelance Art Director and Designer

December, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

I have designed books, book covers, magazines, brochures, posters and branding work for numerous personal clients, including: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Picador, Hodder and Stoughton, Donut Press, The Poetry Society, The Friday project and Hampstead Theatre.

Design Director

The National Theatre
June, 2016 – December, 2017 (over 1 year)

I led on the design and art direction of the NT’s show campaign artwork and managed the very busy in-house design team.

Liam has 26 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jason Richter
Liam is fantastic! He was very professional and willing to work in my edits. There were issues on my end of the project that delayed things, but Liam was very patient with me. Was even "Out of the Office" on Reedsy and still got to all my requests with alacrity. 10/10. Will look for him for my next project.

Jason Richter, August 2020

Andy Done-Johnson
Working with Liam on my book A Garden of Bones has been an absolute delight. He is extremely gifted and punctual. His communication is outstanding - aside from the written brief he likes a phone conversation to really get under the skin of what you want. What really sets him apart though is that he likes to read the book before he gets started, to truly understand it. He came up with six brilli...
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Andy Done-Johnson, February 2020

Mark Fitzpatrick
Liam grasped my vision quickly and brought a level of passion and precision to my book cover and interior design project that exceeded all expectations. He was responsive and added value at every step, the end result is better than anything I could have hoped for. I am confident that any writer hiring Liam would be very well served!

Mark Fitzpatrick, February 2020

Nick Binge
Working with Liam was fantastic. Not only did he take the time to read my entire manuscript, he was able to present a variety of different artistic options, respond to quite specific little updates and briefs and even change the cover based on last minute requests from my publishing house. He was super quick in his response time and a pleasure to work with from the beginning. I would recomme...
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Nick Binge, December 2019

Liam Relph
Thanks Nick! Speak again in the New Year!

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Jeremy DeCoursey
I was so incredibly impressed with the work which Liam provided. We met briefly for a coffee once he had accepted the book. Instantly, I was blown away by the ideas he was bringing to the table. Not only had he read the manuscript, but he was quoting bits back at me which he thought would look great on the front. Through every step of the process Liam presented various options for me review, he...
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Jeremy DeCoursey, November 2019

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