Liam Relph

Liam Relph – Designer

I'm an experienced book and book cover designer. I have worked for Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. I specialize in literary fiction.


I have worked within the book publishing industry for over twenty years, designing books and book covers for a number of leading UK publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Picador and Hodder & Stoughton. I have worked on book projects for authors such as Iris Murdoch, Colson Whitehead, Ray Robisnson, Marina Hyde, Inua Ellams 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 always like to read a manuscript before starting any project, as I can't imagine designing a cover without first making the effort to understand the book!

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 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 Poetry Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense

Work experience


Dec, 2017 — Present

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.

The National Theatre

Jun, 2016 — Dec, 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 41 reviews





Matthew W.

Matthew W.

Dec, 2022

Liam designed a fantastic cover for my book that captures the essence of the genre and story. I couldn't be happier with the end result.
Chris H.

Chris H.

Sep, 2022

Liam produced a series of well crafted designs from my original brief, taking an interest in the kind of fiction I write, reading a sample of the writing and taking time to understand the book's potential audience. We then narrowed it down to one outstanding design which I am absolutely delighted with. Having tested it with an audience of readers before choosing it, they all agreed that it's a...
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Christina M.

Christina M.

Aug, 2022

Working with Liam was a wonderful experience. He is very professional and communicated throughout the entire process. He took the time to read my novel first before starting the project, which I really appreciated. I also liked that I was able to meet with him via zoom in the beginning. Liam took my ideas and designed an amazing cover for my debut novel. He also did the format and was able ...
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Liam R.
Thank you, Christina! Was brilliant working with you.
Roark A.

Roark A.

Aug, 2022

Liam's cover design exceeded my expectations. As a debut author, I had a lot of questions. Liam was patient with my queries and always took the time to answer my questions. I will definitely be collaborating with Liam on future projects.
Sharon L.

Sharon L.

Apr, 2022

I had an extremely positive experience working with Liam. He took a great deal of time understanding both the themes of the book, as well as my own preferences in terms of cover design. In addition to this, he has an excellent understanding of the current trends of the genre I am writing in (psychological suspense) and was able to adapt the design in terms of this knowledge. The various cover...
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