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Jakob Vala

Jakob Vala - Designer

Portland, OR

I'm a graphic designer and artist, who specializes in book design. I'm currently the in-house designer at Tin House.


I was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in a small cabin in the middle of the woods near Port Townsend, Washington. I attended a one-room schoolhouse where I learned to bake soufflés and read Shakespeare. I have a BFA in Communication Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art. I work for Tin House, where I design books and other things that are read.

Please see my website for a more complete portfolio.

Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Poetry Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience


Tin House

June, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

Art Director

Submit Magazine

September, 2009 – May, 2011 (over 1 year)


Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

January, 2006 – June, 2008 (over 2 years)

Freelance Designer

Jakob Vala Design

December, 2001 – Present (almost 15 years)

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