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Jakob Vala

Jakob ValaDesigner

Portland, OR

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


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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. NOTE: At this time, I'm only taking requests for interior design and layout. Feel free to message me for more samples.

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 (almost 6 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 (about 15 years)

Jakob has 1 review


Waddy Thompson

Could not possibly have been easier to work with. Always a quick response and excellent work.

, February 2017

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Simon Avery

My award-winning covers have worked to double sales overnight and turn a non-seller into an Amazon chart topper. E-Cover £350+vat

Brighton, United Kingdom


Kevin Knight

I love designing books - covers and interiors - and delivering designs to a budget and on schedule.


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