Jakob Westman is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Stockholm, Sweden. Westman has won several Swedish and international design awards including D&AD Wood Pencil, The One Show’s Silver Pen, and the Mobius Award.
From 1996 to 1998 Westman studied Art Direction and Graphic Design at the Berghs School of Communication. Near to the end of his course, he and two copywriter friends founded the Graceland Sthlm Ad Agency. Within two and half years the trio had grown the company and sold it. After which each moved to smaller advertising agencies. In 2001, Westman ventured on his own and established Westman Colors AB. In his time in advertising, Westman he has worked with companies including Canal+, MTV, Ogilvy, Saab, Toyota and Image Comics.
A few years ago Westman took pictures of his new flat in Chicago to share with friends and family in Sweden. These pictures were mainly of his incredible collection of books, figures, artwork and posters. Someone using Stumbleupon, came across it and shared it. Turning something which was intended to be private to suddenly getting over 70 thousand visits in a weekend. Westman has since continued to showcase (flaunt) his jealousy-inducing collection on his Tumblr page, My Collect!on.
In 2004, Westman released his first art books, Color Blast vol 1. Following it up with vol 2 in 2009. The books were met with glowing accolades from top artists Glenn Barr, James Jean, Nathan Jurevicius, Mike Mignola, Kevin Dart and Scott Morse. You can currently pick up both volumes on Westman’s website.