Jesse Kirsch

I live for creating smart work that makes you think (and then smile).

Voted “class artist” by his high school peers, Jesse’s affinity for the arts was apparent from an early age. But it was at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he honed his craft and developed a love for all things design. Having worked on major consumer product, entertainment and lifestyle brands, plus his experience in the higher education realm working on Columbia University's film festival branding, Jesse has earned his stripes as a thought leader in conceptual brand development and design. He brings to CHIEF a wealth of print and design experience, including expertise in building comprehensive visual systems, developing core brand elements and assisting with overall identity. But it his passion for designing logos and posters that truly get Jesse's gears grinding. Whatever the medium, Jesse strives to create bold, fun design solutions that speak for themselves and are, above all, smart.

In his spare time, Jesse operates his own letterpress studio where he creates original prints and greeting cards! 

Jesse earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts.


Belle Mead, NJ—and no, I do not have an accent.

Noteworthy Story or Next Adventure

I hiked the Long Trail in Vermont with my younger brother right after I graduated college. A 270+ mile long distance hiking trail, this trail runs the entire length of Vermont starting in Massachusetts and just crossing the border into Canada. It took just under four weeks and has me itching to hike the Appalachian Trail…

Favorite App/Book/Pub

Colossal: a design, visual art and culture blog. From sculpture, science, animated gifs, history, photography and more—every post is surprising, original and occasionally mind-blowing.‬‬

DC Go-to's

Hiking or biking through Rock Creek Park. You can’t beat having a National Park a couple miles from your doorstep.