Jessica Karle

Hi. I am a designer and writer living and working in San Francisco. I'm currently in the early stages of building my own company—stay tuned!

In my most recent role as the Head of Digital Design at Everlane I was responsible for the management and growth of the digital product design team, and led from a foundation that all good design starts with understanding our users. 

We put an emphasis on the entire design process from strategic definition, to research, prototyping, execution, and analysis. I led an extremely collaborative team that partnered closely with engineers and product managers as well as key stakeholders across the organization.

As a Lead Product Designer at Paperless Post I led the redesign and successful launch of our invitation product and created a new mobile-first experience for an audience of 65 million receivers a year. We focused heavily on user research to innovate rather than iterate on a six-year old product.

As a Senior Designer at General Assembly I worked on a variety of projects across mediums to evolve brand standards. Prior to that I gained experience at architecture studios specializing in high-end retail and residential work in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cincinnati. 

I am the co-founder and author of Kern and Burn: Conversations with Design EntrepreneursI studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Miami University of Ohio and received my MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Photo by Krissi Xenakis

Say Hello


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Selected Collaborators


Tim Hoover

Tim Hoover is the co-author of Kern and Burn: Conversations with Design EntrepreneursHe is currently a Design Manager at Airbnb.


Ghostly Ferns

Ghostly Ferns is a collaborative web design, branding and illustration studio based in New York City.

Additional Collaborators
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Best Made Company


Selected Publications

Fast Company
From Airbnb To Warby Parker: 7 Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs

You Can’t Just Choose to Be an Entrepreneur — You Have to Earn it.

Good (1 / 3)
Moving Mouse and Mind an Ode to Creators and Builders

Good (2 / 3)
Why Designers Have a Moral Obligation to Intentional Impact

Good (3 / 3)
How Warby Parker is Helping the World See

Metropolis Magazine
Exit the Classroom

Type on Screen
A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students by Ellen Lupton

Selected Exhibitions

Kickstarter All Stars presented by MNML

Selected Interviews

Design Details, Episode 223
Abstract – Everlane
Growth Hackers AMA
Monocle 24 Radio
Print Magazine
Design*Sponge Biz Ladies
Felt and Wire
One Minute With
New Disruptors
WMCFest Go Media
Go Media Podcast
Co Lab: Collaborative Design Survey

Selected Press

Paste Magazine
Design Work Life
Grain Edit
Anthology Mag
Lost Type
Eight Hour Day
Site Inspire

Selected Recognition

Print Regional Design Annual
Winner − Editorial

For Print Only Awards
Offset Printing

Core 77 Design Awards
Educational Initiatives

Sidney Lake Award
Graduate Award
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

For Print Only Awards
Zine for Self-Promotion