Ingrid Hess is an illustrator, graphic designer and educator. The simplicity in her work is
heavily influenced by her Amish/Mennonite heritage; the bright colors and patterns are
inspired by art from Costa Rica (her childhood home for four years).

Ingrid holds an MFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in the book arts and has worked
in the publishing industry since 1996. Her dual passions of design and illustration work
well together and help her tell stories through pictures. Her research focuses on economic
justice as a way to bring peace to the world and empowers kids to understand that they
can make a difference.

Ingrid also understands how critical it is that all types of children are represented in the
books they read. Historically children’s books have not done a good job depicting diversity.
This problem is slowly beginning to change. Ingrid is part of this change.