For Creatives, By Creatives.
Both as a team and individually, Creative Relay founders Ed and Justin have been speaking and writing about the business of creativity and organizing events since 2008 for creative communities locally, and across the country. From webinars, to small roundtables, to room-filling lectures, to workshops with local artists, we’ve done it all. Our approach is simple: create an educational, professional, and affordable learning opportunity. We do this by focusing on topics that participants can walk away from feeling enlightened rather than overwhelmed.Creative Relay is proud to work with partners such as:
AIGA Boston Massachusetts College of Art & Design Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ed Shems is an award-winning graphic designer and freelance illustrator specializing in editorial illustrations, kid’s books, character development and identity design. Ed is the former President of the Boston Graphic Artists Guild, where he built a large network of partners and planned events for the creative communities. He is on the design advisory committee for DIGMA: The Design Industry Group of Massachusetts. Ed lives in Needham, MA with his wife, Bree and their two kids, Leo and Cora. Ed’s other baby is his continuously expanding garden. You can find Ed’s illustration and graphic design work at edfredned.com
Justin Perricone is a graphic designer that specializes in identity development, print, layout, and web design. He is Adjunct Professor at The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. From 2010-2011, he served as Vice-President of the Boston Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild. He is co-founder of Creative Relay, an organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to the local and national creative community. In this capacity, he worked closely with partner organizations such as Massachusetts College of Art and Design, AIGA Boston, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design. He has also developed original presentations for Massachusetts College of Art and Design and for national webinars. He has an approachable, straight-forward, and low-key style that manages to simplify even the most complex topics. Justin is a native Floridian and before his life as a designer, he spent two years teaching third grade in a small border town in South Texas. He currently resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife Dorie and their dog Coda. He spends his spare time cycling, homebrewing, cooking, and scoring baseball games the old-fashioned way.