About Creative Relay

Ed Shems and Justin Perricone founded Creative Relay to help their fellow creatives. Ed's an illustrator and graphic designer and Justin is a web and graphic designer, and both have years (one of them has decades) of experience running their own freelance businesses. For a number of years they have been teaching and speaking about the business of creativity as well as organizing events, workshops and webinars for the creative community with the goal of improving outcomes for both creatives and their clients.
Read on, and tell them if there's a topic you want to hear more about...

Recent Articles

Advice to Aspiring Comic Book Writers and Artists by Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins

To go along with the Top Cow Talent Hunt, we asked President/COO Matt Hawkins to give us a punch list of suggestions to those submitting their work for consideration. Here are Matt’s bullets: WRITERS Writers need to be able to convey mood, tone and character and do so very quickly. […]

Unconventional Book Design with Jon Chad

Unconventional Book Design with Jon Chad

Why do books have to be opened right to left and read left to right, top to bottom? Sure, it’s how we’ve been trained to read, but since most of us conquered books some time ago, it’s good to try something challenging. I like to challenge my readers and myself […]

ATM Branding Fail

ATM Branding Fail

I took this ATM photo because I couldn’t believe this bank’s missed opportunities. Try to sell me on your interest rates. A line of equity? A checking account? Or at the very least, remind me what bank I’m standing at. To me this is a huge branding and marketing fail. […]

by Comments are Disabled Branding, Commentary, Resources
What It’s Like To Be An Illustrator

What It’s Like To Be An Illustrator

I used to get some pretty interesting requests when people found out I’m an illustrator but after ridiculing them in cartoons, they rarely ask me for anything again.

by Comments are Disabled Business, Illustration
Inspiration for Reinventing the Illustrator

Inspiration for Reinventing the Illustrator

We recently organized an event called Reinventing the Illustrator to help fellow illustrators understand that there are so many opportunities for us. More info to come about the event, but Justin and I thought we should share the inspirational postcard/poster we created for the event. Use this to get your creative […]

PAC-MAN Reboot

PAC-MAN Reboot

NAMCO, the company behind PAC-MAN is looking to its fans to help choose the new look for the next (as-yet unannounced) PAC-MAN game. On the PAC-MAN Facebook page, they have four looks from which to choose: A 3-D style and three (slightly different) cartoon styles. I’m not convinced any of them […]

by Comments are Disabled Illustration, Video
The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship

The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship

What makes a great collaboration between an Art Director and an Illustrator? That’s the question Justin Perricone and I wanted to explore on behalf of art directors and illustrators when we began putting together a panel discussion for June 27, 2012. The event, titled The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship was co-sponsored […]

Screen Printing 2 Workshop

Screen Printing 2 Workshop

In July we organized a Screen Printing workshop (see Photos on Flickr) at Shepherd Print Studio in the SoWa District of Boston’s South End. Liz Shepherd taught the basics of screen printing and then each participant went about printing his/her own work. It was such a fun,productive time that we got a […]

by Comments are Disabled Art, Events We've Produced, Printing, workshop
Top Cow Talent Hunt

Top Cow Talent Hunt

Top Cow, publishers of comics such as The Darkness, Witchblade and Cyberforce are looking for some new talent to join their ranks. From President/COO Matt Hawkins: “We are looking to hire two writers and two artists to do paid work for the company in 2013/2014. The goal of the Talent Hunt […]