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.
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Recent Articles

Looking Beyond the Service

Looking Beyond the Service

As creatives, the majority of the work we do isn’t tangible. It’s a service. But along with that often come tangible goodies our clients want to get their hands on to further their business: business cards, letterhead, brochures, booklets, promo items and anything else you can slap a logo or […]

What I Saw at Boston Comic Con 2012

What I Saw at Boston Comic Con 2012

In my previous post, How to Get Noticed at a Comic Con, I talked about some ways exhibitors at Comic Cons can improve their odds of getting more attention for their work. In this post I’m just a fan. The Fan Boy Side of My Day: I’m a newbie to Comic Cons. […]

How to Get Noticed at a Comic Con

How to Get Noticed at a Comic Con

As a graphic designer, illustrator and event planner for creative professionals, I endeavored to objectively walk the floor of Boston Comic Con 2012 and take in the sights and sounds. And just because I can’t keep my opinion to myself, I pulled together some tips and suggestions to pass along […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk Away

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk Away

It’s three o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon when you get a call from an unknown number. It’s a cold call! After a quick conversation you plan a time to meet. On Friday you show up to the designated coffee shop dressed sweet and sharp and spend an hour talking to […]

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Another Portfolio Piece

Another Portfolio Piece

Speculative (spec) work doesn’t always (some say, ever) work out in your interest. Neither does working for free so you can have another portfolio piece. Don’t let a client take advantage of you. If a client’s business uses your artwork then you should be compensated. AIGA has a page of information […]

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How Choosing a Photographer is like Dating

How Choosing a Photographer is like Dating

How do you stand out in a sea of photographers, designers, musicians, filmmakers and illustrators? Stand out and show your personality. Recently, I had the opportunity to gather with over 100 other photographers from all over Boston to hear from Mary Marantz of Justin & Mary Photography.  Justin and Mary […]

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Yet Again Why Communication is Key

Yet Again Why Communication is Key

About a week ago I received a frantic email from a client. The order of 10,000 business cards they needed for Monday was printed with a serious typo. It was Thursday. Oh, and I was boarding a flight to leave town for a week. Without my computer or access to […]

Webinar: The New World of Web Fonts

Webinar: The New World of Web Fonts

Our next event is an online webinar with interactive designer/instructor Erik Fadiman. Our partners for this event are Massachusetts College of Art & Design, AIGA Boston and Rhode Island School of Design. You can register for this webinar HERE. ………………………………………………………………. About this Webinar: The New World of Web Fonts Creative Typography for the Web A […]

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Comic Sans for all!

Comic Sans for all!

Looking for a good laugh? The folks at Poke London have created an interesting time-wasting tool to give you a chuckle (and then, no doubt, to throw away). HapppyIt goes where no serious designer would ever want to go- it converts the fonts on any website into Comic Sans. Just drag […]

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