Design Services

What kind of design work do you do?

We look for design projects that help tell a story or build a brand. We work on everything from print materials, identity, and online interface design to assorted projects that don’t fit into neat categories. Projects include logos, brochures, business cards, stationery, calendars, invitations, web design, email marketing, annual reports, newsletters, whitepapers, packaging, textile design, wall graphics, signage, and much more. The medium is much less important to us than the client.

What don’t we do? We don’t write code. We are not web developers nor do we broker website development. We do have great relationships with some development companies. In most cases you would contract directly with the web developers, although we are happy to help you select one and work with them.

What if I just need some creative ideas?

If all you need are some fresh ideas or creative consulting, we are happy to assist at our current hourly rate.

What if I just need you to change some existing artwork?

Did we create the artwork? If so, of course we can support your artwork and we can set up an hourly Project Agreement when you need changes. If we did not create the artwork we would prefer not to maintain it. You can contract with us to create new artwork, even if it is making a few enhancements to what you had. For many reasons it is difficult to inherit files from other designers and we try to avoid situations that could potentially disappoint you.

I would like to update my materials but I don’t have it in a form that I can update. Can I get the file or does that belong to you? 

We would prefer to update the source file for you. This way we can maintain the integrity of the design and keep your materials looking great. However, if you require the editable files for any reason we can provide you with source software files for an additional fee after final payment. However, bear in mind that we use professional design software (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite) so you will generally need access to the same software in order to edit the files. Also, we use proprietary fonts which we are unable to share with clients. This means that you will need to purchase any fonts used in your materials. We are happy to assist you in locating any fonts for purchase.

Who owns the artwork?

After final payment you own the final artwork. However, unless otherwise contracted, preliminary works, such as sketches, alternate designs, and earlier versions of the final artwork, are owned by us. We keep backup copies of everything and will ask your permission before we use the artwork in our portfolio.

Do you do the printing?

We are not printers and we do not broker printing. However, we have great long term relationships with a few Massachusetts-based printers including Alphagraphics in Boston and Westwood Graphics. Ultimately you contract printing directly with the printer, though we are happy to assist in selecting a printer and sending print-ready files to them. We can also send you print-ready PDFs with crops and bleeds set up for you to send to your printer of choice.

Getting Started

I am interested in working with you, how can I get a proposal?

Because our work is custom we do not have a fixed menu of project offerings. Though we typically work as a team, Julie Sherman, as founder and manager of the Studio, is the point-person for starting a new project. Please contact Julie at and tell us a bit about your project. We’ll ask follow-up questions and schedule a time to talk by phone to see if we are a good fit. Depending on the complexity of the project and the workload in the Studio, most proposals are created within a week of inquiry.

Can we work together even if I am not in Massachusetts?

No matter where you are in the world, thanks to technology, we can work with you.

Can we meet in person?

Assuming we find a mutually convenient time and location we would love to meet you in person to start up your project. It is our policy to schedule in person kick-off meetings for new projects once the project agreement has been signed. This way we make the best use of our time and your time. All other meetings are generally held by phone or electronically.

How soon will you start designing my project?

Design work begins after we have agreed on the project details together and you have signed and returned our Project Agreement. We require a deposit payment before work starts. For many projects we will show you initial designs 5-15 business days after the Agreement is signed.

We are a professional services firm (e.g.,: a web design company, an advertising agency, an event planner) and sometimes need to offer design services to our clients. Can we hire J Sherman Studio to work with us?

Yes. We love working with other professionals and find that it usually creates wonderful learning opportunities and gives us exposure to new and interesting projects. However, our policy is that when we work for other service firms on client projects, we request that the relationship with J Sherman Studio be transparent to the client.

Why do we do this? We are a small business and therefore seek long-term relationship clients and projects that help build our brand as well as yours. This arrangement works best for us because we develop strong relationships with other professional service firms, and can offer ongoing design support to client projects, either through the firm or independently. We bring design expertise that your firm might not want to invest in internally. We also play remarkably well with others!

Payment and Fees

Do you have a project minimum?

In most cases we do not work on projects less than $500.

How much will my project cost?

Our work is custom tailored to match individual client needs and goals. We offer a range of costs depending on how involved a project is and we always try to align the scope, deliverables and budget. Please contact us at for an estimate.

What are your payment terms?

In most cases, we bill our clients twice per month. Invoices must be paid within 30 days of receipt, and a 1.5% monthly service charge will be assessed on all overdue balances. The final payment must be received before we transfer ownership of the final artwork to you.

I found another design firm who charges less than you. Can you match them?

No. We care deeply about what we do and do not compete with or undercut other designers. We are interested in clients who value design, collaboration, and partnership. We are confident you will see a strong return on your investment in design.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and checks. | 617-527-2495 | 154 Lincoln Street. Newton, MA 02461 | © J Sherman Studio, Ltd.