BY Julie Sherman | Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hiring a senior designer!

Help us grow! J Sherman Studio is a friendly design studio with top-tier talent. We specialize in clean, intentional design for organizations and companies that are ready to take their brand to the next level. We are searching for a talented, creative, and strategic senior level graphic designer to join our team.  

You should be a seasoned problem solver, a talented artist, a strong communicator, and a collaborative team player. You should have in-depth design experience, from concept to production, in print and digital. You are comfortable working in a fast paced environment. You have ample experience and confidence interacting directly with clients and managing projects. You are reliable, dedicated, and responsible. 

J Sherman Studio is a highly collaborative environment where you will work closely with other designers and the Studio founder. You will work on many projects at once and will offer and receive constructive critique as you work.   

This is a full time, 40 hour per week position to work in the Studio.


  • Execute design projects, from conception to delivery
  • Critique, review, and proof colleague’s work to ensure high quality
  • Design original assets, including illustrations and infographics
  • Refine images, fonts, and layouts
  • Generate design concepts and brainstorm creative ideas and solutions
  • Manage projects and ensure deadlines are met
  • Assist with business development, identify new opportunities, and pursue leads
  • Support Studio marketing and communications 
  • Stay up-to-date with industry developments, inspiration, and tools

Technical skills

  • Expertise using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • High level of proficiency formatting multi-page documents in InDesign
  • Good knowledge of applying styles within Adobe programs
  • Ability to mock up web page designs in Photoshop
  • Expert understanding of file types, color modes, and print management
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Solid command of typography


  • Proven work experience as a senior designer or art director
  • Portfolio of completed design projects, print and digital
  • High degree of creativity
  • Keen attention to visual details
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and collaborate with a team
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Comfortable presenting designs and articulating design decisions
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Bachelor's degree in design, visual arts, or relevant field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working as a designer in an office, agency, or studio environment

About the Studio

J Sherman Studio is a ten year old, home-based business in Newton, MA. We work with a variety of clients, many in the nonprofit world, on projects that range from print to digital. We work in a cozy, friendly environment with occasional visits from small children and furry animals (two cats). Please read more about us at

Next steps?

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and link to your online portfolio to
BY Julie Sherman | Monday, February 27, 2017

A Day Without A Woman

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we have decided to close the Studio to take part in the International Women’s Strike.

We are closing for the day as a statement of our commitment to a more inclusive, gender equal world. This strike, dubbed “A Day Without A Woman,”  is not a day to just simply have off and binge watch Netflix. No! it’s a day where we reflect on the discrimination, harassment, and inequities for women and minorities alike. We at J Sherman Studio are proud to be a woman-owned business that works with organizations and individuals who are all working to make the world a better place, in so many different and wonderful ways!

Our goal for March 8th is to proactively engage in meaningful activities that reflect our values and contribute to our communities. We encourage you to participate in this day of activism and you share your experiences and reflections with us, your family, and friends.

To celebrate this wonderful day, we have created the images below for you to download, post, print, and share! If you need a larger version, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

BY Julie Sherman | Friday, April 29, 2016

Join Our Team!

Join our team! J Sherman Studio is looking for a graphic designer and business coordinator to work here at the Studio. This lucky person will support a variety of needs including design work, client communications, business development, marketing, project management, and other general Studio needs. 

We are looking for a talented Jane or Jack of all trades. Someone whose right brain is as strong as their left brain. For the right person, this position has growth potential. We want to find someone who is eager to learn but also with experience they can bring to the table to help us improve and grow our business.


  • BA or BFA or advanced degrees preferred
  • Ability to design for print and online media
  • Proficiency working with the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Docs
  • Capacity to work as part of a team in an office environment
  • Creative, with a strong aesthetic, and keen eye for detail
  • ‚Ä®Experience working with clients and managing relationships
  • Robust writing skills and ability to write in the “voice” of the Studio
  • Ability to consider and present solutions to improve workflow efficiency
  • Solid organization and time management skills
  • Detail oriented, punctual, and dependable
  • Excellent communication, customer service, and people skills
  • ‚Ä®Must not be allergic to cats or small children


  • Starting at 20 hours per week, 4-5 days a week, with room to grow
  • Graphic design: create design concepts, review designs with clients and receive feedback, and maintain current projects with edits and ongoing support.
  • Accounting: invoice and receive payments, coordinate with bookkeeper, and payroll administration.
  • Business development: manage, maintain, and grow client relationships, scope out new projects, write proposals and project agreements, and support contracting with clients.
  • Communications and marketing: write for the website, blog, newsletters, and social media.
  • Project management: coordination/delivery of project schedules, seek out, assess, and partner with external vendors, printers, and resources, and maintain and update web applications like Basecamp and Harvest.
  • General support: schedule meetings and appointments, photograph, organize, and maintain the Studio’s library of samples.

Work environment

J Sherman Studio is a home-based business in Newton, Massachusetts. We are accessible to the Green Line and down the street from a vibrant village center. We are a small team consisting of the principal/founder, full time senior designer, and part time designer. We work hard and efficiently but have a sense of humor about our work. The Studio is located on its own floor of the house and enjoys the occasional distraction of two furry cats, a friendly and helpful husband, and two adorable children.


Please submit a PDF of your resume, cover letter, and digital portfolio to our team at

BY Julie Sherman | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you for being a part of J Sherman Studio. Whether you are a client, partner, friend, family member, or fan, we are so grateful to have you in our world. In honor of Thanksgiving we wanted to share a few things we are particularly thankful for this year:

thankful we work with you
We feel so lucky to work with so many smart clients and organizations who are doing meaningful work and who trust us to be their design partners. We love the diversity and range our clients represent: from sector to sector, from small to large, and from coast to coast. You inspire us, challenge us, and frequently entertain us. Without you, we don't know what we'd do every day!

thankful for the work we do
We deeply appreciate that we get to do work that we love every day. Who would have thought that you can get paid to play with colors and fonts!? It is a beautiful thing. We love the independence of being a small business and we enjoy the frequent opportunities to try new things: new color combinations, new font packages, and new mediums to design for. 

thankful for each other
Coming to work every day is a pleasure because we genuinely like each other. We enjoy each other’s company and appreciate our differences. We work collaboratively on nearly everything and are very good at unsticking each other when the creative solution is hard to find. Jenny has an amazing ability to cut through the clutter and create clarity, and in turn she keeps Julie calm. Tina delights us with her random knowledge of obscure facts, her constantly changing hair color, and playful wardrobe. Amy brings fresh perspective, new insights, and much needed balance (perhaps that comes from her extensive Pilates experience). Julie is the glue that binds us together as she keeps the Studio running and amuses us with her constant complaints about the weather (in all seasons).

And finally, we are thankful that you chose to open this email so that we could express our gratitude to you for being part of our world! We wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving that is filled with good food, fun, and laughter.

With love, Julie, Jenny, Tina, and Amy (the J Sherman Studio team)

BY Julie Sherman | Thursday, October 08, 2015

Annual Appeals

Annual appeals can take many forms. Some are traditional letters, others are holiday cards, others are e-cards. We love looking back at past appeals. Please enjoy a sampling of our designs and remember that appeals don’t always have to be sent out at the end of the calendar year!


BY Julie Sherman | Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Happy Eight Years!

Can you believe J Sherman Studio has been in business for eight years? We are quickly approaching a decade of independence! We had a hunch this business would succeed, but if you had told us what each individual year would hold we probably would not have believed you. We can relate back to each year with some personal or professional milestone (hiring Jenny, moving into our current office, having a child, becoming incorporated, and so on). Each year has been different, rewarding, and educational, and we are incredibly grateful for the experience.

In celebration of our eighth year of business we wanted to share eight facts about the Studio that you might not know:

  1. We work in the attic of a historic home built in 1874 with the original horse hitching post in front of the house (if any of you happen to visit us on horseback, we do have place to tie up your horse).
  2. We have worked with nearly 200 different clients, tracked almost 300,000 hours of work, and worked on roughly 2,700 design projects in the past eight years!
  3. We secretly dream of designing our own product line. Now that we said it out loud it isn’t so secret… any ideas for what it should be?
  4. We triple back up our work. After a close call years ago we got smart (and redundant). We also have a total of eight computer screens in the Studio so we can blind ourselves with our beautiful design work.
  5. We all have arts backgrounds and believe in studying what you love. For undergrad Julie majored in painting and photography, Jenny in illustration, and Tina in creative writing (it is always useful to keep a poet on staff!).
  6. Julie’s recent fitness passion is kettlebell training. For those of you who don’t know, kettlebells are heavy cast-iron balls with handles and they are incredibly fun to swing around. We think it helps channel her inner rage (ha!).
  7. Jenny competes (and always places) in rock climbing competitions in her spare time. Jenny also lives walking distance from the Studio which happens to be very close to her childhood home (Jenny inspired Julie to look in Newton when house hunting).
  8. Tina recently completed an epic coffee table book for her other gig at XKCD due to be published in November 2015. And she has changed her hair color five times since we hired her a year ago (currently it is purple).
We can't wait to see what the next eight years hold for us! Thank you all for being a part of our first eight. 
BY Julie Sherman | Wednesday, July 15, 2015


We love looking back at runner up concepts after a logo has been finalized. It is so much fun to see the original ideas and then reflect upon how the concept evolved into the final design. We are so proud of our final logo for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), but equally as proud of the work that went into it. These designs were inspired by chalices and robes (along with diversity, community, and other qualities). Which are your favorites? And can you tell which concepts evolved to become the final logo? 

BY Julie Sherman | Thursday, July 09, 2015

St. Benedicts Prep Infographic

Our friends at Graham Pelton recruited us to create this tabloid sized information graphic for St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. St. Benedict’s prep is a remarkable school located in downtown Newark. Check out their website to learn more or watch the preview for The Rule, a documentary on PBS created by Bongiorno Productions.

St. Benedict's Prep was in need of an at-a-glance handout that would highlight their impressive performance data and tell their story in a more visual way. This handout is a great standalone piece but also a great conversation tool to get people engaged with the school. The design unifies many data points into a cohesive story. Working on this design was a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, challenging at first but once we got all the pieces to fit together it all made sense. 

BY Julie Sherman | Thursday, July 02, 2015

U.S. Map Designs

In celebration of the Fourth of July we are sharing a compilation of U.S. maps. Many of our clients have a national focus and we have designed maps for brochures, annual reports, websites, and even giant wall graphics (like the one shared below for uAspire). We enjoy figuring out how to fit content within the U.S. map: New England is always tricky with all of our smaller states, and representing Alaska and Hawaii is always a funny challenge (only shown in two of the maps below). 

BY Julie Sherman | Friday, June 26, 2015

Excel Academy Spanish Ad

We love all of our assorted projects for Excel Academy. We have provided support for projects large and small: from large scale gala event designs and annual appeals to smaller e-newsletter graphics and occasional ads. We were thrilled to work with Spanish text for this full page insert ad for El Planeta, Boston’s daily Spanish newspaper. Thank you Excel Academy for sharing a few copies with us! | 617-527-2495 | 154 Lincoln Street. Newton, MA 02461 | © J Sherman Studio, Ltd.