JSGD is a boutique creative agency located in Boston's Innovation District. Founded in 2008 with a desire to make good design accessible to everyone, we believe that design should be fun, personal and unique. Our clients range from small business owners and internet startups to established companies looking to freshen up. We hold our clients' hands while taking them through the brand development process, creating both a strong identity and web presence.
jessica sutton, owner + creative director
From an early age, Jessica was always looking to aesthetically improve her surroundings - whether in the form of rearranging her room every three months or designing and making clothes for her dolls. She took every art class available to her in high school, from figure drawing to pottery to commercial art and convinced her parents to send her to the School of Visual Arts' graphic design pre-college intensive in New York City the summer before senior year. It was her first real glimpse into the field of graphic design and from there, she never looked back.
She moved to Boston to attend New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, studying both print and web design. This choice helped Jessica land a job with Fresh right out of school, designing marketing materials, store visuals, and running their website. About four years later, with a list of freelance clients growing long and fast, she made the decision to branch out on her own and opened her first studio in Boston's South End, then moving the studio to Fort Point in 2009. In the Fall of 2010, Jessica returned to Suffolk University, this time as an adjunct faculty member, to teach Web Design to both undergrad and graduate students.
Jessica draws her inspiration from most anything that crosses her path, documenting much of it on her blog, Daucus Carota. She loves working with web, both creating clean designs and then figuring out the puzzles that lie in coding them. She's a perfectionist and gets overly excited about beautiful typefaces, infographics and css tricks.
martha carl, senior designer
Martha grew up with an artistic family on Nantucket Island. Subsequently, when it came time to ship off to college, she chose a major in Fine Art. Martha’s love for everything aesthetic was further cultivated when she studied fashion design in Florence during the fall of 2008.
Following graduation, Martha landed a job at Boston-based e-commerce giant Karmaloop.com. After a year in marketing she campaigned to be transferred to the graphic design department, a natural fit given her background in the visual arts. At this rapidly growing retailer she gained valuable experience in branding, advertising, email blast and UI design. After two years as an in-house designer, she decided it was time for a change. She joined JSGD in the fall of 2011, and has loved every minute!
Martha has an unhealthy addiction to Pinterest, a penchant for shoes, and a weakness for good packaging.
brigid griffen, designer
Brigid has loved to draw for as long as she can remember and she's always known that she would take a creative path in life. Finding out which path to take however, took time, money, good and bad experiences, huge leaps, an enormous support system, and tremendous amounts of patience.
Since she was about two feet tall, she would find various outlets to express her creativity through playing musical instruments, giving her dolls "beautiful" haircuts and homemade clothes, changing her crazy outfits twenty times a day to satisfy her mood (which she still does), re-arranging her bedroom every few months, constantly doodling all over her notebooks, and always trying to find new and innovative ways of self expression. However, it wasn't until after she spent her first semester of college as an architecture major that she realized graphic design was her real passion.
Through all the ups and downs that coincide with art school and life in general, she has grown to love everything about design and takes inspiration from every aspect of life. She has come a long way since she started and owes her accomplishments largely to Dan, Jess and Martha, music, yoga, caffeine, and optimism.