Ed Shems Profile

Ed is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has been illustrating and designing for more than 20 years.

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Ed has illustrated dozens of books for kids and is currently writing and illustrating his own stories. His whimsical style is well-suited for books, magazines (for kids or adults), education, advertising, animation, wearables and packaging (among others).

Ed is the special guests coordinator for the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).

In 2014, Ed testified before members of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives in a hearing alongside the publishing industry on behalf of the Graphic Artists Guild, The Copyright Alliance and all visual artists concerning changes to the First Sale Doctrine.

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Good design can communicate your message, get you noticed and bring in new business. Ed listens to his clients and translates their goals into strong design.

Ed is an award-winning graphic designer and is on the design advisory committee for DIGMA: The Design Industry Group of Massachusetts.

creative_relay_insideEd is co-founder of Creative Relay, an organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to the local and national creative community.


Partial Client List

Scholastic Books, HMH, Evan-Moor, Sterling Publishing, Wiley, CarrotNewYork, Disney Adventures Magazine, Sports Illustrated Kids, Yale University Press, Highlights for Kids, ASK Magazine, PTO Today Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Weekly Reader Magazine, Hasbro, Read and Rise Magazine (Scholastic), Young Minds Inspired, Simmons College, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, National Amusements, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


“Love the illustrations I’ve seen so far, it’s been really cool to see you take these concepts to places that never occurred to us…” Andrew F., BB&N

“…I really enjoyed the whole design process with you. It went from nightmare scenario (previous designer) to so enjoyable and fun!
Thanks. I’ve already given your name out as a referral…” Sue S.

“Thanks for all your work on this project. Really great work, I’m happy you were on the team.” Brian W., CarrotNewYork

“…The work you’ve done for my alma mater, Simmons, differentiates the college + conveys its warmth/personal culture.” Alice S.

“Not only is working with Ed fun but totally stress-free. His process is highly professional, he grasps ideas very easily and is super quick with revisions. Also, he’s 100% responsive with emails. He will deliver his work in time (sometimes even ahead of schedule!). His illustrations are fun, modern and very consistent. I really enjoyed working with Ed, and look forward to more projects in the future.” Yoana Y., Scholastic


Articles by Ed