BJS Design Studio

BJS Design Studio

BJS Design Studio is a verified pro service provider Certificate of Excellence 2019

BJS Design Studio locationWake Forest, North Carolina, Wake

(6 Reviews)

A trusted, experienced source of graphic design in Wake Forest, NC.

I work with small, local businesses to large, national organizations in Wake Forest, the Research Triangle, North Carolina and beyond.

Need some visual solutions for your marketing and communications projects? Contact me today and let’s get started!

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BJS Design Studio Reviews

BJS Design Studio Reviews

Review of BJS Design Studio by Melanie Judd
5 08/08/2018 Melanie Judd

Brian is a fantastic designer, and is great to work with. I have had opportunities to work with him on projects in the past, and he has always been incredibly helpful, very efficient, and easy to work with. Even when fast turnaround times were needed, Brian got the job done, and did it well.

Review of BJS Design Studio by Joe Liles
5 13/02/2018 Joe Liles

I have been working with Brian at BJS Studio for several years doing an annual calendar with photos, artwork, and stories. Brian has been very creative and accurate in helping us to make this a popular offering to the public in our region and increasing the support of our non-profit organization. I have every confidence in Brian that he can solve every technology challenge we face and put together a publication that is both educational and visually inspiring.

Review of BJS Design Studio by Alice Matthews
5 09/02/2018 Alice Matthews

Always a pleasure to work with BJS -- files are technically sound (and delivered in a timely manner), and their team offer creative solutions with professionalism and customer focus.

Review of BJS Design Studio by Ann Jagger
5 08/02/2018 Ann Jagger

Brian and I have worked together for years. He has created websites, marketing pieces, logos, colorized illustrations, and so much more for me. He is an amazing creative designer and loves a challenge.

Review of BJS Design Studio by Thomas McPherson
5 05/02/2018 Thomas McPherson

Brian Schmidt is a true professional and continues to impress us with his design work time and time again. I highly recommend BJS Design Studio.

Review of BJS Design Studio by Dave Cook
5 Dave Cook

Brian has done the layout and graphics for the Eno River Calendar for years. He is creative, knowledgeable, highly skilled, responsive, and great to work with.

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BJS Design Studio Q&A

BJS Design Studio Q&A

What makes a great website?

A great website is thoughtfully designed and organized (looks good and works well), uses high-quality content, is optimized for speed and search engines, and is responsive for viewing on any device.

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

1. What type of project?
2. Do you have a set budget in mind? If so, I'll try my best to meet it (usually by limiting overall time spent on the project).
3. What sort of turnaround do you need (how fast do you need it done)?

What information do you need from a client before you start work?

1. Company name & address
2. Contact name, phone number, email
3. Signed estimate & approval (once I have all the info for your project, I will write up an estimate that the client will need to sign and return before any work begins)

What sorts of printing projects do you usually cater for?

Print projects are my forté, and I work on several different types: business cards, brochures, flyers, posters, interior/exterior signage, collateral kits, trade show displays, billboards, logos, etc. I'm happy to work on brand new projects or help other designers/marketing groups with overflow assistance when they get swamped.

Describe your creative process.

My creative process varies according to the project/budget/turnaround needs. In general, it looks like this:
1. Brainstorm/sketch
2. Design/layout stage. Sometimes that involves searching for stock photos that may be needed or would help flesh out a concept/layout.
3. 1-3 initial comps (varies by project) emailed as PDFs or other format(s) to the client for consideration/approval.
4. Editing/approval (my estimates will include a certain amount of time allotted to this stage; if we go over, we get into additional hourly billing)
5. Final files (once approved, final print files -- hi-res PDFs, etc. -- are provided to the client and/or uploaded to the printer; **does not by default include native files that the client can edit themselves, such as Adobe InDesign documents -- these are available at an additional fee**)

What information do you need from a client before you can start work?

(This question is already asked/answered above...)

What do you love most about your job?

I love being creative and designing things that will hopefully wow clients and their current/potential customers. My favorite thing to do is to have the creative freedom and the budget to really spend some time on a project and do something special.

What inspired you to start your own business?

With the experience I've built up over the years and the closure of my previous employer at the end of 2016, I decided to set out on my own. I could remain local, without the long commute times, and would have more flexibility to get out there and find inspiration for various projects. I also relished the thought of being able to set my own prices that would reflect a more professional level of service (at my last employer, we were priced pretty well for a long time, but it was decided that we'd cut our rates due to the economic downturn, and I didn't think that was a good idea -- it maybe helped us get a little more work in, but the work wasn't worth it at such low rates, because we weren't making enough money to get by).

Why should our clients choose you?

With over 20 years of design experience, I have the knowledge, creativity and experience to deliver professional, targeted, eye-catching design for a multitude of client types. I will be there every step of the way to walk you through the process (if you need). Together, we will create stunning print and web materials that look and feel polished. (Granted, if you just need something quick 'n' dirty because you're "behind the 8 ball," I can do that, too.)

Work history from BJS Design Studio

Work History

Contract Freelance Graphic Designer

Qualex Inc.

From November 1997 to January 1999.

After college, I was hired by Qualex, a subsidiary of Kodak, as a contract freelance designer. I "got my feet wet" here, being the newbie. I basically handled edits to existing layouts (photo lab kiosk backbars, write-ups, posters, film envelopes, etc.) -- changing price points and other text elements, replacing photos, etc.

Graphic Designer

Azalea Graphics, Inc.

From January 1999 to December 2016.

At Azalea Graphics, I had the opportunity to really spread my wings more as a designer. Over the course of 18 years, I designed for both print and web for a wide variety of large and small clients, including Tarheel Sports Properties (Carolina Basketball programs, etc.), Pennzoil-Quaker State, Duke University (Student Affairs, Duke Medicine and The Fuqua School of Business), Pine Needles & Mid Pines (golf courses), Caddell Communications (through this marketing/communications firm, I worked on projects for various regional/community banks, including American National Bank & Trust, North State Bank, CapStone Bank and New Century Bank [now Select Bank & Trust]) and University Conference Services. For my first 8 years at Azalea, I worked closely with our Creative Director on several projects. After his passing in 2007, I handled all of my projects myself, working directly with my client contacts and essentially serving as Creative Director/Senior Designer on each of my projects.

Owner, Designer

BJS Design Studio LLC

From January 2017 to present.

Azalea Graphics closed its doors at the end of 2016, so I decided to set off on my own and opened my own freelance studio on January 12, 2017. As the sole owner and employee, I wear several hats, from designer to creative director, to office manager, invoicing, etc. I provide professional, targeted graphic design services to companies both large and small, to help establish their brand and/or build/expand upon it. From simple business cards to multi-platform advertising campaigns, trade show booths/displays, to logos and rebranding, to web banners and complete website design, I create high-quality visual experiences to help inform and engage your audience.

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