Welcome.

I’m a creative director with 15 years of experience leading teams and building inspiring brands. It’s with empathy that I develop strategic design solutions which give trailblazing companies the freedom and confidence to stand out in their industry.

My career began designing in-house for Fresh Cosmetics. It’s here that I developed a holistic approach to branding experiences that truly resonate with consumers.

I opened the doors to my creative studio, JSGD, in 2008 with a simple mission—make beautiful design accessible to those passionate about making a difference in their industry. Over the course of a decade, I was able to work with hundreds of growing brands and employ a talented team of female creatives to mentor and grow alongside.

In 2018, it was time to shut the studio doors and begin a new chapter. I’m currently working as a brand strategist at innovation consulting firm, Continuum.

When inspired, I take on side projects. If interested, please reach out.

Follain Brand Development

A multi-year creative partnership spanning web design, digital strategy, packaging design, and brand experience.

Boundless Branding

A new rug startup gets equipped to go to market with a branding suite, built to fit all their needs.

LURK Rebrand

A streamlined look and new packaging for the all-natural fragrance line, LURK.

Spyce Brand Launch

4 MIT grads open America’s first robotic kitchen. 

Organic Bath Co. Packaging

Boston-based wellness line gets a packaging overall as they continue to expand their offering and brand reach.

Speaking:

“From Business to Brand”
Moo.com Boston, 2018

“Redefining Success”
WELL Summit Boston, 2018

“The Business of Design”
AIGA Boston, 2017

“Behind the Hustle”
SPACE Boston, 2017

“Redesigning Mass.gov”
AIGA Boston, 2017

“Freelance Best Practices”
Society of Grownups, 2016

“Branding in Context”
Adobe Creative Jam, 2015

“Ladies Lounge: Branding”
General Assembly, 2014

Teaching:

“Branding Bootcamp for Non-Profits”
SPACE Boston, 2017

“E-Commerce Basics”
General Assembly, 2015-2016

“Getting Started with WordPress”
General Assembly, 2015-2016

“Web Design 1”
Suffolk University, Fall 2010

Publications:

The New, Purposeful Pop-Up: Turning Shoppers into Collaborators
EPAM Continuum, 2018

Obsessions: All Together Now
Boston Magazine, 2017

Creating Freedom for Brands
Medium, 2016

“Monthly Design Challenge”
Net Magazine, 2017

“Redesigning Boston”
Improper Bostonian, 2016

Brass Babe: Jessica Sutton Maniatis
Brass Clothing, 2016

The Secrets of Boston’s Best Store Websites
Racked, 2014

Career Profiles: Jessica Sutton
The Everygirl, 2012