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BJS Design Studio

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

I work a few nights a week, by appointment only, with a dedicated set of small, local businesses and large, national organizations in Wake Forest, the Research Triangle, North Carolina and beyond.

Need some visual solutions for your marketing and communications projects? Want to know how to become a dedicated evening client? Reach out via my contact form or one of the below options:

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From logos, to single projects, to print campaigns, to overflow assistance… you’re covered.


Web graphics. Social media creative. Full website design and development.


App icons and launch screens present your digital “face” to the mobile world.

About me
The story behind

**NEW! An opportunity has come up recently that I couldn’t turn down—an opportunity to further my career and improve the creativity, turnaround, training and efficiency of a local business I’ve worked with for several years. Starting October 1, 2019, I will head the graphics department of the company and will transition my freelance studio into an as-needed, appointment-only basis, a couple evenings a week, for preferred clients. And THANK YOU so much to my clients over the years for your continued support and collaboration. I couldn’t have done what I enjoy on a daily basis without you!**

BJS Design Studio provides premium graphic design in Wake Forest, NC and the surrounding areas, including (but not limited to) Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. First opened on January 12, 2017, it is the freelance design studio of owner Brian J. Schmidt, a long-time design professional and a Wake Forest resident since 2004. With an industry history spanning the past two decades, I am a go-to source for professional print and web design for business communications and marketing.

My history:

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November 1997–January 1999:

In November, I moved to North Carolina to take a paid internship, which turned into a contract freelance position, with Qualex Inc. (a Kodak subsidiary). My main responsibilities included making edits to existing layouts and production files, and preparing final mechanicals for print. A lot of “grunt work,” basically (I was the newbie, after all).

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January 1999–December 31, 2016:

As print started to disappear and digital photography took over, Kodak restructured their company and disbanded the creative department at Qualex, so it was time to find new work. Luckily, a co-worker knew some folks who were looking for a new designer. So, in January 1999, I interviewed at and was hired by Azalea Graphics, a small design studio/service bureau, also in Durham. Working closely with our Creative Director, I became responsible for all phases of design/production, from concept to completion. It soon became apparent that I didn’t need much handholding, so I was handed the reins on many projects over the years.

As time went by, the business landscape changed in several ways, and I rose to the rank of Senior Graphic Designer and Director of Web Graphics, not to mention defacto Vice President of the shop in my later years with the company. There were several good years in there, but Azalea Graphics eventually decided to close for good at the end of 2016.

We had the pleasure of working with several clients over the years, including small, local companies and large, national organizations (Pennzoil-Quaker State, Duke Health and The V Foundation, to name a few).

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January 12, 2017:

With the end of Azalea Graphics, I had a choice on my hands: look for work with another company or become a freelance designer. In the end, I loved the thought of remaining local, thus avoiding the 45-minute (one way) commute, as well as being my own boss, establishing my own business structure and policies, and so I decided that I would do my own thing.

I have been extremely fortunate to continue working with some of the same great clients I had worked with while at Azalea Graphics, and I’ve picked up some new ones. I’ve completed over 400 design projects since opening, and I look forward to many more as I continue to grow and help even more clients promote and expand their business through effective graphic design.

Have a design project you’re itching to get off the ground? Contact me!


As of October 1, 2019, I moonlight a few nights a week, from home. I happily provide graphic design services on an as-needed basis during evening hours.

During the day, you can find me at Overstreet Sign Contractors, in Durham, where I serve as senior designer.


Evenings by appointment only / preferred clients

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