I became a magazine designer because of my deep love for the medium. When I was young, I thought I wanted to be a magazine editor — I loved to read anything and everything, I inhaled the magazines I had stacked around my bedroom, and I eventually was an English major. In college, I had an internship at Sassy, the most perfect magazine for nerdy reading girls who also loved pop culture and music and fashion.
When I moved to San Francisco, I got a job at a publishing company and started as editorial assistant. Yay, I was working in magazine publishing! (Even if the subject was tech stuff — who cares?! Magazines!) But as I moved up the ladder, I learned production and the programs used to put the pages together and realized that maybe what I loved more than moving the words around was designing the whole.
And I honestly haven’t stopped loving it since. So now I am a magazine art director and a freelance book and ebook designer. Plus, I also work on other cool projects with amazing creative collaborators as the opportunities arise.
You can check out my career path on LinkedIn, see some of my photography and SF life on Instagram, and also peruse the downloadable art & stationary in my Etsy shop or on Society 6.
Kind things my lovely clients have said about working with me.
We love working with Sutton. She is so easy to communicate with and her turn-around time is incredible. She's very creative, comes up with multiple idea concepts, is open to input and always willing to collaborate on designs. She is that rare designer who has a great eye and is also a joy to work with.
—STEPHANIE & JONATHAN FIELDS,
GOOD LIFE PROJECT
I hired Sutton to design The Freedom Journal, and I loved working with her. She’s collaborative and professional, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. She rocks!
—JOHN LEE DUMAS, ENTREPRENEUR ON FIRE
I'm astounded by Sutton's magical ability to take a few words of direction and translate them into a cohesive visual story, including everything from images and color schemes to font choice. She consistently delivers a finished product that is even better than I imagined it could be.
—MELISSA SUZUNO, AFTERCOLLEGE
Maggie Award // Magazine of the Year 2017
Maggie Award // Best Lifestyle Magazine 2017
Maggie Award // Best Lifestyle Magazine 2016
Maggie Award // Best Lifestyle Magazine 2013
Maggie Award // Best Lifestyle Magazine 2010
Nichee Award // Best Niche Magazine 2018
Nichee Award // Niche Magazine of the Decade 2016
Nichee Award // Best Niche Magazine 2013
Nichee Award // Best Niche Magazine 2010
Nichee Award // Best Magazine Design 2010
Study in the USA
Maggie Award // Finalist 2016
Maggie Award // Finalist 2015
Maggie Award // Finalist 2014
Maggie Award // Finalist 2013
APEX // Award of Excellence 2015
APEX // Award of Excellence 2014
APEX // Award of Excellence 2013