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Art Director

Art Director

ID 
2017-2272
Category 
Creative Services
Employment Type 
Regular Full-Time
Location 
US-IL-Chicago

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Summary

POSITION SUMMARY:

Focuses on the visual side of the creative being developed for various client requests. Handles design, type, photography, layout, color, shape, and the overall visual esthetics under the guidance of senior creative team. Ensures agency success by owning the creation of designs that are consistent with client branding guidelines, client goals, and company procedures.

 

Core job Functions:

  • Attend and participate in all project kick-off meetings with senior Creative team members, Account, Strategy, and Project Management
    • Take notes based on creative brief discussed
    • Ask clarifying questions related to the design and asks questions to understand the assignment
    • Fully understands the assignment and role in the project
  • Participate in all creative brainstorms along with senior Creative team
    • Provide input on concepting the ideas based on knowledge of current trends, pop culture, and current and past design themes
    • Bring ideas to meeting on how the design could activate
    • Build upon other participants’ ideas and constructively voice opinion on ideas discussed
  • Partner with a Copywriter or senior Creative team to design and create agreed upon concept based on the creative brainstorm
  • Creates designs based on the brand(s), the brand guidelines, the target audience, and retailers
  • Design logos and sketch out ideas or layouts
    • Search for photos to be used in the design
    • Identify the correct font and imagery that works best with the idea
    • Understand usage rights of purchased items, such as stock photography and fonts
    • Use color appropriately to facilitate the idea or direct the eye
  • Work within the industry standards and follow company procedures and protocol
  • Present work to the Senior Creative team members
  • Work with senior Creative team members to revise design concepts
  • Consult with Creative team to ensure the design is in line with the creative brief
  • Interpret feedback received and utilize to adjust design
  • Prepare and package files correctly for transfer to the next phase (i.e. transitioning a file to the Studio)
    • Follow specified guidelines to store files properly
    • Ensure that files are properly labeled and placed in the correct folder on the corresponding server
  • Enter time reports once a week, at a minimum, and expense reports within 10 days of incurred expense

 

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, Design or relevant field
  • 1–3 years of experience in Art Direction
  • Knowledge of Adobe Create Suite and any other relevant applications
  • Thorough understanding of the industry including:
  • Differences between agencies in core area as well as other agencies that the client(s) interacts with
  • Knowledge of current trends, pop culture, current and past design themes
  • Ability to communicate clearly, thoroughly and succinctly both verbally and in written form; Can clearly articulate an idea and the reason(s) behind a specific creative direction
  • Accepts constructive feedback and is able to utilize feedback in work
  • Comprehensive understanding of specified brand(s), brand guidelines, and retailers as they relate to the projects they are working on
  • Understanding of where and how people interact with all kinds of media including: at home, on the go, while shopping, Mobile, Broadcast, Print, Event, New and inventive platforms
    • Stay up-to-date and relevant on current industry trends
  • Collaborates well with others; demonstrated through actions such as:
    • Partnering with other Creative team members, including Copywriters and other Art Directors, to complete assigned projects
    • Working with Account and Project Management teams to fully understand client asks and timelines
  • Strong attention to detail and organization, demonstrated through actions such as:
  • Effectively proofing own work to ensure accuracy
  • Actively and effectively managing timelines and deliverables of multiple projects simultaneously, some with short turnaround times
  • Proactive approach, demonstrated through actions such as:
    • Anticipating potential problems and obstacles to project success, communicating concerns and developing solutions
    • Actively seeking out additional projects during lull periods

 

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people in this role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of people in these positions and is subject to change at the company’s discretion at any time. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned based on the needs of the team.

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