Creative Director / Motion Designer

San Francisco
Job Terms:
Start date:
Posted By:
Agata Kijanka

Job Description:

Aquent Studios is seeking a talented Creative Director/Motion Designer (CD/MD) to support our client, a leader in software for discerning creatives. In this long-term engagement (with full, competitive benefits) that's part of our embedded managed agency team, we seek an imaginative and innovative partner who is also comfortable and willing to work with templates and strict guidelines/style guides. The CD/MD will focus heavily on social media and tutorials but may also be pulled in to support other areas of the business. The CD/MD must be skilled at animation but will also on some projects create the design elements, typography, and storyboards, and hand off the animation piece to another motion artist. They may also create templates and style guides. Experience in social media is critical, as the CD/MD will be looked to for providing vision and direction around new ways of harnessing the potential of social media around our client’s brand.


  • Crafts and executes the design of assets for motion graphics deliverables across social media, tutorials, and more
  • Helps develop creative direction of motion assets and motion projects
  • Converts rough ideas into visual prototypes (e.g., sketches, rough animations) and storyboards
  • Provides clear direction to motion graphic designers to effectively achieve desired results
  • Ensures that brand guidelines and directives are embraced and adhered to
  • Produces work that adheres to brand guidelines but also explores new interpretations of the brand and develops innovative ideas
  • Works closely with the broader Aquent Studios embedded agency team and client’s internal design teams

General Requirements:

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience, heavy on After Effects
  • Extremely skilled in the aesthetics and visual crafting of typography and design for motion design
  • Experience directing the work of internal talent and production partners
  • Prior ACD-level graphic designer role and/or Art Director level role, at a minimum
  • Advanced time-based aesthetic skills – rhythm, flow, editorial, tension – and a solid understanding of the 12 principles of animation
  • Strong storyboarding experience
  • Portfolio of relevant and compelling work samples

Technical Skills:

  • Expertise with some of the essential After Effects plugins, such as the Trapcode Suite and at least one or more color-grading or image-treatment packages and 3D packages
  • Some 3D expertise with tools such as Element 3D, Cinema 4D, Blender, and others is a must
  • Experience working with Render Farms, outside specialty vendors (roto, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of basic After Effects Expressions is a must. Advanced expression writing is
  • a strong plus
  • Familiarity with MOGRTS is a very strong plus

Client Description:

Covid-19 Message 

With the spread of COVID-19, Aquent is committed to ensuring the safety and well being of our employees. This includes providing technology to support video interviews, resources and support for employees to work from home successfully, and fully covered healthcare for eligible employees. 

AQUENT STUDIOS: Why work with us?  

Long term career opportunities supporting Fortune 500 brands

Comprehensive health and dental insurance subsidized

Paid weekly

401(k) through Fidelity

FSA's and Voluntary insurance programs​

Access to free training and continuing education


AQUENT STUDIOS: Why work with us?

Long term career opportunities supporting Fortune 500 brands

Excellent health and dental insurance subsidized

Comprehensive benefits package including 401(k), FSA's and voluntary insurance programs

Paid weekly​

Vacation, Sick and Holiday pay

Access to free training and continuing education


Company description:

Aquent Studios is a global creative studio that delivers scale, speed and efficiency to the world’s most recognized brands.  We create the work that matters the most to them—work that has a real impact on their business. As an Aquent Studio team member, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the largest and most influential companies in the world, solving design challenges and extending their brands across tactic types and platforms, including digital design, UI/UX, video, motion, content, print design, web development, and more. If you want to do work that matters in a collaborative setting that values ingenuity and personal growth, you have found the right place!