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Art Director

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As an Art Director you are responsible for the development, design and execution of creative concepts for leading-edge Marketing and Web solutions. You may also have the opportunity to play a Creative Lead role on a smaller track of work, managing a small team of designers and collaborating with developers, IAs, copywriters and content strategists as a part of the creative process.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Apply style/brand guides if necessary in the execution of existing concepts
• Ensure quality and preparation of deliverable for handoff to interactive developers, printers, client, etc. 
• Create layouts applying design principles such as color, typography, photographic selection, organizing elements and usability
• Provide rationale for design choices; assure design meets business objectives as stated in creative brief
• Define outlines and storyboards for Flash (or equivalent software) animations (identifying the range of assets to be used, the story to be told, etc)
• Develop creative ideas based on criteria in creative brief and/or direction from senior leadership, collaborating with team members and copywriters
• Direct 1-2 designers to help develop sketches/storyboards to present to senior team; assist in rationale and strategy for ideas in final deck
• Develop style of the presentation for existing concepts/directions; determine best format to execute upon ideas
• Help define a brand’s visual language (color palette, logo, font, etc) across a range of media (may include print, online marketing, Web site, packaging, etc) with minimal oversight
• Compare a brand’s visual language to other competitors; provide recommendations to the client/internal team
• Collaborate with Project Manager and Project Director to assemble a quality team for small to medium projects
• Lead and motivate the team to realize goals and deliver a successful project on time
• Provide direction to Level 1 Art Directors and Designers

Experience Guidelines:
• 4+ years of industry experience
• Strong design portfolio with 4+ years education, industry related degree is a plus
• Ability to multi-task and work efficiently under pressure with careful attention to detail is a must
• A solid working knowledge of the latest versions of applicable programs -- Mac OS, Fireworks, Photoshop and Illustrator, etc.
• A good working knowledge of online and offline production
• Passion for design and eagerness to collaborate with other creative people
• Self motivated, organized and accountable
• Well-developed communication skills including ability to present to other team members (clients a plus)
• Understanding of Informational Architecture practices, motion design, and the strengths and limitations of Flash, Ajax, Flex, and other emerging platforms
• Some travel may be required

Education:
Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent military experience

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