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Art Director

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The Art Director establishes the conceptual and stylistic direction for the design staff and orchestrates their work, as well as the work of production artists, photographers, illustrators, prepress technicians, printers and developers. They solve design problems, craft new solutions, and create engaging experiences across a diverse range of projects.

They are passionate about pixel-perfect design and quality. They focus on the quality of work and building client relationships. They take ownership of projects and frequently engage the client to understand their goals. They have the ability to direct other designers while producing high quality original design concepts themselves. The Art Director will lead by example and are constantly developing their skills by staying on top of new design trends and techniques. They inspire, excite and bring the best out of the designers.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Review and interpret creative briefs along side Client Services.
• Understand client goals, requirements, technical constraints, and work within project parameters.
• Scope the design phases of projects accurately and resource, manage and direct designers to ensure deadlines are met and within scope.
• Develop original design concepts and manage the design project through execution.
• Capable of designing three unique creative solutions to one problem without a team in a hands-on manner.
• Able to concept, illustrate, art direct and manage photo shoots.
• Able to present objectives, design approaches, and creative solutions to clients in an articulate and persuasive manner.
• Interpret client feedback and communicate feedback to the design team.
• Experiment with new tools and techniques and share your learning.
• Engage in all aspects of the project.
• Able to motivate, mentor and inspire design team.

REQUIREMENTS
• At least 5+ years experience designing rich interactive brand, campaign and ecommerce experiences. Print experience is a plus.
• Associates or Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, New Media or related field.
• Portfolio that represents a wide range of design styles, diverse projects and a clear personal aesthetic.
• Intimate knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. HTML, After Effects and Final Cut is a plus.
• Solid design, conceptual thinking, and typography skills.
• Strong understanding of interaction design, site architecture, and designing intuitive user interfaces and navigation.
• Understand the possibilities and limitations of web technologies. Knowledge of mobile platforms and technologies is a plus.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Polished client communication/presentation skills, including the ability to sell ideas to varying audiences.
• Proven leadership and management skills
• Strong organization and time management skills.
• Exceptional attention to detail.
• Ability to rapid prototype creative concepts a plus.

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