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Art Director

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Aquent is seeking for an Art Director located in Bethesda, MD. Responsible for ensuring that the design direction and look & feel is on-brand and on-strategy. The Art Director focuses on the visual design of the project, and works closely with copywriters and other creative team members to conceptualize and develop integrated solutions for advertising, direct mail, email, web sites and landing pages, online advertising units, video, animations and other marketing channels. The Art Director is a client-facing role, therefore good presentation skills and the ability to speak strategically about the work is a must.

Major Responsibilities
• Partner with copywriters and other creative team members to generate breakthrough concepts that meet and exceed the requirements of the creative brief.
• Lead and motivate a creative team to develop and deliver integrated projects on time and budget.
• Establish and develop design solutions in accordance with brand equities, project concepts, copy, and technical requirements and specifications.
• Serve as a technical and creative resource for the team, assist in the resolution of design challenges and problems.
• Be self-motivated with a positive attitude and have strong communications skills
• Ensure design solutions are vetted and approved by the technical and production teams.
• Assist with creative resourcing and staffing plans
• Write and conduct performance appraisals
• Stay current on visual design techniques and software tools.
• Promote concepts using the latest techniques and technologies to build and expand Wunderman’s reputation as a leader in digital solutions.
• Identify, engage and manage vendors and specialists, such as artists and photographers, as needed.
• Be attuned to and knowledgeable of societal and cultural trends

Knowledge And Skills Requirements
Specific knowledge and skills include but are not limited to the following:
• Degree in graphic design, visual communications or a related field
• Highly creative, conceptual thinker
• 5-6 years professional advertising, interactive or multimedia experience
• Excellent design and typography skills
• Proficiency in major design and page layout software programs (PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator)
• Strong working knowledge of HTML, Flash, CSS and other common technologies
• Experience developing rich media and other forms of online advertising
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Work effectively in a team environment
• Ability to juggle assignments and work maintain highly organized, detail oriented work while working within deadlines
• Broad-based knowledge of internet design best practices.
• Have an interest in social and cultural trends and stay up to speed on emerging digital technologies
• Strong portfolio showing a range of styles and relevant experience
• Consumer good and hospitality a plus

Please contact me at wpayne@aquent.com. Thanks

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