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Digital Art Director

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AQUENT is partnering with what has to be one of our COOLEST clients in the Northern, VA area and absolutely the COOLEST in their industry. They are looking for a Digital Art Director to help build their creative team.

Responsibilities:
- Works directly and collaboratively with members of the creative team and business partners to develop and produce effective communications.
- Is self-organized and manages multiple concurrent jobs.
- Can fill in for Creative Director, if needed.
- Facilitates presentations and has strong presentation skills; can communicate tactically and strategically.
- Directs and supervises vendors, acts as the liaison to outside agencies and production services, and monitors creative intent
- Demonstrates expert knowledge of advertising and marketing trends and translates business intent into creative strategies and executions that market products effectively
- Demonstrates understanding of intended audience; interprets market research and test results and can use findings to focus targeted marketing messages
- Facilitates brainstorm sessions; recognizes ideas that should go forward
- Monitors projects to ensure creative intent is not diluted.
- Web, mobile and social experience a plus.

Role/Responsibilities Synopsis:
60-70% Digital Art Director:
• Digital first (HTML landing pages, micro sites, websites, mobile, online display banners, social) with print/traditional coming in a close second (posters, direct mail, brochures, out of home, video).
• Highly conceptual (campaign big ideas), exploratory (does due diligence in competitive research, brand landscape research, mood boards, look & feel exploration), credible well versed presence during presentations and able to speak to the work with excitement/clarity/enthusiasm and passion (good at selling the idea and the execution).
• Background in photography shoots, re-touching and video shoots is a mandatory.
• Able to collaborate with external vendors/collaborators for projects and campaigns on a daily basis which will include reviews/feedback/conference-calls.
• Candidate is required to have some (mid-level) production development experience with flash/html5 display banner development and HTML landing-page/website development.

30-40% Design, Illustration and Photography Production:
• This candidate will also be comfortable in the production realm as well.
• Extremely strong graphic design, interface design (UX, UI, wire framing), information design (info graphic and iconography design), has experience shooting photography and photo re-touching background (custom photography as well as stock photography), highly capable in illustrator creating custom iconography and info graphics based on their current design visual language.
• Comfortable with delivering options upon options upon options.

Experience:
- 4-year degree (preferred) in design or similar discipline.
- 6+ years design and art direction experience.

Portfolio:
- Mid to High-budget print projects and campaigns involving supervising other designers.
- Demonstrates industry, conceptual and technical diversity.
- Likely to see unusual or unconventional formats.
- Brochures, videos, storyboards, ad comps, showing evidence of “thinking outside the box” while achieving goals.

Industry Knowledge:
- Direct Mail and/or web design experience required within any industry, (Financial Services, preferred).
- Brings processes, technology or people solutions to the table with regard the design or print process.
- Proven ability to coach and challenge design team to improve the effectiveness of creative.

Technical Knowledge:
- InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are required.
- Acrobat helpful.
- Web program experience also helpful: HTML, Fireworks, Dreamweaver

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