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Digital Art Director

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AQUENT is looking to hire a Senior Digital Art Director with 5-8 years of ad-agency and/or in-house experience for an exciting on-site opportunity in Seattle, WA!

This position will have a significant impact on the user experience of our Client's customers in both digital and traditional channels. Digital first (HTML landing pages, micro sites, websites, mobile, online display banners, social posts, content development, animation/video) with print/traditional coming in a close second (posters, direct mail, brochures, out of home.).

A little about the ideal Candidate
Motivated, driven, collaborative
Passionate about their work. Proactively seek and leverage feedback from those around him/her to push the work farther.
Able to manage his/her own time effectively and autonomously
Meet deadlines and deliverables; can do their job without constant oversight. Knows how to get what they need to get the job done. Flags concerns in a timely manner, with a solution in mind. 
Pays attention to details
Checks for product, consistency, brand standards adherence, spelling, production concerns, other errors.
Understands the media (print, online, mobile) and its limitations
Designs all packages/components/assets to pass production muster and for best print/on-screen results.
Actively listens and engages. Will be comfortable presenting concepts and rationale to manager, brand strategy and/or business partners.
Thinks about and can articulate strategy
Focuses on WHY someone will open click, open, engage, read and respond to the marketing/product. Can be a creative-lead and collaborate with other members of a creative team in brainstorming sessions to develop marketing communications for assigned LOB(s). 
Keeps up-to-date on industry and marketing trends and best practices
Understands and stays current with the environment (legislative, economic, consumer) and competitor marketing.

Additional skills that aren’t negotiable
A positive attitude and ready partner with all types of people
Understand the importance of creative strategy and use it to create powerful work
The ability to handle multiple projects at once and meet aggressive deadlines
Understand the benefits of process and use it to their advantage
Be a champion of brand standards and best practices.

30% Art Direction
Has grasp of development for the conceptual (campaign big ideas), exploratory (does due diligence in competitive research, brand landscape research, mood boards, look & feel exploration, design-thinking, sketching/white-boarding), credible presence during presentations and able to speak to the work with excitement/clarity/enthusiasm and passion (good at selling the idea and the execution). Experience with photography, re-touching and video shoots and an eye for composition to frame up the concept and visually support the holistic narrative or “big idea”. Has a love for illustration, iconography, infographics and sketching. Able to collaborate with external teams/vendors/collaborators for projects and campaigns on a consistent basis, which will include reviews/feedback/conf-calls.

70% Art Production
Very strong attributes in a production role. Has demonstrated exceptional skill-sets in graphic design, typography, interface design (User experience design, User Interface design, Information-architecture-wire framing), information design, highly capable in illustrator creating custom iconography and info graphics based on Client's Brand visual language. Has experience in shooting photography and photo re-touching (custom photography as well as stock photography). Is comfortable in the dynamic space as well as static by being capable of bringing the story/campaign/narrative to life in motion (through storyboards, animation, rough-cuts) and experiential (digital channels as well as traditional environments). Has experience/expertise working in the traditional space (posters, flyers, OOH) to bring the creative to life all the way to press ready. Have experience working-in digital environments such as responsive emails, banners, web-apps and landing-page/microsite expertise.

 

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