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Interactive Associate Art Director

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:


Our client, a leading fashion retailer, is looking for a talented Associate Art Director. This person is responsible for managing and designing web merchandising and internet business initiatives. Executes site launches, e-marketing creative, and special Web initiatives from conception to completion. Manages and develops Web Design and production staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES:


  • Design and produce site launches, emails, and special projects/presentations (Team distorts more complex and high profile site launches to the AADs versus web designers)

  • Conceptualize online presentation for seasonal initiatives (there are several features and campaigns that are unique to the web that AADs must conceptualize and design, i.e. Denim guide, bra fit guide, online promotions)

  • Understand the creative and marketing objectives for each project assigned Edit film for Web photography Attend merchant turn-in meeting for each site assigned.

  • Partner with marketing and merchant partners to design brand-right layouts for the Web with an eye to performance and ease of use Work with Senior Art Director and Web Design team to extend and optimize Web functionality, site architecture, user interface and navigation Attract, retain and develop Graphic Design and production staff

  • Manage temporary help or freelancers as assigned

  • Ensure deadlines for assigned projects are met

  • Produce, optimize and output final Web-ready digital artwork in support of site updates

  • Maintain absolute accuracy and attention to detail throughout the creative and production process

  • Maintain and update content templates to ensure accurate and efficient design production


  • QUALIFICATIONS:


  • Sophisticated sense of design/style

  • Impeccable design fundamentals (type, image, color)

  • Proven ability to translate complex design challenges into clear, customer-friendly experiences Working understanding of ecommerce and marketing best practices Discerning eye for photo editing, cropping, and compositing

  • Collaborative, inclusive and flexible team member

  • Resourceful self-starter who gets things done

  • Highly organized with extreme attention to detail

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Positive, constructive approach Strong communication and presentation skills required


  • EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:


  • Bachelor's Degree (Design / Interactive) or equivalent experience

  • 5-7 years Web design experience

  • Mastery of appropriate tools & technology Advanced Photoshop, with excellent digital photo-manipulation and compositing skills Working knowledge Illustrator, & InDesign Flash Animation/Flash Actionscript a plus

  • Knowledge of best practices for Web image optimization Understanding of the capabilities and best practices relating to the use of front-end Web technologies, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, AJAX Motion graphics & video editing experience for web (After Effects & Final Cut Pro)

  • Relevant creative background

  • Proven talent in graphic and interactive design Strong retail/fashion brand or agency experience desired; ecommerce experience ideal Experience delivering on business and creative goals through design Experience overseeing or editing copy a plus
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