Tokyo, Japan

Art Director (Tokyo)

Creatives at AKQA apply artistry and craftsmanship to strategic insight to create and bring to life beautiful concepts that stop people in their tracks. Skilled storytellers and ideators, they work in a multidisciplinary environment to develop work that both enthrals customers and unlocks new value for our clients.

Art Directors play essential roles in the strategy, conception and design of beautiful ideas, products and services. They bring exceptional creative thought and they craft output, developing and delivering projects from the brief to end user.

As an Art Director at AKQA, you’ll conceive and develop ideas that solve important client problems. By thinking beyond briefs and imagining approaches our clients may not have asked for – or even thought possible – you’ll be helping to build AKQA’s reputation for work that is both ground-breaking and influential.

AKQA Tokyo in particular aims to strengthen the organization and create a better future for the brand, aspiring to be Japan's premier creative agency. We are eagerly seeking companions to take on such challenges together.


  • Possess not just exceptional art direction skills, but the ability to implement strategic and conceptual thinking as well.
  • Collaborate with copywriters, strategists, UX/visual designers and technologists to develop innovative and persuasive concepts.
  • Drive the development of creative ideas for new business pitches and other important agency initiatives.
  • Leads by example to inspire colleagues to originate pioneering ideas that deliver successful solutions.
  • Be accountable for the project design deliverables and manage the quality of all design deliverables to ensure they meet AKQA standards for creative excellence.
  • Embrace challenges and inspire new ways of thinking.



  • A compelling portfolio that demonstrates the breadth of your conceptual thinking and design craft.
  • Exceptional communication skills that enable you to articulate the ‘why’ behind your concepts.
  • You have a drive to break boundaries and craft the best ideas of their kind in the world.
  • You are passionate, driven and obsessed about your craft and stay on top of best practice in your field.
  • Natural curiosity that allows you to find inspiration in anything and everything, with an especially keen eye on the future of media and technology.
  • Strong industry experience.
  • Relevant tertiary education. 


AKQA is an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. Your race, colour, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or veteran status have no bearing on our hiring decisions. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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Art Director (Tokyo) — Tokyo


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