New York, United States
Associate Design Director
Associate Design Director (REQ #R108) position available with AKQA Corporation in New York, New York.
Responsibilities: Establish art direction, style, and tone of client campaigns. Propose and deliver world-class executions of innovative interface design across platforms. Develop innovative and engaging digital imagery experiences for prestigious global client brands and design to an industry-leading standard, continually setting the benchmark on which future projects will be delivered. Support AKQA Creative Director, leading a department of visual artists who contribute to the creation of digital products and services, marketing, and advertising. Lead the brainstorm, concept, and collaborative process regarding overall campaign ideas with Creative Team. Apply strategic and conceptual leadership on projects, while setting overall creative direction in art direction, user experience, copy, and motion. Direct artful campaigns, delegating the work to Senior Designers and Art Directors while ensuring the highest quality standard. Participate in every aspect of the creative process, overseeing a multitude of activities including, research, planning, crafting of brand identities, visual executions, multi-media, user interfaces, hi-fidelity prototypes, style guidelines, case studies and award show entries. Conceive highly innovate and creative design ideas for creative campaigns across all existing and emerging digital platforms while continually developing practices and process to inspire, innovate, and harness new ways of thinking amongst junior, mid-level and senior creatives on the Creative Team. Represent AKQA externally through various leadership opportunities, conferences, and speaking and writing engagements, including visual design schools presentations like SVA. Provide thought-leadership regarding leading branding campaigns, and provide team members with creative solutions, innovative ideas, and concrete recommendations. Oversee Copy Writers, Designers, Art Directors, and Senior Art Directors to ensure that the entire project/campaign is cohesive and in accordance with the client’s expectations and that the overall creative product reaches clients on time, conforming to AKQA standards and customer messaging and style. Lead Creative Teams from an art direction and design perspective, guiding the team to develop tangible end-products for each project. Drive successful outcomes, while ensuring AKQA client satisfaction and delivering best-in-class work for AKQA’s brands. The position will have four (4) direct reports.
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in Art Direction, Graphic Design, Digital Communications, or a related field.
The position also requires three (3) years of experience in job offered or as a Senior Art Director or Designer or Junior Creative or Web Designer or UX Designer.
Professional experience must include: Professional experience must include: Collaboration with multi-functional teams; Project management, strategy, and client services; Graphic design, typography, motion design, and illustration; Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, AfterEffects, Illustrator, and InDesign); Understanding of multiple design practices, including environmental, user experience design, brand design, interface design and product design; Conceptual idea development and strategic thinking; and Directing photographers, illustrators, producers, sound designers, and outside vendors. *Employer will accept any suitable combination of education, training or experience.