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Posted Mar 13
Local Projects

Art Director

New York, NY, United States Full Time

DESCRIPTION

As a member of the Visual Experience Department, the Art Director will be responsible for leading the development and execution of impactful design solutions for a diverse range of interdisciplinary projects.

In this positions the Art Director will provide a progressive point of view on design excellence.

They will collaborate with the Creative Director on ensuring the creative vision on projects and direct design teams towards cutting edge visual experiences.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop an understanding for Local Project’s ambition, process and culture
  • Be a leading member of the Visual Experience Department
  • Collaborate with strategists, content developers, UX designers, creative technologists, etc. to come up with unexpected, meaningful and innovative ideas and concepts
  • Provide art direction on visual experience design for projects of various scales and types – from web and mobile to interactive installations and large scale exhibition graphics
  • Develop, maintain and enhance the creative vision in collaborations with the Creative Director
  • Bring new approaches to the creative process, ideation and design strategy and inspire across disciplines
  • Nurture junior talent through clear direction, constructive feedback and passing on knowledge and expertise
  • Provide compelling arguments for the design direction that foster internal and external understanding and agreement
  • Establish conceptual frameworks to solve complex design challenges
  • Establish smart, sophisticated and impactful visual systems
  • Encourage progressive thinking and the pushing of boundaries
  • Thrive for innovation and aesthetic excellence
  • Ensure integrity and quality of visual direction throughout all phases of a given project and esp. when translated to linear media, interactive media, and physical environments
  • Direct, collaborate, execute, mentor and support on projects from ideation through design development, asset production and launch with the fidelity needed for effective team collaboration at each phase
  • Flag stumbling blocks and develop solutions
  • Coordinate with project team members to clarify design dependencies (hardware and software specs, content specs, architectural specs, etc.)
  • Provide accurate time estimates and expectations for yourself and designers on a project
  • Juggle multiple projects, establish expectations for designers and ensure deadlines are met
  • Pursue professional development (workshops/classes/conferences)

    REQUIREMENTS
  • A design degree (graphic, interaction, communication, media design, or a related field)
  • Superior design and art direction skills exhibited in an outstanding portfolio
  • Proven track record of project direction and team management
  • Experienced in developing unprecedented solutions that actively engage audiences
  • Strong leadership, and mediation skills
  • Disposition to inspire, mentor and lead by example
  • Confidence to make difficult decisions and guide designers towards aspirational design solutions
  • Experienced in structuring workflows and managing small design teams
  • Strong strategic and conceptual skills
  • The ability to distill key insights and translate them into design principles
  • Familiar with expressing arguments and ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • Experienced in structuring and holding working sessions and presentations, internally as well as to clients and collaborators
  • Excellent typographic skills
  • Accomplished in establishing elaborate design systems for digital and built environments
  • The ability to cut through complex content and translate narratives into compelling visual experience design
  • A proven record of driving experiments, iterating quickly and pushing conventions
  • Experience in designing for physical spaces
  • Progressive understanding of UX, GUI and interaction design as well as the workflow of time-based media
  • 3D or animation and motion graphics is a plus!
  • Excellent technical, organizational and time management skills
  • A highly self-motivated, ambitious and professional work attitude
  • An empathetic nature with an open, positive mindset
  • The ability to collaborate in teams, work autonomously and to take direction from creative leadership
  • An awareness of contemporary trends in technology, art and design
  • Precision, detail and solution orientation
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced creative environment

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