Art Director Position

 
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Happy Socks is looking for a passionate and highly creative Art Director. You will be a key member of the small creative team, The Rabbit Hole, based in Los Angeles, US. With direct line of communication to Founders of the company, you will be tasked with creating unique, highly engaging and brand-building concepts, ranging from large seasonal image campaigns, collaborations with talent and brands as well as smaller activations.

The role requires strong creative skills, strong communication skills, good understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing concepts and a close collaboration across departments within the company as well as with third party partners. This is a very hands on creative role, supporting projects with full ownership on marketing initiatives including graphic design, photo/video direction on shoots. The person we are looking for can both lead the art direction of a specific project and go into detail when needed. The candidate has a great understanding of both the idea and graphic design that makes a project successful

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Provide art direction for all types of creative productions, e.g. presentations, web design, in-store materials, company visuals, etc

  • Collaborate with the team on generating creative ideas from a brief in order to meet company objectives 

  • Attend brainstorming sessions with other members of the creative team to develop concepts

  • Pitch concepts internally to the team, bring new fresh and disruptive ideas to the table

  • Responsible for total campaign concepts, developing headlines and suggesting taglines, as well as developing the look

  • Plan and execute production of photo shoots in-line with creative direction and budget

  • Direct photo shoots and video shoots

  • Design assets for all media platforms

  • Commissioning specialists, such as artists and photographers, to work on projects

  • Ensure that third party production companies, photographers etc. receive accurate briefs and follow these projects from start to finish

  • Managing projects and working within a budget

  • Works on several campaigns at once, under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Working collectively with other departments to help enhance digital and offline performance of both sales and brand

Skills & personal qualifications 

  • Be highly creative with an attention to detail

  • Have strong ideation and conceptual ability

  • Be able to translate marketing strategy into persuasive layouts, logos, and packaging

  • Have strong background in design

  • Have a thorough understanding of photography, typography and printing techniques

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Be able to see other people's point of view and cope with criticism

  • Follow up and adapt concepts based on feedback

  • Be able to manage a project from concept through production, in multiple media

  • Have strong time management skills

  • Be able to work within strict budgets

Requirements & Skills:

  • 5+ years’ experience of proven success as an art director at an advertising/design agency or a similar role in-house on the client side

  • Excellent working experience and knowledge of the full Adobe Creative Suite and mac related presentation software such as Keynote

  • Knowledge of social (Facebook, twitter, Instagram) along with a deep understanding of digital and new media

  • High degree of creative knowledge and recognition of brand values / aesthetic

  • Extensive knowledge across print and digital design, with a good understanding of both design, copy and web best practices and guidelines.

  • Excellent presentation skills and storytelling ability.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Self-motivated and energetic individual with a high level of initiative

  • An exceptional portfolio of work showcasing web, mobile, application solutions

  • Ability to lead projects with minimal oversight while managing multiple priorities and meeting tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment