Art Director

Outcast - Washington, DC3.3

Full-time
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The Art Director plays a key role in outlier, the creative design studio of OutCast. As an Art Director, you are responsible for proactively collaborating across the team and agency to help clients express their brand vision via design. You demonstrate strong conceptual thinking across a variety of design mediums, helping to shape the art direction for content, develop unique designs, and ensure the feasibility of visual concepts and the fidelity of the final output. Art Directors serve as an integral part of the team as you will closely partner with clients to understand their needs and clearly share their point of view — learning the boundaries of the brand — while pushing against them into new territories.

To be successful, Art Directors should be curious, fearless, and seasoned leaders, demonstrating experience in producing successful work yet constantly exploring and keeping up with current design trends. You need to be able to clearly and concisely express yourself and explain your ideas, collaborating with all levels of designers and strategists. You should be able to quickly grasp the core message of a project and bring it to life, while being able to clearly communicate that to the team and client. Art Directors are expected to elevate and continue pushing the boundaries of outlier’s design and aesthetic. You will need to lead with a hands-on approach, taking initiative to identify needs across multiple teams as well as executing the solutions. You should also be committed to foster the talents of your junior members of your team, mentoring and helping them shape their personal skills and design perspectives. If you are a passionate, motivated, and highly articulate individual who brings self-initiative to projects and inspiration to your teams – then come join us!

What You'll Do:
Provide visual direction around the feeling and development of creative assets throughout the process of the project, developing tailored moodboards and concept art when needed
Lead brainstorming, concepting, and development of multiple ideas while providing guidance to the designers working with you
Visualize the design direction through exploration, strategy, graphic design and storytelling
Professionally communicate with project and content teams to ensure creative work is efficiently and effectively delivered to clients; work closely with the Creative Director to understand and implement high-level brand goals
Contribute to the design process to deliver creative solutions, such as branding systems, print and web layouts, iconography, illustrations, UX wireframes, and digital concepts
Produce and effectively direct photo shoots, as required, based on client needs
Present creative concepts to internal clients and key stakeholders
Make confident design decisions and be persuasive in bringing others with you
Promote continual creative improvement and contribute to a culture of craftsmanship, excellence and accountability
Maintain and ensure consistency of the quality of design assets throughout all phases of a project
Partner with Creative Project Manager, Creative Director, and account leads to determine scope of work and track meet cost benefits
Help to shape and support outlier’s marketing and business goals and growth trajectories
Mentor a small team of creatives—owning the personal and professional development of these individuals

What You'll Need:
7-10 years of prior graphic design work at a creative agency or similar environment. Experience in an Art Director role or similar is preferred
Mastery with Adobe CC, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator. AfterEffects and Sketch is a plus
Exceptional design sense and extensive background in one of these core areas: Graphic Design, Motion and Interaction design, UI/UX design. 3D Software knowledge is a plus
Demonstrated success in producing cutting edge creative work and showcasing an elevated sense of design, typography, and layout
Proven ability to think conceptually and turn those ideas into reality
Experience managing small creative teams and fostering team camaraderie
Strong communication and collaboration skills with the ability to build relationships within outlier, across the agency, and with clients
Highly creative point of view and solid understanding of creating intuitive digital designs guided by current industry standards
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Graphics, Visual Communications, Fine Arts or related field of study. Master’s degree is preferred
Strong portfolio showing client work and demonstrating range of media, including identity, print and digital design, and marketing campaigns

About Outcast:
OutCast is a communications & marketing firm. We are strategists and creatives who, like our partners, have a hyper-growth mindset to drive change and create value for transformative companies at all stages. Founded in 1997, OutCast has offices in San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, and London.

About outlier:
outlier is the creative design studio of OutCast. We bring visual storytelling to life. With a focus on branding, campaigns, and experiences, outlier creates compelling ways to share your message. Our diverse team has expertise in brand architecture, graphics, photography, digital narratives, and physical experiences. We embrace the power of creative expression and push boundaries to deliver design excellence, every day. Visit our portfolio website to view our work:

outlier.theoutcastagency.com

Outcast values:
Excellence. Integrity. Balance. Purpose. Inclusion.