Quad/Graphics Senior Art Director in Westbrook, Maine
It’s a new era in consumer marketing. BlueSoho, a division of Quad/Graphics, helps our clients meet the challenge. As an integrated marketing and technology firm, the BlueSoho team helps customers connect their print content across mobile, digital, video, social media and other marketing channels. Our full suite of services is designed to deliver high-impact brand experiences.
Are you passionate about concept and design? Are you a brand guardian that can develop new creative ideas and execute them across print and digital channels? BlueSoHo, a communications firm serving premier brands, seeks an experienced, versatile Senior Art Director to work to on-site in our in Portland, Maine studio to help create visual content exclusively for L.L.Bean, Inc. – a brand known for living life outdoors and connecting to nature with rugged, good-looking clothing & gear. The Art Director works closely with the Associate Creative Director and the internal creative team to develop on-brand, creative solutions for a variety of channels.
The right candidate will have a strong photo background in branding, creative concept development, with the production skills to execute their ideas. This person will be responsible for understanding the client’s strategies and program goals and will display a high degree of creativity utilizing industry trends and visual design skills.
Art direct all off-figure, still life and Web AV photographic assets for Print, Digital, Retail business channels
Partners with L.L.Bean Merchandising and Brand Leadership, using expertise in visual communication and problem solving
Manages and mentors Stylists and creative talent providing direction, coaching and professional development guidance
Collaborate with merchants and design partners to brainstorm and concept seasonal photography needs for omni-channel exposure plans
Direct photo shoots, pre-production meetings, selection of talent and resources to meet project objectives established by Creative Director
Direct and maintain the creative standards of our production and design team
Produce assigned projects on schedule and within assigned expenses.
Partner with Photo Operations to ensure necessary production requirements are met
Participate in pre-production meetings for assigned projects, providing creative input concerning product presentation
Responsible for the editing, organizing and final selection of all assigned photography
Conduct review of new photography with Senior Leadership ensuring that presentations are complete, effective, and meet creative and marketing objectives.
Partner with Production Manager, Quality Control teams to ensure final images meet technical standards
Identify and recommend solutions to graphic problems in partnership with Designer team
Train new photographers
Understand the LL Bean brand and properly adhere to guidelines/requirements
Ensure the overall quality of deliverables, ensuring accurate and timely completion on multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines within established budgets
Degree in photography, design or related field
Minimum of 5 years of experience designing for retail inserts, catalogs, collateral and more.
Knowledge of all steps required for the print process and an understanding of production methods to ensure designs can be produced for print delivery
Proficiency in all Mac-based, industry-standard software programs including, but not limited to, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Some knowledge of the Windows platform is also required
Deep understanding of branding, marketing, advertising, and strategies within those disciplines
High-level expertise in constructing clean, layered files, and knowledge of creating and working with templates and style sheets
Possesses exceptional typographic and clear, concise solution-based design skill
Proactive, appropriate and timely communication skills across department, agency and clients
Allocates time efficiently to the most important issues and completes work in a timely fashion
Holds high regard for personal performance and professional accountability
Adapts as needed to clients’ needs, feedback and critiques
Can adjust and streamline priorities within multiple assignments to ensure all goals and objects are met or exceeded
Additional Company Information
We offer excellent benefits to eligible employees, including 401(k), holidays, vacation and more.
Quad/Graphics is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Company’s policy is not to unlawfully discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws. The Company also prohibits harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories.
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