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Art Director

Design | Chicago, IL | Full Time

Job Description

Position Purpose

The Art Director will lead a team through the creation of original visual design concepts for the digital medium including websites, mobile/tablet devices, and social platforms, and will also be responsible for the production of any chosen concept. This is a hands-on roll that also requires completing concepts and pitching in during production. To better guide projects creatively, the Art Director will work closely with content strategists, information architects and user experience experts during the planning phases of the projects, and also with the project and account management teams to help make sure the clients’ goals are being met on time and on budget.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Creating visual design concepts for the digital medium based on overarching creative and interactive strategies 

  • Creating pixel-perfect, production-ready graphic assets

  • Applying design concepts and design elements to a full site

  • Actively participating in, and leading brainstorm sessions

  • Creating or consulting in the creation of wireframes and other information architecture and content strategy documents

  • Acting as a design resource for the development team throughout the development process, communicating creative ideas effectively to an internal or external development team

  • Leading designers through the concepting process and production phase of projects by providing them with initial direction and then providing feedback throughout the process

Client/Account Management

  • Participating in new client interviews and early project research

  • Presenting visual concepts to clients

  • Understanding and applying client feedback

  • Act as a strategic partner both with the clients as well as the agency, taking the initiative to think through digital initiatives even prior to being engaged with a client

  • Collaborating with the project and account management teams to determine the best way to meet client goals, budgets and schedules

Project Management

  • Collaborating with the project  and account management teams to determine available resources and assign projects to the creative team based on skill level and availability

  • Acting as a liaison between the creative team and internal departments as well as with client and external partners to execute on client projects

  • Collaborating with fellow Elevate creatives, clients and other agency teams throughout a project’s lifecycle


  • Managing, directing and coaching direct reports to be successful within Elevate

  • Promoting the individual growth of each member of the design team by providing guidance as well as resources and learning opportunities

  • Initiating corrective action discussions and/or education opportunities when needed to correct performance/behavior issues

  • Guiding the design team to contribute towards Elevate’s growth by staying on top of new trends and technology, as well as honing/adjusting internal processes as needed

Job Skills and Requirements

  • Strong online portfolio with examples of digital projects demonstrating creative thinking and flawless execution

  • Proven ability crafting visual stories to help build brands online

  • Understanding of, and ability to apply web design best practices and conventions

  • Expert level understanding of typography, layout design, hierarchy, image editing and color theory

  • Knowledge of user experience and web design best practices

  • Ongoing understanding of industry and design trends, with a willingness to experiment with new tools and design techniques

  • A sharp eye for detail and execution

  • Ability to manage multiple projects across multiple clients simultaneously

  • Excellent presentation skills and communication abilities (both verbal and written)

  • The ability to function independently and in a collaborative environment

  • Comfortable managing within a fast-paced, dynamic environment 

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

  • At least 6 years of experience working on client projects in an interactive agency or on an in-house digital team

  • Experience leading a creative team

  • Experience working through a full site build from discovery to completion

  • Experience working from wireframes and other information architecture documents

  • An expert proficiency in multiple design software programs, including Photoshop and Illustrator.  

  • A basic understanding of HTML/CSS programming

  • Knowledge of technology and media trends and innovations

About Elevate Studios:
Elevate is a privately held, Chicago-headquartered agency offering full-service digital marketing programs for some of the most well recognized brands in the US.

Please include samples of your work and salary requirements. No phone calls please.

Elevate is an equal opportunity employer.