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Art Director

A little bit about the job

We are seeking an Art Director to join our growing team of creatives on a full-time basis. The Art Director is an incredibly important part of the team, responsible for setting design direction and executing on a wide variety of design projects and larger campaigns. You will be leading our team of designers in creating and executing top-quality work that both meet the project’s objectives and make others think, “Dang, that’s pretty sweet!”

Ideally, we’d love this person to work with the team in our Ashland, Ohio office, but some remote work is possible.

Here’s what you’d be responsible for:

  • Meet with clients to assess creative needs and preferences (Kickoff Meetings).

  • Develop and execute creative ideas with the Creative Director and other graphic designers that support full marketing and/or branding campaigns.

  • Be an active leader in the development of the design department and collaborate with other departments within Vinyl.

  • Review and offer constructive feedback for other designers on the creation of assets for production and marketing teams.

  • Create and lead presentations that lead a client through our creative strategy and development process to arrive at visual solutions (Moodboard Presentations, Brand Presentations, Brand Guide Presentations).

  • Disseminate feedback from Creative Director and/or client on assets to other designers.

  • Act as a liaison between the design department and the accounts team.

  • Be able to speak into and, when appropriate, refine established processes within the larger production team.

Bonus Points:

  • 3-5 years of experience in full brand development

  • Experienced in working with higher education clients

  • Experienced in animation or design for animation

  • High understanding of UI design and is able to lead the design team and web design team in creating concepts for larger web projects.

  • Able to achieve a high score in pinball while also carrying on a conversation and telling hilarious jokes.

  • Strong opinions on music and bands.

To grow our team, we're looking for people who will be great fits in our culture and be excited by our core values. At Vinyl, we value...

  • Great People: We only work with great people here at Vinyl–we place a huge amount of autonomy, responsibility, respect and trust in them to deliver amazing results for our clients. And we also only work with great clients–people who are doing great things for their customers, making a real difference in the world, and who view us as a partner and not just a gun for hire.
  • Great Craftsmanship: Actually, scratch that: Great Craftspersonship. We take a breath before we deliver anything and ask “Is this the best we can do? Are we proud of this?” If the answer is no, we go back to the drawing board. We don’t ship work we aren’t proud of, even if it means having an uncomfortable conversation.
  • Great Processes: We don’t “wing” anything. We believe the best results and most fantastic creativity flow from tried and true processes. That’s why we are process-driven to the core. And only the best, most effective, most results producing processes survive.
  • Great Results: You can build the prettiest boat in history, but if it doesn’t float, it’s nothing more than a waste of perfectly good wood. Everything we do is in an effort to produce clear, measurable results for our clients. They profit and we profit. Which means we can continue to produce beautiful, brilliant things that have strategy spun through every strand of DNA.
  • Great Experiences: We are passionate about creating great experiences at every level of engagement. Both inside and outside the company. Internally, we value, recognize, and support each other, every day. For our clients—and their clients too!– this means we do great work, communicate well, take responsibility for our mistakes, use good judgement, and do what we say we’re going to do. This also means that we don’t put up with jerks—both in terms of employees as well as clients. Positivity wins, and we like to win.

If this sounds exciting and you feel like you can’t possibly go one more second without having a conversation, send a cover letter, resume, and your portfolio (or link to your website, Dribbble, or Behance profile) to careers@vinylmarketing.com and we’ll reach out if it makes sense.