Reference # 39170

Location: New York, NY

Job Title: Design Director

Type of Opportunity: Fulltime

Design Director

Our client, an integrated design firm, providing branding, product and service experiences is seeking a Visual Design Director. 

The visual design team all have a passionate attention to craft detail and an appreciation of modern functional design with a strong aesthetic sense to create communication solutions that deliver design excellence.

Core Skills:

  • A strong portfolio that demonstrates graphic design thinking and core craft skills across a variety of client categories and design formats & methodologies, e.g. brand identity systems, print, illustration, motion design, digital interface design for products, websites, mobile, tablet and TV.
  • 6-8 years prior work experience in a related role with at least 1 year of management experience
  • Solid formal academic background in Graphic Design, Digital Media Design, Communication Design, or commensurate work experience; advanced degree a plus
  • Eloquent verbal/written communication & presentation skills, with the ability to successfully articulate design concepts to your team and your client
  • Effective time management skills to balance project schedule with fast-paced deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the digital design industry & technology at large.


  • Ability to understand business strategies, user research, market context
  • Ability to interpret, translate and extend existing brand, product and service guidelines in the context of developing new experiences
  • Experience planning and hosting collaborative workshops and work sessions with internal and external teams
  • Ability to conduct market research and brand, product, service audits focused on the visual design systems and their application to corporate, service and product identities
  • Ability to contribute to strategic content for brand, service and product propositions working with strategy, interaction and technology team members
  • Ability to create visual language concepts, mood definition, behaviors, early design routes and presentation materials that articulate strategic design intent.

Design and technical skills:

  • Formal design knowledge and high quality craft skills with attention to detail and ability to deliver effective and functional design artifacts as they pertain to project requirements
  • Ability to think strategically and translate brand, service and product requirements into holistic systems that effectively communicate
  • Strong ability to think visually and collaborate seamlessly with Interaction Designers it pertains to interaction, behavior, & style discussions
  • Strong ability to think technically and collaborate seamlessly with Technologists as it pertains to understanding the benefits, possibilities and constraints of common coding languages and platforms; actual coding experience a plus
  • An understanding of Brand, Product and Service development process and ability to transform strategic direction into high quality design artifacts from total systems to individual elements
  • An understanding of lean design processes for digital, print, motion, physical a plus
  • An understanding of iterative prototyping as an essential part of the design process
  • Fluency with common design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Keynote) for the creation of visual design artifacts and presentations.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of design principles, best practices and emerging technologies
  • Interest and participation in professional industry groups, conferences, speaking engagements, publications or teaching
  • Experience with new business development and growing business with existing clients
  • Ability to lead the design vision throughout the duration of the client engagement ensuring
  • Ability to scope and manage projects through all phases, from kick-off through delivery
  • Experience managing less senior visual designers (and other design disciplines/cross-department staff) on projects

Salary $120-140K DOE


Job Reference # 39170