Top Skills for Art Directors

art director job description

Are your hearts set on becoming Art Directors? Before you print our your business cards, make sure you master these skills:

Art Directors Top Skills

  • Strong people skills, including the ability to convey visual ideas to non-visually-oriented people
  • Ability to connect visual ideas to business goals
  • Thorough knowledge of technical processes for designated media (print, web, broadcast, events)
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Professional appearance and ability to interact positively with clients
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Knowledge of key design software including Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time

Art Director Job Description

An Art Director works with the staff behind a marketing campaign, like photographers, designers, or content writers. Art Directors visualize concepts that a Creative Director gets from a client. Or, in reverse, the Creative Director takes a design created by the Art Director’s team and makes it more sellable. Who goes first?

After the Creative Director kicks off a project, the Art Director conducts brainstorming sessions with creative teams, providing them with the overall strategic vision. Then the Art Director ensures that the video, graphic design, catalog or other marketing piece is completed on time and under budget


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