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Design Director, Brand Creative

Los Angeles, CA · Marketing/Public Relations

Position Title: Design Director, Brand Creative

Position Summary: 

We’re looking for a dynamic, driven and savvy Design Director with a knowledge, passion, curiosity and love of culture (particularly Black culture) to support what’s hot, what’s next and what matters at OWN. The Design Director will be responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team in conceptualizing and producing design for brand, promo and 360 marketing campaigns. Will collaborate with Creative Director, Designers, Animators, Writer / Producers, Strategy Team and others to develop on-brand strategic solutions across all platforms. Will manage the creative work of the designers and animators, from research to storyboarding, pitching to production. He/she/they will be expected to inspire and motivate the team, providing direction, creative vision and constructive feedback.
 

Our ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with experience in both print and motion design. The Design Director will oversee a team of Designers and Animators, supervising design development across all platforms including print, digital, social and linear. The design director will maintain the highest creative, conceptual and production standards, while constantly ensuring brand integrity and consistency within a fast-paced work environment.
 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervise all aspects of design development for deliverables ranging from campaign key art and out-of-home executions to animated show opens; from custom-branded pieces and digital assets to animated promo packages

  • Lead in all stages of the creative process, from interpreting the creative brief, strategy, research and development to storyboarding and full production

  • Present concepts in fully produced pitches to the internal team as well as outside clients and partners

  • Direct production through to delivery, including directing 2D and 3D animation and editorial

  • Work closely with the Project Managers to optimize production schedules, team assignments and project deliverables

  • Take responsibility to ensure timely delivery of the highest quality product

  • Build and maintain effective relationships with clients across the department and network, as well as with outside production partners and vendors

  • Direct and collaborate with photographers, illustrators, retouch artists and printers

  • Support design team with encouragement and constructive feedback

  • Stay up to date with current design trends, techniques and processes; seek out and recommend new standard methodologies

  • Inspire and motivate the team to produce outstanding work

  • Conceptualize still photo shoots

  • Lead multiple projects effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced creative environment

  • Evaluate and source new design talent and design agencies to maintain roster of high-quality creative candidates/vendors

  • Liaise with production technology team using in-depth knowledge of design technology to ensure that the design team has the most effective equipment, plug-ins, and media workflows

  • Work towards to the ongoing growth and evolution of the Design team and the development of the OWN brand


Requirements: 

  • 10+ years of design, media, and/or relevant entertainment industry experience

  • 4+ years of design direction / project lead experience

  • Advanced skills in motion and print design, demonstrating strong creative and art direction abilities

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffects, InDesign)

  • Working knowledge of C4D

  • Advanced photo retouching and compositing skills

  • Experience leading teams of 2D and 3D animators

  • Perfect communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to mentor junior staff

  • Knowledge of printing processes and principles (including paper and press specification, pre-press proofing etc)

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