Art Director
SapientNitro - Chicago, IL

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Welcome to SapientNitro, where ideas reign supreme. Here, customer experiences are what drive us, game-changing marketing is conceived, awards are won, and technology is at the very heart of bringing our creative ideas to life. There’s no shame in being ambitious here; career growth is a priority for us – we help one another climb, we don’t climb over one-another. Clients aren’t just customers, they’re partners. Integrity and a team-driven environment serve as incubators for entrepreneurial minds. Getting goose bumps? Good. If you’re ready to be an idea engineer with some of the best collaborators in the industry, let’s see where you can put your talents to work.

Job Title:
Art Director

Job Summary:
As an Art Director you are responsible for the development, design and execution of creative concepts for leading-edge marketing and Web solutions. You will also support the Creative Lead role on an account/track of work, working with a team of copywriters/designers and collaborating with developers, IAs and content strategists as a part of the creative process.

Primary Responsibilities:
Apply style/brand guides if necessary in the execution of existing concepts
Ensure quality and preparation of deliverable for handoff to interactive developers, printers, client, etc.
Create layouts applying design principles such as color, typography, photographic selection, organizing elements and usability
Provide rationale for design choices; assure design meets business objectives as stated in creative brief
Define outlines and storyboards for Flash (or equivalent software) animations (identifying the range of assets to be used, the story to be told, etc)
Develop creative ideas based on criteria in creative brief and/or direction from senior leadership, collaborating with team members and copywriters
Direct 1-2 designers to help develop sketches/storyboards to present to senior team; assist in rationale and strategy for ideas in final deck
Develop style of the presentation for existing concepts/directions; determine best format to execute ideas
Help define a brand’s visual language (color palette, logo, font, etc) across a range of media (may include print, online marketing, Web site, packaging, etc) with minimal oversight
Compare a brand’s visual language to other competitors, identifying trends, etc. Provide recommendations to the client/internal team based on findings

Experience Guidelines:
3 years of industry experience
Strong design portfolio with 4 years education, industry related degree is a plus
Ability to multi-task and work efficiently under pressure with careful attention to detail is a must
A solid working knowledge of the latest versions of applicable programs -- Mac OS, Fireworks, Photoshop and Illustrator, etc.
A good working knowledge of online and offline production
Passion for design and eagerness to collaborate with other creative people
Self motivated, organized and accountable
Well-developed communication skills including ability to articulate creative concepts and rationale to other team members (clients a plus)
Understanding of Informational Architecture practices, motion design, and the strengths and limitations of Flash, Ajax, Flex, and other emerging platforms
Some travel may be required

Bachelor’s degree required

About SapientNitro
SapientNitroSM, part of Sapient®, is an integrated marketing and technology services firm. We create and engineer highly relevant experiences that accelerate business growth and fuel brand advocacy for our clients. By combining multi-channel marketing, multi-channel commerce, and the technology that binds them, we influence customer behavior across the spectrum of content, communication and commerce channels, resulting in deeper, more meaningful relationships between customers and brands. SapientNitro services global leaders such as Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Foot Locker, Singapore Airlines, Target, and Vodafone through our operations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @sapientnitro.

Sapient is a registered service mark of Sapient Corporation.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this role, which include hearing, speaking, typing, and occasionally moving and/or lifting up to 15 pounds.
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