Art Director
Swirl - San Francisco, CA

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About Us:
Founded in 1997, Swirl is an independently-owned advertising and marketing agency based in San Francisco. Our clients range from national and international brands such as Microsoft Stores, eBay, Cost Plus World Market, Delta Dental, Soy Vay, and California Table Grape Commission to regional favorites, like Torani, Pier 39, The Marine Mammal Center, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Clipper), U.C. Berkeley’s College of Natural Sciences, Common Sense Media and PG&E.
We believe that “doing” sits above “saying,” because when you do something, connections are made. There is a growing level of cynicism surrounding messaging without actions. When a brand truly stands for something, they act upon those values. We believe it is the role of the modern agency to help clients “do” something that matters and then amplify the conversation around that action through the various forms of media, including digital. We work with our clients to find ways to act upon their shared values with their customer base. Connections are the new social currency and we believe that brands will be built upon the connections they make. With the client, we set our goals for these connections and measure our success across multiple variables to ensure that the connection we are making are meaningful and converting to sales and overall awareness.
Swirl has nearly doubled in size over the last 18 months and is now over 100 people. As part of the growing Swirl team, you’ll be entitled to a great list of benefits including (but not limited to!) medical, dental, vision, 401k, flex spending, and continuing education stipends. Oh, and let’s not forget coffee, snacks of the sweet and savory order, the Swirl Friday Walking Club, Munny Doll avatars, community service days, monthly happy hours, and birthday celebrations. Swirl is a current 4A’s member and uses the latest and greatest in talent management systems, Rypple.com.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:
The Art Director will be a major contributor in the creation of engaging and inspiring design and conceptual solutions for our growing roster of amazing clients. Through these solutions, the Art Director succeeds at representing our agency philosophy, methodology and capabilities to our clients, vendor partners and employees while maintaining an integrated marketing mindset (thinking beyond just digital into the realms of experiential, direct response and print channels). Additionally, the Art Director works with Account, Media and Production team leads in developing smart solutions to marketing challenges. This is a hands on design role in which the candidate will be expected to contribute as a do-er as well as be a conceptual thinker in all phases of a project—in other words, coming up with ideas and then being able to show how they look.
Graphic Design expertise is mandatory and a background in digital design, specifically UX/UI is strongly desired. This position requires the passion to contribute to the efforts of a creative team consisting of other designers, illustrators, producers, copywriters, information architects, and web interface and flash developers. Therefore, the Art Director must possess a well-rounded understanding of graphic design, information architecture, usability, technology, and experience design.
The role requires an up-to-date understanding of current digital design trends across all platforms, including but not limited to mobile, social, and emerging technology – and making members of Swirl aware of those trends. You will also be working on other media, including print, video, DM and broadcast.

Requirements:
5-7+ yrs. overall experience preferred
At least 3+ yrs.experience in two or more of the following areas: multimedia, mobile, advertising, interactive advertising, game interface design, web design
An online architect’s command of unifying business, design, and user goals
A proven proficiency in Adobe CS4-5 and a strong familiarity with Flash, ActionScript, XML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop & Illustrator for online, CSS, XHTML
A solid command of UI, UX and IA for all aspects of online architecture like user interface in menu, navigation and design; user experience in flow of website relative to details of information architecture; content and creative flow and balance; capitalization of user expectations
Willingness to educate the agency at large about topics that arise from your current client work or industry trends
Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent work experience
Online portfolio with engaging designs is required for consideration
Bonus Points: agency experience, integrated marketing background

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