Art Director, Writer’s Digest Magazine
F+W Media, Inc. - Cincinnati, OH

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Create the overall editorial design identity for Writer’s Digest magazine. Maintain this identity through every issue as well as in other applications/products, including special interest publications, CD packaging, etc.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Meet with editors to choose images for feature well, cover, editor’s letter, and features TOC.
  • Handle image purchase and/or creation, review and corrections, working with the digital imaging staff. Reviews proofs for color accuracy and request any necessary corrections.
  • Design features and columns. Includes initial layout, any requested revisions or alterations, and text element placement and alignment until editor signs off on final layout.
  • Work with editor and ad coordinator to create final storyboard and ad placement. Notify managing designer of any needs for house ads.
  • Design cover. Includes mockups of multiple images, placement of logo and cover lines, any requested revisions and corrections until final sign-off.
  • Create post-script files of each and every page. Coordinate with pre-press staff to get printer-ready PDFs uploaded to the InSite content management system. Proof files and authorize transfer of files to RR Donnelly for printing. Work with the pre-press staff to resolve any problems that may occur with files.
  • Prepare text and images used in magazine for online use.
  • Repurpose designed materials for use in digital formats as needed, including downloadable issue PDFs and searchable annual back-issue CD-ROMs.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Degree in Graphic Design ore related field is required
  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Expertise with multi-page documents, master pages and style sheets and proven typographic skills required.
  • Knowledge of print production is essential.
  • Experience with art direction of photo shoots is a plus.
  • Must have excellent design skills and an eye for detail.
  • Creative conceptual thinking and willingness to push boundaries and explore new directions in design are essential.
  • Experience managing multiple projects, adapting to changing schedules and meeting deadlines is preferred.
  • Good communication skills essential.

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