WIRED is looking for an experienced Art Director to provide full-time maternity cover for up to one year. The right candidate will have the experience, skill and eye to fit seamlessly into an award-winning design-led publication such as WIRED.
The Acting Art Director will support and report to the Creative Director.
They’ll be fully conversant in Adobe software, be comfortable commissioning the highest standard of photography, illustration and film making, and be full of creative ideas as to how WIRED’s design can be pushed forward across print and digital. Their address book and aesthetic will match their experience.
Candidates would also benefit from experience of directing and editing film and digital assets, working closely with external video production crews, and working with the Digital Art Assistant to create films and animations for platforms including YouTube, wired.co.uk and social media platforms.
The right candidate will have boundless energy and can juggle numerous, often challenging tasks, while retaining a cool head and finishing work to the highest technical standard.
WIRED is looking for a candidate who has a sufficiently developed aesthetic and is confident in modern, progressive art direction.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Working on assets for print, events, consulting and branding
Contributing to commercial projects as required
Designing print layouts across all regular sections, and seeing them through to sign-off and production
Commissioning illustrations and photography, and managing contributors
Able to manage a tight budget
Deputising for the Creative Director during his absence
Conceptualising and commissioning photography, video and animations
Attending and running photo and video shoots when required
Managing production of digital assets with the Digital Art Assistant
Essential Skills & Requirements
Skilled in Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop etc.
Skilled in editorial design and typography
Experience using a CMS
Experience planning and running shoots
Awareness of budgeting
Good network of contributors
Thorough understanding of WIRED’s editorial output across numerous platforms
Able to plan and liaise with editors to create well balanced and compelling sections
Experience in colour reprographics and signing off proofs