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Freelance Art Director

Apply Job ID 17360 Date posted Jul. 06, 2020 Location Remote Full Time / Part Time Part time (PT)


Employees at Quad thrive at the intersection of thinking, making and marketing. As we continue to take the bold steps necessary to transform our offering, our goal is to provide our clients with the most powerful integrated marketing platform. We’re all partners in our company, committed to do the right thing, trusting the process, innovating for the future, growing the business, believing in each other, and having a little fun along the way.

Quad is seeking an independent Art Director to join our growing Direct Mail/Direct Marketing team in a freelance / contract role.

The right Art Director will have proven experience developing thought-provoking, motivational Direct Mail/Direct Marketing programs. They will collaborate with account managers, creative directors, writers, project managers and category SMEs to develop well-designed creative communications from concept to execution. The ideal person will have the ability to fluently apply his/her visual skills and abilities gained working in the DM business in a leadership, or complementary role to an existing team. The Art Director role requires the ability to evaluate, understand and convert input and industry best practices into direct response marketing design and art direction that inspires action.

  • The ability to design, create and direct engaging, action-oriented concepts and content for Direct Mail/Direct Marketing programs/campaigns.
  • Ability to multi-task, juggling a multiple request and timelines
  • Ability to understand persona-driven DM programs, and how it affects the creative concept development.
  • Take creative direction from core team and handle projects from start to finish, large or small.
  • Ability to provide creative direction/road maps for developed creative concepts.
  • Ability to clearly & confidently communicate and present creative ideas and rationale.
  • Use DM experience and best practices to inform design decisions and make visual recommendations to maximize response.
  • Develop and maintain tight communication checkpoints through projects
  • Coordinate with Creative Services , Client Services and Sales Teams as needed
  • Track and manage time/tasks, which may require estimating
  • Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven field.
  • Extensive experience developing creative DM content and graphic design
  • Familiarity with data-driven DM programs, esp. the use of personas to test creative concepts
  • Adobe Creative Suite proficiency with an emphasis on InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Outstanding graphic portfolio featuring DM creative samples
  • Strategic Creative (conceptual) background a plus.
  • 4-year college degree or equivalent.
  • 7+ years of experience as an Art Director or Sr Designer working in a DM capacity.
  • Experience using the latest virtual connectivity technology and communications.
  • Efficient, deadline-driven and detail-oriented
  • Communicative and works well in team environment
  • Responds well to written and verbal instruction, including constructive criticism
  • A successful candidate is someone who has spent a good portion of their creative career working in a DM agency or in the DM industry.
Additional Company Information

We offer excellent benefits to eligible employees, including 401(k), holidays, vacations and more.
Quad/Graphics is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Company’s policy is not to unlawfully discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws. The Company also prohibits harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories.

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