Art Director

Job Description

About Ink:

Ink has been in business for 29 years and is the world’s leading travel media company. We work with the largest travel media brands and airlines worldwide. In 2019 we became part of Stagwell, a Nasdaq trading company founded in 2015 by Mark Penn (ex-Microsoft). We have a collective vision as a global marketing and communications group on transforming marketing globally. We say our industry has been dominated for decades by four firms that haven’t evolved fast enough to adapt to the times. We believe that unrivalled creativity plus data-driven connectivity drives unmistakable effectiveness. Our headquarters is in London, and we have global offices in Miami, Singapore, and São Paulo.

Ink has been recognised with numerous awards including: Best Overall Editorial, Travel Magazine of the Year, Best Cover, Best Art Director and Best Photography, across industry events in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Ink is now a member of The Stagwell Group. Stagwell was founded in 2015 with the aim to bring together a collaborative group of pioneering and successful marketing and media digital-first agencies.

About the role:

Ink is looking for an ambitious Art Director to help launch a new title for a leading European airline with a readership of up to 7 million people. The Art Director will take ownership of the magazine from inception through to print. You'll have an eye for detail and a passion for creating ground-breaking, award-winning work. You're a conceptual thinker and great with clients.

You will be central in implementing the creative vision for the project, and to help maintain/develop it across all platforms. You will also be responsible for working on design and visuals across all products— print, digital, marketing materials and commercial projects.

The Role:

  • Design all aspects of the magazine content including covers, pages and supplementary assets, ensuring everything is on-brand and eye-catching.
  • Coordinate with editors and picture teams to develop ideas and commission content.
  • Be a creative ideas machine, leading from the front in generating cool, modern, on-brand ideas the audience will love.
  • Design layouts across the magazine, from 8-page long-read investigations with original art, to templated regular pages.
  • Work closely with the production and subs to ensure a seamless process that works to deadline, runs efficiently and minimises hiccups – from early-stage planning, right through to finalising pages and helping send the magazine to press.
  • Build and maintain a brand style guide that can be used across the brand and wider business, directing in fonts, colour palettes, visual identity, etc.
  • Build a bursting contacts book of artists, illustrators, photographers and freelancers, building relationships along the way.
  • Liaise and collaborate with other internal departments ranging from sales and senior leadership including Creative Director.
  • Oversee and be the main point of contact for all visuals across the entire magazine brand, across all platforms

We're excited if you have:

  • Experience designing at a senior level.
  • Generating visual ideas and see them through from scratch to publication.
  • Ability to forge excellent working relationships with an editorial team
  • Unflappable under pressure, ability to juggle multiple projects, collaborative approach to working with multiple editorial teams.
  • Prioritising most pressing work despite competing pressures
  • Significant experience in graphic design & art direction, preferably in a creative agency or publishing house
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and other relevant design software.
  • An obsession with visual communication and how it can be used to tell stories, transmit emotion, influence behaviour and spark action.
  • Strong passion and understanding of typography, colour theory, composition, and visual hierarchy. UX and UI principles would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to articulate creative ideas and provide constructive feedback.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Passion for contemporary design and a keen interest in aesthetic and design trends and innovations.
  • Previous experience monthly, weekly title and mentoring junior team members is a plus.

What Ink can offer you:

We know that we are nothing without our people and that they determine the journey we are going on together. We have an environment which facilitates growth and learning through curiosity and a desire to be the best we can.

In addition to a truly collaborative environment, we are pleased to offer benefits including 25 Days Annual Leave, Ink Rewards via Reward Gateway, Competitive Pension Scheme, Hybrid Working, Cycle to work Scheme, Season Ticket Loans, Free refreshments daily and regular social events! We also have two wellbeing days per year for people to use for whatever helps them to feel well, in addition to annual leave and bank hols, plus the Thrive app.

Equal Opportunities:

Ink is committed and proud to be an equal opportunity employer, which means we are committed to creating and celebrating diverse thoughts, cultures, and backgrounds throughout our organization.

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London (Hybrid)
Art Director
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Job posted:
July 4, 2024
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