Associate Art Director | Signal Theory
Kansas City Skyline

An associate art director contributes to what any piece of creative work produced by Signal Theory looks like — either with the guidance and direction of an art director or senior art director, or on their own. Most work begins with a brief or other information provided by brand management. The associate art director — often working in tandem with a copywriter — helps imagine and produce the answer to any client challenge. Whether it’s a campaign or a single item, the goal should be to create something that has a positive impact on the intended audience that promotes the client’s product, service or brand. The associate art director is, if not the main guardian, a key team member entrusted with the visual content of the final piece.

For an associate art director, here are the basics:

  • You have less than three years work experience.
  • You are proficient with core Adobe Creative Cloud Apps (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat).
  • Experience with other software/apps (e.g., After Effects, XD, Sketch) can be beneficial.
  • You have some experience with electronic file preparation for advertising/printing.
  • You are familiar with designing for digital platforms — web/mobile.
  • You have a good understanding of design fundamentals.
  • You are a damn good designer.

Any associate art director should feel the following rings true:

  • You pay attention to the details.
  • You’re collaborative and work positively with a team.
  • You are not afraid to raise your hand to ask a question or toss out a suggestion. 
  • You welcome feedback and can channel that into your work.
  • You have an appreciation for advertising, design and their histories.
  • You appreciate excellence in the elements of advertising — photography, illustration, motion, typography, etc.
  • You are eager to learn about your client’s world and develop your own skills.
  • You don’t find the notion of a generally fast pace to be disagreeable or concerning.
  • You can talk about your work and clearly explain the reasons/inspiration for your choices.

Exceptional benefits include:

  • Access to Skillshare to continue honing your craft.
  • Six flexible work-from-home days each year in addition to your regular PTO.
  • Up to $500 a year to put toward qualified wellness expenses, like your gym membership.
  • After one year, we’ll reimburse up to 50% of tuition costs for approved continuing education.
  • After eight years, enjoy a 4-week paid sabbatical, plus a $750 reimbursement for international travel.

Of course, we also:

  • Are an equal opportunity employer.
  • Provide health, dental and vision insurance.
  • Offer salaries commensurate with experience.
  • Offer both traditional and Roth 401k plans with employer matching.
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