Art Director, Design

Creative · Cincinnati, Ohio
Department Creative
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Curious Requirements:

The Art Director must be curious. You must think big thoughts and have the courage to break new ground and reinvent the definition of creativity and integration. You must be a good person who supports your supervisors and coworkers with empathy and honesty. You must believe in collaboration and positive confrontation for the sake of team and individual accountability. You must celebrate being a teacher and a mentor. You must be able to laugh with others and at yourself. You must comport yourself in a manner that engenders respect and promotes lasting relationships. You must have a big heart and a burning fire in your belly for storytelling. You must be indispensable. Above all, you must be willing to fail rather than settle for conformity.

 Our goal is to create a creative culture and a company that is like no other.  If this speaks to who you are and where you would like to grow your career, then please read on. 

Critical Skills/Traits:

To be a successful Art Director at Curiosity, you must possess exceptional communication skills, both orally and in writing.  You must also possess superior interpersonal skills and be able to create a rapport with people of all demographics. You must be polished, maintaining a professional, put-together demeanor. You have to be incredibly confident, ambitious and self-motivated. You should thrive when working independently.

You should be a keen listener. You should have strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and manage pressure situations. You need strong attention to detail and project documentation.

You must possess the ability to bring fresh thinking and curiosity to clients to make them think about their brand in an entirely different way, and must have a passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge gathering and testing newmediums to reach our targets. You must fit into a culture of self-motivation, quest for learning and team collaboration, while expressing a curiosity that pushes the boundaries on traditional thinking.

You will need the ability to manage communications development initiatives, inclusive of:  digital advertising and traditional advertising, knowledge of media plans, promotional plans and interactive plans in concert with traditional communications plans and budget management. The position will require implementation and project management expertise for all project components. In addition, you will be responsible for building knowledge on existing and emerging communications tools and tactics, industry practices and trends, aswell as becoming immersed in the clients’ business and category.

Job Description:

As part of the creative team, you will be expected to craft and execute ideas across various campaigns and media. You must be able to develop creative for both traditional and digital advertising as well as branding, packaging, POS and other design materials as needed.  You must be strategic and collaborative, with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for creating insightful, intelligent work.

Strategic Functions:

  • Develop strategic concepts, alongside copywriter/internal team, that communicate the objective of the piece.


  • Deliver ideas that push the boundaries or demonstrate fresh ways of communicating the objective.
  • Develop the look and feel of the work, always keeping in mind the proper branding and tone.


  • Present work clearly to the internal team and client. This includes stating objectives outlined in the brief and reasoning as to why the concepts and visual choices being presented deliver on target.


  • Must give clear direction to production artists and outside vendors, and set goals to reach the desired outcome of project.
  • Participate in approval of Creative Briefs, making sure all creative details are provided and scope of work is being communicated clearly to you.
  • Set example/establish expectations by following in-house processes and policies.


  • Responsible for delivering any direct assignment work on time, according to quality standards of Curiosity, and to the expectations of the Client and our vendor partners.
  • Responsible for the management of and quality of work delivered by outside vendors (directing photographers, freelance designers, wardrobe, directors, sound design, music, photo retouching, approvals of press proofs, web applications, etc.), as well as work delegated to an internal designer or production artist, making sure work remains on target, on budget, and on schedule.
  • Manage timelines to deliver work on schedule.


  • Work closely with Creative Director and Traffic Manager to manage projects through to completion.
  • Oversee the hiring of outside vendors (photographers, models, programmers, directors, freelance designers, producers, etc.), communicating why a particular vendor or talent is appropriate for each specific job.
  • Build and maintain strong professional relationships with both clients and coworkers.


  • A four-year degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • A portfolio filled with great ideas and award-winning concepts
  • Ability to manage and contribute to numerous projects simultaneously
  • Superior visual communication skills
  • Willingness to fail or at least die trying
  • High level of curiosity

 What Is Curiosity?

Curiosity is a full-service strategic 360-degree digital advertising and communications agency with national scope and national clients. We are driving our clients’ growth by uncovering a rich understanding of how our target consumers interact, contribute to and share within the interactive space.

Curiosity provides clients with full-service communications solutions, including interactive and traditional campaign development. We are an agency filled with inquisitive, passionate, innovative marketers, designers, brand strategists, copywriters and programmers who give our clients a superior experience based on blending insights, energy, creativity and intuition to create unforgettable campaigns and client results.

This position reports to the Group Creative Director.


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  • Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience