Art Director

Sotheby's New York , NY 10007

Posted 8 months ago


To design, develop and produce limited-edition pitch documents including books, brochures, bespoke packaging, tablet and on-screen presentations for major clients. To manage one other junior designer/production assistant alongside two other designers.


  • Working closely with Proposal Writers as the designated designer on projects to produce bespoke, fast turnaround, high-end pitch documents, including being involved in the initial project brief, liaising directly with Specialist and Marketing departments as needed as well as external suppliers (mostly for production/packaging).

  • Management of one junior designer overseeing their workload and maintaining design standards across the board while working alongside 2 other designers

  • Advising HoD and 2 other designers on creative directions in design and new presentation opportunities including packaging options, document size, print choices and materials such as paper stock

  • Design and layout bespoke documents (both print and digital) with extensive use of artwork, infographics, marketing mocks and in-house photography

  • Design tailor-made custom packaging dustjackets, slipcases and boxes

  • Take the lead on formats, production materials and develop bespoke style sheets for projects

  • Responsible for incorporating feedback and design changes from HoD, Project Managers, Marketing and Expert departments

  • Manage mock-ups for proposed promotional campaigns in documents alongside the junior designer

  • Design and produce on-screen presentations when needed

  • Work with colleagues to develop new approaches to proposal design with particular emphasis on digital developments and design aesthetics and keep up to date with innovations in printing materials and formats


  • 7-10 years of industry experience (preferably in cutting edge/luxury/art/publishing brands)

  • Experience designing large documents (40-80+ pages)

  • Confident in working with senior members of staff and executivesBFA or equivalent degree in graphic design

  • Online portfolio that demonstrates excellent layout/composition, typographical and aesthetic coherence

  • Highly proficient with use of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator) on Mac platform. In addition, basic working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required

  • Video editing, EPUB and digital design experience is a plus;

  • Up to date with current digital design trends/new media and understanding of digital marketing in general

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

  • Passion for typography and print design, including layout, materials and methods

  • Previous experience mentoring and building a growing digital design team

  • Proven ability to actively build and manage relationships with business partners and internal clients including consulting/advising and presenting to senior management

  • Must be committed, reliable and capable of working well both independently and as a part of a team

  • Highly motivated, organized, proactive, enthusiastic and resourceful, with the ability to work on a number of different and varied projects at one time, often to tight deadlines

  • A keen attention to detail, flexibility, and a proven ability to interpret creative direction and follow brand guidelines while pushing creative boundaries

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