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Art Director Design Challenge: One For The Mind

What time is it? Design time. Challenge number three coming your way in the form of a more meaningful topic this month, centered around World Mental Health Day. As designers, we put so much time into making things that are either cool, fun, or that...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Art Director Design Challenge 1: Let's Get Lazy

Whether you are new to art direction or you've been a pretty polished designer for a while now, it's imperative that we don’t become stagnant (especially during this time) and continue to push our abilities forward. I'm throwing down a monthly...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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What Should You Major In To Be An Art Director?

What educational requirements do you need to become an art director in the advertising industry? What should you major in? What are you expected to have upon graduation? What if you don't have the means to go to college? In this video, we explore...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Call-A-Creative: Art Director Career Advice

In today's inaugural episode of Call-A-Creative, our questions come to us from Junior Art Director, Cooper Epps, as we discuss feeling like imposters, when you should make your hobby the focus of your career, and striving to improve creatively. This...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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What Is An Art Director?

What even is an Art Director? That's the question I asked many current and past Art Directors in today's video and well... it's kind of hard to explain. The role is broad and multifaceted so summing up the job in a simple and concise way is kind of...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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What Does An Art Director Think About While Illustrating?

Internal monologue has been a hot topic as of late so I thought I would share a glimpse into my brain and my thoughts while illustrating a poster of LeBron James. I discovered that my brain is a bit all over the place while designing but I'm sure I'm...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Q&A: Can You Do This Whole Art Director Thing?

In today's Creative Q&A, we jump into questions over self doubting your ideation abilities, what portfolio schools look for in new applicants, and how to prepare to break into niche markets. If you have questions of your own for an upcoming video,...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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How Much Money Does An Art Director Make?

How much money do you make as an Art Director in the advertising industry? This video is a simple aggregation of research, mostly made up of that sweet, fun statistical salary data from Glassdoor.com, Salary.com, and Payscale.com. If you're curious,...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

She Became An Art Director In Less Than A Year

Today, I take a drive with my amazing girlfriend, Sierra Eidson, who became an Art Director in less than a year. Her story is that of a career change and searching for where you belong, moving from Account Service to Strategy and ending up as a...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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How to become an art director in a year

If you're starting from scratch with high hopes of becoming an art director in the ad industry and are willing to bust your ass for the next year to make it happen, this video is for you. I go month by month, curriculum style, in hope of providing a...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio critique: The farmer art director

Shane Matula reached out to me and asked how he can differentiate himself within his portfolio to stand out and get a job. Our goal? To critique his book and do just that. Let's roll up our sleeves, plant some seeds and try to help this farming...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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The art director toolbox

A guy named Jason Murray reached out with a collection of tools that I think would really help everyone out on this channel whether you are new to advertising or a seasoned pro. From inspiration to education and everything in between, this one...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Member Spotlight: Moving and shaking with art director David Simoes

Things move fast in advertising. After writing a series of short stories to a creative director working on Unilever back in his hometown of Lisbon years ago, David Simoes managed to bag a meeting at the agency while looking for his first job. The...

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Leaders

What do you do as an art director?

What do you do as an art director? It's a tricky question because each day is so different from the one before. So, without showing agency work and having to be extremely general, I sat down every day after work and answered the question: "What did...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Spotlight: Art director Stephen ONeill gets high on type

According to Scotland-born and London-raised art director Stephen ONeill aka Type Chap, the two tips he’d give young creatives is to be witty and irreverent with their work. “Always have something in your portfolio that’s got a bit...

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The Art Director Job Description

Do you have what it takes to be an Art Director? In this video we talk about the qualities you should probably have to enter a career in Art Direction. Get your checklist ready.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Who do you work with as an art director?

Art directors in the ad industry (especially at your larger shops), communicate with a lot of people to get the job done. Let's go through the list of who they might interact with on a daily basis once they're out from behind the computer. This...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Q&A: Questions For An Art Director

It's time for my second Q&A over some questions around becoming and working as an Art Director. If you have a question you would like answered on an upcoming video, comment on the video! Thanks

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Being An Art Director On A Photoshoot

In todays video, we talk about some standard need-to-knows before going on your first photoshoot as an Art Director. We explore the process and dive into some tips that will hopefully help you before you land on set. Thanks for watching!

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Q&A: General Art Director Questions

One of our interns had to interview me for school so I went ahead and recorded it. Now, the audio is awful and the video cut out half way through the interview, but hey... screw it. Hope this Q&A provides some insight into the basic job description...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique #2 - Spencer Gabor, Art Director

Today, we critique the creative portfolio of a talented Illustrator by the name of Spencer Gabor. Please post any constructive criticism you might have for Spence in the comments of the video. On a side note, if you would like your portfolio...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Portfolio Critique #1 - Kevin Yurasovich, Art Director

Today, we critique the creative portfolio of newly-hired Art Director Kevin Yurasovich. Please post any critiques you might have in the comments below. The more constructive feedback we can give Kevin, the better so please comment below the video to...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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The Art Director Dictionary

For those freshly entering the industry, this video dictionary will help you speak the Art Director/Designer lingo necessary to sound like a pro on day one. This isn't your overly-exciting, conceptual and creative video but it is pertinent...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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The Journey - Nick Kidd, Junior Art Director

This week I interviewed Associate Art Director, Nick Kidd, to see how he got into advertising. If you are an aspiring creative looking to break into the game, check it out. I hope it provides you with some perspective and value. Thanks!

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Leaders

Adobe and mcgarrybowen's hovering art director is the ultimate work toy

Recognising the dynamic between hard-pressed designers and their indecisive art directors, ACHTUNG! mcgarrybowen and Adobe are launching a competition to win the Hovering Art Director action figure. This highly recognisable character promotes the...

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Job Description: Art Director

Advertising art directors are responsible for what advertisements look like. They are involved in creating a campaign that has an instant, positive impact on the consumer in order to promote the product or brand being advertised. They can be involved...

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Features

Spotlight: Masafumi Inaba, Art Director at Thomas Manns & Company

"I'm a Japanese graphic designer specialized in branding, book design and editorial design. I'm also co-founder of Art Glossary Magazine and a founder of Sakura Front, a Japanese charity project." Masafumi Inaba Art Director Thomas Manss &...

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Spotlight... Rob Pratt, Senior Designer & Art Director

Company Brand & Deliver Job title Design Director Social media Creativepool.com/robpratt Twitter: @prattrob Website: robprattdesign.co.uk Tell us a bit about what it is that you do I’ve worked across iOS apps, websites and digital...

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Spotlight - Max Polak - Art director

- View Max’s Creativepool profile “I started my creative career as a graffiti writer and was priveleged enough to work with the likes of Banksy, Revok & Aroe MSK. I then moved into fashion and worked as a graphics and branding designer...

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Spotlight - Marco Rotoli - Art Director

‘Fail, Fail again, Fail better' Describe your work in one sentence. My work is liquid; it sheds skin and adapts depending on the project. It will be different tomorrow. What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of...

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Spotlight - Chris Hannah - Art Director

- View Chris's Creativepool profile ‘Network, but don't be pushy. You're more likely to find work through people you know' How long have you been a Freelancer for? Around three years. Describe your work in one sentence. Freelance Art...

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Spotlight - Gerard Whelan - Designer and Art Director

--- "I'm attracted by the challenge to create." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Gerard Whelan, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. How long have you been an Designer...

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Spotlight - Vince Fraser - Designer and Art Director

--- "Be one step of everyone else: constantly reinvent yourself." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Vince Fraser, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. Describe your work...

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