Art Director-Fresh Home Magazine

  • Job Description:
    JOB SUMMARY: We are actively recruiting for a wildly imaginative art director to join the collaborative team responsible for Fresh Home magazine. Under the direction of the editor in chief and the creative director, the art director will take the lead in developing the visual style of one of the most vibrant magazines on the newsstand. In fact, Folio magazine named us a top 15 launch of 2009. Plus, we're based in Milwaukee, an insanely cool city that you need to see to believe. From conception to completion, the art director ensures that every page reflects our mandate of "easy ideas for hands-on people." While we crave ingenuity, we need you to use your left brain as well: The art director is responsible to deliver all materials to prepress and, ultimately, the printer on time. You should apply if you're fun, funny, smart, talented, experienced and committed to making the best magazine you possibly can. In return, you get to work with a bunch of people who are exactly that. Now for the details... ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Uses Macintosh-based software to design layouts for the magazine. Maintains current knowledge of new versions of software. Participates vigorously in overall planning of the magazine. In conjunction with editors, conceptualizes each issue, from planning the look to choosing fonts and colors for covers and inside pages. Proposes direction, gets approval for that direction, and ensures the design reflects that direction. Works with freelance photographers and inhouse photo studio to set up shoots for covers, features, food, product, and other needed materials. Directs the photo studio's work on cover and interior shoots to match the look and vision established at the editorial planning meetings. Works with the photo studio to select props for photos. Makes vendor recommendations for finding materials to complete special projects. Directs the selection of stock photos and visuals to embellish stories. Scans photos when necessary. Places house and outside advertisements to suit the established roadmap or as specified by the sales team. Ensures that ads augment, not detract from edit pages. Manages the workflow and traffic between departments for each project, communicating regularly with the editor, the photo studio and the prepress department and updating each accordingly. Provides training to new employees and interns as requested. Travels as necessary to direct location shoots. Performs other duties as assigned, such as helping other departments and creating illustrations, house ads, company graphics or other corporate projects.
  • Position: Art Director
  • Area of Focus: Other
  • City: Other
  • Region: MidWest
  • Duration: Full-time
  • About Our Company: Overview The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. is a global company whose mission is to create significant shareholder value as a multi-platform and multi-channel direct marketing and multi-brand media company. We execute our strategy through two lines of business: (1) BRANDED COMMUNITIES: Our mission is to be the branded multi-media provider of choice or original, community-generated and curated content for selected communities. These businesses are Reader’s Digest Community – including U.S. Reader’s Digest magazine, Reader’s Digest Best You, Reader’s Digest Version, Reader’s Digest Select Editions and Reader’s Digest Music; Lifestyle Communities, – including Food & Entertainment (, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking, Simple & Delicious), Home & Garden (Birds & Blooms, Country Woman, Farm & Ranch Living, Country, Reminisce) and Do-It-Yourself (The Family Handyman and freshHOME); and Other, including Weekly Reader magazine, Weekly Reader Current Health, WR News, READ, Weekly Reader Connect. (2) DIRECT MARKETING: Our mission is to be a dominant multi-channel direct marketer of content, products and services in selected countries globally. Direct Marketing businesses include Europe (businesses in Germany region, Central Europe, Nordic region, Iberia, Russia region, France, Benelux region and UK (licensee); Canada (Reader’s Digest Canada, French and English editions, Best Health, Our Canada); Asia Pacific / Latin America (Australia/New Zealand/South Africa, Mexico region, Brazil, Asia (English), Asia (Chinese), Puzhi in China, India) and Lifestyle & Entertainment Direct, a marketing company that leverages DRTV expertise to sell music and video, fitness and lifestyle products. We use our marketing, editorial and content-delivery skills to serve customers around the world. With offices in 44 countries, we market books, magazines, music, video and other products to a customer database of more than 130 million in 78 countries. We publish 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest paid-circulation magazine, operate 78 branded websites and sell approximately 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year. The company publishes nine magazines with circulations of at least 1 million including Reader’s Digest, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Birds & Blooms, Family Handyman, Weekly Reader and Taste of Home.
  • Company: Reader's Digest Magazine
  • How to Apply: Apply online at:
  • Job Requirements: College degree in Graphic Arts, Fine Arts or related field or equivalent combination of experience and education. 3 to 5 years experience in graphic art and design at a national shelter newsstand publication Strong working knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Ability and knowledge necessary to direct a photo shoot. Excellent eye for color, page design and photo composition. A knowledge and appreciation of the do-it-yourself lifestyle and how it relates to creating a home with personality and beauty. Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Ability to faithfully meet project deadlines. Able to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently.
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