Design Director, Atlanta magazine

  • Job Description:
    Atlanta magazine is looking for a Design Director, who will be responsible for the overall look of the Atlanta magazine brand--focusing on print and, to a lesser extent, on digital and social media. S/he will collaborate with, supervise, and inspire a three-person art staff to create a magazine each month that is visually inviting, provocative, sophisticated, and commercial. The design director will touch, directly or indirectly, every edit page of the magazine, from the tiniest photo credit to a 16-page service package stuffed (engagingly) with dozens of elements. Beyond the monthly main magazine, s/he will also oversee the design of our ancillary edit-produced publications, including our quarterly shelter book, HOME magazine.

    Job Responsibilities: 
    • Working with the editor-in-chief to conceive and execute compelling and commercial covers 
    • Overseeing and implementing any future redesign of the magazine 
    • Clearly and promptly communicating assignments to contributing photographers, illustrators, and graphic artists 
    • Using a limited budget in creative ways 
    • Working closely with different departments to ensure a timely close of each issue 
    • Finding ways to tell stories graphically and in unconventional and non-linear ways 
    • Leading brainstorming sessions, suggesting heds and deks, and coming up with story ideas 
    • Planning, alongside the editor-in-chief and section editors, for future covers and coverage 
    • Nurturing and cultivating a deep roster of contributing photographers, illustrators, and graphic artists 
    • Directing photo shoots as appropriate

    Job Requirements:
    • Good humor, curiosity, flexibility, good humor, superior organizational skills, good humor, the courage to break rules and buck trends, and a compulsion to overcommunicate. 
    • At least seven years' design experience, preferably in magazines 
    • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator CS 
    • Did we mention good humor?
  • Position: Design Director
  • Area of Focus: Design
  • City: Atlanta
  • Region: Southeast
  • Duration: Full-time
  • About Our Company: For more than five decades, Atlanta magazine has chronicled the South’s most compelling and vibrant city through provocative features, investigative journalism, authoritative service, and groundbreaking design. From food to fashion, politics to personalities, Atlanta magazine reflects the diversity and attitudes of a metro area with more than five million people. Atlanta magazine alumni have gone on to Esquire, ESPN magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Wired. We are part of Hour Media, a Michigan-based multi-media company which publishes and produces 132 magazines and custom titles, 37 consumer websites, and 65 shows and events throughout the United States.
  • Contact
  • Contact Name: Betsy Riley, editor-in-chief
  • How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume (with at least three references), and work samples to Betsy Riley at the email address above. Use subject line Design Director. Note: Our email blocks attachments 10MB or larger, so please send links or use a file sharing site such as WeTransfer if you’re sending large files.
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