Art Director | Sr. Designer

Manifesto Agency

We left the big agency scene to create an agency with a conscience that tells the world what brands stand for. Our work? We focus on creating the rallying cry for brands through strategy, storytelling, design, and brand experiences. We’re a national award-winning agency with offices in Portland, OR and Milwaukee, WI. And yes, we do all the things that other creative agencies do—drink out of mason jars, adorn our walls with faux stag heads, and occasionally communicate via typewriters and sketch books just to spice things up. All in all, we’re a scrappy team of crafters and creators who are ethos-led and focused on delivering work that inspires and disrupts.

Position Details

Art Director | Sr. Designer
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Here, a good story is everything. We are seeking a conceptual Art Director/self-starting Sr. Designer who will support in development of design within our creative team. Working on a wide range of clients — from the biggest and most established brands in the world to nimble brands that make our life’s work incredibly rewarding, you’ll develop and architect the creative product that has given us a reputation for cultural disruption and a beautiful aestheic. 

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. As an Art Director/Sr. Designer you’ll collaborate with our creative team to concept big ideas and develop them into powerful narratives, considering not just how the story is told through words, but images and rich design language. This role covers multiple clients across local, regional and national brands. Nimbleness required.

The most important thing: show us how you THINK. Here's what we're looking for in our next Art Director:

  1. Incredible design aesthetic and robust samples of smart conceptually-led integrated campaign work 
  2. Strong mix of nationa/local work samples including of branding, identity systems and brand playbooks
  3. Stellar organizational skills to help manage your own projects 
  4. Ability to concept across traditional and nontraditional channels (digital, social, experiential, earned media, etc.) 
  5. Stunning portfolio that shows how you get from concept to reality (not just the what, but the how)
  6. Presentation skills | we’ll want to bring you to meetings to present your work to clients 
  7. Hunger for what’s next and new; not just in culture, but new mediums, channels, and design 
  8. Ability to get it done. As a nimble team, we’re all doers. We work on short deadlines and limited information 
  9. Resourcefulness | Someone who does their own research and surfaces their own insights and can make the connections most others do not see 
  10. Great attitude | How we get the work done is as important as the work we do; positivity and can-do attitude required 
  11. Demonstrate work on national clients and concept-led solves for campaigns: not just design

Competencies & Background:

  • Bachelors Degree or BFA in, Advertising or Design preferred 
  • Agency experience as a designer/art director with proven ability to work in groups and independently 
  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite programs and Google Suite 
  • Familiar with concept to reality design and development | & digitally savvy 

Job Duties/Daily Duties:

  • Lead design and campaign projects under the direction of Creative Director 
  • Develop design and conceptual communication from logos to brand identity, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, employee engagement campaigns, digital video, and websites; at times provide support for presentation and pitch decks
  • Work seamlessly with freelancers and other partners 
  • Present your work on client calls and presentations as well as internal check-in meetings Mentor younger team members and grow their skills

Manifesto boasts an amazing culture, 1/2 day Summer Fridays and a wonderful coffee culture. Here, we make our lives and work count, and each are better for it. Compensation, commesurate with experience. 

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