Crown Brand Communications

Design Head of Studio

Based: London
Level: Senior
Salary: £45,000 to £50,000
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 01 August 2018
Website: crownbc.com
Twitter: @crownlondon
Job Listing Added: 05 July 2018

Design Head of Studio


We strongly encourage applications from: Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; individuals with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people. Crown is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team.


Working in London’s vibrant Soho, Crown’s design studio work to bring communication alive across live events, experiential marketing, print, digital and presentation platforms. We produce designs that get clients' messages across with an appropriate and strong visual impact. Live events is a fast paced industry, often with short lead times and the need for creative yet quick and efficient turn-around.


The role is an opportunity for an experienced and well qualified Designer (ideally Senior but potentially a Mid-weight eager for a bigger challenge to suit their capability) to become the Design Head of a small creative studio, responsible for managing, guiding and mentoring a team of two other designers. You will be the guardian of quality, drawing on your strong technical and creative skills to ensure that everything leaving the studio is perfect for its ongoing production and function. You should have the ability to and relish the prospect of creating exceptional design, as much as you enjoy managing day to day resourcing, ensuring the right talent is in place for each brief (be this in-house or freelance).


Your positive approach should allow you to respond to different briefs, stakeholder personalities and deadlines with enthusiasm and instill confidence in project owners in the quality of work the studio will deliver back within the required time frames. We are not however simply looking for a ‘yes’ person. Your experience and passion for design should help inform (and elevate) the work and we actively encourage a collaborative response to the delivery of all projects. Your experience of working on multiple projects within communications, to strict (and short) time frames means that you will bring a respected voice to what is possible when answering a brief.


Design input is required for a huge variety of products and activities, including:
• Event, experience or brand identities
• Environmental look and feel
• Print literature and collateral such as brochures, banners, signage, wayfinding
• Large format manifestations (shop window installations) and large printed backdrops
• Design & artworking of agency documents – pitch documents, marketing and presentation materials, internal framework
documents etc
• Website design, digital solutions, HTML emails
• Story boards for animations, presentation content and film
• Research and concept development for speculative creative work


Day to day tasks will include, but are not exhaustive to:
• Resourcing - managing workflow and resource allocation across studio projects day to day. Ensuring you are up to date
on all projects (objectives, output and deadlines) and that a sound system is in place to manage this process
• Check and approve works for press and manage the print production process for absolutely everything leaving the
Studio (small and large format print) – this is a key requirement
• Ensuring that resource is used efficiently and is as billable as possible. Scoping studio time and cost allocation for input
into client budgets
• Be a guardian of the creative process; supporting the creative intention of each project and Crown as a wider company
• Interpreting client briefs as directed by or in-conjunction with the Creative Director / Project team
• Developing creative concepts and visually communicating these to all levels of staff
• Presenting options for design treatments, encouraging open discussion for further development
• Writing copy to support visual communications
• Artworking layouts for print, digital, presentation and 3D visualization purposes and/or directing the junior designers or
freelancers in these tasks
• Amending designs according to client and internal project owners requirements as necessary
• Plan and direct photo shoots / retouch photos where appropriate
• Leading (where appropriate) and contributing to wider ideation sessions to discuss creative projects as a whole – not
exclusively graphics based
• Attending seminars, workshops and exhibitions with relevant content to explore and share back to the wider company
in order to educate and inspire
• Undertake the search, identification, initial vetting and organization of appropriate freelance talent
Skills and personal qualities
• At least 8 years agency or design studio experience as a visual designer and proven management experience
• Design qualification to degree level
• Excellent knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite and presentation software such as MS PowerPoint. Using InDesign,
Photoshop and Illustrator to a high standard is essential for this role
• Experience in illustration, UX/UI and web design would be greatly appreciated
• Experience of working with known B2B and B2C brands on large-scale creative projects
• The ability to disseminate complex information appropriately and create a visual narrative
• Confidence to present and explain ideas to colleagues and clients, including participating in pitches
• Excellent research capabilities
• Faultless attention to detail
• The ability to balance work on several large and small projects at a time, often under stressful circumstances
• Ability and enthusiasm for mentoring and guiding the development of the Studio members
• Good team-working skills with the ability to work and communicate with all levels of staff
• Flexibility and openness to feedback


Desirable but not pre-requisites
• Sketching / Illustration
• 3d visualisation
• Photography


It is important to have an interest in:
• Graphics and typography
• Live events and how great design feeds into that as an essential component
• New developments in design and presentation software
• Social media and the latest technological developments
• The creative industries in general


Like all of our creative people you should have a keen interest in the world around you, particularly in culture, the arts and technology. We are looking to recruit a person who can think in a unique way and adapt or draw influence from what they have seen and experienced to help conceive and produce exciting experiences, environments and solutions for our clients.


At Crown we are guided by four key principles – Empathy, Collaboration, Clarity, Curiosity – these should always inform our work and the way we engage with our colleagues, clients and suppliers.

How to Apply

Please send us a covering letter explaining why you would like to join our team and how your skills and experience compliment the role and agency outlook. Please also include your CV and Design Portfolio showcasing recent work.
e : [email protected]