Gentleman's Journal

Art Director

Based: London
Level: Director
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 26 December 2018
Twitter: @thegentsjournal
Job Listing Added: 27 November 2018

The Details:
Gentleman’s Journal is looking for an Art Director to head up its busy and productive art desk. You’ll be working across the Gentleman’s Journal quarterly magazine, helping to launch the first issue of the GJ newspaper, leading the contract publishing studio and creatively managing all video and digital commercial and editorial output.


As a senior role overseeing the whole of Gentleman’s Journal’s design production, you will support the Production Director in managing the workflow of a young team of designers, as well as transforming the creative vision of Gentleman’s Journal into a cohesive whole, from creating layouts, retouching images and art directing photoshoots to leading the Gentleman's Journal portfolio strategy into a bold new direction.


The role will require the candidate to have a plethora of design experience, including branding, contract publishing, print and digital design, video production and picture research, as well as being highly organised, process driven, and have the confidence to set the tone and work ethic of the company. Passion for all things design, including typography, photography and branding is a must.


You have:
Excellent knowledge of magazine design, web design, typography, video production, photography and illustration; experience working as an Art Director or higher at a leading title; a good contact book of photographers, illustrators, groomers, stylists and videographers; exceptional passion for branding; and an endless supply of ideas.


We have:
A hugely talented team, a unique position in the publishing industry and an exciting future ahead


The Role:
Working with the Production Director, the Art Editor and the Editor to complete and enhance all visual content from the initial design concept through to the final product, across all channels, including print, digital, video, for both the core of the Gentleman’s Journal business as well as its new contract publishing arm of the business, GStudio.


Key Areas of Responsibility:
-Work closely with the Production Director, the Art Editor and the Editor to constantly develop the unique visual style of the magazine, launch the first edition of the GJ newspaper, oversee creative client output and monitor overall production
-Design pages that perfectly complement the editorial content and that follow the house style whilst maintaining the individual style, design and look Gentleman’s Journal
-Take the lead on all design decisions across the GJ portfolio
-Introducing internal and external processes to ensure total organisation across the art desk
-Checking colour proofs, ensuring pages are of an excellent standard and any corrections or instructions have been actioned when requested
-Read copy and be aware of every component of a feature before designing
-Work closely with the Production Director and Editor to ensure production standards are maintained and deadlines are met
-Attend and direct picture meetings and contribute inspirational ideas for visuals
-Attend cover shoots/pass
-Have a good contacts book of photographers and illustrators
-Assist in the development of the Art Editor, Designer and Interns
-Generate new ideas to keep all design output looking fresh
-Work efficiently at all times to ensure deadlines are met
-Alert the Production Director to any potential problems or issues


The Person:
-Demonstrate experience working as Art Director or Deputy Art Director on a leading monthly magazine title for at least 5 years
-Demonstrate experience working in a commercial capacity for clients, including branding and project work
-Excellent knowledge of magazine/newspaper/digital design, typography, photography and illustration
-Highly creative and able to think laterally and come up with brilliant design ideas in a demanding and challenging environment
-Ability to take initiative and to implement key visions and develop them
-Ability to take initiative when making decisions of design and coming up with ideas
-Well organised
-Process driven
-Previous experience working as part of a team and ensuring the smooth running of a department
-Exceptional passion, enthusiasm for the brand and an endless supply of new ideas

How to Apply

Apply with your CV and digital portfolio before 11th December 2018 to [email protected]