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The state51 Conspiracy

Art Director

Job Added: 27 June 2019
Applications Close: 30 September 2019
Level: Mid-Weight
Contract: Full Time
Based: London
Salary: Undisclosed
Website: state51.com
Twitter: @state51


In-house, Shoreditch
London, United Kingdom


Job Functions

Art / Creative / Project Management / Design



‘In this age of dull digital, it’s hard to find this kind of company that actually has a personality. Well, that’s what I think.’
— Jonny Trunk, Trunk Records

The state51 Conspiracy is a music company with a rich history behind it and an exciting future ahead of it. Because we’re independent, we can do what we want and not what we’re told. We’re making more objects in our atelier, producing more video and events in our factory and releasing more music on our label than ever before. Because of this, we need someone to help art direct our work.


  • Support and develop the strategic and creative goals of the organisation
  • Work with the Creative Director to art direct music releases, digital channels, print, media productions, events and work by residents in our atelier
  • Manage the administration of active creative projects and commission new creative briefs
  • Art direct a network of freelancers working on music marketing campaigns for digital channels
  • Support the team and our music partners with their creative projects
  • Support creative needs of the other businesses within the state51 Music Group (including Consolidated Independent, OpenIMP)

Knowledge, Experience and Competencies

  • At least 3 years of experience as a graphic designer / art director working with cross-format design, creative personnel and print production processes
  • Visual Communication / Graphic Design qualification or similar
  • Love and critical understanding of the arts, design, contemporary culture and music
  • Ability to lead, manage, inspire and collaborate with the team
  • High creative standards in layout, typography and general visual communication with ability to adhere to, but not feel bound by, design manuals.


  • Good sense of humour and a talent for mystification
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign)
  • Basic HTML / CSS / Web design
  • Art direction
  • Layout / typography
  • Music campaign development
  • Classical mindset
  • Creative spark & presence
  • Design principles
  • Creative leadership
  • Creative conception
  • Tech-savvy, ability to navigate between complex tech platforms
  • Animation / video editing skills are a bonus
  • A love of music probably helps!

How to apply

You should send a CV (one page only please), a portfolio and a short cover letter to [email protected] - include at least one piece of personal work in your portfolio please: it should be something that you're most proud of, for whatever reason, and you can tell us why. In your cover letter, try to show that you've done some research into state51 and why we'd bring out the best in each other.