Design Director

New York Studio


At W12 Studios we’re seeking a Design Director…

As our Design Director you will be responsible for developing creative execution, and ensuring the outputs meet the high standards of the studio. 

Our Design Directors are responsible for all of the projects that are running through the studio. This means they need to be guiding and influencing the development, whilst splitting specific responsibilities as necessary.  

You will champion best practice by working closely with the design team to create work that conceptualises ideas into reality, possessing exceptional interactive design skills, and a thorough understanding of emerging technologies. 

Along with creating exceptional work, you will also be an inspirational leader, nurturing the next generation of the design talent at W12 Studios. You will be passionate about inspiring a team and clients alike through their craft. You’ll advocate design internally, with clients and in the larger design network. You’ll also present the studio’s work articulately in order to rouse and inspire people.

At W12 Studios we work in cross-functional teams, so you will need to demonstrate a strong set of visual, motion and UX design skills, along with the practical & technical knowledge to back up ideas. As a Design Director you will lead a team of product designers that will explore user insight, generate and validate ideas and deliver engaging digital experiences. 

As Design Director at W12 Studios you will...

Have strong agency or design studio experience and a background skillset in UX, Motion or Brand Expert in all of Adobe CS products

Leading relationships with key clients, participate in and lead both team and client workshop sessions. This will require occasional travel to client sites across the globe.

Gain client and stakeholder buy-in to your ideas through effective presentation and engagement.

Managing, mentoring and nurturing the Design team, making sure regular 1-2-1’s and reviews are completed for team development and driving inspiration to ensure the team stay engaged

As this role will include a large portion of day to day designing, you will be able to design through the line, across branding, motion and digital

Having line of sight across all design work before it goes out the door, able to feedback to the team constructively and encouragingly

Have a flawless eye for craft, keen to innovate with design where appropriate

Be used to, and relish in working in fast paced, ever changing environments

Lead and direct the interactive, visual, experience, typographic and stylistic output of the Design team

Drive innovation in conceptual design, process, and technology

Help allocate the resources of the design team to projects as per their expertise and experience

Key Skills and experience required of the role:

Proven experience in a senior design position within an agency or product business

A portfolio demonstrating form and function across a variety of disciplines

Excellent communication & organisation skills

Strong understanding of design fundamentals (type, space, form)

A passion for emerging technologies, devices and digital products with a focus on user-centric design, with the ability to sell your vision to clients

Able to manage change effectively and calmly in a busy environment

Experience of working across a wide range of brands, and getting under the skin of each from a conceptual point of view, through to the end design output

Experience managing and coaching others; inspiring and leading Creatives to get the best out of them

Strong experience presenting and working with clients in order to communicate Design in the most appropriate manner for different groups of people

A little bit about W12 Studios…

W12 Studios is a digital product design agency, founded in 2012 and based in London. We focus our work on new and emerging platforms, exploring how data and technology can help build a richer experience of media, entertainment and sport. Over the past 4 years we have grown considerably to form a strong team and together we have become a strategic design partner to some of the leading brands across Europe and North America.

At W12 Studios we’re more than just Product Designers. We’re explorers, experimenters, and inventors. 
Able to influence products at the highest level, delivering strategic ideas consistently from inception to launch. We help our clients understand the context of their products, create a compelling vision for them and make them real.

Through our proven collaboration process, we define, design and prototype products across multiple platforms. Encouraging experimentation and out of the box thinking, we believe great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time. 

We collaborate and provoke, seeking inspiration from the unknown, the difficult, and the ambiguous. Ultimately through technology, we bring people closer to the brands they love.



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