London
Full-time, Permanent

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Art Director

As Art Director at Fnatic you'll be the gatekeeper of our visual communication. You'll push the boundaries of digital aesthetics and have an eye for precise design detail, completing design briefs yourself and also guiding the team on theirs. You have an in-depth knowledge of design trends and strive to bring elements of sub-culture to the mainstream. You'll embrace a community and culture of raw talent, seeking out the most promising designers and internally mentor our current team to hone their skills. You'll work closely with the Head of Production to manage the output of the design team and create a design function that sets a new standard for esports and gaming. Please submit a link to your portfolio with your application. We want to see: - multi-disciplinary design; exhibiting a mix of graphic, product, illustration and motion works - stylistic variety that demonstrates a clear ability to adapt to a brief and meet marketing objectives - elements that feel bold and futuristic

Your mission is to:

  • Utilise your full range of design skills through hands-on design work on relevant briefs
  • Support generation and regular updating of Fnatic visual guidelines that feed into an overall brand book/other playbooks
  • Establish a strong design culture at Fnatic, and develop a reputation internally for high standard work that is delivered on time and exceeds expectation
  • Mentor and manage a team a multi-disciplinary designers, leading creative reviews and setting meaningful goals
  • Critique and QA all design output to ensure the highest of standards is always maintained
  • Participate in creative ideation to bring briefs to life from Product, Partnerships, Pro-Gaming and Marketing
  • Support external pitching with design expertise when required
  • Translate briefs into design personas, storyboards, prototypes, and design specifications
  • Be able to explain design decisions to a range of stakeholders, and relish constructive feedback
  • Work closely with the Production unit to allocate and manage team capacity effectively and ensure time/cost is accurately tracked
  • Build a deep understanding of the Fnatic audience and develop a distinct design language that speaks to them authentically
  • Utilise customer, fan and user feedback to drive ongoing design improvement
  • Be curious by nature and stay up to date design trends and relevant tools
  • Support talent acquisition efforts within Studios as required, leading on candidate assessment and providing appropriate feedback

We're looking for:

  • An inspiring and innovative portfolio of design work for global brand(s)
  • Excellence in graphic design and typography
  • Passion and relentless approach to quality
  • Previous team management and ability to push other designers to be their best
  • Comfort leading ideation sessions, workshops, and brainstorms
  • Interest in research, and desire to validate design decisions whereever possible
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, iterating quickly and driving impact
  • Good knowledge of project management fundamentals
  • Commercial nous, and able to applying Design Thinking methods to solve business problems
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to make ideas simple to understand
  • Meticulous level of attention to detail
  • Master user of Adobe Creative Suite and other relevant design and prototyping tools
  • Strong organisational ability and pride in delivering to deadline

Company benefits

Private medical insurance (Vitality)
Cycle to Work Scheme
Eyecare vouchers
Self-development book requests for the Fnatic Library
30% Fnatic shop discount
Regular lunch clubs and other social activities
Hybrid onsite/distributed working policy