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The Creative Director advances and oversees creative and design services at Something Special Studios. The CD will lead the design team and creative output across a variety of diverse projects – including branding/visual design systems, campaign, digital products and vision planning at the intersection of culture, technology, arts, music, fashion, architecture, retail, and more. The CD is a hands-on director of design who will help foster and inspire a great creative culture while leading SSS creative standards.
Responsibilities & qualifications:
- 7+ years of experience in a client-facing leadership role in a design, agency or in-house creative environment.
- Demonstrated expertise in driving multidisciplinary creative direction from conception to execution of various mediums such as identity/visual design systems, digital, physical, and content initiatives.
- Depth of quality creative network and industry relationships to support building teams and curate talent and partners for different aspects of the project.
- Proven ability to partner with discipline Leads to vision plan, scope design phases accurately, manage a department of interdisciplinary creatives, and own best design/creative practices.
- Stellar presentation skills and communication abilities (written, verbal, and design) of internal, vendor and client counterparts.
- Strong knowledge and passion in the cultural spaces of the arts, design, creative community and talent, technology and related media.
The hiring range for this position is $180,000 to $250,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
The Art Director will lead art direction and visual storytelling for agency and client-integrated productions. This role involves working on a wide range of projects, including brand and social media campaigns, activations, digital efforts, and more. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of delivering visually compelling content and ensuring the highest creative fidelity throughout the creative process.
Conceptualization and Creative Development
Develop innovative and visually appealing campaign concepts
Create visual concepts for various mediums, including photography, videography, print materials, digital assets, social media content, and other related visual collateral.
Visual Guidelines and Branding
Develop treatment boards and visual swipes that clearly communicate the creative direction.
Create and maintain on-set brand style guides to ensure consistency and adherence to brand standards.
Collaboration and Teamwork
Collaborate closely with multidisciplinary teams, including strategists, designers, copywriters, producers, and clients, to bring creative concepts to life.
Provide art direction and guidance of integrated production best practices to achieve the desired visual outcomes.
Connect and maintain relationships of creative collaborators, including photographers, directors, stylists, and other industry professionals, to support creative development and content creation.
Maintain the highest creative fidelity throughout pre-production, production, and post-production phases.
Ensure that all visual content meets quality standards and aligns with the project’s creative vision.
Bachelor’s degree in Art, Design, or a related field preferred.
6+ years of proven experience working as an Art Director in a creative agency or in-house creative team.
Strong portfolio showcasing successful integrated marketing and creative production projects.
Proficiency in industry-standard design and editing software.
Exceptional creative and conceptual thinking abilities.
Excellent communication and presentation skills.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Strong attention to detail and a passion for staying current with industry trends.
The hiring range for this position is $145,000 to $170,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
Associate Strategy Director
Reporting to the Creative Strategy Director, the Associate Strategy Director will act as the lead strategist across a broad spectrum of strategic projects, planning and defining brand, campaign, content, and channel strategies. The ASD will help lead the growth of SSS’ brand strategy offering and act as a key player in new business development. This is an ideal role for a go-getting, working leader with big ideas and strategic rigor who can roll up their sleeves in addition to managing others on a growing team.
Lead creative marketing projects from research through insights to strategy and tactical launch planning for client and SSS initiatives, collaborating with cross-functional teams and creatives
Manage and lead primary and secondary qualitative research, introducing new methods and innovative approaches to the team
Comfortably work across a broad spectrum of strategic outputs, defining brand, campaign, content, activation, and social strategies, as well as omnichannel go-to-market plans
Lead the development of strategic narratives, principles, opportunity spaces, and creative briefs to guide creative explorations
Drive the development of consumer insights, personas, segmentation, and journeys
Own and develop impactful, narrative-driven presentations
Support in the management and development of junior team members
Improve internal research, strategy processes, and deliverables
Proactively grow SSS’ strategy department and offerings in collaboration with the leadership team
Lead new business initiatives and identify growth opportunities outside of client briefs
7+ years of relevant experience in a strategy role, preferably at an agency
A creative, culturally-minded strategist with the ability to lead the development of compelling and culturally impactful creative marketing strategies
Exceptional storytelling capabilities and master of decks
Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
Resourceful and agile thinker, ready to apply your flexible strategic approach to any number of creative problems and briefs
Self-starter with strong ambition for yourself, your team, and SSS, always committed to making an idea better
Experience managing multiple clients/stakeholders across multiple work streams
Comfortable working independently while also experienced in enthusiastically leading teams
Experience in sports culture and experiential a plus
The hiring range for this position is $125,000 to $165,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
The Copywriter drives ideation, narrative, and copy development for client and agency-led projects at Something Special Studios. From campaign taglines and product copy to style guides and brand messaging to content ideation, scripting, and more, the Copywriter is a versatile and gifted storyteller with experience writing compelling copy across various channels and industries. With strong attention to detail and editing skills, they maintain the highest standards of consistency and creative excellence.
Lead copy for a variety of media, including print, digital, social, creative platforms, and content
Contribute to ideation, development, and execution of integrated creative work, partnering with strategists and art directors
Assist with brief writing
Maintain copy quality control, editing, and proofreading work to ensure brand standards are met across all content outputs
Lead creative assignments and own workstreams with minimal oversight
Support in establishing brand guidelines and best practices
Ensure brand consistency across messaging and communications
Maintain a strong sense of current culture, trends, and talent
5+ years of copywriting experience at an agency or brand
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Well-versed in concepting and executing different types of creative media (content, experiential, digital, etc.)
Desire and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small team environment
Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills
The ability to balance multiple projects with multiple teams
The hiring range for this position is $105,000 to $155,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
Community Engagement Lead
The Community Engagement Lead manages talent curation and supports experiential programming and community strategy development for client work and Something Special Studios’ special projects. As part of the Creative Strategy department, the Lead develops and maintains a roster of global talent, while cultivating relationships with community members, influencers, and consumer-facing creative partners for respective briefs and projects. They are also responsible for managing SSS’ Instagram account and overseeing SSS’ special projects pipeline. The ideal candidate has a very close pulse on cultural events and trends across a spectrum of creative industries and subcultures, especially in New York City and Los Angeles. The Lead will collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive expertise in talent, cultural trends, and community dynamics across all initiatives.
- Talent Curation:
Lead consumer-facing talent curation for all projects, identifying individuals and collectives who align with the brand and brief.
Build and maintain a talent database, continuously sourcing and refreshing talent within art, culture, music, food, and other relevant industries per brief and project specifications.
Establish strong relationships with talent, ensuring a collaborative and positive partnership experience.
- Culture & Community Strategy:
Provide strategic guidance on client and special projects where talent, community, and an understanding of cultural trends and local dynamics are integral components, especially in key cities such as New York City and Los Angeles.
Manage a cultural calendar as a resource for client-facing projects and internal road-mapping
Support programming ideation for experiential projects
- Communication and Newsletter:
Create a weekly company-wide newsletter that keeps the team updated on client developments, industry trends, and cultural happenings.
Share insights on cultural shifts and emerging talent that can inform our strategic approach.
- Special Projects:
Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and lead special project planning, identifying unique opportunities, conceptualizing ideas, and supporting project execution.
Manage special projects pipeline and the workflow of realized concepts and projects.
- Social Media Strategy (SSS IG):
Oversee the social media strategy for SSS’ IG account, collaborating with the production and creative to execute an ongoing content calendar.
Serve as the community manager for SSS’ IG, overseeing posts, reposts, and moderating engagement.
Monitor community engagement, feedback, and sentiment to track the success of initiatives.
Make informed recommendations to initiate
A minimum of 3 years of experience in community management, talent curation, creative production/management, or related roles.
Proven ability to curate and manage talent relationships effectively.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency in using community management tools, social media platforms, and project management.
Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify opportunities and tailor strategies accordingly.
Passion for cultural dynamics, talent engagement, and community-building, especially in key cities, New York City and Los Angeles.
Experience with project planning and production is a plus.
The hiring range for this position is $68,000 to $92,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
Art Director, Brand Marketing, Luna Luna
We are seeking a talented and experienced Art Director of Brand Marketing to join our creative team at Luna Luna, an immersive, traveling art amusement park. This role will play a crucial part in shaping our brand image and driving compelling visual content across various campaigns, social media platforms, integrated marketing initiatives, and content production.
As an Art Director of Brand Marketing at Luna Luna, you will be responsible for leading the art direction and visual storytelling for our campaigns, social media channels, integrated marketing efforts, as well as overseeing the brand’s content production. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to create visually compelling content that aligns with our brand identity. The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of current design trends, possesses excellent leadership skills, and can effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Art Direction and Creative Development:
Develop and execute creative strategies that align with overall marketing goals and target audience.
Lead brainstorming sessions and collaborate with team members to generate innovative ideas for campaigns and marketing initiatives.
Establish visual guidelines, brand standards, and style guides to ensure consistency across all channels and platforms.
Stay up-to-date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices to enhance creative output.
- Campaign and Content Development:
Conceptualize and create visually appealing campaign concepts, including print mediums, digital assets, social media content, and other marketing collateral.
Collaborate with copywriters to ensure visuals and copy complement each other effectively.
Manage the end-to-end creative process, from initial concept development to final delivery, ensuring deadlines are met and quality standards are maintained.
Provide art direction and feedback to design team members, freelancers, and external agencies to ensure deliverables meet brand and campaign objectives.
- Social Media Content and Management:
Create visually engaging content for various social media platforms.
Develop and execute social media campaigns, leveraging visual storytelling techniques to increase brand awareness and engagement.
Collaborate with the social media team to ensure consistency in visual representation across all social channels.
- Integrated Marketing Initiatives:
Collaborate with the creative strategy and marketing team to develop integrated marketing campaigns that encompass multiple channels, such as website design, digital content, and IRL activations.
Work closely with cross-functional teams to align creative concepts and visual assets with overall campaign strategies.
Ensure a seamless and consistent brand experience across all touchpoints of the integrated marketing campaigns.
- Photography and Video Production:
Direct and provide creative guidance of content development, during photoshoots and video shoots, ensuring adherence to brand guidelines and campaign objectives.
Oversee and coordinate photography and video production projects, from pre-production to post-production stages.
Recommend and build a network of talent, photographers, videographers, and production teams to develop visual concepts and execute high-quality visual assets.
Manage post-production processes, including editing, retouching, and video editing, to deliver polished and impactful visual content.
Bachelor's degree in Design, Fine Arts, Photography, Film Production, or related field.
6+ years of proven experience working as an Art Director in a creative agency or in-house creative team, with a focus on integrated marketing and creative production.
Strong portfolio showcasing exceptional creative direction, design skills, photography, and video production expertise across a variety of mediums and platforms.
Proficiency in industry-standard design.
The hiring range for this position is $150,000 to $170,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
Designer (3D Visualization)
The Designer (3D Visualization) is a versatile designer who can drive ideation, support art direction, and execute SSS’ digital initiatives and projects. They can demonstrate a strong design style and have proven experience with concepting and executing 3D work across various touch points extending from static to motion, print to web. Additionally, the Designer will support the team’s innovation and digital workstreams by partnering with internal creatives to create impactful and forward-thinking designs across various platforms and client briefs.
Collaborate with the rest of the Design team to produce high-quality renders
Partner with strategy and design leads to create style frames and design work for project pitches
Partner with the Creative Technology department to generate real-time ready assets
Research new workflows, tools, and efficiencies related to 3D within the design department
Help solve issues with your work as well as help teammates
4+ Years of experience minimum working in an industry relevant to the skillset
- Experience with a variety, if not the majority, of:
Character Modeling and/or Hard Surface Modeling
Look-development and Texturing
Scene assembly and Lighting
Technical and Mograph Animation
3D Scanning / Photogrammetry
After Effects Post Production
Strong organizational skills and discipline
Attention to detail
Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to do self-directed learning
Ability to follow feedback and instruction from colleagues and leads
General flexibility to be able to play different roles depending on the project
- Comprehensive knowledge of at least one of the following:
- Relevant render engines;
- Bonus software knowledge:
Unreal Engine 5
The hiring range for this position is $78,000 to $90,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
The Production/Motion Designer is a collaborative and adaptable communicator and designer at Something Special Studios. The PD must be technically skilled and comfortable working in close collaboration with a team of producers to manage and execute motion graphics on production streams. This person can rapidly deliver motion graphic assets for live stream productions and can confidently and comfortably meet production deadlines. They will also collaborate with other designers to work on internal and ssspecial projects.
3+ years of strong motion graphic design visual and interactive design, at a digital or creative studio/agency
Ability to maintain and update assets on production streams
Maintain and manage all live stream After Effects files, Figma templates, and guidelines
On-demand motion graphics designer who can upkeep live assets and collaborate with the production team
Develop creative feedback/direction with internal and external partners across the production processes
Excellent communication, presentation, and presentation design skills; must be able to articulate concepts to internal and external stakeholders and live streams
Ability to be on-demand and accessible for motion graphic updates on streams and stream feedcards
Strong knowledge of contemporary culture and is greatly immersed in art, fashion, music, and design mediums
Fluent in Adobe Suite, After Effects highly preferred, Figma
The hiring range for this position is $72,000 to $85,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
The Spatial Designer is a strong visual creative and experienced designer who ideates and transforms creative concepts into design and tangible schematics to final build/technical drawings through 2D and 3D output. The Spatial Designer will partner closely with various collaborators from internal and external teams, by leading the conceptual designs through execution and managing all respective design assets and specifications to fabrication teams and partners. This Designer is passionate about visualizing and executing spatial concepts into live experiences.
Participate in concepting and creative brainstorming sessions
Lead the design development through visual / vision boards, surveying, and 2D floor plans, scenic and 3D renderings
Provide creative POV across materiality, exterior/interior, decor selections, and staging considerations from design development through fabrication oversight
Support and oversee the technical drawings/plans to execute key design elements for scalable activations and staging
Partner with cross-discipline Leads for quality assurance and expectation management of design workflow, process, and delivery
5+ years of experience in related architecture, interior/set design, industrial design, scenic design, or similar and/or experience in art/technology/digital art
Strong knowledge and professional experience in architectural design, interior/set, and/or experiential event and brand experience design is a major plus
The hiring range for this position is $85,000 to $105,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
Architectural Designer/ Assistant
Interactive art experience is seeking a full-time Architectural/Design Assistant. This candidate is a strong visual creative with experience in ideating and transforming creative concepts into tangible schematics, ideally through construction documentation, and into fabrication.
The candidate will be contributing to conceptual designs through execution and provide assistance on all respective design assets and specifications to fabrication teams and partners. Drafting, communication, organization, CAD and problem-solving are key skills.
Work with Spatial Design Lead & Experiential Design Lead to achieve the overall design goals and requirements developed with creative and curatorial within agreed timelines
Assist design development process through all phases from pre-design research,
design documentation, and construction, adhering to brand design specifications and guidelines
Passionate about visualizing and executing spatial concepts into lived experiences
Strong AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite skills
Strong Visualization and Rendering skills with experience using VRay, KeyShot, and/or
Knowledge of Revit and Blender will be an asset
Maintain clear communication with design stakeholders, consultants and fabricators during the design and coordination process
Maintain and organize project folders, including technical documentation, design studies, specifications, meeting notes and external correspondence
Survey and create drawings of existing structures and spaces as needed
Collate reference materials such as photographs, sketches and plans that may be useful in design ideation
Drafting initial drawing documents, including floor plans, elevations, and sections
Conversion of said documents into coherent 3D models and presentation level renders
Self-initiate material research based on design requirements, available budgets and ecologically sustainable design practices
Prepare detailed sketches of proposed designs suitable for external presentation
Suggest changes to designs based on client feedback or procedural requirements such as building codes
Provide a creative point of view across materiality, exterior/interior, decor selections, and staging considerations from design development through fabrication oversight
Sources material samples and maintains material sample library
5+ years of experience in architecture, interior/set design, industrial design, scenic design, or similar, and/or experience in art, technology, or digital art
Candidate holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, or equivalent
Candidate has practical experience, through various scale of built works, in all design phases - PD, SD, DD, CD, CA
Passionate about visualizing and executing spatial concepts into lived experiences
Detail-oriented with excellent problem-solving and organizational skills
Knowledge of and interest in ecologically sustainable design practices preferred
Based in NYC or LA preferred
The hiring range for this position is $70,000 to $85,000 annually. Salary for the prospective employee is determined by a combination of factors that include qualifications, applicable skills, relevant experience and other budgetary considerations such as location/geography.
The Senior Producer oversees day-to-day project management and production activities from start to finish. They are essential to the project’s success and responsible for managing internal teams and vendor partners, leading client communications, and communicating expectations to ensure work is delivered at the highest quality, on time, and within budget. They have a balanced approach to meeting client goals while managing expectations and taking care not to compromise the creative fidelity of the work. The Senior Producer is very comfortable working collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, finding creative solutions, and making executive decisions confidently. They have honed their skills in project management, production, and client management, and act as the project lead and point person for internal teams, clients, and external collaborators.
Responsibilities & qualifications:
7+ years of experience as an agency or brand producer or directly related experience
Experience managing a range of project types including strategy, design, digital/web, content, and experiential—from initial project brief through delivery
Expertise in defining scopes, developing staffing plans, negotiating contracts, and creating project plans, budgets, and schedules
Ability to multitask and delegate when appropriate
Communicate project requirements, define implications and risks, and manage expectations internally and externally
Create and maintain status reports, asset trackers, and other project management and communication tools to effectively manage the overall budget and deliverables
Serve as the primary point of contact on projects for both clients and interdisciplinary internal teams
Support the Director of Creative Production in driving process improvements, project/production best practices, and producer onboarding
Partner with discipline Leads to maintain best practices across an integrated workflow
Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication and strong negotiation skills
In-depth knowledge and relations with industry network, partners, and freelance contractors
The Digital Designer is a versatile designer who can drive ideation, support art direction, and execute SSS’ digital initiatives and projects. They can demonstrate a strong design style and have proven experience with leading the designs of various interactive experiences from websites, digital products, and other non-digital formats. The Digital Designer will support the team’s innovation and digital workstreams by partnering with internal creatives to create impactful and forward-thinking designs across various platforms and client briefs.
Responsibilities & Qualifications:
5+ years of strong experience in visual and interactive design, at a digital or creative studio/agency
Ability to conceptualize original visual designs into interactive and digital experiences
Expertise in leading front end design with knowledge and collaboration of UX/UI, Tech, virtual/AR/web3 platforms as a plus
Collaborate with cross discipline Leads in creative strategy, production, tech and various levels of designers to help direct and define scopes of digital design workstream endeavors
Excellent communication, presentation and presentation design skills; must be able to articulate concepts, ideas and design approach to internal and external stakeholders