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Design Director

Who You Are

You can tread water in a pixel ocean, devour a vector layer cake, and solve design problems on your feet. You know how to deepen your own skills while leading a team of designers to success (and client happiness). You're a critical thinker who likes to create cool stuff and have fun doing it, and you aren’t scared of playing in new mediums, whether digital, analog, interpersonal, or metaphysical.

What You’ll Do

As Design Director at Madwell you’ll be responsible for bringing ideas to life from initial ideation process through to execution, leading design teams along the way and championing their work. You’ll manage a team of designers and report into our Group Design Director.

Specifically You’ll:


  • Brainstorm big ideas with our cross-departmental teams teams
  • Bring those big ideas into a visual reality
  • Establish high standards in process, design, and presentation
  • Stay on top of all new techniques and trends in multichannel, multi-medium marketing efforts


  • Collaborate with the creative, production, and accounts teams to understand fully client needs on all projects
  • Clearly articulate your vision and provide insightful, efficient feedback to your team
  • Direct the creation of visual assets with internal and external resources such as photographers, illustrators, animators, and developers
  • Present ideas, strategy, process and plans clearly and effectively to internal teams and clients
  • Manage timelines and workload for you and your team
  • Mentor your design team, facilitating growth through support, guidance and professional development


  • With your team (and sometimes on your own) you’ll bring ideas to life across time, space, and mediums

Our Must-Haves

  • Experience building, managing and leading creative teams
  • Natural strength as a problem solver, including a drive to find creative solutions to design and execution challenges
  • Empathy, communication skills, and general nice-person-ness a must
  • Packing a broad, deep understanding of typography, period & current styles, design theory, and best web practices

Where You’ve Been

  • 8+ year working in a creative agency setting, or brandside
  • Master of the ‘tools of the trade’ (Adobe suite, Keynote, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc)
  • Experience with front-end development/knowledge of CSS/HTML a serious plus
  • Strong knowledge of design history and trends

Interested? Please Send Us:

  • Your resume
  • A nontraditional cover letter letting us know why you want in on Madwell
  • A link to your portfolio

Get To Know Us

We’re Madwell, a full-service creative agency located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Get to know us at


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