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Creative Directors are creative leads. They work alongside marketers, designers, and copywriters on marketing or advertising teams. They’re responsible for a lot – they create the vision that helps sell products or services. And, they oversee the entire creative process while ensuring that the members on their teams are given guidance for their innovative ideas.

What does a Creative Director do, typically?

Defines the creative vision

A Creative Director defines the creative vision for brands, advertising campaigns, and marketing messages. They may work within a traditional, print environment, with digital projects, or, they may do a mix of print and digital. More importantly, Creative Directors need to have a holistic understanding of the entire creative process. They need to recognize great copy, design, and fresh approaches to selling goods or services.

Ensures a cohesive look and feel

The job is to maintain a cohesive look and feel of a project. Creative Directors ensure that the visuals, messaging, and interactive elements of a project are properly aligned with the creative vision and brand standards.

Establishes budgets & timelines

A Creative Director also establishes budgets and timelines. They establish schedules for short-term and long-term projects, plan tasks accordingly, and ensure goals and deadlines are met. Creative Directors are also charged with ensuring that the execution of all creative work stays within budget.

Leads the creative team

Leading a team as a Creative Director is a lot of responsibility. Creative Directors mentor, motivate and supervise the creatives on their team. They nurture their creatives’ ideas and monitor their overall performance. Plus, they assist in hiring and managing freelance and full-time Copywriters, Graphic Designers, and other members of the creative team.

Creative Directors are not Art Directors

While the Creative Director establishes the creative vision behind a project, the Art Director is in charge of executing the vision. Art Directors carry a project through the production department as well as through other creative stages, including editing and printing.

They also articulate the creative vision to a team of artists and determine how to best represent the concept expressed by the Creative Director. This may include determining which artistic components to use and other duties such as reviewing and approving photography, design, and copy. Generally, Art Directors are active in the execution process and help create images, illustrations, and copy for projects.

Important metrics for a Creative Director

  • Lead Time Per Project
  • Estimated vs. Actual Project Time
  • Estimated vs Actual Project Budget
  • Client Satisfaction Ratings

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As a Creative Director at <Company XXX>, you’ll get to do more than lead a team of creatives. You’ll showcase your expertise establishing a clear, creative vision for all company-branded materials.  More specifically, you’ll get to:

  • Define the creative vision for all brand, advertising campaigns, and marketing messages
  • Mentor, motivate and supervise the creative team
  • Assist in hiring and managing freelance and full-time Copywriters, Graphic Designers, and other members of the creative team
  • Establish schedules for short-term and long-term projects, plan tasks accordingly, and ensure goals and deadlines are met
  • Ensure the execution of all creative work stays within budget
  • Draw from your holistic understanding of the entire creative process to identify great copy, design, and messaging
  • Ensure visuals, messaging, and interactive elements of a project are properly aligned with the creative vision and brand standards

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