On the Job
Art Directors create design concepts and find ways to present information visually. They work in print, broadcasting, and advertising. They may direct other design workers.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Design layout of art or product exhibits, displays, or promotional materials.
- Design layouts for print publications.
- Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
- Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
- Prepare production storyboards.
- Research new technologies.
- Review art or design materials.
- Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
- Collaborate with others to develop or refine designs.
- Confer with clients to determine needs.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
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