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Art Director, Brand & Forward Planning

CITY:  Columbus
REQ #:  101254
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Marketing

DSW seeks a super-creative, highly motivated Art Director to develop and lead the creative vision of the brand. The candidate should be a wealth of ideas and possess the skill set to connect business needs, strategy, and merchandise initiatives into impactful creative brand campaigns. This Art Direcor role will be a CENTRAL creative force behind the branded experience. The candidate will join a team of Art Directors, Designers, Content strategists and Copywriters. Candidate should be able to demonstrate a proven track record of taking projects from creative concept to final delivery. A team player is a must as well as a natural affinity for the values of the DSW company.


What we are looking for

• Creative visual skill set able to translate complex technical and business concepts into easy-to-understand branded and seasonal campaigns

• Ability to concept and art direct photo shoots at a high level • A clear design voice and an unbending creative rigor

• Ability to socialize and present creative work to cross-functional partners and senior leadership teams

• Ability to design at a highly conceptual level with strong ties to business strategy


Roles And Responsibilities

• In collaboration with Creative Director, develops and drives innovative creative concepts for seasonal campaign and large branded initiatives

• Works closely with Strategy and Consumer Marketing team to concept and execute seasonal marketing campaigns

• Utilizes exceptional design skills and demonstrates innovation in creating original designs

• Communicates and presents design concepts; creates presentation materials that effectively communicate design concepts

• Helps lead team brainstorm efforts pertaining to seasonal or program concepting

• Be able to brief and collaborate with outside partners to execute campaigns and deliver campaign assets

• Demonstrates expert-level knowledge of current trends, color, technology and other design influencers

• Shares knowledge, experience and skill with other design staff; works with design counterparts to ensure continuity across category lines/areas of focus

• May lead projects, establish direction and manage designers on a per project basis



• Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or design-related equivalent

• 8+ years’ experience in design for large retail organization - specific to the footwear/apparel industry

• Strong InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop skills (MAC platform)

• Proven depth of experience in design represented by a portfolio of work


Additional Proficiencies

• Knowledge of photo processes and production – from studio to location, lifestyle to product

• Deep connection to fashion culture and trend

• Experience in branding for projects both large and small

• Ability to work “in the grey”, sometimes with small details of information

• Solution oriented

• Excellent writing and communications skills, deadline driven

• Strong team and influencing skills



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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 















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