Art Director, Art/Digital at Known (New York City, NY)

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Known is a modern marketing company engineered for the unprecedented opportunities and challenges facing marketers today. We are about 500 people strong, pairing award-winning creatives with PhD data scientists, strategists, engineers and expert research teams to produce some of the most innovative and cutting-edge creative work in culture. We believe that when creative truly collaborates with science, strategy, and technology, incredible things can happen. 

Our clients span the leading brands in finance, technology, media, CPG, real estate, and many other categories. These partnerships have earned us multiple awards and recognition: Emmys, Clios, Effies, Cannes Lions Awards, ProMax Agency of the Year, and most recently, Digiday’s Most Innovative Media Agency.

We couldn’t create this award-winning work without seeking out and hiring the best talent. What does it mean to be a Knowner? We are inquisitive innovators, knowledge-hunters who are constantly challenging ourselves to do better and be better for our clients, for our team and for our world at large. Our offices around the U.S. are open and while most of our people work in a hybrid setting, we are a distributed workforce with a number of Knowners working remotely.

When we gush about our badass creative team we don't start with the Lions, Clio, or Emmy awards; or our long legacy of working with celebrity talent; or even being the force behind some of the most recognizable campaigns in the game. We start with the data science and analytics, because what we value most is the real impact we make for our clients and their audiences. That’s how we know our creatives are the best.  Our end-to-end creative and production services have the ability to concept, create, shoot, edit and optimize across traditional advertising, digital, social, and experiential all in-house. That’s how we produce the breadth of assets modern marketing campaigns require more efficiently, without sacrificing quality.


We are seeking an Art Director who will create award-winning, innovative, and compelling campaigns that drive our client’s business and brand forward. You have an insatiable drive to find new ways to reach audiences harnessing the power of modern production approaches, platforms, and methodologies. As an Art Director, you thrive on collaboration and understand how to partner with account teams, strategists, media planners, data scientists, production, and your copy counterparts to blaze new trails and define the new era of modern marketing.

As an Art Director at Known, you have a passion for design and keen understanding of the specific demands of digital media. You will also work across a variety of platforms including developing TVCs, paid and organic social, print, OOH and more. In addition to leading design for the brand, Art Directors are responsible for brainstorming creative concepts with the team, developing original campaigns, and representing the design perspective in client presentations. We’re looking for an Art Director with strong design sensibilities skills as a conceptor and builder/compositor 

You’re the kind of person who gets excited and inspired by making things. You roll up your sleeves and can deliver quality work in a time-crunch. You have a knack for storytelling and presenting ideas in a way that makes people fall in love. Additionally, you’re collaborative, organized, and accountable, giving proper attention to the detail of your craft as well as bringing your teammates along in the process.

We’re looking for someone with a strong drive to collaborate, and someone who thrives on insights, data and possesses fearless creativity. But most of all, we’re looking for a genuinely good human being who we love working with.


The Art Director will be responsible for establishing concept art with the leadership and vision of a Creative Director & ACD to be adapted and thoughtfully carried across OOH, Social & Digital in a 360 approach. 

The role of the Art Director is to be a visual storyteller and creative problem solver who finds new and surprising ways to drive results for our clients. We will encourage you to use every tool in your creative arsenal, not just your computer, to create impactful work that you can be proud of. We build, we draw, we take pictures, we geek out on tech, and we get our hands dirty to bring our ideas to life.

  • Play a hands-on role in the delivery of outstanding creative and results, working collaboratively within a cross-disciplinary team and environment (Creative teammates, strategists, media planners and account team) to ensure creative work is on-brand, works hard and stands out amongst the rest
  • Ensure consistency and efficacy of design throughout all creative
  • Design creative from concept to end product with the ability to self-manage multiple projects and tight timelines.
  • Work within the client’s established brand guidelines, and help set the pace on newer initiatives.
  • Successfully communicate (present and sell-in) creative ideas, and their rationale by confidently presenting creative to teams, stakeholders, and clients by articulating and rationalizing design decisions with strategic insights and business goals.
  • Work closely with our internal media planning team, strategists, and Creative Director to test a multitude of design iterations including alt headlines, body copy and CTAs, imagery etc. and be able to apply learnings to refine and deliver new creative and evolving best practices
  • Stay consistently relevant and up-to-date on all design and marketing trends, and cultural events in effort to bring fresh ideas, sharing with peers and the broader team.
  • Participate in creative brainstorms
  • Develop exceptional design for a wide range of advertising including branding, TV, social, digital, print, OOH and more. 
  • Appraise and edit your own work, and bring a sharp eye for detail to every round of a project
  • Be able to design and develop creative across multiple media formats
  • Own the brand’s visual expression for our clients across all channels maintaining consistency
  • Be fearless and not afraid to fail. 
  • Work closely with project managers and account teams across the life span of a project


This role is right for you if:

  • You have a curiosity about the work that’s pushing the industry forward, and an excitement to create, build, and craft things that never been done before
  • You have a natural flare for the unique, the buzz-worthy and the culturally relevant with a willingness to push forward brave ideas
  • You possess the optimism to think bigger, the curiosity to dig deeper, and the passion to do better
  • You maintain a professional attitude and an openness to feedback that commands the respect of supervisors, clients, and colleagues
  • You have an eagle eye attention to detail
  • You are a team player with the ability to work with strategist, data scientists and account team in a fast-paced environment
  • You possess a strong work ethic
  • You are able to meet tight deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously and a great sense of personal time management and organizational skills. 
  • You have killer design chops and an understanding of how composition, information hierarchy, color theory and typography work together to drive home a message
  • You possess the ability to think strategically, conceptualize and see ideas through to polished design 

Your background includes:

  • A degree in Fine Arts, Advertising or Graphic Design
  • 3-5+ years design and/or art direction experience at an agency or in-house agency and a proven ability to design and concept for a variety of audiences, brands, and industries.
  • High level of knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software  (Illustrator and Photoshop specifically)
  • Digital Art Direction portfolio required


  • Unlimited paid time off
  • 401k with company matching and no vesting period
  • Annual bonuses
  • Vacation bonus
  • Generous medical plan
  • Paid parental leave
  • Charity perk
  • Company-wide events and retreats


All this might sound great, but you’re probably still wondering, “Would I be a good fit for Known?” or “Would Known be a good fit for me?” Our culture is propped up by four values that we aspire to every day: We are one team. We see the good. We never stop learning. There’s always a better way. At Known we are setting out to build something more than just a company. We are building a legacy filled with exceptionally talented people with a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, experiences, and origin stories who feel encouraged and empowered to bring their whole selves to work, and to partner with us in molding and shaping our culture through our values.

Known is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or locally protected class.

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An Insider's view of Known

What’s the vibe like in the office?

People don't rest on their laurels. Everyone strives to help get the job done regardless of seniority. It's a big, collaborative effort and everyone's happy to help.


Director, Data Science

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We hire generalists that are capable of working in a distributed architecture, establishing data pipelines, writing command-line utilities, and working on user interfaces. We use these tools to solve big problems specific to the client's domain across several verticals; TV, Non-profit, e-commerce, programmatic advertising, etc.


Director, Engineering

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

While working at Known, I have been given the opportunity to grow my career from execution of analytics to contributing directly to the direction and development of my team.


Director, Data Science

What is your vision for the company?

Many of the most exciting businesses in the world count on us to know their consumers better than anyone and make their brands known in the most compelling ways imaginable. Known is setting a new standard for modern marketing through the marriage of art, science, and technology, working together to drive unparalleled business and cultural impact.



How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Creativity is the lifeblood of Known, and always has been, in every area of our business – from our award-winning studio to our breakthrough research innovations to our groundbreaking new approaches to media science. We cultivate creativity through time and space for inspiration and imagination in all we do.



What are Known Perks + Benefits

Known Benefits Overview

At Known we recognize the company’s ultimate success depends on our talented and dedicated teams. Our goal is to provide top notch benefits for our employees, their families, and their best furry friends. We want to create an environment where our employees can bring the best versions of themselves in and out of the office -- whether virtual or IRL.

Our perks are ingrained in our DNA and values. We offer unlimited PTO and truly encourage employees to disconnect and reset by taking time off. Don’t believe us? We give each employee a $1,000 vacation bonus to spend on PTO each year. Plus, for annual work anniversaries, we’ll honor employee contributions to Known with a $500 Amex gift card. We know employees have many causes and organizations they care about, so we provide a yearly $500 charity donation to one of your choice.

We firmly stand by collaboration and creating an inclusive, equitable environment. One way in which we do so is through Knownfest, a company-wide retreat offering a fun shared experience for dialogue, team-bonding, learning, and more.

Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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