Senior Level // Design Department
An Art Director is responsible for the art and design of the books. This includes managing a team who are involved in activities such as the design of the cover of the book, researching pictures to include in books and working with design agencies, freelancers, photographers, artists and illustrators. As well as being a very creative person, the art director has to manage budgets and money, manage lots of projects and meet deadlines, solving any problems along the way.
The Art Director will both run their department and team and work closely with other departments including the editorial and sales departments to ensure that the art and design is suitable for the content of the book and for where the book will be sold.
The Art Director works with a team of designers as well as freelancers. They also work with colleagues in editorial and production.
An Art Director usually has experience as a senior designer and a portfolio of their design work.