Design Director

San Francisco, CA

Condé Nast is a global media company producing the highest quality content with a footprint of more than 1 billion consumers in 32 territories through print, digital, video and social platforms. The company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler/Traveller, Allure, AD, Bon Appétit and Wired, among others. Condé Nast Entertainment was launched in 2011 to develop film, television and premium digital video programming.

The unit job description listed below includes job duties and responsibilities that are illustrative, not exhaustive, and is designed primarily to ensure proper classification for purposes of this Agreement. The parties acknowledge that the job description does not include every job duty and responsibility of the role, that the job description shall not restrict management’s right to assign new duties or responsibilities to the role, and that any duties or responsibilities listed in the job classification also may be performed by employees in other job classifications, at management’s discretion. The parties also acknowledge that employees in the role may be asked to perform certain operational tasks such as evaluating and/or meeting with candidates for open positions and/or assisting in the training or mentoring of colleagues.

U.S. Design Director, WIRED

WIRED seeks an inspired design director. The ideal candidate is an experienced designer who’s eager to build on WIRED magazine’s gutsy visual heritage and embrace design that considers digital platforms at every step of the process. WIRED is a fast-paced publication on digital platforms and in print—an investigative story or news-driven profile may change quickly close to print production deadlines. You must be ready to juggle those updates and manage a workload of short- and long-term assignments.

The design director works alongside editors, writers, photo editors, social media producers, digital producers, and WIRED’s video team to create inventive design solutions. You are expected to develop a strong understanding of WIRED’s print and digital platforms, including their editorial goals, engagement objectives, visual language, and audiences.

This position reports to WIRED’s creative director. This is a Guild position.


  • Work with the creative director and editorial team to develop top-level design and strategy
  • Art-direct and design features and magazine covers
  • Help oversee print and digital projects, as directed by the creative director
  • Commission original artwork, including illustrations, infographics, icons, and animations
  • Create digital designs, animations, icons, and layouts
  • Manage templates and style sheets
  • Work with the creative director to ensure that all digital and print design projects are properly tracked and meet timelines and budget objectives
  • Provide leadership on projects and help motivate and inspire designers on your team

Skills and Qualifications

  • Multidisciplinary artist with a strong portfolio of work designing across a wide range of platforms: digital, print, social, video, and more. Good typography and layout skills.
  • At least five years working in a fast-paced editorial setting
  • Demonstrated experience commissioning original artwork
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest in creating engaging design for mobile audiences
  • Experience using InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Experience using Sketch and basic CSS are a plus

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Condé Nast is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, familial status, and other legally protected characteristics.

What happens next?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply below, and we will review your application as soon as possible. You can update your resume or upload a cover letter at any time by accessing your candidate profile.

Condé Nast is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, familial status and other legally protected characteristics.

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