Associate Art Director - 14 Month Contract

Contract | Toronto, ON

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Associate Art Director - 14 Month Contract

Contract | Toronto, ON


Be Part of Our Story

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life.

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Company Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 150 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.


  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description

The Associate Art Director leads concept development, art direction, visual strategy and execution of marketing deliverables for the Indigo adult social media channels.  This role will create platform-specific content that adheres to brand standards and responds to the strategic needs of each specified channel.



  • Responsible for overall aesthetic direction for the adult social media channels
  • Work closely with the social media team to deliver social-friendly content that supports marketing briefs/strategy 
  • Develop and implement an on-brand design system (colour palette, typography, templates, usage guidelines)
  • Partner with copywriters to conceptualize and deliver meaningful and resonant social campaigns and daily content
  • Conceptualize and execute seasonal photo/video shoots with in-house production teams
  • Partner with photographers, videographers, H&M, Stylists, talent, collaborators etc. to deliver social-friendly creative assets
  • Prepare and present pre-production meetings with external partners
  • Responsible for setting the overall creative tone for the adult social channels and ensuring alignment with the greater brand objectives
  • Oversee the designers to execute against the established look and feel Lead a team of graphic designers to effectively execute against each channel’s vision, and ensure brand consistency
  • Design and prep files as needed
  • Work on multiple projects from concept to execution, ensuring all components maintain a consistent look and feel that is reflective of the Indigo brand
  • Stays up to date on industry trends and techniques, while possessing excellent technical skills and a command of all aspects of post-production
  • Pitch, present and execute concepts to management (Art Director, Creative Director, Social Content Lead etc)
  • Design a branded style guide and templates for the social media designers and team to leverage for brand consistency and ease.
  • Manages and maintains quality standards for all close cutting and retouching of product shots
  • Share technical expertise and provide guidance to team of designers to ensure best possible image outcomes
  • Stays up to date on industry trends and techniques, while possessing excellent technical skills and a command of all aspects of post-production
  • Challenge the status quo by consistently identifying areas for improvement, diagnosing issues and working to resolve them



  • Collaborate with others to drive flexible and iterative solutions, quickly and easily
  • Share technical knowledge with others and actively seek to learn from those more knowledgeable than yourself
  • Help others see the impacts of their efforts and proactively engage other functions to get input
  • Encourage others to freely share their point of view and be open to feedback



  • Model Indigo’s beliefs and convey a positive image in everything you do
  • Celebrate diversity of thought and have an open mindset
  • Take an active role in fostering a culture of continual learning, taking risks without the fear of making mistakes
  • Embrace, champion and influence change through your team and/or the organization



  • University degree in a similar or related field
  • 3-5 years experience as a graphic designer or related practice
  • Broad knowledge of and advanced skills in design, photography, illustration, typography, video editing
  • Product styling skills are a plus
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team to accomplish directives creatively and in line with briefs
  • Proficiency using Photoshop and InDesign
  • Strong understanding of typography, colour and graphic design practices
  • A broad aesthetic, diverse creative styles and an ability to bring to life a creative team’s vision
  • Balance creative thinking with time management, organization and execution
  • Have a deep understanding of design principles, and be able to apply and interpret the Indigo brand standards to channel-specific content Ability to constructively receive, distill and execute on company feedback, while helping to guide them through the process
  • Ability to convey Storytelling through various mediums, including photo and video
  • Motivated self-starter and creative thinker
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to focus on priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A positive attitude, willingness to learn, and passion for your craft
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional Information

At Indigo, we are committed to our communities, our customers, and each other; together we can make a positive impact. We know that fostering diversity and inclusion brings out your full potential and creates a joyful and welcoming environment for everyone. We are driven to be an equitable employer, which highly values your diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that you, in all your uniqueness, belong at Indigo. We welcome all applicants and encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGBTQ2+ and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request to individuals who self-identify as having a disability or special need. Please contact Human Resources at 1 (888) 881-3177 (toll free) or if you require an accommodation at any time during the recruitment process. 



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