Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What’s it like to be a…Senior Art Director?

My job title is: Senior Art Director
My actual position is: senior art director, graphic designer, photo/video director, copywriter, strategic consultant, product designer, event promotions, illustrator, teacher, public speaker, etc

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

A typical day starts with a check-in with our production “traffic” coordinator to find out what projects are hot and if there’s anything that’s changed that I need to be aware of. Then, check emails, open up design programs on my Mac and start working the projects. That could mean brainstorming with a group or alone, researching, idea generating, creating sketches or designs, updating designs, making changes the client’s requested, printing copies and making prototypes, working with a copywriter, going on a photoshoot, traveling to meet with a client, presenting creative ideas or designs to a client, or sending something to be published.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/18 at 05:19 PM
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What’s it like to be a….Business and Estate Planning Attorney?

What does a normal day look like?
I usually arrive at the office between 7:30 and 8 am. Unless I have early appointments, I spend the first hour or so of each day reading e-mails and other information that has arrived from other sources. There are a few websites—one on tax law, for example—that I visit during this time each day to get caught up on any changes in the law. I rarely go out for lunch; I grab some fruit and a snack or two at my desk toward noontime. I try to leave the office by 5 pm; evenings are family time whenever possible. In between, I attend to client tasks: preparing wills and other documents for folks who need estate planning work, reviewing contracts for folks who need business work, and communicating with clients by phone and e-mail about such things. Some days I will work with people who need help setting up corporations or limited liability companies; other days will bring the drafting or revision of business acquisition or real estate purchase agreements.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/18 at 05:15 PM
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