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    Hey guys.
    Putting together a resume for the first time in years.

    I have worked as a freelancer for the past six years. I have designed the brands for dozens, probably hundreds of companies.

    Could I in theory say that I was the creative director on these projects? Or should I just stick with graphic designer?

    In almost all cases I was working directly with the owner or their team on the original concepts and development of the logo/brand.

    Just trying to figure out the best way to describe my role over the past 6 years in my resume.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Don't assert that you held the position of Creative Director unless an employer actually had you on the payroll with that title. The right way to express this is in bullet-points describing your achievements; "Provided creative direction..."

    Originally posted by iyiyi View Post
    ...probably hundreds of companies.
    Don't include that.
    I'd rather be killed than come to your party, but if you don't invite me, I'll kill myself.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HotButton View Post
      Don't assert that you held the position of Creative Director unless an employer actually had you on the payroll with that title. The right way to express this is in bullet-points describing your achievements; "Provided creative direction..."



      Don't include that.
      Thank you for the feedback!
      That's what I was thinking.

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      • #4
        If I read that in a resume, I would be looking at the portfolio with a critical eye toward brand development.
        If all I see are logos, that would not be good for you.

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        • #5
          A creative/art director is commonly a managerial role. You would be overseeing a team of other designers, or at the very least managing a company's art department. I wouldn't not use this terminology.

          Also heed Print Driver's warning about portfolio diversity and pieces truly in respect of brand development, and not just logo's.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Biggs097 View Post
            A creative/art director is commonly a managerial role. You would be overseeing a team of other designers, or at the very least managing a company's art department. I wouldn't not use this terminology.

            Also heed Print Driver's warning about portfolio diversity and pieces truly in respect of brand development, and not just logo's.
            That's why I was asking.
            I've managed all creative/design brand development of many startups. But I understand that an employer might read that wrong if I put that I was the creative director for all of those companies.

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            • #7
              As mentioned by Biggs097, a creative director is a managerial position inside a company or agency. It's typically the person who oversees and provides cohesive vision and strategy to the creative team of designers, copywriters, videographers, photographers, etc.

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              • #8
                I'm glad you asked this, because I am wondering the same thing. My understanding was that Creative Director is the person who conceptualizes and directs the artistic vision, whereas an Art Director takes that vision and manages its execution, which could include managing an in-house team or freelancers. If it's a smaller company, they would do a lot of the work themselves. So, if a person has done both, wouldn't they be acting as the CD or AD?

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