Job Description

Design Director

Location: New York City or Remote

At Code and Theory, our Design Directors create and inspire work that is distinctive, effective and clean. They cut through the crossed wires and static to facilitate a clear and coherent working environment, often juggling simultaneous client projects of varying proportions. We will always choose an open mind and desire to inspire and learn over a mile-long resume.


The bread and butter of our visual design team is the development of platform-driven client sites, mobile and media applications, and internal tools that deliver smart and forward-thinking design solutions. As a Design Director, we’ll likely to ask you to:

  • Lead efforts to develop creative concepts and implementations in a cross-disciplinary manner, working with planners and strategists to establish smart, creative approaches for each assignment
  • Develop strategy, vision and concepts, set design direction and provide hands-on guidance to both internal and external teams
  • Champion and generate ideas around innovative and effective digital communications, interface design, and interaction design
  • Hire, inspire, mentor and train designers of all levels to create usable ideas that streamline solutions across existing and emerging platforms, setting design standards for the team and department
  • Partner with internal teams on new business initiatives and work as the creative lead on pitches


While we are an open and creative group at Code and Theory, we do have some concrete asks for this position. To be an effective Design Director, you should have:

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in the creative/design industry with an exciting portfolio rooted in digital visual design
  • Extensive tenure designing for multiple interface and platforms in an agency, studio or product-side environment, with a deep understanding of all creative disciplines, including conceptual and executional
  • Effective communicator, whether it’s verbal, written, cross-departmental or across the globe
  • A professional and mature presence in all aspects of team and client relationship building,
  • Passion, curiosity, and understanding for digital media as well as the marketing industry, and a desire to adapt to the changing landscape of technology


The Design Director has a lot of plates spinning, and there are frequent unpredictable roadblocks, so agility and malleability will help you stay efficient and calm. As a Design Director, the ability to formulate a plan and clearly communicate it to your team and the client is crucial. Working within our team, you’ll use your incredible organizational (and design) skills to find yourself developing world-class solutions with us for a long time.


Code and Theory is a digital-first creative agency that lives at the intersection of creativity and technology, which enables us to work across the entire end-to-end customer journey. We pride ourselves on not only solving consumer and business problems, but also helping to establish new capabilities for our clients.

Since 2001, we have helped redefine the publishing landscape, working with over 145 publishers in the process, while helping to create the first and second generation of digital-first publishers. Striving to never be pigeonholed, today we work across every major category, from tech to CPG, financial services to travel & hospitality, government and education, and partner with leading brands and startups alike, including adidas, Amazon, CNN, Con Edison, Estee Lauder, J.P. Morgan Chase, MARS, NBC, Samsung, Spotify, TikTok, and Xerox.

Code and Theory has a dedicated healthcare practice, eponymously named Code And Theory Health, focused on driving category innovation as we’ve done for other industries over the past two decades, working with clients such as Pfizer, J&J and Bioreference Laboratories.

The Code and Theory global network of agencies is growing and includes Kettle, Mediacurrent, Rhythm, and TrueLogic. Collectively, our team is comprised of nearly 1000 strategists, technologists, designers, analysts, and content creators, and with a remote-first approach to offices, we are distributed across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Code and Theory is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. DE&I at Code and Theory isn’t just an industry concept that we support, for us it is a mandate and a practice that we weave into everything we do, and everything we make, every single day.