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Company Name:
Pocket Gems
San Francico, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Android, iOS
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Bachelor's Degree

Art Director - New Concepts

Pocket Gems, a mobile entertainment company started by two engineers, is continuously breaking new ground by building graphically rich mobile games; developing fun, new genres of mobile entertainment; and creating innovative technologies. Profitable since launch in 2009, the company has grown to over 175 employees with offices in San Francisco and New York. Pocket Gems’ games have been downloaded over 150 million times by players around the world.
Pocket Gems is looking for a seasoned Art Director to be the creative visionary for Pocket Gems’ new wave of 3D games. In this role, you will be able to draw from a background of diverse styles to create a vision that will advance our game portfolio. You’ll be responsible for collaborating with product managers while guiding a team of artists to transform your artistic vision into concepts, wireframes, and finally a 3D mobile game that will be played by millions!

What you will be doing!

  • Create concepts for only one game, at least until launch or in steady state
  • Provide art direction to artists on game teams.
  • Create the game's visual style-guide and get buy-in from team & company.
  • Proactively solicit feedback on the game's visuals during production and filter feedback for the lead artist to action. Have confidence and good reasoning to push back when appropriate
  • Ensure highest visual bar possible for artwork
  • You will always need to be looking at the project as a whole.


  • BFA, MFA, art degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 7 years as Lead Artist or Art Director
  • Experience providing creative leadership to a team of artists with 1+ shipped AAA title(s)
  • Effective in maintaining constant communications with diverse team
  • Ability to value the big picture, while understanding the importance of maintaining timelines and meeting deadlines
  • Experience achieving broad buy-in on your vision
  • Film and/or console/PC game experience a plus
  • 3D experience a plus

Please send us a portfolio showing your proven ability in:

  • Experience creating artwork in a range of different styles
  • Creation of concepts from scratch (and be able to share them with us)


Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a premier PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. And most important - free lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks Monday through Friday! Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

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