Game Studio Art Director

Vancouver, BC
We are seeking a Game Studio Art Director to lead the gaming art function for our Studio team.  This position will act as a bridge between the artists, engineers and designers, and will own large art initiatives, including entire games. The Game Studio Art Director will set the standard of excellence for visual game design and lead a team of intensely creative Artists, Animators and Designers.

A little about us:

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties. Formed in February 2018, Dapper Labs was spun out of Axiom Zen to spread the benefits of decentralization through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. Notable investors in Dapper Labs include Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Google Ventures, Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others. CryptoKitties is the world’s most popular blockchain application outside of cryptocurrency exchanges.
What we’ll accomplish together:
  • Grow and lead the studio art team.  
  • Define and guide the career path for all artists in the studio
  • Define and establish the art vision using a market centric, data driven approach across multiple areas to include Concept development, UI/UX, Live Services, Gameplay, and Promotional material.
  • Ensure consistent and effective creation, maintenance and enforcement of the style guides and asset pipelines.
  • Ensure that art assets follow established guidelines and the visual style of the products.
  • Training of Art Leads in the details of leadership and team management required to lead art teams.
  • Drive the process to establish visual look and feel for new products.
  • Establish lightweight and effective best practices to ensure quality, consistency and timeliness of execution.
A little about you:
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the videogame industry.
  • Multiple shipped products in mobile or console games.
  • Unity experience.
  • Ability to work hands on when needed.
  • Experience establishing art guidelines and vision for previous projects
  • Highly skilled in 2D and/or 3D art direction for revenue generating, public facing games. Background in mobile games is desired
  • Experience leading teams of artists, must have an excellent eye for detail and be able to give constructive feedback.
  • Excellent skills at identifying existing visual styles, and ability to utilize them.
  • Self-motivated, with an outstanding work ethic and a founder mentality
  • Ability to meet deadlines under tight schedules, a willingness to receive direction and a desire to work closely within a team.
  • Highly organized and possess good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven problem-solving and prototyping ability.
A little more about us:

Dapper team members are humble and curious entrepreneurs, builders, and tinkerers who share a passion to demystify blockchain technology and tap its potential to create change in the world. Our people are our greatest strength: our diverse crew flourishes in a distributed hierarchy where personal autonomy and professional growth are encouraged. We value our culture above else: regardless of where you came from, what you studied, or who you used to work for, your role here will necessitate both a high level of creativity and strategic thinking on complex issues. Everyone here is a founder, and no one fits in a box. We’re all driven by an insatiable thirst for learning and development, and that’s what brings us together.

More about Dapper Labs:

At Dapper Labs we recruit the best and foster an environment that empowers our team. That means a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and open-minded. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.   

Because we care about our team, we work hard to provide perks that make their lives better by offering:
- Flexible vacation & remote work policy - most team members take between 15-20 days off per year, but we have no hard limit
- Diverse opportunities for learning and development
- On-site gym and fitness reimbursements
- Dog friendly office!

Check out our careers page to learn more about what other benefits we offer!