art direct

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of art direct

: to work as an art director This, to my knowledge, is the first time that an illustrator had been hired to art direct illustration in a magazine.— James McMullan, The Education of an Illustrator, 2000 art direct for a movie

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First Known Use of art direct

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art direct

back-formation from art director

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“Art direct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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