art direct

verb, transitive + intransitive

: 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

Word History


back-formation from art director

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of art direct was in 1915

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“Art direct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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