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A career in artworking can be based within an agency environment or in-house, working directly for a business. The role is a varied and detail-orientated one that involves reviewing creative concepts and reworking the design to fix colours, typography, consistencies and making the file ready to launch whether for digital channels or as part of printed media. 

Why consider a career in Artworking?
If you’re a perfectionist with meticulous attention-to-detail, the role of an Artworker is broad and widely sought-after. You may work on high volume projects which will mean you’ll need to work at pace without losing your detail orientated approach.

What a career or job as an Artworker may entail…
As an Artworker, you may be working on a broad range of media, including POS (point of sale), brochures, editorial, packaging, catalogues, print marketing collateral, digital assets, promotional merchandise and trade show or events collateral.

What exactly you will be doing is dependent on the specific client or business requirements, if you’re agency-side you can be sure that you’ll be working closely with the Client Services and Creative teams to ensure work is on brief and to the client requirements. If you’re working in-house/client side you’ll be with the marketing or creative team working on the business's creative requirements.

Regardless of your level of seniority, you’ll need an eye for detail as you’ll be one of the last people within the studio to work on a brief before it goes to print, or goes live. You’ll be making amends to design work that is passed over from elsewhere in the studio. In some studios the Artworker or Creative Artworker (CAW) exists in its own right, in other studios (often smaller teams) the Designer will artwork their own projects.

In some teams, you’ll act as a brand guardian, ensuring all work is on brief and within the existing brand guidelines. In print focused artwork positions, it’ll be your responsibility to ensure files are ready to go out to print/press and you’ll need to typeset documents and files where necessary.  

Typical role titles include
Creative Artworker
Visual Image Developer
Communication Designer
Assistant Artworker
Technical Artworker

Career progression example
Head of Artwork

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate artworking professionals on average will be earning between £18k-£22k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £22k-£30k and seniors would be looking to earn £30k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
You’ll be well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite and a dab hand with all the usual suspects including Photoshop, Illustrator InDesign. It’ll be your responsibility to ensure the brands’ consistency, accuracy and legibility across all work that you produce.

What qualifications does it take?
You will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. These include graphic design, graphic communication, illustration and art.


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  • 21st Jan

    Creative Artworker

    — Packaging and Brand Activation

    Join a specialist agency with deep sector knowledge. Work with worldclass brands in FMCG. Learn from an experienced team. We’re looking for a Creative Artworker experienced in packaging and in-store artwork collateral to join a specialist agency in Bristol. The agency is open to candidates at a Junior or Mid-Weight level. What you’ll be doing  For more than 20 years this agency has been collaborating with the biggest names in FMCG to put great creative ideas on the shelves up and down the UK. You’ll be joining an experienced team of design, artwork and client services people based in a fantastic office space on the outskirts of Bristol.  As a Creative Artworker within the agency your focus will primarily be on producing branded packaging artwork but will also include artworking point of sale executions and shopper marketing collateral when needed. This is largely a technical role so you’ll be working with the Lead Artworker and designers to artwork their ideas but you will have the chance to get creative and work with others to adapt branded assets for a variety of different formats and design approaches from time to time. You'll need to be organised and have great attention to detail with your work; you’ll manage a wide variety of creative assets, prepare files for reprographic print standards and proof check / approve finalised designs.  As the agency delivers packaging artwork for world class FMCG brands, ideally you’ll bring some experience of artworking for on pack creative with you with some knowledge of working up solutions for front and back of on shelf products. Otherwise, if you've some agency artworking experience and you're looking for a break in to the packaging world, this could also be a role for you! What experience you’ll need to apply •    Previous experience in a technical artworking or creative artworking position.•    Ideally have worked with packaging and in-store creative in the past.•    An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).•    Be able to evidence commercial artworking projects in the portfolio.•    Have great attention to detail and some knowledge of on pack design.•    Be passionate about good design craft and excellent execution, always take pride in your work.•    Be a team player and great communicator. What you’ll get in return for your experience   In return for your experience you’ll join an agency team that knows FMCG and packaging inside out. You’ll be working alongside experienced people (including the directors) so plenty of opportunities to learn from others and develop your career. The agency has a great culture so you’ll enjoy working with a sociable team and being part of a tight unit that has eachothers back. You’ll enjoy a contemporary and nicely kitted out agency space to call home.  What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio of relevant artwork to be considered. 

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Create Health

Establishing a creative department with the right mindset

  • Create Health is specialist healthcare marketing agency with a mission and fascination for new healthcare technologies, treatments and methods of care. 
  • In the search for a new Creative Director we were approached to match them with an individual that could take their creative to the next level, be part of the board and support the growth of the agency over the coming years.
  • We ran an end-to-end recruitment campaign in search for this pivotal hire, including advertising and an extensive head hunt within our diverse network.
  • Since 2014, we’ve helped the Creative Director establish a permanent creative team with the right mindset – consisting of an Art Director, Designers, a Copywriter and a freelance pool of trusted creatives that scale up the studio at short notice.

“Since joining Create Health, I’ve had a clear vision of what I want to build. ADLIB have invested the time to truly understand this, meaning the permanent and freelance candidates they send through are always spot on. This not only makes the process easier and more enjoyable, it saves a lot of time.”

Phil Blackmore, Creative Director at Create Health

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Rita Cervetto, Service Designer

  • Rita is a Service Designer, with a background of UX and visual design.While working full time in a design studio in Manchester (Lovedby), she had recently moved to Bristol and approached us to get an understanding of the local market, especially opportunities in product and UX and to line up projects in the South West.
  • We took the time to understand what really makes Rita tick, appreciating that contract was her focus at the time but also understanding that the right permanent job could be a great move for her.
  • We matched her with exactly that as one of our clients were looking for a UX Lead to work on a new digital service. An opportunity that really got her excited.
  • She started in this Lead role, as Senior UX Designer within Ovo Energy, looking after the experience of thousands of customers from day one.

"From the moment I got in touch with ADLIB I felt I was in safe hands. Sam’s understanding of the industry was instrumental in me making the decision to give up consulting and take this epic opportunity at Ovo. He helped me throughout the interview process, kept me informed and offered great advice at key times. I’d recommend them to any professional looking for knowledgeable support finding great career opportunities.”

Rita Cervetto, Service Designer

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