Design jobs and careers
A career in design involves executing creative ideas that could take the shape of brand materials, campaigns (online, offline or integrated), digital, web, user interface, app or product. This is an agency and in-house role. In-house, a designer will often be embedded within the marketing department or internal creative studio. As part of an agency they will work closely with the rest of the creative team (including Designers, Artworkers, Copywriters, Art Directors, Creative Directors). The Designer has many titles, these will usually be determined by the channel they work on or their specialism (i.e Graphic Designer, User Interface Designer etc).
Why consider a career as a Designer?
A role as a Designer could include working across a huge variety of media. Master the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign) and you could choose a huge number of design orientated pathways. Designers are in huge demand both within agencies and in-house teams.
What a career or job in Design may entail…
The focus of the designer is to develop concepts into polished designs, this could be digital (web, social media, email), print (advertising, direct mail, packaging, marketing collateral, branding, events, point of sale), or integrated (multi-channel). Depending on the environment the designer will have varying levels of conceptual responsibility.
Often the Designer will take concepts created by the Creative Director, Art Director or Senior Designer; using their sketches, scamps and ideas, the Designer's job is to develop these in the design software of their choice (often the Adobe Suite; Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and flesh them out into high fidelity designs. Depending on team structure some Designers will artwork their designs too - this is more common in-house or as part of smaller creative teams, within agency, there is more likely to be Specialist Artworkers or Creative Artworkers.
Typical role titles include
Career progression example
Graphic Design Lead
Head of Creative Design
Head of Creative
At an entry level, junior/graduate Designers on average will be earning between £18k-£25k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £25k-£35k and seniors would be looking to earn £35k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
You will need to be detail oriented and technical when it comes to design software and packages. You’ll need to have great communication skills and the ability to carry out in-depth research. Creativity and the ability to work to tight, strategic deadlines also play a big part in this sector.
What qualifications does it take?
You will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. For example, these could include graphic design, graphic communication, illustration and fine art.
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— Top FTSE 100Location:London OR EdinburghSalary:Upto £75kJoin a top FTSE 100 brand. Enjoy flexible and remote working options. Receive great benefits including a 20% flexible package on top of salary. We’re looking for a Visual Designer to work with a top FTSE 100 brand as part of their user centred design team.What you’ll be doingJoining a centralised UX function you will work alongside Researchers, UX Designers and fellow Visual Designers. Your focus will be in mid to high fidelity design and interaction of products and services, as well as helping to evolve a mature design system.Working closely with your peers in UX you’ll use user insight to shape designs and interactions for web, native Android and IOS. You’ll collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels and present design rational, prototypes and finished visuals for feedback and as part of co-design sessions. Part of your role will be connecting with different teams and to ensure the highest visual standards are met which will involve working closely with other seniors and leaders across the business.The team works to agile so you can expect to work in cross functional teams and to a sprint cycle on projects. You’ll be working as part of a UX and design function that’s been long established so will find a good level of design maturity across the business.What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a design or user experience role with a focus on mid to high fidelity design work. A portfolio of visual design work showcasing your skills. An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite as well as tools like Sketch, InVision or Figma. Comfortable working on mobile first web projects as well as native app (IOS & Android). Experience of working with and contributing to a design system, preferably a mature one. A great communicator whether sketching ideas, as part of co-design sessions, presenting or rationalising design decisions to stakeholders of all kinds. Any experience in large complex business beneficial. Good knowledge of accessibility standards related to design. What you’ll get in returnEnjoy flexibility with remote working options, 20% benefits package on top of salary to be taken as cash or used against a wide range of benefits including healthcare, pension etc.What’s nextApply with an up to date CV Portfolio or case studies of work.
— Top Creative AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £30kBe part of an award-winning Creative Agency with a great reputation. Create campaigns for some of the best names in entertainment. Join the agency at a time of growth. We’re looking for an experienced Video & Motion Graphics Designer to join an award-winning Creative Agency. Working with some of the biggest names in entertainment this is an exciting role that will see you create campaigns with global reach. What you’ll be doing Joining the in-house studio you’ll be working closely with other creatives and technical specialists including digital designers, motion experts, developers and conceptual creatives. The agency has a fantastic reputation in their industry and the studio has high quality of output so you can be sure the stuff you’re working on is well produced and executed, to the highest standards of the industry. Your focus will be in creating video assets for online and social advertising. This will include working on storyboarding, full length pre-roll and sales videos, social animations and creating moving image from static artworks. Delivering global campaigns means localising work for multiple territories too, as you’ll be working across regions. As for clients you’ll be working with household names and entertainment titles that you’ll likely know, and maybe even love yourself. This is a great opportunity to join an agency that’s on top of its game but growing and evolving at pace too. What experience you’ll need A background in animation, video or motion graphics. Experience of creating and delivering digital campaigns, particularly social. Conceptual as well as an expert in craft. Advanced knowledge of After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop & Illustrator. Experience with the Red Giant Suite and other plugins. Confident working on high volume campaigns. Self-motivated and driven, passionate about your work. What you’ll get in return You’ll join an agency that’s got a great reputation that is also growing and evolving their proposition. Off the back of a brand consultation their proposition is stronger than ever and they’ve attracted top talent to each corner of the business as they continue to grow. You’ll enjoy a companywide bonus, a great work / life balance and real investment in your progression. All whilst working with a sociable and collaborative team. What’s next Apply with an up to date CV and showreel to be considered.
— Award winning businessLocation:KentSalary:£28,000 - £35,000We’re looking for an experienced Digital Designer to join an established client based in Maidstone. This is the ideal opportunity for a talented designer to play an important role to lead on briefs and take your ideads from Design to concept through to artwork. What you’ll be doing Mid-weight digital graphic designer to work across all areas of the organisations internal and external brand communications, providing graphic design and artwork for all digital touchpoints. A creative problem solver who can take the lead on projects, bringing passion and original thought to the design process from strong idea generation through to final artwork, pushing to ensure the creative brief is fully explored. Manage and support the growth of one direct report. What experience you’ll need to apply 4 years experience in graphic design Graphic design degree or equivalent Fully conversant in Adobe Creative Suite – particularly InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premier Pro. Multi-talented, this role requires you to work on all digital touchpoints of the brand including but not limited to: email, paid and organic social, videos, website design and assets. Excellent skills in typography, layout and idea generation with a passion for illustration and hand-craft. Collaborative approach, open to ideas and feedback from others, a willingness to help to grow the designers around you. Ability to react quickly and efficiently to last minute briefs on tight deadlines and manage a range of projects and your own time effectively. What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a competitive salary - £28,000 - £35,000 for the right person. You’ll also receive and excellent benefits package Flexible working What's next? If you’re an experienced Designer and are interested in finding out more, then click to apply now or contact Dominic
— - Friendly, Flexible Insurance CompanyLocation:DorsetSalary:40,000 - 50,000One of the UK’s largest insurance companies. Friendly, sociable environment. Sitting in a new internal team. A great opportunity to understand a buyer’s journey across their websites. You’ll be drawing insights and making recommendations as to how to improve a customer’s experience. The role is all about knowing a customer’s journey from a digital perspective! Would you want to be a digital specialist? What you’ll be doingAs a Digital Journey Executive, you’ll be working to understand more about how to improve a customers experience on the website. Whether is buying products or simply not engaging, you’ll look to understand more about the customer’s and how you can approach them. You’ll be working to improve the website and presenting strong recommendations back to the stakeholders before working yourself! You’ll be delivering best in class insights, analysis, data and measurement that positively impacts the customer journey and consequentially the business performance.You’ll bring together the digital and offline data to create insight around where they could improve and what needs attention and highlight opportunity. What experience you’ll need to apply Experience with Google Analytics Experience with SQL Bonus for Python and R Knowledge of digital marketing principles (SEO, PPC) STEM Degree or experience with digital analytics Experience Analysing a digital/website/customer journey What you’ll get in return for your experience A base salary of up to £50,000 plus bonus and an excellent benefits package with up to 50% off their insurance products.What next?Please get in touch with Tegan with an updated CV today. Don’t hesitate to call/email with any questions.
— Health & Wellbeing AppLocation:Remote / FlexibleSalary:Upto £50kHelp launch a new flagship health and wellbeing app for a top brand. Part of a new but growing team with fantastic progression opportunities. Enjoy great benefits including 28 days holiday ( BH), annual bonus, enhanced parental leave and remote working. We’re looking for a CX Designer to join a well-known brand and help launch a best-in-class health and wellbeing app. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining the team at an exciting time; right off the back of rebranding their health proposition and launching a new app experience which is where you’ll focus your efforts. Part of a small but growing team you’ll initially be the only designer, but you’ll have the opportunity to grow a team down the line (should you want to). You’ll be in great company, working closely with an experienced head of proposition with an impressive, entrepreneurial background. As a CX Designer you’ll take a holistic view of design and work closely with other teams to understand how users move between different touch points, whether product, service or the wider brand ecosystem. Your role will involve creating a wide range of artefacts from journey maps to service blueprints, personas and lo-fi prototypes. You’ll also be user and stakeholder facing, facilitating workshops and running user testing sessions. Working for a sizeable brand doesn’t mean corporate; you’ll be part of a progressive culture that puts D&I, flexible working and real career progression at the heart of the business. What experience you’ll need A deep understanding of UX Design but wider appreciation of multi touchpoint customer experience. Confident producing a wide variety of design artefacts including journey maps, service blueprints, personas and lo-fi prototypes. Comfortable conducting research and running user testing programmes. Great people skills; whether talking to users or senior stakeholders across the business. Any experience in health and with native mobile applications desirable. What you’ll get in return Benefits include 28 days holiday bank holidays, an annual performance related bonus, upto 12% contributory pension, private healthcare, volunteering / charity days, 24/7 mental wellbeing support, Linkedin learning, enhanced parental/adoption leave and more. You’ll also enjoy working for a genuinely flexible employer with remote work on offer. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and any supporting case studies or portfolio pieces.
— Internal AgencyLocation:WiltshireSalary:£Competitive2x Creative Service Manager opportunities to join a fast-growing organisation. Work within a large internal agency. Competitive salary based on experience plus benefits including a company bonus. This is a significant opportunity for two Creative Service Managers to join a highly regarded global brand in a pivotal role managing their sizeable internal agency. What you’ll be doing? You will play a significant role within this multi-disciplined internal agency where you will manage the studio and ensure projects run smoothly, are well resourced and ultimately delivered on time and budget. The team will be made up of project managers, creatives, developers and UX and the work will be extremely varied from advertising campaigns, brand launches (into international markets), marketing campaigns, digital advertising, video and film production and website updates/launches. You will engage efficiently with stakeholders at all levels in the business to get buy-in, bringing positive change to the agency team. You will assess the current output and resource, covering all aspects predominantly across workflow management, processes, talent, and tools. Through your findings you will drive creative services forward. What experience you’ll need Proven experience in a similar Creative Services Manager, Resource Manager, Traffic Manager or Project Manager role. Experience of managing large creative services teams/ departments. Ideally you will come from a marketing, creative or integrated agency background. Experience of working at pace in a changing environment with autonomy, working in a dynamic and multi-disciplined team. If you’re within a sizeable internal agency within a large brand then we’d also love to hear from you. You will bring a good understanding of production for a wide range of assets (copy, print artwork, TV, film, imagery, digital display advertising and digital development). What you’ll get in return for your talents Salary will come down to experience, you will also receive a great benefits package including a bonus, healthcare, and a generous pension. In addition to this, you will be joining a fast paced and progressive environment with plenty of opportunities for development. What’s next? Please get in touch with Sam at ADLIB with your CV today.
— Purpose driven agencyLocation:BristolSalary:Circa £35kJoin a purpose driven team paving a more sustainable, greener future. Design for a wide variety of creative challenges. Enjoy a great working culture and flexibility. We’re looking for a Senior Designer to join a full service, purpose driven agency in Bristol. Clients include both established and boutique brands but all share a common goal; to practice ethical business and drive a more sustainable future. We're open to existing Seniors, or experienced Mid-Weight Designers looking for a step up. What you’ll be doing The team are expert storytellers whether it’s graphics, film, TV, animation or social. You’ll need to be a senior creative with a multidisciplinary skillset and being part of a small team means creating concepts as well as delivering them. Both design and conceptual skills are crucial to the role so a good understanding of typography, layout and brand principles will be just as important as the ability to bring your own creative style to life with illustrations and other unique assets. Animation skills will be a huge plus but if you’re less experienced in this area then a desire to learn will be welcomed. Joining a small team with big ambition means you’ll be able to put your stamp on the agency, their clients work and benefit from real progression opportunities. The ideal candidate will have a passion for sustainability and a desire to get under the skin of brands that have social and environmental goals, whether they're already making a difference or looking to do better. You’ll come with a knowledge of sustainability yourself but always be looking to learn more and broaden your own horizons in and outside of work. What you’ll need to be considered A creative and conceptual mindset, able to truly understand a problem and how to communicate purpose through creativity. An adaptable creative able to turn your hand to print projects, social, illustration and animation a big bonus. Experience in the Adobe Creative Suite and a strong grasp of design fundamentals. A big passion for the environment and creating a more sustainable future evidenced by your actions, hobbies and interests. Curious and always eager to learn. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join an inclusive and purpose driven team with great prospects as the agency grows. As a senior you’ll have a real opportunity to help shape the output and direction of the agency moving forwards. As well as a good salary you’ll be eligible for bonuses and other rewards along the way. What’s next If you’re interested please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— eCommerce agencyLocation:Bath / RemoteSalary:Up to £40k DOEWork with recognised and well-respected names in retail in a thriving industry. Enjoy the flexibility to work 100% remote long term or be office based if preferred. Be part of a business you can shape and where your voice will be heard. We’re looking for a UX/UI Designer to join an agency team on a remote basis. With offices in the South West you’ll be able to work from the studio if preferred or be 100% remote long term, the choice is yours. What you’ll be doing This agency is a trusted partner to retail brands of all kinds, including household names, small boutiques and ambitious start-ups just getting off the ground. With almost two decades in the business, they are experts in delivering growth for their clients and understand what goes into a great shopping experience. As a UX / UI Designer you’ll be part of the design team and work with clients from concept through to polished UI visuals. This is a client facing role so you’ll run workshops with your clients, gaining insight on brand goals, ambitions and their customers. UX is core to the agency’s offering so each project will follow a UX process. You’ll gather insight from users through usability testing and a range of qual and quant methods throughout the design process, supporting optimisation of sites after launch. In this role you’ll get the opportunity to work with a wide variety of brands including those in food & drink, fashion, homeware and many more. You’ll work with brands that have a very distinct visual identity as well as those that have a lot of room for creativity and guidance. What experience you’ll need A portfolio that demonstrates your expertise in mobile first web design, preferably with examples of eCommerce projects. A good understanding of the end-to-end design process, comfortable gathering your own insight from clients and users alike. An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite and design tools such as Adobe XD, Axure, InVision etc. An enthusiasm for digital, the latest trends and creative developments. Able to work remotely in the current situation. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join an agency with a fantastic reputation in eCommerce and enjoy a great open, collaborative working culture. You’ll be supplied with whatever equipment you need and be supported through training options, certifications, industry events and conferences. You’ll be able to work remotely long term if you like or from their offices in the South West of England. What's next Please apply with an up to date CV + portfolio to be considered.
— Market Leading BrandLocation:WiltshireSalary:DOELead the CMF team in a globally renowned business. Work with products frequently found in the top of their category. Enjoy great holiday allowance, performance related bonus and private medical. We’re looking for an experienced Colour Material and Finish expert to join the CMF design team for a global product and technology brand. What you’ll be doing As Global CMF Leader you will join the CMF design team and oversee projects from research, through design concept and into production across all product categories; this means working with a diverse range of materials and finishes including products in health, beauty, lighting, homecare and more. This is a senior role and will form a core part of the design leadership team. You will work closely with other head of departments and VP’s to ensure product ranges are beautifully finished and hold up to the high standards of the brand. You’ll define the CMF strategy across all categories and collaborate with other departments to ensure strategy is aligned to commercial goals. Also setting and managing the budget for the CMF team. Using your expertise in textiles, colour and materials you will provide valuable leadership to other CMF designers, offering critique, guidance and recommendations on cost and timing for projects when needed too. As part of the leadership team you’ll be the voice for CMF within the business and will frequently present to the most senior directors in the business. When presenting you’ll clearly be able to explain the rationale behind colour, material and finish decisions well and have a good grasp of production and engineering processes too. What experience you’ll need A relevant degree in Textile Design, Colour and Material Design, Product or Industrial Design (or similar). A subject matter expert in CMF, with previous experience in CMF focussed roles. Strong leadership qualities, able to set the standard for the team, mentor, manage and grow others. Have in depth knowledge in production and engineering processes related to CMF. A good understanding of supplier relationships and supply chain. Previous hands-on design experience. Great presentation skills, comfortable presenting to the most senior stakeholders in a business. What you’ll get In return A good market ragte salary, 27 days holiday (+ bank holidays), private medical, life assurance, performance related bonus, product discounts and more. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV.
— Global software providerLocation:CoventrySalary:Up to £55kJoin a global B2B business to help grow their UX function. Play a pivotal role owning UX / UI for a portfolio of eCommerce products. Benefit from flexible working, private medical + a beautiful office location. We’re looking for a UX / UI Designer to join a global B2B business near Coventry. Joining an existing product team and working agile with cross-functional teams, this is a brand-new role to help build out a UX offering and improve their digital products. The company are offering plenty of flexibility long term, with a hybrid 3/2 split between office and home. What you’ll be doing Joining a product team sat within a global business who provide end to end eCommerce solutions for a multibillion pound marketplace, this is a brand-new role focussed on delivering UX and UI end to end. Collaborating with product managers, developers, QA and the wider team, you’ll be hands on with the full UX lifecycle from discovery to testing and the execution of high-fidelity UI designs. You’ll be involved end-to-end on projects; from conducting research, to delivering workshops and user testing, the creation of iterative designs, through to highly polished visuals. Bringing knowledge of UX principles and best practise, you’ll have the opportunity to improve usability and functionality across a suite of complex, high performing products. Working in an agile environment you’ll be collaborating with cross-functional teams and liaising with internal and external stakeholders. What experience you’ll need Experience within a similar UX / UI Design role, at a midweight or senior level. A portfolio full of end-to-end UX case studies and UI design examples. Ideally experience working in UX for B2B and / or eCommerce products. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Skilled in prototyping software such as Axure and Invision. What you’ll get in return Along with a salary of up to £55k, you’ll join a leading global business and gain the opportunity to be involved in their UX function from the ground up. You’ll also benefit from private medical insurance, flexi-benefit scheme, hybrid flexible working and more. What’s next? Apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio of relevant work to be considered.
Design case studies
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
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