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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
Graphic Designer
Visual Designer
Junior Designer
Midweight Designer
Senior Designer
Conceptual Designer
Creative Designer
Brand Designer
Packaging Designer
Integrated Designer
Digital Designer

Career progression example
Design Lead
Art Director
Lead Designer
Graphic Design Lead
Design Manager
Head of Creative Design
Head of Creative
Creative Manager

Salary Benchmarks
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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  • 7th Aug

    Artworker

    — Fast Growing eCommerce Business

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    Circa £30k
    Join a truly entrepreneurial team with great progression opportunities. Artwork for a varied portfolio of brands. Receive a good salary, pension scheme, bonus and fantastic working environment. We’re looking for an Artworker to join one of the UK’s fastest growing eCommerce brands in London. What you’ll be doing Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, this multi-national online retailer is looking for an Artworker to join their in-house design studio. As an Artworker you will be responsible for the production of artwork for brands across the company’s portfolio that include lifestyle products, personal care, health and home appliances. You’ll be part of a small but growing creative team and use your eye for detail to produce highly polished artwork for packaging, marketing creative and occasionally digital. Reporting into the Head of Design you will work alongside 2 designers and a 3D design manager. This is a fast paced studio so you can expect to be kept busy with a real diversity of projects and be part of a business that’s truly ambitious. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a technical or creative artworking role. Confident user of Adobe CC, proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Fantastic knowledge of print, print processes and production. An entrepreneurial spirit, comfortable working with a fast paced and ambitious team. Excellent attention to detail. Experience of artworking for integrated marketing as well as packaging. What you’ll get in return This represents a great opportunity for a technically minded artworker that’s looking for real progression. You’ll be joining a team with truly inspiring leadership and be the first dedicated artworker in the business, the team is likely to grow further within the next year too. You’ll receive a good salary, a generous pension, a bonus and a very social culture full of likeminded people. What's next Please apply with an up to date CV and Portfolio of relevant work to be considered. Naturally we'll be looking for evidence of packaging, print and digital artworking and any experience with beauty, health, home appliances and other similar products.  
  • 6th Aug

    Designer

    — Award-Winning Tech Company

    Location:
    Swindon with working from home
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £30k DOE
    Join an innovative business doing creative work. A brand-new role to make your own. Benefit from flexible working from home. We’re looking for a Designer with an integrated skillset to join an in-house marketing team. This is an opportunity to take the reins of a brand-new role and produce a varied creative output for a forward-thinking company who partner with some exciting brands. The business is based in Swindon with a flexible working from home scheme so if you live in neighbouring locations Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Cheltenham, this could be one for you! What you’ll be doing The business is at an exciting time of growth so there’s real opportunity here to get behind a successful brand with big ambitions for creative. With excellent design craft and a well-rounded skillset you'll bring design for the business in-house and take ownership of their creative output. You’ll be reporting into the Chief Marketing Officer and working alongside both a motion designer and in-house Copywriter to produce engaging content across print, digital and motion. This is a varied role where you’ll be taking briefs end-to-end; we’re talking anything from print brochures and infographics to digital ads, eBooks, websites and landing pages. In addition, the company creates a high volume of engaging explainer videos and animations, so in an ideal world you’ll have experience storyboarding and creating assets for motion. If you’ve some video creation skills yourself then that’s a bonus! Working closely with the Director of the business you’ll be juggling multiple projects while regularly presenting your ideas to senior leadership and the wider team. This role calls for a natural communicator who can articulate ideas with ease and keep a cool head in a fast-paced environment. With offices based in Swindon, they have a flexible working scheme offering some home working and a couple of days in the office. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience in a similar role. A portfolio of integrated marketing designs, any motion a plus. Experience presenting ideas to stakeholders or clients. Ability to juggle several projects at once and take ownership of projects. Solid understanding of Adobe CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Perhaps some experience using After Effects and Premier Pro. Knowledge of print processes, and experience taking designs through to artwork.  What you’ll get in return for your experience  You’ll join a successful business that’s growing, gaining ownership over a brand-new role for the team. Alongside a fantastic benefits package and flexible working, you’ll join a business with a great culture and a rewarding environment where your talent is recognised. What's next? Please apply with a portfolio (PDF under 10MB or website) and CV to be considered.
  • 29th Jul

    UX/UI Designer

    — Purpose Driven Product Team

    Location:
    Exeter
    Type:
    Salary:
    DOE
    Create innovative tools for the education sector. Join a truly purpose driven team. Enjoy a culture centred around health and wellbeing with great benefits including private medical, generous holiday and a competitive salary. We’re looking for a UX/UI Designer to join a socially focussed software team in Exeter. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a purpose driven team to design tools that re-imagine traditional education and make learning accessible, rewarding and effective. The world of education and learning is going through momentous change and this team are forging the way. As a UX/UI Designer you will support with a range of design related activities from discovery to delivery. The design team is reasonably small and so generalist skillsets are favoured over anyone too specialised. You can expect to design, plan and conduct user research sessions and test your designs and prototypes in usability sessions. You’ll work as part of agile, cross functional teams and collaborate closely with developers, providing polished UI’s for coding. Reporting into the head of UX and working alongside fellow designers you’ll also work with a wide range of other skilled specialists in content, marketing and product. What experience you’ll need to apply A portfolio full of digital design work including web and apps. Be able to evidence a user centred design approach in your past work. Strong sense of visual style in line with contemporary UI design trends. Comfortable working in agile, cross functional teams. An understanding of product and product delivery processes and practices. An astute communicator, able to work in harmony with product, content and marketing specialists. Data led in your approach, whether using qualitative or quantitative insight. An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite and modern design tools such as Sketch, Omnigraffle, InVision and Axure. What you’ll get in return for your talents You’ll join a purpose driven team that’s changing the face of education and learning. You’ll build products that have a positive impact on the world and come at a time when they’re needed most. Right now the team is working remotely but when in the office you’ll enjoy a fantastic space and work for a business that places health and wellbeing top of the agenda. You’ll enjoy private medical and dental cover, a great holiday allowance, a competitive salary and a rewarding culture. What’s next To be considered you’ll need to apply with an up to date portfolio showcasing UI designs for web or app that showcases a user centred design practice.
  • 28th Jul

    Packaging Designers

    — Specialist Brand and FMCG Agency

    Location:
    Bath
    Type:
    Salary:
    Upto £50k
      Work in a business with fantastic remote infrastructure and process. Deliver creative for globally renowned brands. Enjoy a tight knit, collaborative and caring culture. We’re looking for both midweight and senior Designers to join one of our agency partners in Bath; a specialist brand design agency with a strong FMCG packaging specialism. What you’ll be doing  A strong year and healthy pipeline of new and retained business means they’re busy at all levels and in need of experienced packaging creatives to bolster the team. You’ll be joining the agency at an exciting time of growth and delivering world class FMCG creative for their clients old and new. Though you will work alongside experienced FMCG artworkers you’ll need to be confident with the detail yourself and be able to execute to a high standard too. We’re open to midweight as well as seniors so the expectation at each level will match experience; crucially though you’ll need to know FMCG inside out and be able to evidence it with a great portfolio of relevant projects. For a long time the business has had a robust infrastructure for distributed teams and has adapted quickly to the current situation so you’ll be working with a crew that is thriving during lockdown and a culture that’s fit for the world as it is today. If you’re an experienced FMCG creative and looking to work with a small, ambitious team then get in touch. Expect work of the highest calibre, but no ego’s in sight. We’re looking for designers from midweight to senior. Permanent hires being a focus but contractors please express interest too.   What experience you’ll need  Be a specialist with an FMCG focus in your work. Conceptual skills as well as execution. Prior agency experience, comfortable with the cadence of agency work and  project delivery. With seniority be able to display real strategic thinking. Evidence of working with globally renowned FMCG brands. Self-motivated, committed and reliable. Able to work from home for now with high speed internet and a high-quality monitor. What you’ll get in return for your talents Salary will depend on experience, but you can expect up to around £50k at the senior end. You’ll be joining a team that’s well renowned for having a strong culture, one that works hard but crucially looks after it’s people too. You’ll be working with a team that’s well suited to the current situation and when you’re back in the office you’ll be in a wonderful studio with all the bells and whistles of an agency work space. What’s next?  Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered or call Sam on 01179 269 530.  
  • 27th Jul

    Designer

    — eCommerce and Retail Brand

    Location:
    Devon
    Type:
    Salary:
    Upto £25k
    Join a brand with a strong creative identity. Design for print and digital. Enjoy working from a beautiful rural location. We’re looking for a Designer to join a highly regarded consumer brand in Devon. What you’ll be doing Reporting into the Marketing Director and working alongside another designer, you will join the in-house marketing team. The brand has a hugely successful wholesale business as well as a direct to consumer model that is growing at pace. Recent events have meant a shift in sales to direct and a focus on growing these channels, you’ll play a key role in enabling this growth and create digital advertising that includes static imagery, GIFs and video content for social. You’ll also work on print projects from time to time including brochure design, direct mail and POS for retail. You’ll collaborate with the other in-house designer as well as external agencies when needed and work with those in the eCommerce team, buying and merchandising and photography regularly. This is a great role for any designer with some good digital skills that’s looking for a well-established boutique brand to call home. What experience you’ll need Previous commercial design experience (ideally with exposure to eCommerce and retail brands). Expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite. A portfolio full of designs that showcase digital advertising and a variety of print solutions (any brochure work, DM or retail creative of particular interest). A strong understanding of brand, able to adapt your style to suit. A great communicator, able to work with and collaborate with people of all backgrounds. Comfortable wearing a few hats and always willing to rise to a design challenge – whatever the brief. An understanding of print processes, confident communicating with printers and manufacturers. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join a brand with a strong identity and ethical roots, enjoy working from a beautiful, rural location and be part of a truly rewarding culture. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio 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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