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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— 6 Month FTCLocation:TauntonType:Salary:DOE (Pro Rata)6 Month FTC Join a close-knit agency with a flat structure. Work across integrated channels.This is a great opportunity for a Mid or Senior Designer to join a small yet fast-paced agency, for a 6 month contract, with the opportunity to work with national and global brands within a variety of sectors.What you’ll be doing Reporting in to the Creative Director and working alongside fellow designers, you’ll be joining this small but fast paced agency based in Taunton.You’ll be thinking up and delivering integrated campaigns for a variety of clients, with a predominant lean on offline channels such as print and DM, with some work across digital channels such as web, email and social. Due to the size of the agency there is a flat structure that will also mean you’ll need to be open minded and be able turn your hand to different briefs and tasks when required.If you’ve experience in agency, or in-house working with multiple brands, we’d love to hear from you! This is currently a fixed term contract, but there may be opportunity for this to go permanent.What experience you’ll need A couple of years’ studio experience either in-house or agency, at least with multiple brands. A portfolio of integrated designs, showing your creative flair. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). Experience in HTML or CSS desirable but not essential. Ideally some experience designing from concept through to artwork.What you’ll get in return for your talentsThis is a chance to join a fast paced but close knit agency with a great culture working with some great brands.What’s next? Like what you hear? Apply today with a CV and portfolio showing your best work.
— Content & Comms AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:£40k-£50kEnjoy working for a fast-growing written content and communications agency based in the heart of Bristol. Lead the direction and success of several key clients, delivering a wide range of services. Salary £40k - £50k (on experience).We're working with one of the worlds leading written communications agencies to appoint a Senior Account Manager/Account Director. You'll be working on a wide range of media posts and everything in between! You'll be based out of very modern offices based in central Bristol, near the harbour and only a short walk to Temple Meads train station. What you'll be doingWe're looking for either a Senior Account Manager or Account Director (all about finding the right person!) who'll act as the first point of contact for clients; taking detailed briefs for new projects, asking all of the right questions to really get to the bottom of their objectives and communicating this accordingly to writers, ensuring you've given them all they need to get it right first time. You'll also get involved with proofreading and editing work, delivering feedback if necessary, before handing over to the client. This role is all about building and nurturing client relationships, so you'll attend regular meetings, supporting new business meetings, brief taking, delivering workshops and advising on a wide range of copy, content and tone services. You'll also bring an eye for identifying and seizing opportunities to up and cross-sell - helping clients identify how to add the most value to their business.What experience you'll need An established Senior Account Manager or Account Director looking for a new agency to call home A strong appreciation of content, copy and written communications Top notch client communication and development skills Commercial acumen that thrives through nurturing relationships and networkingWhat you'll get in return for your talentsNot only will you be working alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, but you'll also have access to a range of benefits and can expect a salary of between £40k-£50k dependent on experience.What's next?If you meet the above criteria, get in touch with Jade today!
— Fantastic Well-Established AgencyLocation:CirencesterSalary:Up to £38k DOEInspire a team of designers to produce engaging design work. Work as part of a Global agency with great benefits. Join a company who invests in personal development and training.This is an opportunity to join a fantastic agency as a Senior Designer. Youll be designing across a host of platforms for some of the nations most recognised brands. What you'll be doing Working closely with the Design Lead, your day to day will be made up of designing unique UI, emails, web assets, mobile apps and print collateral. Youll be inspiring a team of equally passionate designers as you work on the concepts and designs that make up a bunch of great national campaigns.Youll be as comfortable pitching to new clients as you are getting stuck in on briefs and collaborating with the team to create engaging design solutions from concept to execution.You could be from an integrated background, but you thrive when producing digital work and understand the thought process behind User Experience to create unique and effective UI designs.What experience you'll need At least a few years agency or in-house experience. A portfolio full of UI Designs, including responsive web. Experience leading projects from concept to execution. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign). Skilled in Sketch or Invision a bonus.What you'll get in return for your talentsThere is a salary of £38k up for grabs and youll enjoy a great benefits package including discounted leisure centre membership, life insurance and breakfast buffet on Mondays! The company also invest in personal training and developement.What's next?Like what you hear? Apply today with a CV and portfolio showing your best work.
— Dashboards & Design SystemsLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £35kDesign products used by 70 of the world's top 100 banks. Enjoy flexibility and the opportunity to work remote on occasion. Private medical cover.We're looking for a UI Designer to join an expanding FinTech business in North Bristol.What you'll be doing This team designs software that's used by over 70 0f the world's top 100 banks. The team is global but this particular role sits within their Bristol office. As a UI Designer you'll report into the Senior UX/UI and create dashboards and information systems for top global businesses. Using atomic design principles you'll create design systems and toolkits that support the build of enterprise software and provide users with tools to disseminate complex information. True problem solvers will delight in the challenge of this role.There's around 7 or 8 products that you're likely to work on as well as the support of others in the suite. What experience you'll need to apply Experience of creating design systems and design toolkits. Hands on coding in HTML & CSS. Good understanding of common UX practices. An understanding of the atomic design process. Sketch Any experience within enterprise software design/development desirable.What you'll get in return for your experience In return for your experience you'll receive 25 days annual holiday, a company pension scheme matching up to 5% of salary and private medical insurance.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Successful UK RetailerLocation:SloughSalary:CompetitiveLeading, independent UK retailer. Great opportunities for career progression. Thriving eCommerce team.This hugely successful, multi-channel retailer is going from strength to strength, and the eCommerce team in particular is growing at a good pace, providing you with the opportunity to expand your digital skills and progress your online trading career. What you'll be doing This role sits within the Multichannel team and the Online Trader is responsible for delivering against revenue targets and KPIs in all online trading related tasks. Additionally, you will be responsible for the maintenance and growth of single product categories, and ultimately maximising sales across all digital channels. Working closely with the Buying, Merchandising and retail teams you will maximise sales and enhance the product offer. With your strong commercial awareness, you will have a good understanding of online and multichannel buying behaviour and the competitive landscape, which will enable you to develop and optimise the customer experience. You will own the day to day trading for a specific product category, maximise and deliver commercial performance against revenue and margin targets using web analytics data on traffic, conversions and order value to drive actionable insight and measurable improvements. Ensure you meet category targets for sales, conversion, basket abandonment and average order value.You'll liaise with the tech team on the development of the trading and CRO testing plan for your category. Measuring and analysing sales and category performance on a regular basis with a focus on development to the website and product merchandising techniques and promotions.What experience you'll need to apply Experience within a similar eCommerce role is advantageous. Commercially-minded with a Trading mentality. Numerate with good analytical skills. Excellent attention to detail and good time management skills. Familiarity with online trading tools and technology would be a bonus (used for website merchandising and management). Strong Excel skills are preferred. A passion for retail and eCommerce. What you'll get in return for your experience A competitive salary and benefits package including 28 days paid holiday rising with service to 33 days (inclusive of bank holidays), an opportunity to develop and grow with the business and generous product discounts. What's next?This is an urgent requirement, so please send through your CV and get in touch with Marlie ASAP!
— Fantastic Award Winning AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:DOEJoin an award winning team Gain more agency experience Work across a range of campaign, brand, digital and print briefsWe are looking for a Junior Creative to join a Bristol based agency. It's a great place to be, think open-plan offices, flat hierarchy and a team that are open to your ideas. As an agency, they've got a number of awards under their belt. They're now looking for a Junior Creative to help them win a few more!What you'll be doingThe studio are a tight-knit bunch. You'll be working with a handful of other designers on a variety of briefs. Predominately your time will be spent on digital briefs - so you'll be generating concepts and designing for websites, digital campaigns, web banners, social media assets, emails and mobile apps. As part of the digital design process, you'll be encouraged to consider the user and adopt a user centred design process.There will also be some offline work to be done. This could be across anything from brochures through to exhibition material. What experience you'll need to apply A portfolio of work that shows us your craft and concept abilities across brand, digital and print in a commercial setting. Some agency experience. Fluent with the usual tools in the Adobe Creative Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Confident, articulate and a natural communicator.What you'll get in return for your experience If youre successful here you'll be joining an exciting advertising agency thats committed to doing great work. You'll be learning from a good host of talented creatives and you'll be encouraged to push yourself professionally daily. You'll also receive a competitive salary depending on experience.What's next?Sound interesting? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Amazing experience design agency that works with big brands and is known for the fantastic culture!Location:BristolSalary:£50k-£65kHelp develop client relationships, understand needs and transform organisations. Work within the London Financial Services pod and be the key contact for a large insurer. Immerse yourself in the world of UX and Financial Services with collaborative working and strategic leadership. Travel to clients based in the UK, Europe and beyond. We’re working with a long-standing ADLIB client that specialises in UX experience design consultancy. We’re seeking an experienced Client Engagement Director to work within the London Financial Services pod alongside the Pod Lead, Principal Consultant and Senior Project Manager to bring together your understanding of client needs with the knowledge of skills and services in the UX experience design space. We need you to have at least 3 years’ experience within a similar role, with clear evidence of your success.What you’ll be doing You’ll be working in the London pod and lead the relationship with a large established key account (a large insurer) alongside supporting new business activities and sharing best practice and professional growth with your client services colleagues. You’ll be working collaboratively with Project Managers, UX Consultants, Designers and Front End Developers to shape projects and manage time scales. You’ll be leading on setting the growth strategy for established key accounts and new accounts, while working closely with Strategists & Consultants to build a pipeline of work from existing relationships and new target clients while creating proposals and converting them in to sales. In addition, you’ll be developing and negotiating high value commercial arrangements with clients, so you’ll need to be confident and experienced in doing this. There will also be some travel with this role as your clients will be based in the UK, Europe and beyond. What experience you’ll need to apply You’ll be an evangelist for user-centred design and have experience working on user centre design projects Experience of managing a portfolio of clients with a diverse range of client sizes/types/relationships You’ll be able to demonstrate an awareness of the UX field You’ll have fantastic sales, communication and negotiation skills You’ll have gravitas and amazing presentation, written, verbal and persuasion skills with the ability to hold a room and tell compelling stories You’ll have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role, with evidence of your success You’ll have a solid track record of building a sales pipeline, converting opportunities and growing accounts Ideally, you’ll have experience working within the financial services or other regulated sectors Experience in managing and meeting financial targets Experience of working with senior level clients to identify opportunities Degree educated What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll get to work for an organisation that really looks after its staff, has a fantastic culture and working environment and has some really great employees. The culture is made up of an incredible, diverse range of people that have access to continuous training, which will support both your individual needs and business ambitions. You’ll also get a great package with 25 days holiday, benefits including a smartphone, a cashback healthcare scheme a pension plan contribution scheme a MacBook and other kit as needed. What nextIf you’re immersed in all things UX, design experience and financial services and have at least 3 years’ experience in a similar client engagement role, then I’m keen to chat! Please apply with a short summary of why you are a good fit for this role and send your most up to date CV. If you have any questions, I’m free to chat on 0117 926 9530.
— Global Native App TeamLocation:BristolSalary:DOEDesign digital products for a truly global audience. Enjoy flexible working, a generous salary, free breakfast, meetups, socials and training opportunities. Be supported by dedicated researchers and a global UX community.We're looking for a Product Designer to join the Bristol studio for an internationally acclaimed brand. Through technology this digital app business connects people from across the world and anchors its values in community and wellbeing. With their global head office based in the heart of Bristol they are looking for Product Designers to join one of their agile product teams.What you'll be doingAs a Product Designer you'll join one of three key product teams looking after content creation, personalisation and chat / messaging features.The product is already hugely successful in other global markets so your job will be to produce designs that excite and engage users from new regions. You'll get under the skin of their customers and will be responsible for designing truly outstanding user experiences that meet their needs with new and exciting technology. This role will require someone with great visual design skills and a genuine understanding of user experience.A Product Designer within this business will deliver visual concepts, interaction design, UI animation and typography. You'll work closely with research specialists, product owners and developers.Though the business has 20 years of experience and the Bristol team has grown to over 100 people the culture has maintained entrepreneurial in spirit. The product design teams are still evolving and processes and practices continue to change.What experience you'll need to apply An expert UI designer with fantastic user centred design process. A portfolio of UI design work including native app projects (IOS or Android). Supplementary skills in animation, motion graphics or UX. A collaborative approach to design able to work with all kinds of technical and non-technical stakeholders. Comfortable wireframing and prototyping your ideas. Able to utilise data from research and testing teams. Any experience on products including chat or messaging functionality a real plus.What you'll get in return for your experience You'll have the opportunity to design for an internationally acclaimed brand. You'll have the support from a diverse and highly skilled senior team, with key members of the business joining Bristol to drive its success.The benefits are fantastic and include flexibility, a truly modern and beautifully designed office space, weekly Yoga / Pilates classes, free breakfast, flexible hours, investment in learning and development.What's next?To be considered please apply with an up to date CV, case studies or supporting docs including visual designs and any supporting sketches, scamps, wireframes or prototypes.
— Bristol Experience StudioLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £47kJoin a global brand with huge reach. Join an experienced UX/UI team and help evangelise quality UI across the business. Be rewarded with a hugely competitive benefits package on top of salary.We're looking for a Midweight UI Designer to join a growing digital experience studio in Bristol. This globally recognised brand is investing heavily in their digital capability and user experience is at the heart of their strategy. We're looking for someone to be part of a growing experience team.What you'll be doingThe studio is split out into a number of scrum teams that include Scrum Masters, Product Managers, Developers, QA's and UX Designers. As a Midweight UI Designer you will largely deliver responsive web projects for their commercial and corporate customers. The UI Designer will work on end to end user journeys across an array of online services.Here we need someone with a well-developed understanding of User Centred Design processes. You'll be creating style guides, pattern libraries, adapting wireframes, producing user flows and high fidelity creative solutions. Past experience of designing for eCommerce, software applications or on other complex digital services will be valuable.You'll collaborate with developers, product owners and project managers so will need to be an astute communicator. What experience you'll need to apply A solid background in hands on UI roles (in-house or agency is fine) An astute communicator you'll be well seasoned in stakeholder management. Have worked with complex products and services. Preferably have exposure to B2B marketsWhat you'll get in return for your experience In return the business has some very competitive benefits. You'll not only be rewarded with a great salary but you will receive a flexible 20% benefits package on top. You can use this on healthcare, your pension, exclusive product and lifestyle offers and learning programmes. Alongside the financials you'll get to work in a modern and collaborative work space in the heart of Bristol, work with some genuinely talented minds in tech and be part of the digital transformation for a big name brand.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and case studies to be considered.
— Growing sustainable businessLocation:DevonSalary:DOEA brand new role to make your own. Take ownership of defining a brand digitally. Join a fantastic ethical business at an exciting time of growth.This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing sustainable business with a great culture and you'll have the chance to really make the role your own.What you'll be doingThis is a new role working closely with the Head of Brand and digital team to ‘join-the-dots’ and help execute design across their digital channels. You’ll bring the brand to life by defining clear style guidelines for the brand to be used across various channels such as web, email and social.You’ll be working closely with the team to project the brand's identity online via their in-house eCommerce platform, designing inspiring visual content with a user centred approach at all times. You'll also be thinking up and producing digital assets for emails and social media campaigns to engage with their growing customer base. You’ll collaborate seasonally with the Head of Brand to produce product imagery for the website; therefore you could be turning your hand to the Art Direction of photoshoots and retouching imagery.The studio is a real collaborative environment, so this is a real hands-on role that will mean you’ll be involved in the end-to-end process digitally from concept to execution. That said, you’ll be comfortable guiding more junior members of the team on projects as an inspiring leader. Due to the digital lean on projects, perhaps you’ve some HTML skills, or you may have worked in a collaborative environment with developers in the past, but it goes without saying you have an understanding of how your designs will translate digitally.What experience you'll need to apply• At least a couple of years’ experience in a design studio.• A portfolio full of digital designs, particularly responsive web.• An expert in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator).• Ideally some knowledge of Wordpress.• An interest in retail and/or eComm.What you'll get in return for your experienceA competitive salary, collaboration mixed with leadership in a small business environment, and the opportunity to make a role your own. What’s next?Please apply with an updated CV and portfolio to be considered.
Creative case studies
- 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 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