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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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  • 20th May

    Digital Product Designer

    — Mental Health & Disability Support

    Remote, UK
    Upto £50k
    Create products that will change lives for the better. Help embed design thinking in the business. Enjoy flexibility and remote working long term. We’re looking for a Digital Product Designer to join a tech company helping people with mental health and learning disabilities live more independently. What you’ll be doing This is a great role that brings with it the opportunity to work on interesting, impactful technology whilst also helping embed design thinking into a team. The product is currently used by thousands of people across the UK and offers bespoke support to people with a wide variety of needs. You’ll be working closely with a diverse set of users and contributing throughout the whole product design lifecycle. This role sits within the product team where you’ll be working alongside experienced Product Managers, Business Analysts, Developers and Testers. This role is growth for the business and you’ll be joining a fantastic Product Designer we placed last year. Due to the size of the design team we’re looking for someone willing and able to work across the whole product design process to begin with. This includes conducting research, creating workflows and journeys, wireframes, prototypes, testing and high-fidelity UI work too. You’ll also play a key role in engaging the wider business in design thinking and user centred design practices and processes. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in an end-to-end UX role working from research to high fidelity UI. Capable of conducting your own research and regularly testing with users. Ideally experienced in Agile, having worked as part of cross functional teams. Good knowledge of accessibility and usability (WCAG 2.1). An interest in neurodiversity and any awareness or professional experience with autism or anxiety beneficial. What you'll get in return Work for a purpose driven team that are improving people’s lives through their products. You'll receive 25 days holiday (+BH), flexible and remote working as well as a budget for learning and development. As one of the tteam’s first designers you'll be given the autonomy to help shape design practice too. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and any supporting work. However, if you haven’t got your portfolio together just yet don’t let that stop you applying.
  • 20th May

    Creative Content Manager

    — Ambitious FinTech

    Bristol/ hybrid, UK
    £40-50k + bonus
    An exciting and growing employer  Managerial role with a route to further progression. This role can be mainly remote with at least one day being office based in central Bristol. A fantastic opportunity became available for an experienced Content Lead/ Content Manager to join a Bristol based fintech scale up with great ambitions.   What you’ll be doing The successful candidate will report into the Head of Marketing and they will manage a team of four (mix of Graphic Designers and Copywriters). The purpose of the role is to take ownership of all externally facing content with an emphasis on new products. The successful postholder will be in charge of the content strategy across copy, graphics, animation, video and more. Whilst the role will be mainly strategic, there will be moments where a “hands on” approach will be required predominantly when it comes to copywriting. It’ll be crucial to possess a natural creative flair and ability to story tell, putting ideas into concepts and translating them into engaging outputs.  Naturally it’ll be crucial to make sure that all pieces of content are matching the agreed brand guidelines and are in line with industry regulations.  What experience you’ll need to apply For this role we could consider candidates from broad marketing and communications background who are passionate about content, creative professionals, agency side studio managers or pure content specialists. Team management experience is essential, ideally of at least three team members. Experience in implementing a successful content strategy.  Natural creative flair and storytelling ability. Excellent copywriting skills. Willingness to work in a fast paced environment.  Sector specific experience is advantageous.  What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary of £40-50k + benefits. What next? Please apply now or get in touch with Ania for more info. 
  • 20th May

    Digital Media Executive

    — Industry Leading Full-Service Agency

    Bristol, UK
    Opportunity to work with a variety of high-profile clients. Excellent training plans for career development. Supportive and innovative environment. We’re looking for an experienced Digital Media Executive to join an industry leading marketing agency in Bristol. This is the ideal opportunity for a talented Digital Media Executive with a Digital Marketing background in Paid Search and Paid Social to play an important role in helping some exciting brands boost exposure and generate more sales.What you’ll be doingThe Digital Media Executive will: Plan, develop and execute media campaigns on behalf of clients Report on campaigns using reporting tools to offer strategy Handle budgets and paid media spent to maximise ROI Keep up to-date with FB Ads and Google Ads best practice and complete new certifications if necessary Prepare client-facing documents to present strategy suggestions What experience you’ll need to apply Proven track record of planning and implementing FB Ad and Google Ad campaigns Ability to work well with numbers and understand how to optimise campaign strategy Comfortable managing paid media budgets to ensure campaign spend is proficient   Passed Google Ads and Google Analytics certifications Excellent interpersonal skills for understanding client needs What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a salary of £25-30k depending on experience, flexible working with hybrid options with 2 days a week in the office, flexi-hours, amazing training opportunities for career development and the opportunity to work on a variety of high-profile clients.What's next?If you are interested in this role, then click apply now or contact Andi.
  • 20th May

    Senior Product Designer

    — Making investing in start-ups accessible and rewarding.

    Cardiff or Exeter / Hybrid, UK
    £50000 - £65000
    Industry leading fintech organisation. Competitive salary up to £65k plus benefits and employee share plan. Flexible and hybrid/remote working available. Our client is looking for an experienced Product Designer to join their fast-growing fintech enabling investment in startups and venture-backed businesses. This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented UX Designer with a background or interest in investment, fintech, or who is just looking for an exciting and challenging new opportunity. What you’ll be doing The Senior Product Designer (UX/UI Designer) will: Report to the Head of Design. Be responsible for creating designs and carrying them through to completion. Work in multidisciplinary squads focusing on various key aspects of the product. Be a part of a growing team of three dedicated Product / UX Designers. Help shape the design vision and strategy of a rapidly growing business. Use your design skills to solve complex problems, building new features and updating existing ones to produce the best possible product. Plan and carry out qualitative and quantitative user research. Run workshops with the rest of the design team. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience working across the full UX Design process. Confidence working with internal and external stakeholders at a variety of levels. Knowledge of accessible and inclusive design practices. The ability to work independently and collaboratively. Strong knowledge of design software such as Figma. Creating artefacts such as user flows and experience maps. What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a competitive salary - up to £65k for the right person. An excellent benefits package including an employee share scheme, private medical care, a wellbeing allowance, mental health support, learning and development resources, and much more. Flexible working (2 days in the office, but this can be discussed) What’s next? Please apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio. If you are still preparing a portfolio, please apply with your CV and we can discuss this further.
  • 19th May

    Product Designer

    — Health Technology

    Basingstoke, UK
    £45,000 - £48,000
    Provide a valuable social service working on products used in the health sector and emergency services. Work on interesting digital products across a range of platforms. Given independence in your work and be rewarded for creativity and innovation. A communications company that works with the health sector, emergency services, and other life-saving organisations is looking to bring a talented product designer into their team. The successful candidate will be working on a range of digital products for smartphones and tablets, as well as for medical communication devices. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to use their skills to contribute to lifesaving products and the successful running of essential services. What you’ll be doing The client provides communication infrastructure and services for doctors, nurses, lifeboat volunteers, fire crews, and carers. This includes physical devices and the companion apps and digital products that accompany these. They are looking for someone to come up with creative ideas and designs for these, innovating and iterating products to make their services as effective as possible. You will be playing a key role in updating their suite of products to meet their brand guidelines and vision while also being secure and accessible. They are looking for someone innately creative, ready to contribute original thought to ensure their products are functional and beautiful. These apps should be a joy to use, even in emergency and high stress situations. The company has a welcoming and friendly culture, so will easily integrate you into the team. You will be the leading voice in design and will gain experience from working closely with colleagues from other disciplines, such as software engineers, developers, product managers, and the sales team. What experience you’ll need to apply Designed digital products from inception to completion. Created wireframes and prototypes with design software such as Figma and Adobe XD. Stakeholder management skills, and experience working with people from different backgrounds. Carried out user research and translated findings into design requirements. (Desirable) Some experience with security processes and GDPR, ideally in a hospital environment. What you’ll get in return for your experience A generous salary, a supportive team, and the chance to work on products that will help to save lives. On top of this, a great benefits package including 25 days holiday (+BH), free parking, and free canteen facilities What’s next? Please apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio. If you are still preparing a portfolio, please apply with your CV and we can discuss this further.
  • 18th May

    Creative Artworker

    — Action Sports

    Bristol / Hybrid WFH, UK
    Circa £22K
    Hybrid working options, with three days in the office and two homeworking  Work for an exciting established and well-known sporting company   Work in a great friendly team of like-minded creatives   We’re looking for a creative artworker to join this exciting organisation based in north Bristol, with them offering flexible working and travel benefits.   What you’ll be doing  You will be working amongst a team of 7 creatives, being one of two artworkers, reporting to a creative manager. Day to day you will be creating artwork for some of the top names in action sports and getting the opportunity to work with international brands. You will be creating assets for B2B and B2C across print and digital producing: Banners, full asset packs and working with studio imagery and photography.   We would love someone who can demonstrate their ability to manage their work in a fast-paced organisation with showing great attention to detail when producing artwork. This should be showcased throughout your portfolio with clean and eye-catching artwork.   This organisation has a friendly, enthusiastic and active culture, for any action or extreme sports fans this is likely to be a dream job! Though an interest definitely not essential. Although a fast-paced role, the culture of the office is very social and casual dress code.   What experience will you need   A portfolio demonstrating your ability to create artwork in a similar role   Experience in using Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign   Experience in working within brand guidelines   Experience in retouching and editing imagery.   Knowledge in HTML/CSS- Beneficial but not essential  Experience in motion graphics- Beneficial but not essential  What you’ll get in return   You’ll be part of a fantastic culture, working with a great bunch who are social and love what they do. Staff events such as BBQ’s and other events are offered throughout the year. There are also a range of options of lifestyle benefits such as LinkedIn Learning, clothing allowance or gym membership. There will be a £400 bonus per quarter as well as a Christmas bonus depending on company's performance. Other benefits they offer are: 22 days holiday with annual holiday entitlement increase, pension scheme, 5% employee and 3% company, 40% employee discount on products, cycle to work scheme and health shield which is a cash back scheme for Dental, optician, prescription, and other health related costs which covers you and your children.    
  • 17th May

    Senior Product Designer

    — Dog Wellbeing App

    Central London / Hybrid, UK
    Upto £70k + Incentive Scheme
    Join a purpose driven start-up, helping improve the lives of dogs. Be one of the founding members of the senior team, helping shape the product and business. Work with a start-up backed by a hugely successful brand. We’re looking for an experienced Product Designer to join an exciting, well backed start-up team helping to transform the lives of dogs and their people. A purpose driven business, this teams mission is to get the training and development of puppy’s right from day 1, helping to reduce behavioural problems in later life and reduce the rate of abandonment of dogs. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining as one of several senior hires helping to shape the product (and business) working work alongside senior product, marketing and tech specialists. This is a fast-paced start up environment but with the backing of a major brand so although there’s lot’s to shape, you’ll be coming into a strong foundation. The product is out there in customers hands with some of the core features developed and working well but with huge opportunities to improve existing features and launch new ones. So far the product has been designed and developed by experienced agency partners so there’s a great brand and visual language to work with. From the outset focus your attention on understanding the app users and the dogs they love. You’ll be the voice of the users, conducting research to delve into the nuance of puppy training, the opportunities, the pitfalls and the habits. From here you’ll help create wireframes, user flows and journeys improving or creating new features. You’ll take your work all the way to high fidelity UI with prototyping and testing inbetween. Big areas they’re looking to develop are in habit forming behaviours that help people and dogs create great training programmes that work and last, in creating a community and engagement. As the first in-house Product Designer this would suit an ambitious ‘all rounder’. The focus will be UX and UI for the app but any skills designing for other channels will come in handy from time to time. It goes without saying that for any dog lover, this is a dream job! What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a UX design, Product Design or Interaction Design role preferably working with mobile apps (IOS or Android). A portfolio that showcases your problem solving and design quality; how you’ve worked from research through to UI. Excellent communications skills, able to bring others on board with the design process no matter their understanding or technical ability. Comfortable planning and running user research and testing. Dog lover or interested in dog behaviour and able to align with the mission of the business. What you’ll get in return As one of the first members of the senior team you’ll play a fundamental role in helping shape the business and product. On top of your salary you’ll receive a generous incentive scheme in line with the businesses ambitions. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered. If you’re still working on the portfolio apply with the CV and just let us know.
  • 16th May

    Senior UX/UI Designer

    — 3 Months Initial - 2 Days From Home, 3 Days In The Office

    Remote + Wiltshire, UK
    Up to £450 p/day "Inside IR35"
    Senior UX/UI Designer. Up to £450 p/day "Inside IR35". 3 Months Initial - 2 days from home, 3 days in  the office. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Senior UX/UI Designer, to work for an awesome Wiltshire based company. What you'll be doing Working for a amazing company based between your home office (2 days per week) and their state of the art offices in Wiltshire (3 days per week). What experience you'll need to apply for this role UX/UI Designer (Expert/Senior). Axure, Sketch, InVision, Photoshop, Illustrator (Advanced). Basic HTML, CSS, JavaScript (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £450 p/day "Inside IR35", however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 16th May

    Senior Creative Designer

    — 3 Months Initial - 2 Days From Home, 3 days In The Office

    Remote + Wiltshire, UK
    Up to £400 p/day "Inside IR35"
    Senior Creative Designer. Up to £400 p/day "Inside IR35". 3 Months Initial - 2 days from home, 3 days in  the office. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Senior Creative Designer, to work for an awesome Wiltshire based company. What you'll be doing Working for a amazing company based between your home office (2 days per week) and their state of the art offices in Wiltshire (3 days per week). What experience you'll need to apply for this role Creative Designer (Expert/Senior). Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier (Advanced). Art Directing for Photography & Film (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £400 p/day "Inside IR35", however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 11th May

    Conceptual Copywriter

    — Fantastic Agency Opportunity

    Moreton-in-Marsh / Hybrid, UK
    £35k - £50k
    • Conceptual Copywriter for an award-winning independent marketing agency specialising in brand building and creative strategy. • You’ll be a conceptual, ideas-led person and write content for an impressive client list of businesses in the charity and professional/financial services sectors, from start-ups to household names. • A culture of no egos, flexible working (min 3 days in the office a week) and a very competitive salary on offer. We’re looking for an established midweight or senior Conceptual Copywriter to join this proudly independent creative agency that delivers marketing and brand building campaigns for a range of businesses across professional and financial services, charity, and retail sectors. You would be the agency’s go to person for producing copy and communications for a mix of B2B and B2C clients, and there’s a fantastic opportunity to build a team around you in the future. What you’ll be doing Taking ownership of copy across all agency accounts and having a genuine passion for your craft. Creating focused, insight-driven and forward-thinking conceptual ideas. Working closely with the Art Director and maintaining a strong relationship with the Creative Directors. Ensuring high levels of brand consistency and that tone of voice is adhered to. Getting behind your creative and presenting/selling your work with passion, as well as having the aptitude to defend or amend when needed. Experience you’ll need to apply You will have a few years’ experience working as a Conceptual Copywriter in a marketing/branding/creative agency, with strong knowledge of B2B and B2C marketing. A broad portfolio of relevant experience, ideally including some financial services work. Ability to work at pace to support a wide scope of top brands. Ability to be self-motivated, lead by example, and take responsibility for your own personal development. What you’ll get in return Competitive salary in the region of £35k - £50k depending on experience, with some potential flex for someone with more experience.  Hybrid and flexible working (3 days in the office and core hours policy). Join a supportive, engaged team, with a leadership team who care about their staff and encourage collaborative and open working. Private medical insurance scheme. Volunteering days. Beautiful office based in the Cotswolds countryside. What’s next? If you have experience as an agency Copywriter and love the sound of this opportunity, then please apply right away! Please ensure you include a portfolio of recent work with your application – applications cannot be considered without this.

Design case studies

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

Candidate Experience

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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