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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— Rewarding ProjectsLocation:Bristol (remote)Salary:DOEBe part of a fast growing consultancy that is renowned for delivering outstanding work on meaningful projects Join a team with a real commitment to being a brilliant place to work. Enjoy a supportive environment, knowledgeable team to work with and real investment your development. We’re looking for a midweight Service Designer or User Researcher to join a brilliant service design consultancy in Bristol. We also have senior role available that can be found here. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a team of user researchers, UX and service design specialists working in public sector and health to improve the way people experience services. The goal: better experiences for better lives. Through research-led discoveries you will uncover problems worth solving and use the evidence as a foundation for service design work. Highlights of the company’s work include: Working with the NHS to improve mental health services Helping the NHS adapt the 111 service around user needs Designing a collaboration platform for DCMS Running extensive user research to help DVSA pass GDS assessment Running user research in job centres across the UK for Policy Lab Partnering with Scope to co-create support services for disabled people You will work alongside a Senior Service Designer and will have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in a fast paced environment. At this level you won’t need to have managed projects or led teams yourself but you’ll have experience of working on discovery or user research projects. This is a great opportunity to join a very knowledgeable team and make positive change to important products and services. About you You are looking for a meaningful challenge You want to work somewhere where you can grow to do your best work You are driven by your values and want to focus your effort on projects that reflect those values You have achieved brilliant results where you’ve worked previously - this may be during studies or outside work You have an open collaborative mindset, you know you don’t have all the answers You are really keen to learn from more experienced colleagues You have some experience in service design or research projects You have a background / education in design or research be it service design, UX, product design, industrial design, human factors, psychology or other related subjects You have good visual communication skills - this isn’t a UX design role, but sketches, storyboards, diagrams and low fidelity clickable prototypes will become part of your toolkit You have some experience participating in design research You have great people skills You are able to work remotely for now and in the future comfortable with two days a week in the Bristol studio Attitude / qualities Outcome focused Curious Diplomatic Thoughtful Collaborative Innovative Empathetic What you’ll get in return for your experience The team has a great culture so you can expect to work with a friendly and very knowledgeable bunch. There is a bonus scheme, health care scheme, 25 days holiday (+ bank holidays), plus your birthday off, a personal training budget, flexible working options, a pension and being part of a business that you can help shape. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and any supporting case studies of work.
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + OxfordType:Salary:Up to £300 p/day "Outside IR35"Mid Level Designer. Up to £300 p/day "Outside IR35". Digital, Print & Animation. 3 month initial contract opportunity, for a Mid Level Designer to work for a superb agency. What you'll be doing Working for an amazing agency, based from your home office - remote working with optional office space. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Digital Designer (Mid). Adobe, Retouching etc. (Advanced). Agency Experience (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day "Outside 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.
— Up to £40,000 salaryLocation:CheltenhamSalary:£30,000 - £40,000Help shape the visual landscape Competitive salary up to £40K benefits Flexible working available We’re looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to join an established manufacturing organization based in Cheltenham. What you’ll be doing?Brand management and evolution Ensure all design work is undertaken within the key parameters of the Group’s existing brand guidelines while evolving the creative approach in line with audience and project needs and supporting the development of refreshed brand guidelines Graphic Design Develop design solutions to support a range of communications objectives for internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to: Social Media, Website and Intranet touts, banners and animations Online and interactive documents including magazines, brochures, reports Digital signage and online campaigns PowerPoint Presentations Conceptual brand development for projects and initiatives Templates and toolkits Printed materials, including brochures, posters, leaflets, merchandise Project management Develop and maintain an accessible and searchable key asset library containing images, logos, guidelines, elements, templates and re-usable content Provide briefs for photography commissions, analyse contact sheets, upload images, input tagging and meta-data, seek approvals as appropriate Manage the team’s relationship and license requirements with online resource providers This will be a hybrid home and office-based role, with an occasional requirement for travel within the UK and internationally. Who we are looking for? We are looking for someone with the following qualities and experience: Significant related creative design experience from working in-house or within an agency Ability to combine blue sky creative development with excellent attention to detail Capability across the design spectrum from concept development to technical preparation for online and print Fully conversant with the full Adobe Creative Suite Good Microsoft Office skills including excellent PowerPoint skills Highly organised, able to prioritise tasks and manage time to ensure delivery to deadlines Resourceful, adaptable and creative, with the ability to come up with innovative ideas and remain calm under pressure Acts with integrity at all times seeks and acts on feedback, proactive at identifying opportunities for personal and professional development What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a competitive salary £30,0000 - £40,000. You’ll also receive an excellent benefits package Flexible working What's next?If you’re an experienced Graphic Designer and are interested in finding out more, then click to apply now or contact Dominic
— Boutique HolidaysLocation:Hayle, CornwallSalary:Up to £26kExciting copywriting opportunity with a beautiful brand. Develop your career alongside a team of creatives and digital marketing specialists. Hybrid role with great benefits. I’m looking for a talented Copywriter with creative flair to join a boutique holiday specialist at their gorgeous HQ in Cornwall where you’ll play a key role in the collaborative marketing team and enjoy remote working options and great benefits. What you'll be doing You’ll take ownership of creating fresh content and improving existing content across the website and marketing channels, communicating in an engaging way, establishing a consistent style and tone of voice in line with the brand. Working closely alongside the SEO and Content Specialist, you will deliver an impressive content plan with the view of optimising website visibility, driving brand awareness and engaging audiences through carrying out keyword research, optimising content for SEO, and producing briefs for SEO-focused content. We’re looking for someone ambitious, creative, detail-orientated and results-focused who can take this lovely business’s content game to the next level. What experience you’ll need Ability to write clearly and concisely and communicate in an effective and engaging manner. First rate communication skills with a strong track record of delivering successful copy. A pro-active approach to work and solid organisation skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritise accordingly. Excellent attention to detail and a pride in completing work to the highest standard. Understanding of SEO and experience in writing and researching content for SEO. Passionate about the brand and product and enjoys promoting places and experiences. What you'll get in return for your talents This is a hybrid role – ideally, they’d like this person to be able to come into the office three times per week. The office is based in Hayle and there’s free parking on site, you’ll enjoy a beautifully designed and recently refurbished office, as well as a friendly and talented bunch of people who are extremely passionate about what they do and the culture they contribute to. Salary is paying up to £26k, dependent on experience, plus an annual bonus, generous holiday allowance and more. What's next Want to know more? Send in your CV to Hannah now!
— Digital Communications ManagerLocation:CheltenhamSalary:£45,000 - £55,000Industry-leading organisation Competitive salary up to £55K and benefits Flexible working available/excellent career progression/work with the best in industry We’re looking for an experienced Digital Communications Manager to join an established manufacturing organization in Cheltenham. This is the ideal opportunity for a talented Communications professional with either Digital Communications or Digital engagement experience. What you’ll be doing? Digital channel management Maintain and improve the Group’s digital channels aligned to business needs, best practices and user experience, including: Website and microsites Social media channels Intranet Content and image repositories Content hosting platforms Technical management and liaison Provide the interface and project management on behalf of the team to support the effective deployment of solutions such as: Digital signage and offline solutions Apps and QR codes Live event platforms and webcasting Communication and collaboration tools Content and community management Create and manage social media engagement plan Curate and schedule content for social media channels Undertake community management activities Facilitate digital ‘community of practice’ initiatives across the Group What experience you’ll need to apply A digital communications practitioner with extensive, related experience Demonstrable track record of digital strategy delivery Strong technical skills and knowledge, exercises sound judgment Can balance business objectives with audience needs Outstanding project and stakeholder management experience A digital expert, skilled in the application of a wide range of digital communications solutions Organised and structured, with the ability to think big picture while managing the detail Able to prioritize tasks and manage time to ensure delivery to deadlines Resourceful, curious and forward-thinking A good communicator, willing and able to help others understand and embrace digital tools Acts with integrity at all times seeks and acts on feedback What you’ll get in return for your experience? This is a great role offering a competitive salary - up to £55k for the right person. You’ll also receive an excellent benefits package Flexible working (2 days in, 3 days working from home) What's next? If you’re an experienced Digital Communications Manager and are interested in finding out more, then click to apply now or contact Dominic
— Ethical Agency TeamLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £38kCreate meaningful content for a wide variety of brands. Join an agency that is small but growing with great progression opportunities. Enjoy a great working culture and flexibility. We’re looking for a Motion Graphics Designer to join a full service, purpose driven agency in Bristol. Clients include established and boutique brands but all share a common goal; to practice ethical business and pave the way for a more sustainable future. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a small but growing agency of expert communicators. Whatever the challenge, they pride themselves on creating honest and transparent creative that gets results. Moving image is central to their portfolio whether its social posts, TV or brand manifestos. Bringing your expert motion graphics skills, you’ll create engaging creative to help visualise brand story. Your work will have a broad reach with a high volume of video content rolling out on social media channels. Joining a small team with big ambition means having a real opportunity to put your stamp on the agency and their clients work and offers real progression opportunities. Being a small agency means those that are adaptable and comfortable wearing a few hats will be favoured. 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. If you’re highly skilled in motion graphics, this could be the role for you! What you’ll need to be considered A strong background in motion graphics and animation. A showreel showcasing your motion graphics skills with commercial clients. Experienced in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Previous experience in an agency environment. Conceptual, able to storyboard and create style frames for projects. A ‘social first’ mindset with a fantastic knowledge of different channels and formats. Great communication skills, comfortable presenting creative ideas to the team and clients alike. What you’ll get in return for your experience Join an inclusive and purpose driven team with great prospects as the agency grows. You’ll have a real opportunity to help shape the output and direction of the agency moving forwards. EMI options available, donations to charities of your choice, paid activism and volunteering options and more! What’s next If you’re interested, please apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio / showreel to be considered.
— Full service creative agencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £45k DOEJoin a collaborative team and create for branding and campaigns. Work with a strong, growing portfolio of big-name brands. Benefit from flexible hybrid working, wellbeing perks and personal development coaching. We’re looking for a Senior Creative / Visual Designer to join a full-service agency based in the heart of Bristol. The agency has some ambitious growth plans after a few client wins, so they’re looking to bolster the team with a talented Creative who is both conceptual and hands on. The role is full time with a flexible hybrid working week. What you’ll be doing The workload will be diverse and across a range of briefs - from integrated campaigns through to employer branding and print projects. You’ll play a key part in the creative team, working across a broad range of clients in both the B2C and B2B worlds, across a wide range of global industries. Reporting in to the Associate and Creative Directors, you’ll be work closely with a team of creatives from copywriters to designers and strategists to create concepts and deliver visuals for their portfolio of clients. You’ll be an ideas-led creative with excellent design craft and the ability to visualise your ideas across a breadth of channels; your day-to-day will see you creating for branding, comms and integrated campaigns. In this role you’ll be thinking up and developing concepts, alongside taking your designs right through to highly polished visuals. Leading on projects you'll be regularly presenting your ideas to clients, collaborating with designers of different levels and will bring a great attitude towards mentorship and inspiring juniors to support the wider team. What experience you’ll need Some commercial experience in a senior creative or conceptual designer role, or similar, within an agency environment. A portfolio brimming with branding and integrated campaign projects. Ability to work on briefs from initial concepts through to execution. Prior experience presenting ideas to clients. A collaborative nature with a keen interest in mentoring juniors. Fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). What you’ll get in return In addition to a competitive salary of up to £45k, you’ll benefit from 25 days holiday and birthday off, Christmas closure, lunch and learn sessions, wellbeing benefits such as massages and yoga sessions and fantastic offices. As an agency they have ambitious growth plans and support career development so you’ll have the opportunity to progress as the agency and team grows. What's next? Apply now with your CV and a portfolio demonstrating your conceptual and design skills.
— Start-upLocation:London / RemoteSalary:Upto £100k + EquityCreate tools for the design community. Work with a start-up backed by major names in the design and technology industry. Enjoy flexible working, equity and many lifestyle and learning benefits. We’re looking for a Senior Product Designer to join a start-up team creating tools for designers. With some of the best-known design teams as customers and global ambitions this is an exciting role. The role is on offer on a hybrid basis with just one day onsite in London. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a business that is revolutionising the way design and development teams collaborate. The product is used by over 1300 customers with a strong presence at the enterprise level but supports businesses of all kinds, helping them create better products. Designers will be your users so you’ll have an opportunity to create valuable products that your community will be using. Joining a start-up means helping shape things. You’ll be the 2nd Senior on the team but with the business planning to triple in size over the coming years there will be huge opportunities to grow. You’ll be in a multidisciplinary role involving research and design from low fidelity to high fidelity. You’ll no doubt have your area of expertise but broad experience working from discovery, through delivery and into iteration will key to success. As the team scales design and research roles may become more specialised. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a design role that’s included research, low and high-fidelity design and testing. A portfolio that demonstrates user centricity and shows your approach to problem-solving. Any start-up / scale-up experience will be valuable. Able to work 1 day a week from London. What you’ll get in return Alongside working with a great team you’ll enjoy flexible hours, equity, monthly and annual personal budgets for learning, physical and mental wellbeing and food, free yoga, wellness and fitness classes, monthly socials and 25 days holiday allowance. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and a portfolio or case study showing your process as a designer.
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + BristolType:Salary:Up to £600 p/day - "Outside IR35"Senior UX/Product Designer. Up to £600 p/day "Outside IR35". Niche Software Company. 3 month initial contract opportunity, for a Senior UX/Product Designer to work for an excellent specialist software company. What you'll be doing Working for a awesome software business, based from your home office - remote working with optional office space. What experience you'll need to apply for this role UX/Product Designer (Expert/Senior). User Research & UI (Advanced). Figma (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £600 p/day "Outside 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.
— Luxury Fashion Brand.Location:Berkshire / remoteSalary:£38-40kJoin a well-established, luxury fashion brand with huge growth plans. Excellent opportunity for progression and longevity. Flexible working. This successful fashion brand has been running for just short of twenty years, so they are highly established within the marketplace. Having gone from strength-to-strength, they are now seeking a passionate and creative Social Media and Digital Content Creator to join their fantastic marketing team. What you’ll be doing Working closely with the Head of Marketing, you will be heavily involved in the creation of engaging content to push across all the brand’s platforms with a strong focus on social and digital channels. Experience within the luxury (ideally fashion) industry is important, as my client needs somebody who can adopt the brands language, tone and visual aesthetic. In this fast-paced and exciting role, you will be required to develop a thorough understanding of the brand identity and target audience to create brand-aligned innovative and commercially effective digital content. Focusing on the digital and social media strategy, your main remit will be to increase brand awareness and engagement. You will need to be organised and creative, as you will be building a content plan in line with the seasonal marketing calendar. You’ll need to combine your excellent writing skills with the ability to also create engaging videos and photography to be used across all social channels and support organic traffic growth using SEO best practices. This is a hugely varied role, and you’ll need to be a real team player as you’ll also be working closely with the Comms Manager to write, review and edit content for all online channels, but also work collaboratively with the Digital Marketing Executive to manage all the social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube etc. Working together, you will develop innovative content-creation ideas of campaigns and collaborations with influencers, with the wider goal of expanding the brands social reach and engagement. Further to this, you will be supporting the creative execution of paid social media, display and programmatic campaigns to drive customer acquisition and assist the creative team with the design of promotional materials. What experience you’ll need to apply A Digital Marketing qualification is highly desirable. Strong experience in social media. Highly analytical and experienced in reporting, particularly with Google Analytics. Strong editorial copywriting skills. The ability to film, edit videos or short films. A good understanding of Illustrator, Sketch, and Photoshop. A good understanding of mail marketing, ideally Klaviyo. Excellent Communication Skills. Highly motivated, creative and hardworking. Experienced in working within the fashion industry (or similar). What you’ll get in return for your experience A generous salary of £38-40k is on offer, as well as a range of other fantastic benefits. Please enquire with Alice for more information. What's next? This is an urgent requirement so please send your CV to Alice to be considered ASAP.
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