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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— Central Bristol Creative AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:DOEJoin an award-winning, collaborative team. Create copy for campaign, brand, digital and print briefs. Be part of a fantastic studio with regular socials and wellbeing benefits. We are looking for a Creative Copywriter to join an agency based in the centre of Bristol. This role sits in an agency environment where your creative talent will be recognised and nurtured, with opportunity to work on a variety of briefs for their strong portfolio of clients. We're considering both Midweight and Junior Copywriters for the role. What you'll be doing As a key part of the Creative team, you'll be reporting into the Lead Copywriter and working closely with the Senior Art Director, Creative Director, Designers and fellow copywriters to fulfil some exciting briefs. The work will be varied, with a large portion of your time spent working on digital - generating concepts and producing copy for websites, digital campaigns, web banners, social media ads, emails, mobile apps and scripts for motion graphics. That said, there will be print work to be done, from brochures to exhibition material. This is a conceptual role so we're looking for a wordsmith who can convey their ideas from pen to paper and bring those ideas to life by delivering engaging copy. Alongside this, you’ll be delivering some more complex information, using compelling storytelling techniques and emotive TOV to connect with the audience effectively. Playing a key part of the creative offering you’ll be unafraid of being hands on and collaborating with the wider creative team to execute projects. You’ll be presenting your ideas internally, with the opportunity to be part of the pitching process and attending client meetings on occasion. If you’ve some prior experience articulating your ideas to clients, this will be a real bonus! What experience you'll need to apply A portfolio of full of integrated creative copy examples; including campaign and digital. Prior agency experience in a conceptual copywriting role. A natural when pitching and presenting your ideas. Familiar with thinking up ideas alongside an Art Director. Experience working with more complex information and long form copy. Ideally some client facing experience. What you'll get in return for your experience You'll be joining an exciting agency that’s committed to doing great work. You'll join a team of talented creatives you’ll be proud to work alongside, and you'll be encouraged to push yourself professionally, with your talent truly recognised and nurtured. You'll also receive a competitive salary depending completely on experience. What's next? Apply today with your CV and portfolio of work examples and we can discuss in more detail.
— Digital Agency in central BristolLocation:Bristol / RemoteSalary:DOEJoin a digital first agency who work with globally recognised consumer brands. Form a key part of a talented studio to deliver on digital campaign briefs. Be part of a sort-after culture and working environment where progression is possible. We’re looking for a Digital Art Director, on a Mid-Senior level to join a digital first agency with their HQ based in Bristol. This is your chance to join a forward-thinking agency to help deliver creative on a variety of channels for one of the widest known consumer brands globally. What you'll be doing Forming part of a talented, close-knit creative team, you’ll be delivering digital designs for consumer brands across various digital channels including web, apps and email. Reporting into the Creative Director, you’ll be working shoulder to shoulder with a collaborative team of specialists, including Designers, strategists, copywriters, and developers to name a few. This role calls for a digital creative with a holistic approach; you’ll be able to visualise and deliver digital designs from the seed of an idea to polished and effective solutions that drive tangible results. With a user centred approach to digital, you’ll be familiar with UX principles and planning the customer journey at every step. In this role you’ll be working closely with the agency's strategists to plan UX, taking your designs through wireframes and prototypes, then executing high fidelity digital designs. The agency works with some big-name consumer brands, and this role will focus on one of their key accounts in the main. With that in mind, we’re looking for a Mid-Senior with the ability to get under the skin of a brief and deliver on projects, along with the confidence to pitch ideas to both the client and the wider team. Due to COVID the team are working fully remote, but eventually will be looking to move back to a studio when the time comes. What experience you’ll need Commercial background in digital design within an agency environment. Knowledge of user centred design principles and modern user interface design standards. A portfolio full of digital designs (inc. responsive web, web apps and campaign.) Examples showcasing your concept workings i.e sketches and scamps. Fluent in Adobe Suite and wireframing / prototyping tools such as Adobe XD and Sketch. A true team player who can collaborate will with specialists such as devs and strategists. Experience leading on briefs and presenting ideas to clients. Animation and motion graphics skills also desirable but not essential. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join an agency with a reputable culture and gain the opportunity to work with some globally recognised brands. You’ll receive a competitive salary and join a close-knit creative team who really care about your career development. What’s next Apply with an up to date CV + portfolio to be considered.
— Creative Digital AgencyLocation:Oxfordshire / RemoteSalary:DOEJoin a digital agency with an impressive portfolio of clients. Lead on a variety of digital design briefs. Form a pivotal part of a small creative team. We’re looking for a Senior Digital Designer to join a creative digital agency in Oxfordshire. With an impressive portfolio of clients this agency delivers creative across a range of digital disciplines, all from a beautiful studio location. What you'll be doing Reporting into the Creative Services Director, you’ll play a core part of leading the creative output for the agency as part of this small, talented team. There’s huge opportunity here with an existing portfolio of household names, so you’ll be leading on some exciting digital projects from the word go. In this role you’ll be working on a variety of digital briefs from responsive web to digital campaign, online reports and motion graphics. Being a digital first creative agency, a user centred approach is essential to bring to the table. You’ll pair knowledge of UX principles with pixel perfect design craft to produce digital solutions for multiple platforms, that will include responsive solutions that are both web and mobile friendly. You’ll play a pivotal part of the agency’s offering, presenting ideas directly to clients and senior stakeholders alike, along with inspiring their in-house Midweight Designer. You’ll naturally put your ideas to paper, visualising your ideas through sketches and scamps, with the ability to bring people on board with an engaging approach. The agency produces a high volume of engaging motion content so ideally, you’ll have some experience storyboarding to visualise concepts to pass on to motion specialists. We’re looking for a digitally savvy designer, who’s both conceptual and process driven, who’s up to date with the latest technology trends and always pushing for innovation. Due to COVID the team are working mostly remote, but eventually will be looking to move back to the studio full time. What experience you’ll need Commercial background in digital design within an agency environment. Knowledge of user centred design principles and modern user interface design standards. A portfolio full of digital designs (inc. responsive web, web apps and campaign.) Examples showcasing your concept workings i.e sketches and scamps. Confident guiding or mentoring junior designers. Fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud. Experience leading on briefs and presenting ideas to clients. Familiarity with storyboarding for motion design / animation. After Effects skills also desirable but not essential. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll gain a competitive salary, private travel and healthcare along with a fanastic culture and a beautiful office space. You'll also have the opportunity to inspire others and lead on creative as part of a small team who work with some first-class clients! What’s next Apply with an up to date CV + portfolio to be considered.
— Top Rated App TeamLocation:NottinghamSalary:Circa £34kCreate products that make a positive difference to people’s lives. Work on a service with over 3 million UK members. Take ownership of user experience and visual design for the team. We’re looking for a UX/UI Designer to join a product team in Nottingham. This multidisciplinary design role will be part of a highly successful and rapidly growing health tech business. What you’ll be doing Started 15 years ago and with over 400,000 active users per month you’ll be stepping in to lead the design and UX for an already very successful product. Taking over the reins of the founder you’ll focus on delivering a great user experience for their native Android & IOS app. You’ll be working closely with a team of developers and product people to create and test new functionality as well as to streamline existing journeys. Currently the app focuses on healthy eating but there are opportunities to diversify and offer new health and fitness features to their audience, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to push the product forward alongside an ambitious team. As the sole designer you’ll need to be confident creating mobile and web design concepts, wireframes and prototypes to test with users (predominantly A/B testing) then carry through solutions to high fidelity visuals. Your focus will largely be around the native app but you’ll also support across the website and help to develop the companies brand guidelines for digital overall. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a design role working on native mobile applications (Android / IOS), preferably on subscription-based services. A portfolio showcasing your process and relevant design work. Previous experience of working to agile in cross functional product teams. A strong communicator and collaborative design style. What you’ll get in return You’ll enjoy great benefits such as Bupa health insurance, a bonus, access to a brand new high spec office space and lots of companywide socials (when Covid allows). What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio of relevant work to be considered.
— Service Design TeamLocation:OxfordshireSalary:Upto £40kBe part of a team with user centred design at its core. Work on exciting, complex and challenging R&D briefs to tackle real world problems. Enjoy remote working and flexibility. We’re looking for a Midweight Design Thinker to work on complex and fascinating service design projects. This role will involve user experience design, service design and design strategy. What you’ll be doing The Design Thinker will join a central team of user centred design specialists tackling real world problems in healthcare, agriculture, sustainability, disaster relief and more. As part of the user centred design team you will work closely with organisations of all kinds; start-ups, SME’s, government organisations and established multinationals. This position requires a multifaceted designer with skills in research and discovery, interaction design, user centred testing and prototyping. Though we’re looking for someone with design skills (see requirements below) we’re not fussy on the route you took to get there; whether it’s service design, psychology, research, industrial, product design or something else entirely. We won’t be focussed on specific education or sector experience per se, it’ll be more about your approach to problem solving, collaboration and storytelling. In this role you can expect to work collaboratively with business owners, technologists and developers, non-technical stakeholders and niche industry specialists. You will champion design thinking with clients and spend time workshopping with people from all manner of backgrounds. You will capture user requirements and translate these into design specifications, supporting the development of new services that make use of the latest technology. As a senior you’ll be confident leading on projects and engaging stakeholders at all levels of an organisation. What experience you’ll need Experience in a design related field be it service design, user experience, industrial design, human factors or other related subjects. Experience in creating and conducting both evaluative and generative research. Visual design skills and the ability to produce prototypes; the client is not fussy on the tools you use but you’ll need to be able to communicate visually and prototype possible solutions. An expert in design thinking and user centred design practice. You’ll know when to work lean but your knowledge will give you the ability to follow a robust human centred design process. Have an interest in sustainability and a desire to solve real world problems. What you’ll get in return You will join a team that are helping tackle real world issues sustainably and ethically. You’ll work for an employer that has crafted a culture built on trust and one that understands the need for flexibility. You’ll need to be based in the UK but will be able to work remotely at least until the end of the year. What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and supporting work that showcases your design process and thinking.
— Top Bristol UX TeamLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £60kJoin an impressive FTSE 100 brand with ambitious growth plans. Join a maturing design culture that's agile and user centred. Receive a competitive salary and great company benefits. We’re looking for a UX Designer to join a Bristol based FTSE 100 brand. It's an exciting time to join the business as they continue to invest in user experience in-house. What you’ll be doing As a UX Designer you’ll join a multidisciplinary product team and work closely with product, design, research and technical specialists. You'll be working on products and services that help people invest and save with ease; digging deep into the behaviours that drive people to do so. As an expert in design thinking you'll help facilitate design workshops with key stakeholders across the business. Collaborating with researchers you'll use qual and wuant insight to inform designs and test new and improved features with users. Joining a maturing UX culture means being a real advocate for user centred design and agile product design practices, you’ll be a great communicator and used to working with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. The business has taken a user centred approach to design for some years, but the design culture continues to grow and mature along with their products. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience within a UX Design role. User centred in your approach; obsessed with data and user feedback. Have experience of working within cross functional product teams. Experience of working to Agile design principles. Confident facilitating design workshops. Able to produce wireframes and prototypes collaborating with developers and visual designers on delivery. Any experience within financial services attractive. What you’ll get in return for your experience A competitive base salary of up to £60K (dependent on experience) plus a great benefits package including company bonus.
— Charity ClientsLocation:Bristol (Remote)Salary:Upto £30kCreate meaningful campaigns for a variety of good causes. Partner with a Copywriter to produce concepts as a team. Enjoy working as part of a small independent agency crew. We’re looking for a Midweight Art Director to join a Bristol based agency. In this role you’ll create integrated campaigns for brands in the charity sector. The agency is based in Bristol but working remotely currently and will maintain good flexibility long term. What you’ll be doing As an Art Director you’ll be partnered up with a copywriter of the same level and crafting ideas together, you’ll be supported by a senior Creative Team and experienced Creative Director. The agency is well established in the sector and is trusted by their clients to deliver impactful creative that brings fresh thinking to the space. You’ll be working across all channels including (but not limited to) direct marketing, digital, video and TV. Working with clients in the charity sector makes for a rewarding career. You’ll need to be genuinely passionate about helping charity brands elevate their comms and understand that working in this space often comes with tight budgets but great opportunities for creative. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a conceptual role art directing for integrated campaigns. A portfolio full of concepts and campaigns, preferably in the charity sector or with membership organisations. Previous agency experience, comfortable with client led work and agency project workflows. Comfortable working as part of a small team, easy to get on with and collaborative. Passionate about using your creative skills for good. Able to work remotely for now, with some travel to Bristol in the future. Any experience of working in a copy / art team desirable. Good exposure to campaign work both offline and online. What you’ll get in return You’ll join an agency that knows its stuff and is trusted by its clients to be truly creative. You’ll be supported by a fantastic senior team and be given opportunities to lead concepts with national brands. How to apply Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio showcasing campaign work to be considered.
— Charity ClientsLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £30kCreate meaningful campaigns for a variety of good causes. Partner with an Art Director to produce concepts as a team. Enjoy working as part of a small independent agency crew. We’re looking for a Midweight Copywriter to join a Bristol based agency. In this role you’ll create integrated campaigns for brands in the charity sector. The agency is based in Bristol but working remotely currently and will maintain good flexibility long term. What you’ll be doing As a Copywriter you’ll be partnered up with an Art Director of the same level and craft ideas together. You’ll be supported by a senior Creative Team and experienced Creative Director. The agency is well established in their sector and trusted by their clients to deliver impactful creative that brings fresh thinking to the space. You’ll be working across all channels including (but not limited to) direct marketing, digital, video and TV. Working with clients in the charity sector makes for a rewarding career. You’ll need to be genuinely passionate about helping charity brands elevate their comms and understand that working in this space often comes with tight budgets but great opportunities for creative. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a conceptual role copywriting for integrated campaigns. A portfolio full of concepts and campaigns, preferably in the charity sector or with membership organisations. Previous agency experience, comfortable with client led work and agency project workflows. Comfortable working as part of a small team, easy to get on with and collaborative. Passionate about using your creative skills for good. Able to work remotely for now, with some travel to Bristol in the future. Any experience of working in a copy / art team desirable. Good exposure to campaign work both offline and online. What you’ll get in return You’ll join an agency that knows its stuff and is trusted by its clients to be truly creative. You’ll be supported by a fantastic senior team and be given opportunities to lead concepts with national brands. How to apply Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio showcasing campaign work to be considered.
— User Centred Design TeamLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £45kCreate content as part of a truly insight driven team. Join a well respected FTSE 100 brand. Enjoy great benefits including a generous pension and bonus scheme. We’re looking for a Content Designer to join the User Centred Design team for a top Bristol financial services client. This role will be remote initially, but Bristol based long term. What you’ll be doing As a Content Designer you’ll be part of the centralised User Experience team. Day to day you will plan, write and design content for the brands main customer facing website and across their native app. You’ll work collaboratively with specialist user researchers, UX designers and a wider development team to ensure content is created with the user in mind and based on real world insight. Working in financial services means understanding complex language, regulations and processes unique to the sector, you’ll have a knack for making the complex simple and for communicating concisely. The User Centred Design team has grown substantially over the last few years, so you’ll be joining a business that understands the value of customer insight well and encourages research. You’ll work with a diverse team, many from outside of the Financial Services world who have brought unique and valuable insights to the team. What experience you’ll need Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably with a relevant degree. Previous experience of working in a similar role; creating content and working closely with agile user experience teams. Any experience working in financial services or within heavily regulated industries beneficial. Research and insight led with previous experience of using analytics data to plan and make content decisions. What you’ll get in return You’ll enjoy some great benefits including a generous performance related bonus, a pension scheme of up to 19%, flexible working, good holiday allowance and more. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and some examples of your work to be considered.
— Innovative Education ToolsLocation:London (Currently remote)Salary:Upto £50kJoin a team that’s changing the education sector. Take the lead on shaping the product and mentor a Junior Designer. Receive stock options, training and development and wellbeing benefits. We’re looking for a Digital Product Designer to join a London based start-up. This is an exciting opportunity to lead on design and user experience for a purpose driven brand, shaping a product that will help change the lives of children across the country. What you’ll be doing The team fundamentally believe that quality education should be available to children from all backgrounds and provided in a way that’s both engaging and fun for students. They’ve created a platform for both students and teachers that is flexible and effective. The start-up has been up and running for around 2 years and have just achieved a round of funding giving them a clear roadmap of growth for the year ahead. They currently have an illustrator and creative designer in-house and are now looking for a Digital Product Designer to join the team and lead on UI and UX across the app. This is an opportunity to get in at ground level and help shape a product that will make a difference to children’s lives around the world, effectively making quality education available to everyone, no matter their background or financial situation. The team is small, so you’ll be working alongside a tight knit but growing team of developers, as well as closely with the founders. You’ll lead on all UX and visual design activities for the IOS app but ideally be able to support with the wider brand identity and marketing from time to time. As well as being hands on you’ll mentor and lead the junior designer in their work. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in creating digital products, preferably in start-up or a lean product team. Strong visual design skills, comfortable prototyping and creating high fidelity UI designs. User centred, able to collect and utilise user feedback to improve products. Experience of creating and implementing a design system. Passionate about education or solving real world problems through technology. Any broader graphic design and motion graphics experience desirable. What you’ll get in return You’ll get in at ground level with this exciting product and have the opportunity to shape a product that’s changing lives. You’ll receive benefits such as stock options, a training and development budget and health and wellbeing tools. How to apply Apply with an up to date CV and portfolio that clearly shows your UI design skills, prototyping experience and design process.
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