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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— 1 Week Booking.Location:Holt (Bath)Type:Salary:DOEWork closely with a fantastic agency. Content design & development. Potential future bookings. I’m on the look-out for an eLearning Content Designer to help out one of my agency clients for a solid 1-week booking commencing 29th July 2019. What you’ll be doing You’ll be coming on board to help out with a design brief for the eLearning sector. This will be based onsite in Holt (near Bath) where you’ll work closely with the rest of the agency. We need someone with a good working knowledge of Adobe Captivate. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous eLearning content design experience. Have availability for the whole week commencing 29th July 2019. MUST have experience in using Adobe Captivate. Good understanding of the wider eLearning sector. What you’ll get in return for your experience A competitive day rate, working with a bunch of lovely agency folk & potential for future freelance bookings. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Conceptualise A New In-Store ExperienceLocation:MalmesburySalary:DOEConceptualise the retail experience for an exciting new product category. Work with a truly world class creative team. Enjoy a competitive salary, generous holiday and other great benefits. We’re looking for a 3D Retail Designer to join one of the UK’s leading technology brands. This role will create a unique and market leading retail experience for the launch of a major new product category; an electric vehicle. What you’ll be doing Joining the wider retail team your focus will be to create the shopper experience from scratch; you’ll provide the overarching concepts, create visual mock-ups, prototypes and the final designs. You’ll be working with an established brand and one with a well developed identity, this means you’ll need to be creative but within the context of a wider visual language. To create a memorable customer experience you’ll need to develop a deep understanding of the brand and the technology they create as well as the problems facing automotive retail today. What experience you’ll need to apply Experience within retail / service design. Automotive experience beneficial but not required. Confident user of 3D Cad and 3DS Max. Creative and conceptual; able to sketch, scamp and iterate new ideas. An ability to mock-up or prototype ideas, preferably in physical form (cardboard engineering). Adobe CC experience in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A good communicator, able to sell ideas and collaborate with other creatives. What you’ll get in return for your talents In return for your talents you’ll enjoy some great benefits including 27 days holiday (+ bank holidays), a competitive salary and bonus scheme, access to an on-site gym, staff discount and flexible working opportunities. What’s next?To apply please share a copy of your CV and supporting retail design case studies.
— World Class BrandLocation:WiltshireSalary:Competitive DOEDesign and execute nationwide campaigns. Be part of a truly market leading creative department. Enjoy a good salary, flexible working and generous holiday. Were looking for a Midweight Digital Creative to join a leading creative studio in Wiltshire. This role sits within the internal marketing agency and will produce a wide range of creative campaigns for the business. What you'll be doing Reporting into the Digital Creative Head you will work closely with a talented team of designers, copywriters and content strategists to deliver digital campaigns to a nationwide customer base. Embedded within the internal marketing agency and with a close relationship to data and analytics the Midweight Digital Creative will develop Global campaigns for nationwide market execution across web, digital advertising, social, CRM and retail. Working with a big name brand means well-defined guidelines but you will be expected to push both the creative and technical boundaries of digital campaign, knowing how to get the most out of the brand and always pushing for innovation. You'll need some knowledge or user centred design and UX best practice, a broad digital skillset, as well as a drive to develop and grow with a market leading brand. What experience you'll need to apply At least a couple of years' experience in a design role with digital output. A portfolio full of digital design solutions. Confident within the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator). Expert knowledge of integrated marketing and associated channels. Used to working at pace and on large scale campaigns. Agency or fast paced in-house creative studio experience attractive. Strong stakeholder management experience, able to confidently communicate with people at all levels of a business. What you'll get in return for your experience In return for your experience youll join a world class marketing team and be instrumental in defining the visual language they use for digital campaign work. Youll work in a collaborative and fun environment that offers flexible working, an onsite gym and 27 days holiday + bank holidays What's next? To be considered please apply with an up-to-date CV and supporting portfolio of digital work.
— Global Packaging AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £50k DOEGain global experience. Work with internationally acclaimed brands. Play a key role in growing the agency in Europe. We’re currently on the lookout for a Senior Designer to join an established packaging agency who is building out their UK offices in Bristol. We’re looking for packaging design specialists who need to be strategic, conceptual and know packaging, branding and identity like the back of your hand. What you’ll be doing Joining their new Bristol office you’ll work with other designers (including a remote team) to produce eye-catching consumer packaging for a range of globally recognised FMCG brands. As for products, you’ll work across food, beverages and personal care. As a Senior within the agency you’ll work closely with the existing Creative Director; who has a deep understanding of their clients and the packaging world on the whole. You’ll create concepts for a range of big names and take your ideas through to highly polished designs that push the boundaries of contemporary packaging. The agency is well-established in the US so you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with the global offices remotely on a regular basis. What experience you’ll need to apply Extensive experience within the FMCG/Packaging industry. An outstanding portfolio of commercial Packaging designs (Ideally food/beverage/homecare). The portfolio should also highlight your process/rationale. Strong typographical skills. Be flexible in your approach to design. Able to collaborate creatively, working with remote teams. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite/CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) What you’ll get in return for your experience Joining the agency you’ll work with a truly international client base and be an important part of helping to grow their European presence. This is a great opportunity to build a long-term relationship with an agency that is going from strength to strength. A competitive salary is also up for grabs and summer hours that include an early Friday finish. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Global Packaging AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £60k DOEGain global experience. Work with internationally acclaimed brands. Play a key role in growing the agency in Europe. We’re currently on the lookout for a Design Director to join an established packaging agency who are building out their UK offices in Bristol. We’re looking for a packaging design specialist who needs to be strategic, conceptual and know packaging, branding and identity like the back of your hand. What you’ll be doing Joining their new Bristol office you’ll work with other designers (including a remote team) to produce eye-catching consumer packaging for a range of globally recognised FMCG brands. As for products, you’ll work across food, beverages and personal care. As Design Director you’ll work closely with the Creative Director to lead the creative team by overseeing projects and getting involved in the full design process; utilising your craftmanship teamed with your deep understanding of the packaging industry as a whole. You’ll create concepts for a range of big names and take your ideas through to highly polished designs that push the boundaries of contemporary packaging. The agency is well-established in the US so you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with the global offices remotely on a regular basis. You'll be a head figure who'll be representing the agency by presenting well considered solutions to client briefs, so it goes without saying you're an articulate communicator with the ability to not only inspire the team, but their global client base too. What experience you’ll need to apply Extensive experience within the FMCG/Packaging industry, some of which in a similar or Senior role. An outstanding portfolio of commercial Packaging designs (Ideally food/beverage/homecare). The portfolio should also highlight your process/rationale. Strong typographical skills. Be flexible in your approach to design. An articulate pitcher and presenter. Confident managing projects end-to-end without guidance. Able to collaborate creatively, working with remote teams. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite/CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) What you’ll get in return for your experience Joining the agency you’ll work with a truly international client base and be an important part of helping to grow their European presence. This is a great opportunity to build a long-term relationship with an agency that is going from strength to strength. A competitive salary is also up for grabs and summer hours that include an early Friday finish. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Digital Transformation For Leading BrandLocation:GlastonburySalary:Circa £50kWe’re looking for a UI Design Lead to join the in-house design and experience studio for a well known brand. You’ll work closely with the Head of UX Design and provide design leadership for their digital transformation programme. What you’ll be doing The Lead UI Designer will join a UX/UI team of 6 (+ contract support). This is a hands on role focussed on providing user centred visual design for web and email as well as visual direction and leadership for other designers within the team. The business itself has invested in growing out it’s in-house digital capability and this role is an important step in their journey. There is a huge opportunity here to work with a major brand yet still have the influence to make genuine change and help shape their future online. As a lead you will engage with senior stakeholders across the business; working closely with the Head of UX you will help to evangelise user centred design across the business. With exceptional design craft skills you’ll deliver quality as well as help to up-skill those in the business who are less digital savvy. This role is initially on offer as a 12 month fixed term contract. What experience you’ll need to apply Exceptional design craft skills, in particular User interface design for responsive web. A confident design leader, able to lead by example and inspire others to create great work. Big brand experience, understanding of organisational change and how to make a creative impact with a commercial mindset. A user centred approach to design and previous experience of working with UX specialists or within cross functional design teams. eCommerce experience highly desirable. What you’ll get in return for your experience In return for your experience you’ll join a team with great design and UX leadership and be part of an exciting digital transformation programme. Initially this role is a 12 month fixed term contract. This role is commutable from the South Bristol area, Bath, Yeovil, Exeter and many areas of North Dorset. What's next? Apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Luxury Retail BrandLocation:LondonSalary:CompetitiveLong-standing Luxury Brand. Competitive Pay and Benefits Package. Warm Culture with Family Feel A luxury British retailer with over 130 years' of heritage is now opening its doors up for an eCommerce/digital CRO Analyst to join the team. This is a new hire for the business, as they look to utilise their data in a more efficient way to increase online conversions, decrease abandonment rates, and ultimately - increase profit! You will be the first hire within analytics and reporting into the Online Trader. As this is a standalone role, we're looking for a pro-active, experienced, confident individual who is going to promote best practices, and want to take the business forward in terms of the information you can get from data, and how it can be used to influence business decisions! What you'll be doing This role hasn't been entirely mapped out which makes it all the more exciting. There will be an element of adding certain responsibilities based on your experience and the tools you are able to use. You'll be confident in making suggestions to improve data capture, be that tools to use or models to put in place. You will raise relevant business questions alongside the rest of the team and senior stakeholders, and produce actionable insights. You'll be keen to get to really understand the customer base - what are they buying? Where are the up-selling opportunities? How do we engage our audience online? Getting to know your competitors will be really important to you so that you're able to keep up with trends within the industry. Your role will also see you managing the activity and relationship with 3rd party CRO partners in delivering programs relating to enhanced user experience. This role will fit nicely for someone who has solid Digital ability with a passion for data and Analytics. You will be utilising the GA platform, engaging with internal stakeholders to define and deliver output which is both analytically robust and commercially focused. Working alongside the Trading and Merchandising teams to capture Market, Competitor and Customer Insights. What experience you'll need to apply for the role Google Analytics / Adobe / IBM analytics experience. Solid A/B – MV Testing experience. Ability to use visualisation software (e.g. Tableau, Power BI, Data Studio) desirable but training offered. Excellent stakeholder management skills. Online luxury/fashion/retail experience is a huge plus. Strong Excel skills are advantageous. What you'll get in return for your experience You will be rewarded with a salary in line with your level of experience, as well as a competitive benefits package. All of these can be discussed on application. What's next? Get in touch with Marlie on 01179 269 530 for more information!
— Market leader in online gamingLocation:LondonSalary:£85k-£110kGrow a team of designers’ at large scale. Incredible office culture & benefits. Central London location. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a Head of Design & UX to join a rapidly growing digital agency within the online gaming space. With modern (seriously impressive) offices, working environment in a league of its own and central London location, this is an opportunity for an ambitious Head of Design/UX to really sink their teeth into, grow a team around you and spearhead the direction of a host of interesting projects. What you’ll be doing What won’t you be doing! In the first instance, you’ll be joining a rapidly growing team made up of UI Designers, UX’ers, analytics & product specialists - You’ll help build, lead and nurture upcoming talent within the agency, all with a forward-thinking approach. It goes without saying, with a role at this level you’ll be well in-tune with modern UX and have your finger on the pulse with current design trends, especially in the UI space. Using your expertise, you’ll put forward, develop and roll-out new innovative, content-led products for the online gaming sector. Leading by example, you’ll be no stranger to getting the very best creative solutions out of your team, ensuring clients have slick, aesthetically pleasing products ahead of competitors. The agency work in cross-functional agile squads, pulling on a host of specialist skill-sets within teams, so there is no doubt collaboration is encouraged at all times. You’ll need to be meticulous and data-driven with UX processes, having already gained solid experience in research, wireframing, prototyping and testing – with an exceptional understanding of all things digital across a multitude of touchpoints. Although you won’t always be 100% hands-on, you’ll still be eager to step in and embed yourself with day to day design challenges when needed. What experience you’ll need to apply Have led & built design/UX teams from the ground up. Strong working knowledge Sketch, Invision or similar industry standard tools. Have top-notch visual design skills. Be one step ahead with design trends. A portfolio bursting with UI, visual designs & UX case studies. Experience working in agile squads. Passionate about all things digital. A keen interest in the online gaming sector. Proven management experience. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary circa £85k-£110k, 25 days holidays (plus 8 bank holidays), an annual all expenses paid trip (previous locations include Mexico & Thailand), Christmas & New Year shut down, your birthday off, charity days, flexible/work from home options, bonus scheme, health insurance, pet friendly office, learning budget & a host of other fantastic perks (seriously there are too many to list!) What's next? Does this sound what you’re looking for? Apply today with your CV and portfolio/case studies and we can discuss in more detail.
— Growing UX teamLocation:Cirencester, Bristol, remoteSalary:DOEEnjoy flexibility with the opportunity to work remotely where needed. Join a culture where design and UX is truly valued. Create products with high profile customers. We’re looking for UX Designers to join a software company in Gloucestershire. Having reached an important milestone in their design and UX maturity they’re looking to scale up their product design team. This role is based in Cirencester but you’ll be able to work from the Bristol office as well as remotely when needed. What you’ll be doing Sat amongst a cross functional design team you will work across 5 core products for the business. Customers include SME’s as well as large blue chip brands and each product comes with its own unique set of users and challenges. Currently the design team consists of 2 UX Designers and a Visual Designer with scope to grow to 5 this year. Working alongside a Visual Designer means you can focus on understanding the user. Your job will be to conduct research and turn findings into wireframes and clickable prototypes in order to test new design features. Currently the team adopts a lean UX approach and focusses activities around experimentation and testing. This is an exciting time to join the business; the last few years have been spent creating a design led culture. There’s still work to be done (as with any business going through digital transformation) but everyone from front line sales staff through to the senior management team have seen the value of good UX and design has become one of their key differentiators when it comes to competition. In this role you’ll join during a period of growth and investment and a maturing of their market leading product suite. What experience you’ll need to apply Experienced in planning and executing user research. A collaborative approach to design; able to collaborate with visual designers, multidisplinary development teams and non-technical members of the team. Wireframing and prototyping experience (using a variety of modern design tools). Fantastic communication skills. What you’ll get in return for your experience In this role you’ll join a growing design function within an ambitious business. The team has worked hard to bake design into its culture so you’ll find an appreciation for what you do companywide. You’ll be part of taking their product suite to the next level and enjoy working within a business that offers flexibility, a competitive salary and overall a great culture. What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and any supporting UX work in the shape of a portfolio or collection of case studies.
Creative 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