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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 Jan

    Hot Jobs Senior UX Designer

    — Make your career count at a leading UK charity

    Central London
    £37K + WFH
    Flexible working hours and work from home. 30 days holiday. 2 hours a week dedicated to self-development. We’re looking for a Senior UX designer to join a well-known charity in London. What you’ll be doing  You’ll sit in the UX team which includes service design and research – reporting to the lead UX. As a team of 6 you’ll be creating products and services that will genuinely be changing people’s lives. Day-to-day this will be a varied role and work on each stage of the user experience lifecycle. You’ll be working with user researchers to ensure qualitative and quantitative data is understood and turned into improved services. Contribute to a growing design system by defining design principles and producing artefacts including wireframes and prototypes. Working closely with Product Designers and senior stakeholders you’ll also lead user research projects, testing activities. An important part of the role is lead internal workshops to bring stakeholders across the business on board with user experience. The UX team is established but still growing in size and capability and your voice counts! You’ll be encouraged to lead change across the organisation through research-sharing and introducing your findings. You’ll mentor and manage junior designers supporting and developing their skills. This is your chance to educate other teams in product vision and User experience, especially the importance of best practices. In this role you’ll be designing services that are used by an incredibly varied user base. You’ll be helping people from all walks of life get access to life changing support and by making information more accessible and user focussed - you’ll be making a big difference.  What experience you’ll need to apply   Good knowledge of UX design: from prototyping and defining best practices, to being able to spot opportunity from user insights.  User research methodologies & persona construction. Including running qualitative and Quantitative research sessions. Proven ability to design responsive website and apps. Past success in facilitating ideations sessions to create organisational change. User testing expertise and cross-functional, collaborative working skills. Figma / Sketch / Axure / Balsamiq and wireframing capabilities. Experience of mentoring more junior teammates.  Bonus points if you understand HTML & CSS! Top notch stakeholder management skills. Public showcasing/publication of your work would be a real advantage. Confidence and personality! What you’ll get in return for your experience  Work-life balance is taken very seriously here. So, you’ll get 2 hours a week for your own personal development, as well as work from home options, flexible working hours and a whopping 30 days holiday with 8 bank holidays. When you are actually in the office however, it’s fair to say, you’ll get an unparalleled start in your UX career, with a vast range of experience to be garnered here. What's next?If this role has your name on it, please apply with your CV and Portfolio.
  • 28th Jan

    Web Optimisation Executive

    — High-Performing Digital Team

    Growing FS business.  Drive conversions by optimising user journeys  Excellent culture and company benefits.  As a key member of an innovative & data-driven Marketing team, you will closely support the Website & Optimisation Manager & wider eCommerce team to improve brand and customer experience through digital best practice. What you’ll be doing Within the role you will design, manage, implement, and optimise the company website and online journeys. Effective development of digital strategies for website & user journeys will ensure that they contribute to, and complement, the business objectives and performance targets. You will also be responsible for important analysis across full digital user journeys. This will include performance analysis of the website, as well as identifying CRO tests to demonstrate ROI and conversion against key metrics.   You will also have strong collaborative working relationships with the wider marketing team, to ensure messaging and campaigns are aligned and are optimised for improved online conversion. What experience you’ll need to apply Interest and strong knowledge of website optimisation and development, including: content management systems, HTML and website journeys.  Relevant experience working with digital tools, including Google Analytics. Knowledge of A/B test & MVT testing.  Planning, analytical and prioritisation skills and the capacity to think strategically.  Excellent attention to detail  What you’ll get in return for your experience  This is a great opportunity to be part of a transforming business and you will be rewarded by a highly social team culture and competitive salary of up to £30k. You will also receive a fantastic benefits package, which includes 22 days holiday, life assurance, and excellent facilities (gym, café, restaurant).  What's next?Please send through your CV to Rina for more information. 
  • 24th Jan

    Senior UI Designer

    — Member Owned Brand

    Upto £60k
    Work for a member led, user centred business.  Enjoy fantastic benefits including an exceptional pension scheme. Work as part of an evolving product design and service design culture. We’re looking for an experienced UI Designer to join one of the UK’s most trusted financial services brands.    What you’ll be doing This is financial services with a difference; member owned and user centred. You will join the brand at an exciting time in their evolution and in the midst of real investment in digital transformation.  Joining a cross functional product team you will work closely with UX designers, service design specialists, content creators, user researchers and developers. Supported by expertise, insight and data from the wider team you’ll create and improve experiences across online banking, mobile banking, in branch and even ATM interfaces.  The business has practices UX for some years so you can expect to join a culture pushing for and investing in user centred design. In recent months the team has grown with a number of key senior hires across UX design and research so you can be assured you’ll be supported by a great senior team. As well as the opportunity to dig into complex design challenges you’ll work as part of a business you can be proud of; a brand with one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings for it’s sector, a team recognised as a stonewall diversity champion and one that puts members first. What experience you’ll need to apply An experienced visual designer you might call yourself a user interface designer, experience designer or product designer.  A portfolio full of UI designs across web, mobile and other digital touchpoints.  Highly skilled in the Adobe Suite as well as other contemporary design tools (such as Sketch). Experience of working in a variety of product design methodologies from Agile to Waterfall. Comfortable working in cross functional, multidisciplinary teams. Any experience within financial services a benefit. Be comfortable working from Bristol or Swindon when necessary. What you’ll get in return for your experience  You’ll enjoy a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance, an exceptional pension scheme (of up to 23%!), a performance related bonus and access to a variety of flexible benefits.  What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio or collection of case studies to be considered. 
  • 24th Jan

    UX Designer

    — Sustainable Brand

    Upto £35k
    We’re on the hunt for a multidisciplinary UX Designer to join one of our clients in Gloucestershire. The opportunity to work from Bristol 2 days a week is available. What you’ll be doing This is the opportunity to join a pioneering green technology brand and the first of its kind (in the world). The business prides itself on being environmentally concious to its core, in providing exceptional customer service and in providing ethical pricing to its customers. The UX Designer will report into the head of digital and be embedded within the digital marketing team. UX practice is still in its infancy so there’s a real opportunity to help shape and define processes and practices. For this reason the UX Designer will play the role of a generalist to run research projects, create wireframes, prototypes and conduct user testing. In this role we could consider a graduate with a relevant degree or a more experienced hire who has established themselves within a commercial role. What experience you’ll need to apply Passionate about user experience, preferably with some commercial experience. A degree in design, product, computer science or psychology highly desirable. Great communication skills; comfortable dealing with people from all backgrounds. Experience of designing web-based or native app products and services. Comfortable using modern design tools (e.g Adobe CC, Sketch, Invision, UXPin). User centred and data led; able to gather and make use of qualitative and quantitative data. Passionate about environmental causes and sustainability. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join a team whose missions is genuinely to make the world a better place. You’ll enjoy a relaxed culture that offers flexibility and an open and collaborative working environment day to day. What’s next? Please apply with an up to date CV along with any relevant case studies of your work.
  • 24th Jan

    Creative Communications Manager

    — FTSE 250 Financial Services firm

    Create content and engaging communications.  Working an agile environment and guide a creative team.  Online and offline marketing, especially direct marketing.  We are working with an FTSE 250 Financial services firm to appoint a Creative Communications Manager. You’ll create content and communications for marketing campaigns across a variety of channels and work closely with your squad and the design team to bring these campaigns to life. What you’ll be doing  You’ll be responsible for creating engaging a relevant content for both contents led and offer led marketing campaigns. You’ll work closely with the PR and search teams to come up with campaign ideas and bring them to life via multiple channels. You’ll be a specialist in at least two or more product areas and stay on top of the latest news, developments and trends that affect their products and target markets. You will need a detailed understanding of the target markets and audiences aligned with a grasp of the marketplace as a whole. You will also own the content for their products webpages and work with the digital optimisation team.  What experience you will need to apply  Knowledge of online and offline marketing techniques and strategies, particularly direct marketing Offer-led and content marketing best practice Good understanding of financial products and markets Excellent written and verbal communications skills Experience of writing communications for multiple channels and segments   What you will get in return for your experience  You’ll be offered a competitive salary in line with your skills and experience and a range of benefits and perks.  What next  If this sounds like it could be something of interest, please get in touch with a copy of your most recent CV and a short cover letter.  
  • 23rd Jan

    Digital Creative Director

    — Independant Agency

    Lead the digital creative proposition for an independent agency. Become part of the senior team with genuine influence on growth and proposition. Enjoy a great working environment with real career opportunities. We’re looking for a Digital Creative Director to join one of our Bristol based agency partners. This role comes at an exciting time of growth for the business. What you’ll be doing Independent and operating for over 20 years this Bristol based agency has been bringing integrated design solutions to big name brands in technology, financial services and education (amongst others). Over the past few years the team have honed their digital skills and delivered a number of major projects in this space, this new role along with other key hires across account management, creative and planning represent an exciting period of growth for them. In this role you’ll provide creative direction for digital across a wide variety of touchpoints; whether it’s large scale digital systems, creative campaigns or brand activation. You’ll be able to spot opportunities with existing clients as well as help the agency win increasingly large scale and complex digital briefs. You’ll work with an experienced team of creatives and support with hands on management, creative guidance and mentoring. As well as providing senior and strategic support you’ll get hands on when needed to lead the team from the front.   This role comes at an exciting time for the agency; you’ll work with a great team and have the opportunity to help carve out a newly refined digital offering for the agency. You will be the expert in digital and be afforded all the support to lead the way creatively and strategically in this space. What experience you’ll need to be considered A Creative Director with a proven background in digital. Broad digital experience including campaign, web design and build, app and UX. Engaged within the wider digital community, aware of the latest trends and passionate about technology. Experience of managing creative teams. Used to working with UX specialists and in practicing user centred design.   Client facing and always looking for opportunities to do more. What you’ll get in return for your experience. In return for your experience you’ll get ownership as a digital leader within the agency and be supported by a fantastic senior team. You’ll receive a competitive salary, good holiday allowance, company pension scheme, access to a training budgets, cycle to work scheme, regular socials and more.  
  • 23rd Jan

    Lead Digital Designer

    — Growing agency with a brand focus

    Up to £40k DOE
    Lead on digital design projects for the business. Play a pivotal part in the agency’s creative offering. Opportunity to make a role your own and grow a team. What you’ll be doing This is a unique role with great opportunity to lead and expand the agencies’ creative offering. After a recent rebrand this small agency has ambitious growth plans, so this is your chance to play a key part in getting to know their existing clients and deliver projects for their growing client base. You’ll report into and work closely with the Creative Director and the senior team to produce pixel perfect designs from concept to execution across a range of digital channels. Typical projects could include anything from branding and development, to full web builds, web apps, landing pages and occasionally some print. With a strong digital focus on projects, and some projects with an element of CRM, it’s essential you’re familiar with UX design principles to ensure a user centred approach to your designs, in order to optimise the flow of traffic to each site. Ideally, you’re familiar with wireframing to map out your designs and have experience working with both CMS systems and handing designs over to developers. This is a small agency environment, so we’re looking for a switched-on creative who can lead on projects end-to-end and step in for the Creative Director when required. That said, you’ll also be confident communicating with clients and presenting your ideas. What experience you’ll need to apply You'll need at least a few years’ experience, some within an agency. A portfolio that showcases your digital design and polished UI skills, including polished UI designs (Brand application across various digital channels including response web) A natural communicator, comfortable pitching and presenting to clients. Knowledge of UX design principles, particularly user journeys. Confident leading on projects end-to-end. Ideally skilled in wireframing, using Sketch, Invision or similar. What you’ll get in return for your talents Alongside a competitive salary of up to £40k + benefits, you’ll join an agency at an exciting time of growth with the opportunity for autonomy and collaboration in a pivotal role. What’s next? Apply today with your CV and your portfolio of digital work.
  • 21st Jan

    Creative Artworker

    — Packaging and Brand Activation

    Join a specialist agency with deep sector knowledge. Work with worldclass brands in FMCG. Learn from an experienced team. We’re looking for a Creative Artworker experienced in packaging and in-store artwork collateral to join a specialist agency in Bristol. The agency is open to candidates at a Junior or Mid-Weight level. What you’ll be doing  For more than 20 years this agency has been collaborating with the biggest names in FMCG to put great creative ideas on the shelves up and down the UK. You’ll be joining an experienced team of design, artwork and client services people based in a fantastic office space on the outskirts of Bristol.  As a Creative Artworker within the agency your focus will primarily be on producing branded packaging artwork but will also include artworking point of sale executions and shopper marketing collateral when needed. This is largely a technical role so you’ll be working with the Lead Artworker and designers to artwork their ideas but you will have the chance to get creative and work with others to adapt branded assets for a variety of different formats and design approaches from time to time. You'll need to be organised and have great attention to detail with your work; you’ll manage a wide variety of creative assets, prepare files for reprographic print standards and proof check / approve finalised designs.  As the agency delivers packaging artwork for world class FMCG brands, ideally you’ll bring some experience of artworking for on pack creative with you with some knowledge of working up solutions for front and back of on shelf products. Otherwise, if you've some agency artworking experience and you're looking for a break in to the packaging world, this could also be a role for you! What experience you’ll need to apply •    Previous experience in a technical artworking or creative artworking position.•    Ideally have worked with packaging and in-store creative in the past.•    An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).•    Be able to evidence commercial artworking projects in the portfolio.•    Have great attention to detail and some knowledge of on pack design.•    Be passionate about good design craft and excellent execution, always take pride in your work.•    Be a team player and great communicator. What you’ll get in return for your experience   In return for your experience you’ll join an agency team that knows FMCG and packaging inside out. You’ll be working alongside experienced people (including the directors) so plenty of opportunities to learn from others and develop your career. The agency has a great culture so you’ll enjoy working with a sociable team and being part of a tight unit that has eachothers back. You’ll enjoy a contemporary and nicely kitted out agency space to call home.  What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio of relevant artwork to be considered. 
  • 14th Jan

    Senior Creative Developer

    — Touch screen, progressive, big clients

    Represent big name clients through interactive presentations.  Small agency with plans for growth and leaders in their market. Opportunity to make a role your own with room for progression. Are you a digitally focussed Creative Developer? Are you bridging that unique gap between designer and developer?  This is a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Creative Developer to join an ambitious and growing agency in Bristol.  If this is your niche area, then this could be the role for you. What you’ll need An ability to translate client ideas, content and brand into visually powerful and immersive experiences A desire to learn and explore new creative tools specifically for creating touchscreen experiences e.g., Ventuz Experience and sound working knowledge of JavaScript incl. ES6, HTML, CSS and SCSS, CSS animations and transitions, Vue JS Strong time management skills and commercial awareness Strong use of Adobe CC packages and prototyping tools such as InVision, Figma & XD Be able to inspire the studio and mentor junior designers and developers Simultaneously project management You’ll need some proficiency with the more data-driven, logical parts of applications Good to have Knowledge of Greensock, including Timeline and SVG Morph PHP, MySQL and/or GraphQL (you could help with back-end and CMS) Experience with REST APIs Version control (Git) UNIX environments, bash (you could help with DevOps) What you’ll be doing You’ll not only work hands on with development, concepts and designs but also to help nurture and grow a team of talented creatives. This will suit an established creative who’s got the desire to do more; you can make the role your own and be a key part of shaping an established agency very much on the up. You’ll be involved in the creation of web design, interactive presentations, infographics, motion graphics and touchscreens. Also, PWAs (progressive web applications) in Vue.js, SPAs (single page applications) in Vue.js and responsive static microsites and web tools in HTML, CSS and JS.  The focus is on conveying complex information simply and clearly in engaging and innovative ways, it can involve the latest in interactive technology and requires a truly creative individual to not only get under the skin of a client and their business but to get their message across in a commercially viable and impactful way. What you’ll get in return You’ll be treated as an adult with the opportunity for flexible working, work on interesting internal projects and best of all never put your own development at risk.  A competitive salary of up to £50K DOE and a great, creative benefits package.  You’ll be encouraged to go to talks and have the opportunity to develop your skills through training and collaboration.  Pension, discretionary bonus (incl. financial & extra days off), 22 days’ holiday + bank holidays, extra day off for your birthday, agency outings, evenings and ‘research’ trips, drinks fridge and a pool table. It's an incredible opportunity! What’s next? Like the sound of this one? Are you that person? Send your CV and details in now to Tareek for more info (01179268530).
  • 3rd Jan

    UX/UI Designer

    — Exciting Cardiff Start-Up

    Upto £40k
    Work with an exciting start-up business in partnership with a big name brand. Enjoy a great office space with an on-site gym, games room and top location. Play a key role in the businesses UX maturity and design capability. We’re looking for a UX/UI Designer to join one of Cardiff’s most exciting start-ups. Though they’re a start-up they have the backing of a hugely successful and well established brand in their sector. You'll join the business as they invest further in the product and their users in this great role.  What you’ll be doing The UX/UI Designer is a newly created role for the business and will focus on the design, prototyping and testing of their B2C website and flagship app. You will improve existing journeys as well as design new features. To begin with this role will sit within the existing marketing team and work closely with the CTO, marketing director, a CX specialist, graphic designer and the wider development team. As the product offering grows it’s likely the UX and design team will evolve in line with this and break out into its own function. In this role we need someone with an entrepeneurial spirit and a fairly multidisciplinary skillset. The UX/UI Designer will be creative with a good understanding of brand and what this means for digital product design, user centred in their approach and able to work in an iterative fashion. This role will act as the bridge between design and development and play a crucial role in the evolution of the service.  What experience you’ll need to apply Experience within either a user experience role or user interface design capacity but with some skills in both. Evidence of UI designs you’ve produced and the user centred approach taken to get there. Able to test your ideas and produce wireframes and prototypes as part of an iterative design process. Experience of working on Fintech or financial services products desirable. An entrepreneurial spirit, self motivated and driven to succeed. Experience of working on native apps desirable (IOS & Android). Familiarity with usability tools (such as Hotjar, Crazy Egg or Decibel insight) Comfortable working in Agile/Scrum environment. What you’ll get in return for your experience  You’ll enjoy some great benefits including private medical cover, flexible working, a contemporary office space (as part of a creative community of businesses), onsite gym a games room and more. What's next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio or case studies showcasing the desired experience.

Creative 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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