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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— Top Challenger BrandLocation:LondonSalary:Upto £90kJoin an ambitious team with plenty of opportunities for progression. Take design ownership for a crucial suite of products and tools. Enjoy working as part of a rewarding and truly inclusive culture. We’re looking for a Digital Product Designer to join one the UK’s leading challenger brands. What you’ll be doing As a Senior Product Designer, you’ll be leading on the design of internal tools and systems. The business has experienced a meteoric rise to success over the last few years and with over 4 million customers now using their products the time has arrived to mature their own tools. You’ll be working with a varied set of products that have evolved as the business has grown. Your job will be to get under the skin of how these are currently working, what can be improved and how to create a more holistic suite of products that will serve the team long into the future. Day to day you’ll be working in a cross functional team so will partner with PM’s Data Scientists, User Researchers, Engineers and Writers to ensure what you’re making is based on the right insight, is bult well and delivered effectively. Your role will be end to end from research through to UI design, though the deep user insight will be provided by dedicated researchers. You’ll also be part of the wider design discipline and work closely with a talented team of designers that meet regularly so they’ll be plenty of opportunities for inspiration and collaboration with peers. What experience you’ll need Though you’ll be working on internal systems we’re looking for someone that’s been part of a team shipping B2C products in the past. You’ll understand systems design and how a variety of products can be brought together for more holistic experiences. You’ll need Experience throughout the entire product lifecycle. A great communicator and collaborator with great workshop facilitation skills. Have worked as part of cross functional agile teams in the past. Be strategic and able to contribute to the strategy and vision for your product area. Be self-managing and comfortable as part of a flat management structure. What you’ll get in return You’ll enjoy a good salary, share options, a mature flexible working policy, generous holiday allowance, private health insurance and L&D budget. You’ll also be part of a great culture that puts huge important in creating a diverse and inclusive environment for it’s people. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV + portfolio to be considered.
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £400 p/dayUX/UI Designer. Remote Working - Bristol Client. Up to £400 p/day. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a UX/UI Designer to work on an exciting project - for a Client that is seeing an increase in demand for their niche products. What you'll be doing Working for a rapidly growing company, based from your home office - fully remote working with no requirement to go onsite at this stage. What experience you'll need to apply for this role UX Designer (Expert). UI Design (Expert). User Research (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £400 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV/portfolio and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— Meaningful ProjectsLocation:Bristol (remote)Salary:DOEJoin a fast growing consultancy that is renowned for delivering outstanding work on meaningful projects Be part of a team with a genuine commitment to being a brilliant place to work. Work 100% remote for now but with long term flexibility with 2 office based days a week in the future. We’re looking for a Senior Service Designer to join a brilliant service design consultancy in Bristol. We also have junior to midweight roles available. 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 As a Senior Service Designer you’ll be leading on research projects, facilitating workshops with clients and bringing solutions to life through sketching and prototyping. Working as part of a cross functional team on discoveries and alphas you’ll collaborate with researchers, project managers, developers, product people, clients and agency partners alike. You’ll be working closely with clients becoming a trusted partner, helping them to understand their users and evolve their services over time. What experience you’ll need You are looking for a meaningful challenge You want to work somewhere where you can do your best work You are driven by your values and want to focus your effort on projects that reflect those values. You love working in the first diamond You have an open collaborative mindset, you know you don’t have all the answers You love working in a fast-paced agency environment 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 are familiar with working alongside agile delivery teams (partners) You have strong visual communication skills You are confident choosing the right fidelity at the right phase. This isn’t a UX design role but whiteboards, sketches, storyboards, diagrams and low fidelity clickable prototypes are part of your toolkit You are confident running design research - both discovery and evaluative You are able to work remotely for now and in the future comfortable with two days a week in the Bristol studio You have proven commercial experience in service design and are comfortable leading on design and research projects that tackle complex problems. You have great people skills and stakeholder management experience 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.
— 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 junior / middleweight 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 ideally 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.
— Marketing AgencyLocation:Bristol / RemoteSalary:Circa £28kJoin 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 including some remote working. We’re looking for a Copywriter 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. The role is currently remote, but the agency has roots in Bristol so some travel to the studio will be expected long term. What you'll be doing Forming part of a talented, close-knit creative team you’ll be delivering insightful and attractive copy for consumer brands across various digital channels including web, apps, email and DM. Reporting into the Conceptual Copywriter you’ll be working shoulder to shoulder with a collaborative team of specialists, including designers, strategists, art directors, developers and a fellow copywriter. There will be a key focus on campaign work, so you'll bring a track record of writing digital short form copy to deliver briefs that will drive tangible results. In addition to this, you'll support the wider team longer form copy such as presentations, blogs and case study writing. This role calls for a true problem solver with a tenacious approach and the ability to think on their feet to deliver on a variety of briefs at pace, be it more complex copy, reinventing a piece of work or a fresh new idea! The agency works with some big-name consumer brands, and this role will focus on one of their key accounts in the main. We’re looking for a writer who will be a safe pair of hands with problem solving briefs and presenting to the design team, senior stakeholders and clients alike. The team are currently working remotely and when the time is right will be looking for a new home in Bristol, with plenty of continued flexibility offered. With that in mind, we're open to hearing from copywriters in different locations who are comfortable with regular travel to Bristol. What experience you’ll need Commercial background in copywriting within an agency environment. A portfolio full of copywriting examples, ideally digital campaign work. Excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail. Hands on with both thinking up concepts and executing copy. A team player who thrives when collaborating to solve a problem. Confident leading on briefs when needed and presenting ideas to clients. 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 of work to be considered.
— Marketing AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Circa £38k 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, or conceptual Digital Designer 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. The team are currently working remotely and when the time is right will be looking for a new home in Bristol with plenty of continued flexibility. With that in mind, we're open to hearing from copywriters in different locations who are comfortable with regular travel to Bristol. 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.
— International FMCG Clients (6 month FTC)Location:Bristol/ RemoteSalary:Up to £40kMarketing Project Manager opportunity to join one of the South West’s finest creative agencies. Fixed term contract starting immediately running for 6 months, potentially longer. Work with international FMCG brands. This is a brand-new opportunity for an experienced integrated marketing and brand Project Manager to join an award-winning agency in Bristol where you’ll play a lead role in the delivering significant campaigns are delivered in line with their vision and objectives. What you’ll be doing As Project Manager, you’ll work closely with the client services team cross-functionally across a variety of accounts, including multi-million-pound FMCG brands. We are talking high profile, strategic, brand led international campaigns for you to get your teeth into from day one. The projects will primarily be packaging design projects but also include branding. You will maintain a clear and concise project brief, ensuring communications are delivered timely to ensure all projects meet the brief for the wider business, clients and stakeholders. As Creative Producer, you will naturally have the ability to foresee where risks may lie ahead and mitigate them where possible. You will manage the resource, budget targets, managing systems and working closely with internal teams from client services, digital producers and creatives to review the size and scope of projects. What experience you’ll need Ideally you will have gained your experience in a creative, branding and packaging agency as a Project Manager or even a Studio Manager/ Traffic Manager with client facing responsibilities. As this role is client facing it’s important that you possess strong communication skills and the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels. Experience of managing projects throughout the full lifecycle from taking the brief, documentation, budget management, resource management, through to delivery. You will have the ability to work in a cross functional fast paced environment Have a proven background of delivering creative led campaigns and assets – branding or packaging are highly desirable. As this is a fixed term contract you will need to be available and able to commit for the full duration of the contract (initially 6 months). The role will initially be fully remote but will likely involve going into their Bristol s Studio 1-2 times per week, so you need to live within commutable distance. What you’ll get in return for your talents As Project Manager you can expect a salary in the region of £30k - £40k along with the opportunity to work with a portfolio of globally recognised brands. This role is a 6-month fixed term contract but there is a real opportunity to get extended or even for this role to go permanent. What's next? If this sounds of interest, please get in touch with Fran at ADLIB for further information. They are looking to interview ASAP, apply today and you could be in the role within the next few weeks!
— Impressive Independent AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £75kLead digital strategy for a wide range of exciting clients. One of the most exciting agencies in the South West. Competitive salary and great benefits. This is a key role in a growing independent agency where you’ll have the opportunity to shape the digital futures of some amazing clients. You’ll deliver real impact for world-leading brands through innovative strategic thinking. What you’ll be doing No day will be the same in this role. You’ll work across a broad range of challenges, from digital product/experience, campaign and transformation. It’s imperative that you have the capacity to look at things differently, challenge the obvious and bring fresh and unique thinking to solve the problem. The outputs will need to demonstrate a greater level of future ambition for the agency and for clients, stretching clients beyond their comfort levels to inspire a braver digital future for their brands and for their business. Drawing on your understanding of macro trends, new technologies and ways of working you’ll need to be able to proactively create and convert opportunities with new and existing clients , as well as have the skills to turn that vision into a reality - building the case for investment and taking people on that journey with you. Whilst the role will sit in the strategy team, collaboration is key to this role and you’ll be working closely with other strategists, data/digital analysts, technical architects, developers, account delivery teams as well as with multiple client stakeholders. What experience you’ll need You’ll already be established as a senior strategist/planner or consultant with proven experience of delivering commercial results based on great insight and strategic direction – and be looking to take a step up into a ‘lead’ role. Be a provocative thinker and innovative problem solver – able to inspire senior clients. Be a digital enthusiast with a proactive desire to keep well versed on new digital trends and technologies and how to best implement them to get results. Have exceptional communication and client handling skills. Customer research experience (qualitative and quantitative) at both implementation and management levels. Have experience of leading/mentoring more junior team members. What you’ll get in return for your talents Alongside a competitive salary of up to £75k (entirely dependent on experience), flexible working, generous holiday allowance, fun social events (pre and post lockdown!) you will be joining a team of world class digital experts doing some excellent work for their clients all whilst maintaining an inclusive, sociable and relaxed working environment. What’s next? For more information please contact Hannah at ADLIB.
— Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + BathSalary:up to £250 p/dayBrand Designer. Up to £250 p/day. Remote Working. 2 month initial contract opportunity, for a Brand Designer to work for a superb, Bath based Marketing Agency. What you'll be doing Working for an amazing Marketing Agency, based from your home office - remote working with no requirement to go onsite at this stage. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Brand Designer (Expert). Strategic Briefs, Visual Identity, Brand Development (Advanced). Portfolio (Essential). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £250 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV (with a portfolio) and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— Global integrated agency with digital offeringLocation:GloucestershireSalary:Up to £40kInspire a team of designers to produce engaging design work. Work as part of a Global agency with great benefits. Join a company who invests in personal development and training. This is an opportunity to join a globally recognised agency based in Gloucestershire, as one of their Senior Designers. The agency works with a wide variety of clients, so you’ll be designing across a host of platforms for some of the nations most recognised brands. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a range of digital briefs for some world class clients. What you'll be doing Working closely with the Design Lead, your day to day will be made up of designing unique UI, emails, web assets, mobile apps and print collateral. You'll be inspiring a team of equally passionate designers as you work on the concepts and designs that make up a bunch of great national campaigns. Forming part of a large agency team of creatives, you’ll be working closely with fellow designers and copywriters to create engaging design solutions from concept through to execution. You'll be as comfortable pitching to new clients as you are getting stuck in on briefs to deliver high quality designs. You could be from an integrated background, but you thrive when producing digital work and understand the thought process behind User Experience to create unique and effective UI designs. What experience you'll need At least a few years agency or in-house experience. A portfolio full of UI Designs, including responsive web. Experience leading projects from concept to execution. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign). Skilled in Sketch or Invision. What you'll get in return for your talents There is a salary of £40k up for grabs and you'll enjoy a great benefits package including discounted leisure centre membership, life insurance and breakfast buffet on Mondays! The company also invest in personal training and development. What's next? Like what you hear? Apply today with a CV and portfolio showing your best work.
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