Digital and UI Design jobs and careers
A digital design career involves creating designs for online channels; this could be websites, microsites, email campaigns, digital advertising, motion graphics, app design (Android or iOS) or specific user interface design. Infographics and digital documents could also fall under digital design in some cases.
Why consider a career as a Digital/UI Designer?
If you’re an innovative thinker with a keen eye for design and visual concept, a role within digital design or UI design is an ever-changing field that allows you to marry your imagination to a wide range of digital media including apps, advertising, websites and digital documents. It’s fast moving and a high growth area across the UK.
What a career or job in Digital and UI design may entail…
Depending on your team structure, you could be working collaboratively with Developers and UX professionals as well as other Designers to deliver finished digital designs. Whether you work for an agency or in-house, you will utilise your creative skills and eye for detail to bring graphics, visual effects and animations to life.
Typical role titles include
Motion Graphics Designer
User Interface Designer
Creative Digital Designer
Career progression example
Head of Digital Design
Digital Design Lead
Digital Design Manager
Head of App Design
Head of UI
At an entry level, junior/graduate Digital and UI Designers on average will be earning between £20k-£26k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £26k-£35k and seniors would be looking to earn £35k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
As part of a digital design role, some HTML / CSS may be required, generally speaking not to an advanced level though as this will be fulfilled by the development team. A digital design career is very collaborative, therefore you should also have strong communication skills. Digital Designers are often very intuned with current trends, technology advancements and user experience trends.
What qualifications does it take?
To become a Digital or UI Designer, you will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. These include graphic design, digital media, graphic communication, illustration and fine art.
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— Well-established creative agencyLocation:Bristol / RemoteSalary:DOEJoin an award-winning creative team growing their digital offering. Broad digital output from full design and build to campaign work. Benefit from a collaborative environment, great culture, and flexible working. We’re on the lookout for a Midweight Digital Designer with a breadth of digital experience to join an award-winning agency with strong roots in Bristol. The agency is going from strength-to-strength, so this is a brand-new role to build upon their digital offering. As specialists within their sector, the agency has a large portfolio of clients from start-ups to big name brands. What you’ll be doing The studio is a great place to be – a collaborative, flat structure of talented Art Directors, Copywriters and fellow Designers driving the success of the agency. You’ll be getting involved shoulder-to-shoulder with the team, immersed in every aspect of the creative process in order to deliver beautifully crafted digital designs. With a well-established yet growing portfolio of clients here to sink your teeth in to, this is a great opportunity y to get to know both big name brands and challenger brands alike. Reporting into the Head of Digital, this role will sit alongside another Digital Designer to support the wider agency in the creation of digital campaign work and build upon their digital design and build offering. The work is extremely varied, from web, apps and interactive design to digital adverts, social and email campaigns. With a user-centred approach and knowledge of UX fundamentals you’ll take ownership of briefs from end-to-end; wireframing, prototyping and creating high fidelity designs while working closely with the agency’s in-house developer to execute the end result. With this in mind - you’re already familiar with working within a similar environment. What experience you’ll need to apply A portfolio showcasing your digital design skills; from UI designs to digital campaign work. Experience collaborating with developers and UXers. Knowledge of UX fundamentals and a user centred design approach. Skilled in Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Use and understanding of Sketch, Invision, Adobe XD for interaction design and prototyping. Understanding of HTML & CSS a bonus but not essential. What you'll get in return for your experience Alongside a competitive salary depending on experience, you'll benefit from 25 days holiday, a fantastic office environment and culture, regular company trips (when possible) and wellbeing benefits. What's next? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Tech For GoodLocation:RemoteSalary:Up to £55kJoin a start-up with the opportunity to shape an already hugely successful product. Enjoy remote working long term, with the odd trip to the office (roughly once a month). Create products that positively influence climate change. We’re looking for a Digital Product Designer to join an exciting tech for good start up that’s helping people take climate positive action around the world. A team that’s seen huge success in the last few years, this is an exciting role, designing for a good cause and helping shape a maturing product. What you’ll be doing Joining a small but growing design team you will be working on their main customer facing web product. Due to the size of the team and the maturity of the product you’ll have a lot of opportunity to influence, helping craft the design system and setting the standard for UX processes and practices with the Head of Design. As a Digital Product Designer, you can expect to gather insight as well as put it into action, creating the high fidelity look and feel of interfaces as well as testing prototypes with users. Being part of a start-up means getting stuck in whatever the challenge, so although your focus will be on product, when needed you’ll be on hand to support in other areas like brand, marketing and advertising. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience in a similar role; designing and testing with users. A portfolio full of digital products (whether web apps or native). Great UI skills with experience in creating / contributing to design systems. Experienced in the Adobe Suite and modern digital prototyping tools. Collaborative by nature. Any previous experience within a start-up beneficial. An interest in positively impacting climate change. What you’ll get in return Joining a start-up means having a real opportunity to shape the design and experience of their flagship product. You’ll be using your design skills for good; helping tackle climate change with a progressive team, receive a good salary, pension, holiday allowance and flexible working long term. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV + Portfolio to be considered.
— Award-winning Marketing AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:£19-21kFast-paced, hands-on role. Creative, dynamic office environment. Opportunity to learn and develop within the business. This highly-respected agency is seeking a confident and driven Web Content Editor to service a large, global brand. What you’ll be doing Working with the digital team and reporting to both our web content lead and the online manager for our client, your day-to-day responsibilities will include updating websites, creating and populating new web pages using HTML/CSS, editing and creating content in the CMS, and producing imagery using Adobe Photoshop. You’ll frequently liaise with international offices and work closely with the wider marketing team to maintain the site and ensure all information is accurate. In addition, you will communicate with clients over email and through their webmaster request tool, advising them on any issues and outlining best practice on processes. What experience you’ll need to apply A minimum of 3 months’ web content experience. Ability to use HTML/CSS to build basic web pages. A good working knowledge of Photoshop. Sound computer literacy and keyboard skills. A natural proficiency for working with people from multiple cultures. (Language skills are not a requirement.) Excellent written and verbal communication. The ability to prioritise tasks based on different time zones (the client has offices in South-East Asia, for example). Experience of using a CMS. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary of £19-21k is on offer, along with a pension scheme, private medical insurance, cycle to work scheme, and great training and development opportunities. Plus, you’ll be joining a friendly, creative office environment very close to the centre of Bristol. What's next? Send through your CV and get in touch with Rina ASAP for more info.
— Global Technology BrandLocation:WiltshireSalary:DOEBe part of an entrepreneurial business. Work with a unique product range of physical and digital products. Flexible working, good holiday allowance and fantastic on-site amenities. We’re looking for a Senior UI Designer to join the innovations hub for a world class brand. What you’ll be doing The UI Designer will sit within the new product team and work closely with other R&D departments on creating UI’s for physical product experiences as well as native applications. As a Senior UI Designer, you will work at a conceptual level to develop new screens, features and interactions. You’ll need to gain a deep understanding of the customer by collaborating with in-house UX specialists and ensure your solutions are well informed and user centred in their design. You will need to be considerate of brand, iconography, typography and motion graphics in your work. As well as providing concepts and prototypes you will see your designs through to highly polished visuals. Being senior means interacting with stakeholders at all levels; you’ll present ideas to fellow team members as well as those across the business in a variety of technical and non-technical roles, including company directors. What experience you’ll need to apply An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite and industry standard prototyping software. Previous experience of mobile first or native app design (IOS & Android). A portfolio full of UI designs that shows your working and process as a designer. Collaborative by nature; able to work with developers, engineers, creatives and insight specialists. User centred in your approach with a good understanding of design thinking. A visual communicator; able to bring stories and concepts to life through sketches and scamps or mood boards. Confident when pitching ideas to senior execs and company directors. What you’ll get in return for your experience In return for your talents you’ll join a truly world class team working with exciting tech and a large customer base. You’ll receive 27 days holiday (+ bank holidays), a performance related bonus, discount on products and more. What's next? Please apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio of work to be considered.
— Digital AgencyLocation:Birmingham / RemoteSalary:Up to £22kBrand new role supporting the growth of an agency. Work on branding and digital design briefs including UI for web and campaigns. Benefit from company bonus, wellbeing perks and a fantastic culture. We’re looking for a talented Junior Designer to join a digital agency based in the heart of Birmingham. The agency works with retailers from the ground up, building a brand and digital offering for their clients. At a time where the agency is flourishing this is a brand-new role to make your own and an opportunity to grow your career as part of a close-knit agency headed up by industry experts. The agency offers flexible working long term with a hybrid working week from office / home. What you’ll be doing Forming part of a small, fast-paced design team, you’ll work closely with the Lead Designer to collaboratively deliver on a variety of briefs including eCommerce sites, branding, and digital campaigns. A typical day would see you crafting UI for a responsive eCommerce site, creating digital ads, or developing a new visual identity for a new brand. You’ll bring an excellent eye for detail, along with some experience delivering on briefs both autonomously and as part of a team environment. The agency is small and collaborative, so you’ll be supporting the Lead Designer from the initial brief right through to execution. Due to the role’s digital focus you’ll have a user centred approach to design, along with some knowledge of UX principles and an understanding of how your designs translate when passing to developers. We’re looking for a tenacious junior designer who would like to become a pivotal part of a design team, contributing to the agency’s future growth plans. What experience you’ll need Commercial experience in a design role, ideally within an agency environment. A portfolio brimming with commercial digital designs (including responsive web). User centred approach to how you work, knowledge of UX design principles. Ability to take briefs end-to-end and work collaboratively. Proficiency in Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Skills in Adobe XD desirable. Motion graphics skills a bonus! What you’ll get in return for your talents Along with a salary of up to £22k depending on experience, there are some fantastic benefits on offer including wellbeing benefits such as on site gym equipment (to use when safe to do so!) and company bonus scheme. What’s next? Please send an up-to-date CV and portfolio of relevant work examples to Lauren to be considered.
— Entrepreneurial TeamLocation:Wiltshire (remote)Salary:Circa £27kJoin a fast-moving start-up with great progression opportunities. Work alongside an experienced Senior UX Designer. Enjoy remote working, with some office based work each week when the situation allows. We’re looking for a Digital Designer to join an entrepreneurial product team in Wiltshire. The team ar ecurrently 100% remote and long term are reviewing this policy, as it stands though it's best to prepare for a couple of studio based days a week when restrictions allow. What you’ll be doing In this role you’ll join a small but growing team of technical experts designing web and native applications. This is an exciting time to join; the product is already in use and some major new customers have been acquired leading to millions in revenue. Up until last year design and development had been outsourced to get the product in good shape but now real investment is going into building an in-house team. You'll be working with a Senior UX Designer and alongside another Designer who joined last year. The Digital Designer will report into the Senior UX designer and support on the creation of user interface designs for mobile, web, social media assets and emails. As well as high fidelity design you’ll aid in the creation of wireframes and interactive prototypes for new design solutions. As part of a tight knit product team you’ll work alongside a product owner, some experienced developers and QA specialists also. This is a supporting role but has great scope for progression as the team and product matures. If you bring a willingness to learn, ambition and a passion for digital you’ll go far. Start-up is fast paced and a great environment for a quick learner who has passion and drive in abundance. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a world class product and learn and develop key skills in digital and UX along the way. What you’ll need to be considered Commercial experience working in a digital design or UX Design position. A portfolio of digital designs that include user interfaces for web and mobile, email campaigns and social media. Experience of wireframing, prototyping and storyboarding beneficial. Any experience of working Agile beneficial. Confident with an array of modern design tools; in particular Adobe CC and Figma. A self-starter, able to work with little guidance when needed. Passionate about digital in and outside of work. A relevant degree in design or digital media. What you’ll get in return for your talents You’ll join the team at ground level when it comes to design. The product has been built, customers acquisitioned and there’s an exciting roadmap ahead for growth. You’ll enjoy flexible and remote working beyond the current situation, great opportunities to grow and a salary to match experience.
— Successful Client-side BusinessLocation:BristolSalary:CompetitiveRemote working options. Mix of web optimisation, project management and analysis. Excellent Marketing team with opportunities to upskill. A thriving healthcare company is seeking a driven digital marketing specialist, with strong technical and project management skills, to support with the migration & launch of several new websites. What you’ll be doing Reporting to the Digital Projects Manager, you’ll play a leading role in rolling out new websites, building and populating landing pages, optimising web pages for SEO and using analytics to track performance across the user journey. In addition, you’ll get the chance to upskill and support the wider marketing team with campaigns, such as PPC and email marketing. Finally, you’ll champion website improvements aimed at providing an excellent customer experience, making minor technical changes where necessary to the front-end of the website, or working with the development team to do this. What experience you’ll need to apply Experience in a similar digital marketing role, focussed on web optimisation. A basic understanding of HTML/CSS and the ability to create landing pages. Ability to optimise web pages for SEO. Experience using Content Management Systems. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proactive, self-starter with good analytical skills. Commercially aware with a passion for digital. An understanding of the wider marketing landscape, i.e. PPC & Email Marketing. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary dependent upon experience is on offer, as well as some remote working options. What's next? Get in touch with Rina for more information!
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + LondonType:Salary:Up to £425 p/dayProduct Designer. Up to £425 p/day. Mobile Experience. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Product Designer to work for an award winning, mobile tech company. What you'll be doing Product design for a cool mobile tech business 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 Product Design (Expert). Mobile (Expert). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £425 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— Design for goodLocation:Remote with travel to CornwallSalary:Up to £30kA pivotal role working on integrated briefs with a strong lean on digital design. Design for an agency with good purpose embedded in their ethos. Flexible and remote working options and extra holiday to invest in positive change. This is an awesome opportunity to join an agency who truly make a difference! The agency fuses creative with social enterprise, sustainability and purpose. The business is well-established within their sector, with their own core values mirrored by their partnerships and clients. The agency are based in Cornwall with a flexible working policy, so they're open to remote working with some travel to the studio. What you'll be doing This is a new role forming a pivotal part of this small, close-knit agency who make a huge impact. This role forms part of a team producing engaging and purpose driven design for a range of clients who are changing the world. Working closely with the Senior Creative, designers and content writers, you’ll provide creative ideas and high-quality design execution across integrated channels to promote the agencies long-standing client base. You’ll bring each brands story to life by creating engaging digital and print solutions; with a strong lean on digital. You could be working on responsive web, social, digital playbooks, branding, packaging or infographics, to name a few! Due to the digital lean on projects, ideally, you’ve worked in a collaborative environment alongside developers in the past, or you’ll at least understand how your designs will translate digitally with a user centred approach. The studio is a small but collaborative environment, so this is a real hands-on role that will mean you’ll be involved in the end-to-end process from concept to execution. We're looking for a designer with a can-do attitude, and a personable, inclusive nature. You’ll make your mark beyond design, being an ambassador for the beliefs of the business; getting involved and bringing new creative ideas to contribute to the company’s efforts to drive social and environmental change. If you’re from an integrated background, with an interest in ethical and sustainable business, looking for an opportunity to make your mark beyond everyday design, this role is the one for you! What experience you'll need to apply At least a couple of years’ experience in a design studio, ideally some agency. A portfolio full of integrated designs, including responsive web, brand, and print. An expert in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator). Hands on creative from concept through to execution. Understanding of usability for digital design, ideally experience working alongside devs. Inclusive and collaborative in your nature. A demonstrated belief in positive change and sustainability. What you'll get in return for your experience Alongside a salary depending on experience, you’ll benefit from a flexible working day, various discounts and extra holiday allowance and paid volunteering hours to give back to social and environmental change. What’s next? Please apply with an updated CV and a relevant portfolio (including any design or work for good causes) to be considered.
— Work for ADLIB!Location:London or Bristol (Fully Remote Option)Salary:£Basic, Comm, Share optionsJoin a well-respected, 100% employee owned, B Corp Certified recruitment business. Enjoy a truly engaging and collaborative team environment with the entire business supporting you every step of the way. You bring the attitude and ambition and we’ll provide you with every possible tool you could wish for, a highly successful marketing programme and a personal development plan to ensure you earn well and achieve great things. Since 2001 we’ve immersed ourselves in the Design, Marketing, eCommerce, Data, Technology and Science communities. Out of this has arisen a highly respected and experienced team, regularly called on to share their unrivalled knowledge and connect the finest talent with tech disruptors and well-backed ambitious start-up innovators, thriving SMEs, agencies of all shapes and sizes, challenger brands and large international powerhouses. It’s all grow here at ADLIB and with a clearly defined road map in place we’re looking to recruit an experienced senior recruitment consultant with an expertise in the design sector. The key is matching our ethics, ambition and commitment to achieving the next stage of growth. What you’ll be doing We’re looking for an experienced senior design recruiter who’s in recruitment for the long game. An ambitious, committed and professional recruitment consultant that wants to take advantage of our brand, knowledge, platform and industry contacts and support our growth. As the ADLIB brand expands throughout the UK we’re engaging with an ever increasing portfolio of clients. You’ll make things happen, see everything as an opportunity, get a kick from breaking down doors, creating new relationships, whilst working within a structured and effective manner that builds long term business relationships. Building effective, meaningful and trusted candidate relationships that last years will be as important as developing your client base. Rest assured we’re hugely established with a team that cross sells and supports each other at every opportunity. Right now we are overwhelmed by opportunity in front of within the design sector, you’ll be here to help us capitalise on that. You’ll quickly see we’re home to numerous go-to consultants who have spent years building their personal brand within their markets - They achieve this through building their knowledge, networking and sharing insight and expertise. You’ll capitalise on ADLIB’s ever growing presence, partnerships and relationships to support your quest to develop opportunities. You’ll be supported by a team approach to winning together, in the quest to collectively strengthen our proposition and success rates. In short, you'll have a team of 30 plus consultants behind you, ready to share their industry and client knowledge. What experience you’ll need A successful track record in design and creative recruitment goes without saying. We want to hear from recruiters, recruitment consultants, call them what you like, who share our behaviours and bring a genuine interest for one of the sectors we operate in. On a personal level you’ll want to work for one of the UK’s only B Corp recruiters, truly committed to using business as a force for good. You’ll be well equipped to dig deep, source and build relationships with candidates and clients alike – the ability to immerse yourself in their worlds, network and build trust will be essential to your success, alongside maintaining ADLIB’s reputation within a busy market place. You’ll have impeccable communication skills, attention to detail, enjoy winning business and creating opportunities for the short and long term. You’ll also enjoy ditching the suit and work for a company where you can take the role wherever you want to. What you’ll get in return for your talents Expect an adult environment (remote or office based!), a base salary in line with your experience and previous success, bonus structure, 27.5 days holiday (plus bank holidays), health scheme, share options after 12 months, seriously nice offices (when you choose to visit), employee council, flexi-time, company lunches and drinks / pizza Fridays (drinkers, non-drinkers, vegans, veggies, you'll be in good company) and most importantly, you'll be joining a collaborative team that'll have your back from day one and support you every step of the way. What next Please get in touch with Nick to talk further.
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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