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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— Member Owned BrandLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £60kWork 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.
— Independant AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:DOELead 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.
— Growing agency with a brand focusLocation:BathSalary:Up to £40k DOELead 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.
— Packaging and Brand ActivationLocation:BristolSalary:DOEJoin 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.
— Exciting Cardiff Start-UpLocation:CardiffSalary:Upto £40kWork 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.
— Modern, innovative and flexible environmentLocation:BristolSalary:£45K + Flex WorkingInnovative and modern agile environment working towards digital transformation. Remote and flexible working. Real focus on training and development - get accreditation for your work. The purpose of the role is end-to-end User Experience Design and ultimately, to provide the company with a better understanding of users and audiences. What you’ll be doing As part of a cross-functional team, you’ll be working through the discovery phase conducting field studies, user research and usability testing trough to work-shopping and high-fidelity prototyping. This is a versatile role; you will be using skills from each part of the UX process daily. The team is modern and mature with a flat-structure and a supportive, flexible nature. The products are high-profile with international users and audiences. What experience you’ll need to apply Proven knowledge around design principles. Passion for innovative solutions and good experience in user research. Solid background with 360-degree, end-to-end UX Design. Rapid prototyping/ high fidelity prototyping. Workshopping and face-to-face field studying What you’ll get in return for your experience You won’t be standing still! In this company, you’ll be encouraged to progress while earning accreditations. The environment is adult and flexible with a modern tech-first approach to work and team collaboration. You’ll have support of a UX and UI team and some great company discounts and benefits! What's next? Get in touch with Cece (Cecilia) Dakowski to get the ball rolling!
— Gloucestershire - 6 Month ContractLocation:GloucestershireType:Salary:up to £400 p/dayUI Designer. Gloucestershire - £400 p/day. 6 Month Initial Contract. Superb opportunity for a Mid-Weight UI Designer, to work at an exciting Gloucestershire-based financial services. What you'll be doing Using Sketch & Adobe Creative Suite to create mock-ups & digital assets for this prestigious FS brand. Supporting the development team & UX Designers in the delivery of first-class user interfaces. What experience you'll need to apply for this role UI Designer (Mid-Level/Mid-Weight). Sketch (Advanced). Adobe Creative Suite (Advanced). 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 and I will be in touch to discuss further.
— Fantastic Global AgencyLocation:GloucestershireSalary:Up to £40k DOEInspire 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 fantastic agency as a Senior Designer. You'll be designing across a host of platforms for some of the nations most recognised brands. 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. You'll be as comfortable pitching to new clients as you are getting stuck in on briefs and collaborating with the team to create engaging design solutions from concept to execution. 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.
— Award-winning housing groupLocation:DevizesSalary:Up to £21k DOEA brand-new role to make your own. Join an established business with a growing design team. Benefit from flexible working and unlimited holiday. We’re looking for a Junior Designer with both graphic and motion design experience to join an in-house comms team based in Devizes. This is a brand-new role to grow in to, with great opportunity across the wider business.What you’ll be doingJoining this growing housing development group, you’ll be reporting directly to the in-house Senior Brand Partner, working alongside an established team of designers who collectively support an award-winning comms team.This is a varied role working across multiple channels; we’re talking anything from print brochures and annual reports to online video content for web and social. With the growing need for engaging motion graphics content for online campaigns, you’ll need experience using After Effects and Premier Pro to design motion graphics in a commercial setting.The business has offices in both Devizes and Andover, so this role will call for travel between the two regularly, so you’ll need a full driving license and your own mode of transport for this one.Ideally, you’ve some commercial experience under your belt in a similar role, but we’re also open to hear from graduates if you’ve completed a design internship as part of your studies.It’s essential you’re confident with all four Adobe packages – After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.What experience you’ll need to apply At least some commercial experience in a design role (internship or paid). A portfolio of integrated marketing designs, including some moving image. Solid understanding of Adobe CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Confident using After Effects and Premier Pro, with some motion work produced in a commercial setting. Knowledge of print processes, and experience taking designs through to artwork. Ability to juggle several projects at once. Own driving license and mode of transport essential. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join a successful business that it’s growing, gaining ownership over a brand-new role for the team. You’ll also receive autonomy over your holiday with their unlimited holiday model, flexible working options, healthcare benefits, high street discounts and more!What's next?Please apply with a portfolio (PDF under 10MB or website) and showreel to be considered.
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- 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.”
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- 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.”
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