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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— 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.
— 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.
— Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + BathType:Salary: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.
— Global sustainable tech businessLocation:LondonSalary:Up to £36kEvolve a successful brand and design for integrated channels. Join a values-driven team in a role with huge potential. Benefit from excellent L&D opportunities and a desirable company culture. We’re looking for an ambitious, integrated Graphic Artist who is fluent in Italian, to join an in-house marketing team. The business is immersed in sustainable tech, so this is a great opportunity for a Designer to apply their skills to create for a great cause! With several offices globally, this role is based in their Central London HQ with frequent communication with the Milan office. What you’ll be doing Reporting into the Head of marketing, this is a brand-new role to support with the creation of engaging content across multiple channels including print, motion and digital. This role will work closely with the Global Lead, Marketing and Comms teams to help evolve and promote the brand, designing integrated marketing materials and ensuring consistency across their creative output. The briefs will be varied; your day-to day could include designing printed brochures, PowerPoint presentations, events collateral, digital banners, social media assets, the list goes on! Liaising with external photographers and videographers to shoot content, you’ll be getting stuck in with post-production; turning your hand to retouching images and video editing (if you have the skills!). The company invests in learning and development, so there is opportunity here to grow your skillset and gain video skills if you’re a novice in this area. We’re looking for a designer who will be a safe pair of hands, comfortable taking briefs from concept through to artwork and liaising with cross-functional teams. This role will suit a designer with an ambitious, collaborative mindset who is keen to make an impact and contribute to the company’s sustainable mission. What experience you’ll need to apply Fluent speaker in both English and Italian. Commercial design experience within an in-house marketing team. A portfolio full of designs for marketing materials (Print essential, ideally some digital) Understanding of brand guidelines and consistent roll out. Experience taking ownership of briefs from concept to execution. Confident liaising with cross-functional teams, and external stakeholders. Knowledge of print processes and taking designs through to artwork. Interest in sustainability and driven to create change! Fluent in Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Any skills in motion graphics a bonus (Premier Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro). What you’ll get in return for your talents A salary of up to £36k (dependant on experience), excellent learning and development opportunities, the chance to develop a brand and drive the creative output in a brand new role, and create an impact as part of a purpose driven business. What's next? Apply now with your CV and a portfolio full of integrated design examples to be considered.
— Enterprise Product TeamLocation:Remote with some travel to Cirencester / BristolSalary:Upto £50kJoin a business with an established design practice and user centred team. Enjoy flexibility and remote working long term. Enjoy a good salary, private medical cover and a host of other benefits. We’re looking for a UI Designer to join a software team with offices in Bristol and Cirencester. The role can be largely done remote but with some travel to either office once every couple of weeks. What you'll be doing The team have been building software for two decades and have a comprehensive suite of products that’s used by top employers in retail, law, banking, the NHS, local government and a whole host of diverse SME’s around the globe. The last few years the team have made big improvements in UX process and practice. As a UI Designer you’ll now be joining a department of 7 perm design specialists with skills in UX and UI and work as part of a cross functional team on projects. In this role you’ll be looking after the the detail of UI Design. Working closely with UX designers, product owners and developers you’ll have all the insight and testing needed to make well-crafted user interfaces that have user feedback at their core. You’ll help shape an evolving design system and always be looking to evolve the visual language in keeping with contemporary design standards. This is a great opportunity to work with an established suite of products but equally one that you can really put your stamp on. What experience you’ll need You’ll need experience in a similar UI focussed role. You may have UX and UI responsibilities in your current role, but this will focus on UI deliverables. Have created and maintained design systems in previous roles. Comfortable working from concept to execution, collaborating with UX, product and developers along the way. Strong understanding of typography, iconography and colour theory. A great communicator, able to bring design ideas to life for others. Able to travel to Bristol or Cirencester at least once every couple of weeks. What you’ll get in return You’ll receive 25 days holiday, private medical, flexible working options, a pension, life assurance and a range of other perks. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV + portfolio to be considered.
— Ambitious eCommerce TeamLocation:LondonSalary:Circa £30kJoin a truly entrepreneurial team with great progression opportunities. Design for a varied portfolio of brands. Receive a good salary, pension scheme, bonus and fantastic working environment. We’re looking for a Designer to join one of the UK’s fastest growing eCommerce brands in London. The role sits within a fresh, growing design team with the opportunity to work on a variety of briefs including digital asset creation, retouching and print briefs such as packaging. What you’ll be doing Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies this multi-national online retailer is looking for a Designer to join their in-house design studio. As a Designer you’ll help create for brands across the company’s portfolio that include lifestyle products, personal care, health and home appliances. You’ll be part of a small but growing creative team and design for digital content, social media, packaging and help shape the look and feel for a diverse collection of brands. You'll also support retouching, working with compositions of product photography and renders to be used across marketplace sites, along with assisting on product photo shoots with art direction and styling. Reporting into the Head of Design you will work alongside 2 designers, a 3D design manager and a specialist artworker. You’ll work closely with both the eCommerce and Marketplace teams too. This is a fast paced studio so you can expect to be kept busy with a real diversity of projects and be part of a business that’s truly ambitious. What experience you’ll need Previous experience within a similar design role. A portfolio full of digital assets (including social and web content) Fantastic knowledge of both digital and print processes and practices. Experience retouching or compositing images in Adobe Photoshop. Confident user of Adobe CC, proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. An entrepreneurial spirit, comfortable working with a fast paced and ambitious team. Excellent attention to detail. Motion graphics skills in After Effects or Premier Pro also a plus. What you’ll get in return This represents a great opportunity for a Designer or that’s looking for real progression. You’ll be joining a team with truly inspiring leadership and join at a time when the design team is receiving real investment to grow. You’ll receive a good salary, a generous pension, a bonus and a very social culture full of likeminded people. What's next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and Portfolio of relevant work to be considered. Naturally we'll be looking for evidence of digital design work, across social and web content. Although not essential, if you do have any experience with packaging design, we'd love to see this work!
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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