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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— 1 Week Booking.Location:Holt (Bath)Type:Salary:DOEWork closely with a fantastic agency. Content design & development. Potential future bookings. I’m on the look-out for an eLearning Content Designer to help out one of my agency clients for a solid 1-week booking commencing 29th July 2019. What you’ll be doing You’ll be coming on board to help out with a design brief for the eLearning sector. This will be based onsite in Holt (near Bath) where you’ll work closely with the rest of the agency. We need someone with a good working knowledge of Adobe Captivate. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous eLearning content design experience. Have availability for the whole week commencing 29th July 2019. MUST have experience in using Adobe Captivate. Good understanding of the wider eLearning sector. What you’ll get in return for your experience A competitive day rate, working with a bunch of lovely agency folk & potential for future freelance bookings. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— World Class BrandLocation:WiltshireSalary:Competitive DOEDesign and execute nationwide campaigns. Be part of a truly market leading creative department. Enjoy a good salary, flexible working and generous holiday. Were looking for a Midweight Digital Creative to join a leading creative studio in Wiltshire. This role sits within the internal marketing agency and will produce a wide range of creative campaigns for the business. What you'll be doing Reporting into the Digital Creative Head you will work closely with a talented team of designers, copywriters and content strategists to deliver digital campaigns to a nationwide customer base. Embedded within the internal marketing agency and with a close relationship to data and analytics the Midweight Digital Creative will develop Global campaigns for nationwide market execution across web, digital advertising, social, CRM and retail. Working with a big name brand means well-defined guidelines but you will be expected to push both the creative and technical boundaries of digital campaign, knowing how to get the most out of the brand and always pushing for innovation. You'll need some knowledge or user centred design and UX best practice, a broad digital skillset, as well as a drive to develop and grow with a market leading brand. What experience you'll need to apply At least a couple of years' experience in a design role with digital output. A portfolio full of digital design solutions. Confident within the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator). Expert knowledge of integrated marketing and associated channels. Used to working at pace and on large scale campaigns. Agency or fast paced in-house creative studio experience attractive. Strong stakeholder management experience, able to confidently communicate with people at all levels of a business. What you'll get in return for your experience In return for your experience youll join a world class marketing team and be instrumental in defining the visual language they use for digital campaign work. Youll work in a collaborative and fun environment that offers flexible working, an onsite gym and 27 days holiday + bank holidays What's next? To be considered please apply with an up-to-date CV and supporting portfolio of digital work.
— Global Packaging AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £50k DOEGain global experience. Work with internationally acclaimed brands. Play a key role in growing the agency in Europe. We’re currently on the lookout for a Senior Designer to join an established packaging agency who is building out their UK offices in Bristol. We’re looking for packaging design specialists who need to be strategic, conceptual and know packaging, branding and identity like the back of your hand. What you’ll be doing Joining their new Bristol office you’ll work with other designers (including a remote team) to produce eye-catching consumer packaging for a range of globally recognised FMCG brands. As for products, you’ll work across food, beverages and personal care. As a Senior within the agency you’ll work closely with the existing Creative Director; who has a deep understanding of their clients and the packaging world on the whole. You’ll create concepts for a range of big names and take your ideas through to highly polished designs that push the boundaries of contemporary packaging. The agency is well-established in the US so you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with the global offices remotely on a regular basis. What experience you’ll need to apply Extensive experience within the FMCG/Packaging industry. An outstanding portfolio of commercial Packaging designs (Ideally food/beverage/homecare). The portfolio should also highlight your process/rationale. Strong typographical skills. Be flexible in your approach to design. Able to collaborate creatively, working with remote teams. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite/CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) What you’ll get in return for your experience Joining the agency you’ll work with a truly international client base and be an important part of helping to grow their European presence. This is a great opportunity to build a long-term relationship with an agency that is going from strength to strength. A competitive salary is also up for grabs and summer hours that include an early Friday finish. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Global Packaging AgencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £60k DOEGain global experience. Work with internationally acclaimed brands. Play a key role in growing the agency in Europe. We’re currently on the lookout for a Design Director to join an established packaging agency who are building out their UK offices in Bristol. We’re looking for a packaging design specialist who needs to be strategic, conceptual and know packaging, branding and identity like the back of your hand. What you’ll be doing Joining their new Bristol office you’ll work with other designers (including a remote team) to produce eye-catching consumer packaging for a range of globally recognised FMCG brands. As for products, you’ll work across food, beverages and personal care. As Design Director you’ll work closely with the Creative Director to lead the creative team by overseeing projects and getting involved in the full design process; utilising your craftmanship teamed with your deep understanding of the packaging industry as a whole. You’ll create concepts for a range of big names and take your ideas through to highly polished designs that push the boundaries of contemporary packaging. The agency is well-established in the US so you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with the global offices remotely on a regular basis. You'll be a head figure who'll be representing the agency by presenting well considered solutions to client briefs, so it goes without saying you're an articulate communicator with the ability to not only inspire the team, but their global client base too. What experience you’ll need to apply Extensive experience within the FMCG/Packaging industry, some of which in a similar or Senior role. An outstanding portfolio of commercial Packaging designs (Ideally food/beverage/homecare). The portfolio should also highlight your process/rationale. Strong typographical skills. Be flexible in your approach to design. An articulate pitcher and presenter. Confident managing projects end-to-end without guidance. Able to collaborate creatively, working with remote teams. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite/CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) What you’ll get in return for your experience Joining the agency you’ll work with a truly international client base and be an important part of helping to grow their European presence. This is a great opportunity to build a long-term relationship with an agency that is going from strength to strength. A competitive salary is also up for grabs and summer hours that include an early Friday finish. What's next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Digital Transformation For Leading BrandLocation:GlastonburySalary:Circa £50kWe’re looking for a UI Design Lead to join the in-house design and experience studio for a well known brand. You’ll work closely with the Head of UX Design and provide design leadership for their digital transformation programme. What you’ll be doing The Lead UI Designer will join a UX/UI team of 6 (+ contract support). This is a hands on role focussed on providing user centred visual design for web and email as well as visual direction and leadership for other designers within the team. The business itself has invested in growing out it’s in-house digital capability and this role is an important step in their journey. There is a huge opportunity here to work with a major brand yet still have the influence to make genuine change and help shape their future online. As a lead you will engage with senior stakeholders across the business; working closely with the Head of UX you will help to evangelise user centred design across the business. With exceptional design craft skills you’ll deliver quality as well as help to up-skill those in the business who are less digital savvy. This role is initially on offer as a 12 month fixed term contract. What experience you’ll need to apply Exceptional design craft skills, in particular User interface design for responsive web. A confident design leader, able to lead by example and inspire others to create great work. Big brand experience, understanding of organisational change and how to make a creative impact with a commercial mindset. A user centred approach to design and previous experience of working with UX specialists or within cross functional design teams. eCommerce experience highly desirable. What you’ll get in return for your experience In return for your experience you’ll join a team with great design and UX leadership and be part of an exciting digital transformation programme. Initially this role is a 12 month fixed term contract. This role is commutable from the South Bristol area, Bath, Yeovil, Exeter and many areas of North Dorset. What's next? Apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Market leader in online gamingLocation:LondonSalary:£85k-£110kGrow a team of designers’ at large scale. Incredible office culture & benefits. Central London location. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a Head of Design & UX to join a rapidly growing digital agency within the online gaming space. With modern (seriously impressive) offices, working environment in a league of its own and central London location, this is an opportunity for an ambitious Head of Design/UX to really sink their teeth into, grow a team around you and spearhead the direction of a host of interesting projects. What you’ll be doing What won’t you be doing! In the first instance, you’ll be joining a rapidly growing team made up of UI Designers, UX’ers, analytics & product specialists - You’ll help build, lead and nurture upcoming talent within the agency, all with a forward-thinking approach. It goes without saying, with a role at this level you’ll be well in-tune with modern UX and have your finger on the pulse with current design trends, especially in the UI space. Using your expertise, you’ll put forward, develop and roll-out new innovative, content-led products for the online gaming sector. Leading by example, you’ll be no stranger to getting the very best creative solutions out of your team, ensuring clients have slick, aesthetically pleasing products ahead of competitors. The agency work in cross-functional agile squads, pulling on a host of specialist skill-sets within teams, so there is no doubt collaboration is encouraged at all times. You’ll need to be meticulous and data-driven with UX processes, having already gained solid experience in research, wireframing, prototyping and testing – with an exceptional understanding of all things digital across a multitude of touchpoints. Although you won’t always be 100% hands-on, you’ll still be eager to step in and embed yourself with day to day design challenges when needed. What experience you’ll need to apply Have led & built design/UX teams from the ground up. Strong working knowledge Sketch, Invision or similar industry standard tools. Have top-notch visual design skills. Be one step ahead with design trends. A portfolio bursting with UI, visual designs & UX case studies. Experience working in agile squads. Passionate about all things digital. A keen interest in the online gaming sector. Proven management experience. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary circa £85k-£110k, 25 days holidays (plus 8 bank holidays), an annual all expenses paid trip (previous locations include Mexico & Thailand), Christmas & New Year shut down, your birthday off, charity days, flexible/work from home options, bonus scheme, health insurance, pet friendly office, learning budget & a host of other fantastic perks (seriously there are too many to list!) What's next? Does this sound what you’re looking for? Apply today with your CV and portfolio/case studies and we can discuss in more detail.
— High Growth Technology BusinessLocation:HampshireSalary:Up to £28k DOEJoin a fast growing, industry leading business. Lots of training and growth opportunities. Fantastic team culture with a passion for the work that they do. We’re on the lookout for a Mid-Weight Designer to join a high growth technology business in Hampshire. The business is expanding quickly; they’ve got a client list made up of some of the biggest names in consumer technology. What you’ll be doing Reporting in to the Head of Design, you’ll be working alongside fellow designers, copywriters and the wider marketing department to produce engaging creative communications for a wide range of well-established retailers. One day you could be supporting the marketing department with designing integrated collatoral to promote the business, the next you could be collaborating with the creative team to re-invent an internal brand to roll out across various channels, including digital such as motion graphics. Ideally you’ve some integrated design experience, but if you’re a master at offline print, then there will be the opportunity to progress your skills in to digital. We're looking for a designer who is conceptual in their approach, a master of typography and layout, as well as confident taking briefs end-to-end. What experience you’ll need At least a couple of years’ experience in a design studio agency or client-side. A portfolio full of integrated designs, including print through to artwork. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). Ideally some B2B experience. After effects desirable but not essential. What you’ll get in return for your talents Join a business that will enable you to develop and grow, the team has one of the most open, inclusive and flexible environments on the South Coast. They’ll nurture you and give you the tools that’ll enable you to succeed. On top of this, there’s a salary of up to £28k on offer. What’s next? Sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Large B2B OrganisationLocation:LondonSalary:CompetitiveGlobal organisation. Large, well-established business. A market leader within their field. A Global company is looking for an experienced Senior Bid Coordinator to join their team in London. You will be a crucial member of the team, with the main function of managing bids and supporting the management of the project pipeline. What you'll be doing You'll communicate intentions to bid with the Business Development Manager, review bid documentation, ensuring commercial and legislative requirements are met and participate in bid kick-off meetings. Other main components of your day to day will consist of Creating bespoke content, ensuring submissions are well written, challenging any content that falls short of the expected standard. A keen eye for detail is massively important within the role as well as being highly organised. As you will be assisting in the design and production of Client presentation material, a basic knowledge of InDesign is definitely a plus! You will support the pipeline by identifying leads, opportunities and bids, and use the CRM system to accurately record the bids and organise and lead bid touchdown meetings. You will capture and share model answers and refined project descriptions, collate, share and disseminate best practice and lessons learned from bid feedback and attend bid coordinator team meetings to gain progress updates, maintain communication and ensure submission best practice. As you will be liaising with external and internal stakeholders, a confident communicative ability is essential within this role. What experience you'll need to apply Previous marketing, business development and bid coordination experience. Strong copywriting and copy editing skills. Previous experience in coordinating and managing tight deadlines. Excellent communication skills. Confident, proactive character, with the ability to take the lead in challenging situations. Ability to problem solve and think on your feet. Excellent computer and IT skills including; Adobe Design Standard (InDesign specifically), Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience of using spreadsheets and databases. Typing speed of at least 40 wpm. Previous experience within an architectural practice, construction or engineering industries would be an advantage. What you'll get in return for your talents You'll receive a competitive salary and have the opportunity to work on some exciting and interesting projects. You'll be working in modern offices in a central location, with an on-site canteen, fitness facilities, and break-out areas for creative discussions. You'll be working for a market leader and a business that has developed a global reputation for over 40 years. What next? If this role looks exciting to you please give Marlie a call on 01179269530. If it's not quite the right fit feel free to reach out and let us know what you are looking for!
— 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 a bonus. 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.
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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.”
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