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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— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + OxfordType:Salary:Up to £300 p/day "Outside IR35"Mid Level Designer. Up to £300 p/day "Outside IR35". Digital, Print & Animation. 3 month initial contract opportunity, for a Mid Level Designer to work for a superb agency. What you'll be doing Working for an amazing agency, based from your home office - remote working with optional office space. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Digital Designer (Mid). Adobe, Retouching etc. (Advanced). Agency Experience (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day "Outside IR35", 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.
— Up to £40,000 salaryLocation:CheltenhamSalary:£30,000 - £40,000Help shape the visual landscape Competitive salary up to £40K benefits Flexible working available We’re looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to join an established manufacturing organization based in Cheltenham. What you’ll be doing?Brand management and evolution Ensure all design work is undertaken within the key parameters of the Group’s existing brand guidelines while evolving the creative approach in line with audience and project needs and supporting the development of refreshed brand guidelines Graphic Design Develop design solutions to support a range of communications objectives for internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to: Social Media, Website and Intranet touts, banners and animations Online and interactive documents including magazines, brochures, reports Digital signage and online campaigns PowerPoint Presentations Conceptual brand development for projects and initiatives Templates and toolkits Printed materials, including brochures, posters, leaflets, merchandise Project management Develop and maintain an accessible and searchable key asset library containing images, logos, guidelines, elements, templates and re-usable content Provide briefs for photography commissions, analyse contact sheets, upload images, input tagging and meta-data, seek approvals as appropriate Manage the team’s relationship and license requirements with online resource providers This will be a hybrid home and office-based role, with an occasional requirement for travel within the UK and internationally. Who we are looking for? We are looking for someone with the following qualities and experience: Significant related creative design experience from working in-house or within an agency Ability to combine blue sky creative development with excellent attention to detail Capability across the design spectrum from concept development to technical preparation for online and print Fully conversant with the full Adobe Creative Suite Good Microsoft Office skills including excellent PowerPoint skills Highly organised, able to prioritise tasks and manage time to ensure delivery to deadlines Resourceful, adaptable and creative, with the ability to come up with innovative ideas and remain calm under pressure Acts with integrity at all times seeks and acts on feedback, proactive at identifying opportunities for personal and professional development What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a competitive salary £30,0000 - £40,000. You’ll also receive an excellent benefits package Flexible working What's next?If you’re an experienced Graphic Designer and are interested in finding out more, then click to apply now or contact Dominic
— Digital Communications ManagerLocation:CheltenhamSalary:£45,000 - £55,000Industry-leading organisation Competitive salary up to £55K and benefits Flexible working available/excellent career progression/work with the best in industry We’re looking for an experienced Digital Communications Manager to join an established manufacturing organization in Cheltenham. This is the ideal opportunity for a talented Communications professional with either Digital Communications or Digital engagement experience. What you’ll be doing? Digital channel management Maintain and improve the Group’s digital channels aligned to business needs, best practices and user experience, including: Website and microsites Social media channels Intranet Content and image repositories Content hosting platforms Technical management and liaison Provide the interface and project management on behalf of the team to support the effective deployment of solutions such as: Digital signage and offline solutions Apps and QR codes Live event platforms and webcasting Communication and collaboration tools Content and community management Create and manage social media engagement plan Curate and schedule content for social media channels Undertake community management activities Facilitate digital ‘community of practice’ initiatives across the Group What experience you’ll need to apply A digital communications practitioner with extensive, related experience Demonstrable track record of digital strategy delivery Strong technical skills and knowledge, exercises sound judgment Can balance business objectives with audience needs Outstanding project and stakeholder management experience A digital expert, skilled in the application of a wide range of digital communications solutions Organised and structured, with the ability to think big picture while managing the detail Able to prioritize tasks and manage time to ensure delivery to deadlines Resourceful, curious and forward-thinking A good communicator, willing and able to help others understand and embrace digital tools Acts with integrity at all times seeks and acts on feedback What you’ll get in return for your experience? This is a great role offering a competitive salary - up to £55k for the right person. You’ll also receive an excellent benefits package Flexible working (2 days in, 3 days working from home) What's next? If you’re an experienced Digital Communications Manager and are interested in finding out more, then click to apply now or contact Dominic
— Full service creative agencyLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £45k DOEJoin a collaborative team and create for branding and campaigns. Work with a strong, growing portfolio of big-name brands. Benefit from flexible hybrid working, wellbeing perks and personal development coaching. We’re looking for a Senior Creative / Visual Designer to join a full-service agency based in the heart of Bristol. The agency has some ambitious growth plans after a few client wins, so they’re looking to bolster the team with a talented Creative who is both conceptual and hands on. The role is full time with a flexible hybrid working week. What you’ll be doing The workload will be diverse and across a range of briefs - from integrated campaigns through to employer branding and print projects. You’ll play a key part in the creative team, working across a broad range of clients in both the B2C and B2B worlds, across a wide range of global industries. Reporting in to the Associate and Creative Directors, you’ll be work closely with a team of creatives from copywriters to designers and strategists to create concepts and deliver visuals for their portfolio of clients. You’ll be an ideas-led creative with excellent design craft and the ability to visualise your ideas across a breadth of channels; your day-to-day will see you creating for branding, comms and integrated campaigns. In this role you’ll be thinking up and developing concepts, alongside taking your designs right through to highly polished visuals. Leading on projects you'll be regularly presenting your ideas to clients, collaborating with designers of different levels and will bring a great attitude towards mentorship and inspiring juniors to support the wider team. What experience you’ll need Some commercial experience in a senior creative or conceptual designer role, or similar, within an agency environment. A portfolio brimming with branding and integrated campaign projects. Ability to work on briefs from initial concepts through to execution. Prior experience presenting ideas to clients. A collaborative nature with a keen interest in mentoring juniors. Fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). What you’ll get in return In addition to a competitive salary of up to £45k, you’ll benefit from 25 days holiday and birthday off, Christmas closure, lunch and learn sessions, wellbeing benefits such as massages and yoga sessions and fantastic offices. As an agency they have ambitious growth plans and support career development so you’ll have the opportunity to progress as the agency and team grows. What's next? Apply now with your CV and a portfolio demonstrating your conceptual and design skills.
— Start-upLocation:London / RemoteSalary:Upto £100k + EquityCreate tools for the design community. Work with a start-up backed by major names in the design and technology industry. Enjoy flexible working, equity and many lifestyle and learning benefits. We’re looking for a Senior Product Designer to join a start-up team creating tools for designers. With some of the best-known design teams as customers and global ambitions this is an exciting role. The role is on offer on a hybrid basis with just one day onsite in London. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a business that is revolutionising the way design and development teams collaborate. The product is used by over 1300 customers with a strong presence at the enterprise level but supports businesses of all kinds, helping them create better products. Designers will be your users so you’ll have an opportunity to create valuable products that your community will be using. Joining a start-up means helping shape things. You’ll be the 2nd Senior on the team but with the business planning to triple in size over the coming years there will be huge opportunities to grow. You’ll be in a multidisciplinary role involving research and design from low fidelity to high fidelity. You’ll no doubt have your area of expertise but broad experience working from discovery, through delivery and into iteration will key to success. As the team scales design and research roles may become more specialised. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a design role that’s included research, low and high-fidelity design and testing. A portfolio that demonstrates user centricity and shows your approach to problem-solving. Any start-up / scale-up experience will be valuable. Able to work 1 day a week from London. What you’ll get in return Alongside working with a great team you’ll enjoy flexible hours, equity, monthly and annual personal budgets for learning, physical and mental wellbeing and food, free yoga, wellness and fitness classes, monthly socials and 25 days holiday allowance. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and a portfolio or case study showing your process as a designer.
— Luxury Fashion Brand.Location:Berkshire / remoteSalary:£38-40kJoin a well-established, luxury fashion brand with huge growth plans. Excellent opportunity for progression and longevity. Flexible working. This successful fashion brand has been running for just short of twenty years, so they are highly established within the marketplace. Having gone from strength-to-strength, they are now seeking a passionate and creative Social Media and Digital Content Creator to join their fantastic marketing team. What you’ll be doing Working closely with the Head of Marketing, you will be heavily involved in the creation of engaging content to push across all the brand’s platforms with a strong focus on social and digital channels. Experience within the luxury (ideally fashion) industry is important, as my client needs somebody who can adopt the brands language, tone and visual aesthetic. In this fast-paced and exciting role, you will be required to develop a thorough understanding of the brand identity and target audience to create brand-aligned innovative and commercially effective digital content. Focusing on the digital and social media strategy, your main remit will be to increase brand awareness and engagement. You will need to be organised and creative, as you will be building a content plan in line with the seasonal marketing calendar. You’ll need to combine your excellent writing skills with the ability to also create engaging videos and photography to be used across all social channels and support organic traffic growth using SEO best practices. This is a hugely varied role, and you’ll need to be a real team player as you’ll also be working closely with the Comms Manager to write, review and edit content for all online channels, but also work collaboratively with the Digital Marketing Executive to manage all the social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube etc. Working together, you will develop innovative content-creation ideas of campaigns and collaborations with influencers, with the wider goal of expanding the brands social reach and engagement. Further to this, you will be supporting the creative execution of paid social media, display and programmatic campaigns to drive customer acquisition and assist the creative team with the design of promotional materials. What experience you’ll need to apply A Digital Marketing qualification is highly desirable. Strong experience in social media. Highly analytical and experienced in reporting, particularly with Google Analytics. Strong editorial copywriting skills. The ability to film, edit videos or short films. A good understanding of Illustrator, Sketch, and Photoshop. A good understanding of mail marketing, ideally Klaviyo. Excellent Communication Skills. Highly motivated, creative and hardworking. Experienced in working within the fashion industry (or similar). What you’ll get in return for your experience A generous salary of £38-40k is on offer, as well as a range of other fantastic benefits. Please enquire with Alice for more information. What's next? This is an urgent requirement so please send your CV to Alice to be considered ASAP.
— Ambitious Global BusinessLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £30k DOEJoin a marketing team and design for integrated channels. Be part of a global independent business supporting the healthcare industry. Central Bristol office, 1 day remote and early finish on Fridays. We’re looking for a Graphic Designer to join a global business based in central Bristol. The business sells specialist products to Clients based in UK and abroad (mainly US and Australia), and this role will support the marketing and wider teams with the creation of integrated marketing assets. Based in their offices in Bristol, the business offers 1 day a week remote, and an early Friday finish. What you’ll be doing Reporting into the Marketing Manager, this role will play a pivotal part in the creative output for an in-house marketing team. You’ll be designing for integrated marketing assets and maintaining consistency across all design output, ensuring the brand is represented on all channels effectively. The work will be varied and briefs will include digital banners, emails, infographics, catalogues, brochures, large format print and motion (if you have the skills.). As sole designer you’ll be taking each brief from concept to artwork right through to production. You’ll be working closely with the marketing team, supporting in the creation of product imagery, resizing and creating pack shots and uploading to the website. For more specialist campaigns photography and videography is outsourced, so you’ll be liaising with external stakeholders to produce content when needed. In this role you’ll be working with cross-functional teams, collaborating with external agencies, and liaising with freelancers, so you’ll be a natural communicator with the ability to change lanes quickly and be confident working both autonomously and as part of a team. What experience you’ll need to apply Commercial experience creating print and digital assets for marketing. A portfolio full of integrated marketing designs (including print and digital). Strong typography and layout skills. Confident communicating with cross-functional teams and with external stakeholders. Fluent in Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Skills in Motion (After Effects or Premier Pro a bonus.) Experience with Umbraco or similar platform a plus but not essential. Interest or prior experience within healthcare or medical a plus. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary of circa £30k depending on experience + 25 days holiday, annual 10% bonus, pension scheme, healthcare cashplan, life assurance, cycle to work scheme and early finish Friday. What next? Apply now with a recent CV and relevant portfolio of work.
— Insurtech Start-UpLocation:London / RemoteSalary:Upto £90k + equityLead an experienced team of product and brand designers. Join a tech scale-up as part of their next phase of growth. Equity available along with other great benefits. We’re looking for a Head of Design to join a tech scale-up based in London. The business received Series A funding in 2019 and are swiftly working towards Series B with an aim to gain investment in 2022. With a creative office workspace on offer, the role is majority remote with some need to work from the office in London. What you’ll be doing You’ll be working on an insurtech product that’s helping revolutionise the insurance industry. The first of its kind in the UK and a real success story now with more than half a million customers. There’s still plenty to do, including shaping several new product areas, all with the goal of giving people flexibility, freedom, and fair pricing. As Head of Design you will lead a team of experienced product designers, brand experts and content designers. You’ll also work closely alongside an experienced tech team and with researchers, ensuring designs are evidence based and truly user centred. When it comes to product you’ll be working on a native app (Android + IOS) a customer facing website and internal tools and systems. A proven leader you’ll help drive consistency across brand and product and have a history of working with multi-disciplinary teams, bringing people of all backgrounds together to create great products. You’ll help shape the ever-evolving design system as well as work individually with designers to keep visual design standards high and drive improvements. What experience you’ll need Prior experience in a Head of Design or design leadership role. Experience of native IOS / Android products highly desirable. Previous experience of building and scaling multidisciplinary design teams. Applied knowledge of creating or maintaining a design system. From a hands-on design background yourself. Prior experience within a start-up / scale-up environment desirable but not essential. What you’ll get in return Alongside a competitive salary of up to £90k depending on experience, you’ll also receive equity, enhanced parental leave, flexibility and remote working, perks and discounts, training and development budgets and a number of health and wellbeing benefits. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV to be considered. A portfolio is preferred but not essential, we still want to hear from you.
— eCommerce agency with sustainable focusLocation:Bristol / RemoteSalary:Circa £30kProduce digital designs for eCommerce and web. Create for purpose-led, ethical brands. Benefit from a creative co-workspace, private healthcare + progression. We’re on the lookout for a Digital Designer to join an eCommerce agency in central Bristol. The agency delivers eCommerce and digital solutions for a variety of brands with a sustainable focus, and this is an awesome opportunity to be part of their growth plans. There is a remote first approach to working, with a creative co-workspace on offer part-time. What you’ll be doing Reporting into the Creative Director, working closely with in-house developers and a pool of freelance designers, this role will take the reigns as the first in-house designer, creating eCommerce sites and websites for some fantastic sustainable brands and businesses. Day-to-day you’ll be getting under the skin of client briefs and delivering digital designs end-to-end, from wireframing through prototypes to high-fidelity UI designs. You’ll be user-centred in your approach, with knowledge of UX principles and how to apply those to your designs. In a pivotal role leading on briefs, you’ll be confident communicating with clients to present your ideas, as well as collaborating with developers to execute your designs. As the agency grows there is real opportunity for progression here, so this is a chance to join a team at an exciting time and help evolve their offering. What experience you’ll need to apply Commercial experience designing for digital end-to-end. A portfolio full of UI Designs for web and ideally, some eCommerce too! Knowledge of UX principles and a user centred approach to digital design. Confident dealing with clients and presenting your ideas. Ideally some experience designing for eCommerce, but not essential. Fluent in Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Skills in Adobe XD or similar prototyping software (Figma, Sketch). Experience using Shopify platform and/or theme plug-ins a bonus. Interest in design for good and sustainable brands. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll benefit from a salary of circa £30k + benefits including 28 days annual leave, pension scheme, private healthcare, annual trips, and an awesome creative co-workspace to use part time. Alongside this, you’ll be joining an agency at an exciting time of growth, so there’s real progression opportunity within the role. What next? Apply now with a recent CV and relevant portfolio of work.
— Customer Experience AgencyLocation:Gloucestershire / remoteSalary:Up to £50kOversee creative output and visual direction for key client accounts. Lead, mentor and inspire a team of talented creatives. Benefit from a fantastic training budget, flexible working and discounts. We’re looking for a Design Lead to join a customer experience agency based in Gloucestershire. After winning some fantastic new clients the agency is growing and this role will play a key part in delivering creative for some key client accounts. This role will sit alongside an existing design lead, supporting and collaborating with a successful creative team. The agency is rolling out a flexible working policy which will mean a hybrid week with 3 days in the office, 2 working from home, along with flexible working hours. What you’ll be doing The agency creates engaging integrated campaigns that deliver effective results, and due to some recent client wins, you’ll be joining at an exciting time! The briefs will be varied, from digital web and apps to emails, social and print. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with an existing Design Lead, you’ll be looking after a selection of your own key client accounts; providing both visual direction and creative oversight to deliver on client briefs. You’ll be a key influencer of the agency’s creative output; spearheading pitches, leading on briefs, presenting ideas and providing leadership to ensure consistency across the delivery of designs. As a creative leader you’ll be inspiring a team; challenging their creative rationale and offering support, guidance and training where appropriate. We’re looking for a master of both excellent design craft and creativity, who is an advocate for collaboration and willing to be hands on with briefs. With a digital lean on the work, an understanding and working knowledge of UX principles and usability for digital design is essential. If you’re a Senior Designer looking for a step up, or an existing Lead Designer or Design Lead, we’d love to hear from you. What experience you’ll need Experience in a design lead role, or an exisiting Senior Designer looking for a step up. A portfolio showcasing a variety of integrated designs (inc. digital web and apps, email, social, print). Client facing, pitching and presentation experience. Ability to clearly convey ideas and engage with clients and internal stakeholders. Previous mentor and / or leadership of designers. A proven track record of leading on briefs from initial stages to execution. Expert in Adobe CC, including XD. Motion skills in After Effects a bonus. What you’ll get in return Alongside the opportunity to work with some fantastic clients, you'll receive a competitive salary of up to £50k and a range of perks including employee discounts, a generous training budget and hybrid office / home working long term. What’s next? Apply with an updated cv and relevant portfolio of work to be considered.
Design case studies
Establishing a creative department with the right mindset
- Create Health is specialist healthcare marketing agency with a mission and fascination for new healthcare technologies, treatments and methods of care.
- In the search for a new Creative Director we were approached to match them with an individual that could take their creative to the next level, be part of the board and support the growth of the agency over the coming years.
- We ran an end-to-end recruitment campaign in search for this pivotal hire, including advertising and an extensive head hunt within our diverse network.
- Since 2014, we’ve helped the Creative Director establish a permanent creative team with the right mindset – consisting of an Art Director, Designers, a Copywriter and a freelance pool of trusted creatives that scale up the studio at short notice.
“Since joining Create Health, I’ve had a clear vision of what I want to build. ADLIB have invested the time to truly understand this, meaning the permanent and freelance candidates they send through are always spot on. This not only makes the process easier and more enjoyable, it saves a lot of time.”
Phil Blackmore, Creative Director at Create Health
Rita Cervetto, Service Designer
- Rita is a Service Designer, with a background of UX and visual design.While working full time in a design studio in Manchester (Lovedby), she had recently moved to Bristol and approached us to get an understanding of the local market, especially opportunities in product and UX and to line up projects in the South West.
- We took the time to understand what really makes Rita tick, appreciating that contract was her focus at the time but also understanding that the right permanent job could be a great move for her.
- We matched her with exactly that as one of our clients were looking for a UX Lead to work on a new digital service. An opportunity that really got her excited.
- She started in this Lead role, as Senior UX Designer within Ovo Energy, looking after the experience of thousands of customers from day one.
"From the moment I got in touch with ADLIB I felt I was in safe hands. Sam’s understanding of the industry was instrumental in me making the decision to give up consulting and take this epic opportunity at Ovo. He helped me throughout the interview process, kept me informed and offered great advice at key times. I’d recommend them to any professional looking for knowledgeable support finding great career opportunities.”
Rita Cervetto, Service Designer