Digital and UI Design jobs and careers
A digital design career involves creating designs for online channels; this could be websites, microsites, email campaigns, digital advertising, motion graphics, app design (Android or iOS) or specific user interface design. Infographics and digital documents could also fall under digital design in some cases.
Why consider a career as a Digital/UI Designer?
If you’re an innovative thinker with a keen eye for design and visual concept, a role within digital design or UI design is an ever-changing field that allows you to marry your imagination to a wide range of digital media including apps, advertising, websites and digital documents. It’s fast moving and a high growth area across the UK.
What a career or job in Digital and UI design may entail…
Depending on your team structure, you could be working collaboratively with Developers and UX professionals as well as other Designers to deliver finished digital designs. Whether you work for an agency or in-house, you will utilise your creative skills and eye for detail to bring graphics, visual effects and animations to life.
Typical role titles include
Motion Graphics Designer
User Interface Designer
Creative Digital Designer
Career progression example
Head of Digital Design
Digital Design Lead
Digital Design Manager
Head of App Design
Head of UI
At an entry level, junior/graduate Digital and UI Designers on average will be earning between £20k-£26k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £26k-£35k and seniors would be looking to earn £35k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
As part of a digital design role, some HTML / CSS may be required, generally speaking not to an advanced level though as this will be fulfilled by the development team. A digital design career is very collaborative, therefore you should also have strong communication skills. Digital Designers are often very intuned with current trends, technology advancements and user experience trends.
What qualifications does it take?
To become a Digital or UI Designer, you will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. These include graphic design, digital media, graphic communication, illustration and fine art.
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— Well-established BusinessLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £19k DOEA brand new role to support the wider team. Join a well-established business. Turn your hand to a variety of integrated designs.This is an opportunity for an eager Junior Creative Designer to join a business on the outskirts of Bristol. You’ll be joining an established marketing and design studio to support this fantastic team with design solutions across the business.What you’ll be doingReporting in to the marketing manager this is a brand new role supporting two existing designers and the wider marketing team with their creative output.Your day-to-day will be varied as you’ll be getting involved in anything visual across the business from producing layouts for brochures, adverts for magazines, presentations, packaging, promotional material and digital campaigns.When creating designs and artwork, you’ll be expected to take pride in your work with an attention to detail, staying true to company brand guidelines at all times.You’re confident using all three adobe packages (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), producing artwork to be handed to external suppliers and ideally you’re familiar with writing some copy for digital channels in a commercial environment.This is a chance to get your teeth in to a brand new role and continue to grow with a business.What experience you’ll need to apply At least 6 months’ integrated design experience in a commercial design studio. A portfolio full of examples of print and digital design work. Experience taking designs through to artwork. Familiar with print processes and liaising with printers. Confident with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). Ideally some experience copywriting or creating content for digital channels. An interest in interiors a plus.What you’ll get in return for your experience The opportunity to join a well-established business that is continuing to grow, make a new role your own, and gain further experience in a design environment. A salary of £19k is available for the right candidate.What's next?All sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Award-Winning BrandLocation:North DorsetSalary:Up to £37.5k DOEWork for a fantastic brand. Join a studio with a great bunch of creatives. Opportunity to create innovative solutions across integrated channels.We are looking for an integrated Senior Designer to join an award winning organisation in North Dorset. With a studio set in a breath-taking location that’s commutable from Bath and Bournemouth, this is a chance to come on board with one of the most exciting organisations in the area.What you’ll be doingReporting in to the Creative Head, and working closely with Artwork and Project Managers, you’ll be delivering creative from concepts all the way through to production on solutions across all customer facing channels to an exceptional standard.As the organisation looks to bridge the gap between their online and offline offering you’ll be working in a multidisciplinary design role across POS, packaging and digital assets such as web banners, landing pages and social media assets.As an ideas-led creative, you’ll tell the brands story by translating their visual identity across integrated channels, and will help lead the design team to execute your concepts to the finest standard. That said, you’re a natural when it comes to leading on projects, scheduling workflow, and building relationships.No two days will be the same, as you will collaborate with the Head of Creative when required, which will often involve the Art Direction and organisation of regular photoshoots to produce product imagery, so ideally you’re familiar with a similar environment!What experience you’ll need to apply At least a few years’ integrated design experience in a commercial context. A portfolio full of examples of print and digital design work, including Packaging. Ideas led, and able to talk through your conceptual process. Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). A natural project manager, with prior experience leading on projects. Confident guiding junior members of a creative team. Experience using After Effects a bonus.What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll be joining an excellent studio that is committed to pushing the organisation forward. This is an opportunity to inspire a design team and lead on projects while also conducting a hands-on approach. There is a salary of up to £37,500k on offer for this one.What's next?All sound good? Apply today with your CV and portfolio and we can discuss in more detail.
— Global Creative BrandLocation:BristolSalary:Up to £36k DOE11 Month FTC (Maternity Cover). Lead design work streams for a small team over-arching 3 brands. 360 role with project management and art direction opportunity.We’re looking for a talented Designer to pick up the reigns and lead this small but fast-paced organisation within global events. This is an exciting opportunity to be a key part of some big events that will be happening throughout the duration of the contract.What you’ll be doingReporting in to the Marketing Director, this role sits overarching of the design team, to lead the creative output. As a collective you’ll produce high quality digital and print over two work streams, integrated marketing collateral for events and promotional materials to roll out across various exhibitions.Your day-to-day will be diverse, you could be rolling up your sleeves to develop mood boards, organising and Art Directing photoshoots, retouching images or designing campaign layouts.Alongside bags of creative ideas, you’re a natural when it comes to a 360 approach to projects, and you’ve an admirable attention to detail in the execution of your design work. You’ll need some experience inspiring junior members of the team, working with brand guidelines to keep a consistent visual identity, and ideally you’re confident setting briefs and managing work flow.What experience you’ll need to apply At least a few years’ experience in a design studio, at least one year management. Oodles of Creative Flair, on project management shoulders. A dab hand at Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator). Mac proficient. Knowledge of After Effects, Animate or similar desirable Ideally some experience taking designs through to artwork.What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary circa £36k (Pro Rata) DOE, private healthcare, a friendly culture that includes monthly brunch club and some exciting events to be involved in, all squeezed in to this 11 months!What’s next?We’ll need to see an updated CV and portfolio of relevant work to consider you for this one.
— Launch A New Digital ServiceLocation:Cirencester (some remote)Salary:Circa £35kOwn the design and UX for a newly branded digital service. Enjoy a flexible approach to working with 2 days remote. Join a business with entrepeneurial leadership.We’re looking for a digital Product Designer to join a small but growing team in Cirencester. This is a chance to get in at ground level designing a new product for the team.What you’ll be doingWorking closely with the CEO and head of product your job will be to deliver the user interface for their main customer facing platform, we’re looking for a UI specialist who has some good UCD (user centred design) processes and an understanding of best practice UX.The business has just been rebranded and they currently have a contractor who’s worked on building out a design language and guidelines for the brand; the opportunity here is to take these foundations and build out a truly scalable digital presence for them. In this role you’ll get full ownership of this. The current design system has been built out with Atomic design principles so has scalability at its core.The business has a start-up feel but has been trading for nearly 10 years and has solid financial backing. Working for this team will come with some fantastic benefits and the CEO is well known for looking after his employees.What experience you’ll need to apply Experienced in user interface design for responsive web or app. A good understanding of best practice UX and UCD. Comfortable being the sole designer as part of a new team (though this team may grow as the business scales). Experience with modern design principles including Atomic design.What you’ll get in return for your experience In return for your experience you’ll get in at ground level on an exciting greenfield project. You’ll lead the design and user experience processes for the team and be given the freedom to work the way you want. The founder is one of the UK’s top tech entrepreneurs so you can be sure the business has real ambition, strong leadership and will reward its people well. £35k is being used as a guide but more may be available for the right candidate.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Dashboards & Design SystemsLocation:BristolSalary:Upto £35kDesign products used by 70 of the world's top 100 banks. Enjoy flexibility and the opportunity to work remote on occasion. Private medical cover.We're looking for a UI Designer to join an expanding FinTech business in North Bristol.What you'll be doing This team designs software that's used by over 70 0f the world's top 100 banks. The team is global but this particular role sits within their Bristol office. As a UI Designer you'll report into the Senior UX/UI and create dashboards and information systems for top global businesses. Using atomic design principles you'll create design systems and toolkits that support the build of enterprise software and provide users with tools to disseminate complex information. True problem solvers will delight in the challenge of this role.There's around 7 or 8 products that you're likely to work on as well as the support of others in the suite. What experience you'll need to apply Experience of creating design systems and design toolkits. Hands on coding in HTML & CSS. Good understanding of common UX practices. An understanding of the atomic design process. Sketch Any experience within enterprise software design/development desirable.What you'll get in return for your experience In return for your experience you'll receive 25 days annual holiday, a company pension scheme matching up to 5% of salary and private medical insurance.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— National retail brandLocation:WarwickshireSalary:£42KPlay a leading role in shaping the customer experience on our digital assets. Enjoy a modern, start-up culture. Add a big brand to your CV. We need you to become a part of one of the nations leading retail and ecommerce brands, as part of our ecommerce team you will play a key role in shaping the user experience across the ecommerce platform, website and more.What youll be doingYou’ll be working with designers, product staff, analysts and various stakeholders to develop a unique customer experience for online shoppers. This is a midweight role that offers the opportunity to grow within the role and collaborate with an accomplished team.What experience youll need to apply Previous experience in a user experience design role. A proven experience to work in an agile environment with a cross functional team. Proven ability to produce and translate wireframes and prototypes Build out wireframes and prototypes for user testing Well-developed stakeholder management skills, presenting and selling in ideas. Build a holistic view of the customer to directly inform our workstreams. Have a real passion for user experience and the industry as a whole.What youll get in return for your experience You’ll be made part of a flexible and supportive team and made a key part of the planning and strategic activity within it. They also offer excellent corporate benefits and discounts and opportunities to train and develop.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV or call in and ask to speak with Luke Watts.
— Innovative Corporate OrganisationLocation:Bristol/ SwindonSalary:£50KSenior UI Designer Innovative corporate business Work with cutting edge technologies. Enjoy a modern, flexible, start up culture within a corporate employer. Fun, friendly and supportive agile environment.We are a major corporate business with an ethical focus on the user and their digital experience, we pride ourselves on being the UK’s most trusted customer brands. There has never been a better time to get involved with our digital team as we continue to produce cutting edge web and mobile products, customer solutions and improve the user journey to be more simple, accessible and transparent.What you’ll be doing We need a user interface design expert to join our accomplished design experience team and play a leading role in our fast paced agile work flow.What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience at a senior level within UI/ visual design and digital. A portfolio that shows both process and varied UI designs and projects across application platforms, customer websites, ecommerce and complex user journeys. Well-developed stakeholder management skills and ability to work within a cross functional agile environment The ability to work with a range of industry standard tools software/ tools and language including Sketch, Axure, Balsamiq. Have a real passion for digital experience and interaction design.What you’ll get in return for your experience Flexibility is a big part of what makes our team tick with split time between Bristol and Swindon as well as options to work from home. You will be subject to performance bonuses also which we can discuss following application and we are a leading corporate when it comes to staff benefits such as pension, insurance and rewards from our partners.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio (essential) to be considered.
— Global CampaignsLocation:WiltshireSalary:Upto £35k + 6% bonusDesign and execute global 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 youll be doingReporting 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 global customer base.Embedded within the internal marketing agency and with a close relationship to data and analytics the Midweight Digital Creative will deliver campaigns across web, digital advertising, social and CRM. 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.This role is embedded within the integrated campaigns team for the business so an appreciation of integrated design and thinking will go a long way.What experience youll need to apply Conceptual in experience with good design skills. 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 youll 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 holidaysWhat's next?To be considered please apply with an up to date CV and supporting portfolio of digital campaign work.
— Huge progression, interesting projectsLocation:BristolSalary:DOERepresent global brands through interactive presentations and touchscreens. Small agency with plans for growth and leaders in their market. Opportunity to make a role your own with room for progression.This is a fantastic opportunity for a Mid-Senior Digital Designer to join an interactive design studio in Bristol who are market leaders within their field.What you'll be doingWe’re on the lookout for a Mid-Senior Digital Designer to not only work hands on with concepts and designs but also lead and help nurture this brand. The role will suit an established digital creative with a couple of years’ experience under their belt, who is looking to step up and develop a design studio.Using the latest interactive technology, this agency delivers touchscreens and interactive presentations to convey complex information simply and clearly, ensuring an engaging and innovative output for their clients’ customers.You’ll be a truly creative individual who is conceptually driven, but also able to execute digital designs from a technical point of view. You’ll be able to get under the skin of a client and their business to get their message across in a commercially viable and impactful way. It goes without saying you’ll be a step ahead when it comes to new technologies with a constant drive for innovation.Perhaps you’re already leading a team in a studio environment as a senior, or you’re a mid-weight who’s guided or inspired more junior members of the team, this is an opportunity to carve your own path and be a key part of shaping the future of this brand.What experience you’ll need to apply A portfolio full of Digital Designs, including UI and responsive web. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). Experience working closely with developers or knowledge of HTML. At least a couple of years’ agency experience. Confident leading design briefs from concept to execution. Understanding of UX, interaction design and micro animations desirable. Knowledge of prototyping tools such as Figma, UXD, Sketch, or Invision.What you'll get in return for your experience A competitive salary, bonus, flexible working hours, and huge opportunity to build a team around you to help evolve and drive the business.What's next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
— Leading Giftware Design StudioLocation:TotnesSalary:DOEJoin a well-established business with plenty of room for progression Deliver FMCG packaging solutions within a leading retail gift provider Enjoy a laid back family-run office collaborative environmentWere looking for a Junior Designer to join a dedicated design team within a family run business in Totnes, Devon. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of the biggest high street brands within the FMCG sector.What you'll be doingWorking within a team of 5 designers youll be researching and using current trend knowledge to produce bespoke giftware designs to be rolled out across high street retailers.With a very hands-on approach, you wont be afraid of getting stuck in with physical sample development. On the flip side, youll confidentially use Adobe Creative Suite to digitally visualise concepts to final designs through to artworking.Essentially we arent looking for someone with heaps of experience, just someone with a passion for all things design, fresh ideas and a clear interest in the gifting industry. There will be the opportunity to get involved in photography and retouching within this role, so any prior experience or interest in this field is a real plus.Joining this early in your career will mean room for progression, within a collaborative and nurturing design team.Theyre looking for someone to start as soon as possible, so please get in touch if youre ready to start your next role!What experience you'll need to apply Either a graduate in a degree within the creative sector or up to 1 years industry experience. Experience in screen printing, book binding or similar craft at university an advantage. A portfolio full of sketches, concepts, mood boards, current trends. Confident using Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). A keen interest in the FMCG sectorWhat you'll get in return for your experience Room for future progression within a family run business.What next?Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio 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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