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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— Award-Winning Tech CompanyLocation:Swindon with working from homeSalary:Up to £30k DOEJoin an innovative business doing creative work. A brand-new role to make your own. Benefit from flexible working from home. We’re looking for a Designer with an integrated skillset to join an in-house marketing team. This is an opportunity to take the reins of a brand-new role and produce a varied creative output for a forward-thinking company who partner with some exciting brands. The business is based in Swindon with a flexible working from home scheme so if you live in neighbouring locations Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Cheltenham, this could be one for you! What you’ll be doing The business is at an exciting time of growth so there’s real opportunity here to get behind a successful brand with big ambitions for creative. With excellent design craft and a well-rounded skillset you'll bring design for the business in-house and take ownership of their creative output. You’ll be reporting into the Chief Marketing Officer and working alongside both a motion designer and in-house Copywriter to produce engaging content across print, digital and motion. This is a varied role where you’ll be taking briefs end-to-end; we’re talking anything from print brochures and infographics to digital ads, eBooks, websites and landing pages. In addition, the company creates a high volume of engaging explainer videos and animations, so in an ideal world you’ll have experience storyboarding and creating assets for motion. If you’ve some video creation skills yourself then that’s a bonus! Working closely with the Director of the business you’ll be juggling multiple projects while regularly presenting your ideas to senior leadership and the wider team. This role calls for a natural communicator who can articulate ideas with ease and keep a cool head in a fast-paced environment. With offices based in Swindon, they have a flexible working scheme offering some home working and a couple of days in the office. What experience you’ll need to apply Previous experience in a similar role. A portfolio of integrated marketing designs, any motion a plus. Experience presenting ideas to stakeholders or clients. Ability to juggle several projects at once and take ownership of projects. Solid understanding of Adobe CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Perhaps some experience using After Effects and Premier Pro. Knowledge of print processes, and experience taking designs through to artwork. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join a successful business that’s growing, gaining ownership over a brand-new role for the team. Alongside a fantastic benefits package and flexible working, you’ll join a business with a great culture and a rewarding environment where your talent is recognised. What's next? Please apply with a portfolio (PDF under 10MB or website) and CV to be considered.
— Purpose Driven Product TeamLocation:ExeterSalary:DOECreate innovative tools for the education sector. Join a truly purpose driven team. Enjoy a culture centred around health and wellbeing with great benefits including private medical, generous holiday and a competitive salary. We’re looking for a UX/UI Designer to join a socially focussed software team in Exeter. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining a purpose driven team to design tools that re-imagine traditional education and make learning accessible, rewarding and effective. The world of education and learning is going through momentous change and this team are forging the way. As a UX/UI Designer you will support with a range of design related activities from discovery to delivery. The design team is reasonably small and so generalist skillsets are favoured over anyone too specialised. You can expect to design, plan and conduct user research sessions and test your designs and prototypes in usability sessions. You’ll work as part of agile, cross functional teams and collaborate closely with developers, providing polished UI’s for coding. Reporting into the head of UX and working alongside fellow designers you’ll also work with a wide range of other skilled specialists in content, marketing and product. What experience you’ll need to apply A portfolio full of digital design work including web and apps. Be able to evidence a user centred design approach in your past work. Strong sense of visual style in line with contemporary UI design trends. Comfortable working in agile, cross functional teams. An understanding of product and product delivery processes and practices. An astute communicator, able to work in harmony with product, content and marketing specialists. Data led in your approach, whether using qualitative or quantitative insight. An expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite and modern design tools such as Sketch, Omnigraffle, InVision and Axure. What you’ll get in return for your talents You’ll join a purpose driven team that’s changing the face of education and learning. You’ll build products that have a positive impact on the world and come at a time when they’re needed most. Right now the team is working remotely but when in the office you’ll enjoy a fantastic space and work for a business that places health and wellbeing top of the agenda. You’ll enjoy private medical and dental cover, a great holiday allowance, a competitive salary and a rewarding culture. What’s next To be considered you’ll need to apply with an up to date portfolio showcasing UI designs for web or app that showcases a user centred design practice.
— Specialist Brand and FMCG AgencyLocation:BathSalary:Upto £50kWork in a business with fantastic remote infrastructure and process. Deliver creative for globally renowned brands. Enjoy a tight knit, collaborative and caring culture. We’re looking for both midweight and senior Designers to join one of our agency partners in Bath; a specialist brand design agency with a strong FMCG packaging specialism. What you’ll be doing A strong year and healthy pipeline of new and retained business means they’re busy at all levels and in need of experienced packaging creatives to bolster the team. You’ll be joining the agency at an exciting time of growth and delivering world class FMCG creative for their clients old and new. Though you will work alongside experienced FMCG artworkers you’ll need to be confident with the detail yourself and be able to execute to a high standard too. We’re open to midweight as well as seniors so the expectation at each level will match experience; crucially though you’ll need to know FMCG inside out and be able to evidence it with a great portfolio of relevant projects. For a long time the business has had a robust infrastructure for distributed teams and has adapted quickly to the current situation so you’ll be working with a crew that is thriving during lockdown and a culture that’s fit for the world as it is today. If you’re an experienced FMCG creative and looking to work with a small, ambitious team then get in touch. Expect work of the highest calibre, but no ego’s in sight. We’re looking for designers from midweight to senior. Permanent hires being a focus but contractors please express interest too. What experience you’ll need Be a specialist with an FMCG focus in your work. Conceptual skills as well as execution. Prior agency experience, comfortable with the cadence of agency work and project delivery. With seniority be able to display real strategic thinking. Evidence of working with globally renowned FMCG brands. Self-motivated, committed and reliable. Able to work from home for now with high speed internet and a high-quality monitor. What you’ll get in return for your talents Salary will depend on experience, but you can expect up to around £50k at the senior end. You’ll be joining a team that’s well renowned for having a strong culture, one that works hard but crucially looks after it’s people too. You’ll be working with a team that’s well suited to the current situation and when you’re back in the office you’ll be in a wonderful studio with all the bells and whistles of an agency work space. What’s next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered or call Sam on 01179 269 530.
— eCommerce and Retail BrandLocation:DevonSalary:Upto £25kJoin a brand with a strong creative identity. Design for print and digital. Enjoy working from a beautiful rural location. We’re looking for a Designer to join a highly regarded consumer brand in Devon. What you’ll be doing Reporting into the Marketing Director and working alongside another designer, you will join the in-house marketing team. The brand has a hugely successful wholesale business as well as a direct to consumer model that is growing at pace. Recent events have meant a shift in sales to direct and a focus on growing these channels, you’ll play a key role in enabling this growth and create digital advertising that includes static imagery, GIFs and video content for social. You’ll also work on print projects from time to time including brochure design, direct mail and POS for retail. You’ll collaborate with the other in-house designer as well as external agencies when needed and work with those in the eCommerce team, buying and merchandising and photography regularly. This is a great role for any designer with some good digital skills that’s looking for a well-established boutique brand to call home. What experience you’ll need Previous commercial design experience (ideally with exposure to eCommerce and retail brands). Expert user of the Adobe Creative Suite. A portfolio full of designs that showcase digital advertising and a variety of print solutions (any brochure work, DM or retail creative of particular interest). A strong understanding of brand, able to adapt your style to suit. A great communicator, able to work with and collaborate with people of all backgrounds. Comfortable wearing a few hats and always willing to rise to a design challenge – whatever the brief. An understanding of print processes, confident communicating with printers and manufacturers. What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll join a brand with a strong identity and ethical roots, enjoy working from a beautiful, rural location and be part of a truly rewarding culture. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered.
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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