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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— Mental Health & Disability SupportLocation:Remote, UKSalary:Upto £50kCreate products that will change lives for the better. Help embed design thinking in the business. Enjoy flexibility and remote working long term. We’re looking for a Digital Product Designer to join a tech company helping people with mental health and learning disabilities live more independently. What you’ll be doing This is a great role that brings with it the opportunity to work on interesting, impactful technology whilst also helping embed design thinking into a team. The product is currently used by thousands of people across the UK and offers bespoke support to people with a wide variety of needs. You’ll be working closely with a diverse set of users and contributing throughout the whole product design lifecycle. This role sits within the product team where you’ll be working alongside experienced Product Managers, Business Analysts, Developers and Testers. This role is growth for the business and you’ll be joining a fantastic Product Designer we placed last year. Due to the size of the design team we’re looking for someone willing and able to work across the whole product design process to begin with. This includes conducting research, creating workflows and journeys, wireframes, prototypes, testing and high-fidelity UI work too. You’ll also play a key role in engaging the wider business in design thinking and user centred design practices and processes. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in an end-to-end UX role working from research to high fidelity UI. Capable of conducting your own research and regularly testing with users. Ideally experienced in Agile, having worked as part of cross functional teams. Good knowledge of accessibility and usability (WCAG 2.1). An interest in neurodiversity and any awareness or professional experience with autism or anxiety beneficial. What you'll get in return Work for a purpose driven team that are improving people’s lives through their products. You'll receive 25 days holiday (+BH), flexible and remote working as well as a budget for learning and development. As one of the tteam’s first designers you'll be given the autonomy to help shape design practice too. What’s next Please apply with an up-to-date CV and any supporting work. However, if you haven’t got your portfolio together just yet don’t let that stop you applying.
— Industry Leading Full-Service AgencyLocation:Bristol, UKSalary:£25-30kOpportunity to work with a variety of high-profile clients. Excellent training plans for career development. Supportive and innovative environment. We’re looking for an experienced Digital Media Executive to join an industry leading marketing agency in Bristol. This is the ideal opportunity for a talented Digital Media Executive with a Digital Marketing background in Paid Search and Paid Social to play an important role in helping some exciting brands boost exposure and generate more sales.What you’ll be doingThe Digital Media Executive will: Plan, develop and execute media campaigns on behalf of clients Report on campaigns using reporting tools to offer strategy Handle budgets and paid media spent to maximise ROI Keep up to-date with FB Ads and Google Ads best practice and complete new certifications if necessary Prepare client-facing documents to present strategy suggestions What experience you’ll need to apply Proven track record of planning and implementing FB Ad and Google Ad campaigns Ability to work well with numbers and understand how to optimise campaign strategy Comfortable managing paid media budgets to ensure campaign spend is proficient Passed Google Ads and Google Analytics certifications Excellent interpersonal skills for understanding client needs What you’ll get in return for your experience This is a great role offering a salary of £25-30k depending on experience, flexible working with hybrid options with 2 days a week in the office, flexi-hours, amazing training opportunities for career development and the opportunity to work on a variety of high-profile clients.What's next?If you are interested in this role, then click apply now or contact Andi.
— Health TechnologyLocation:Basingstoke, UKSalary:£45,000 - £48,000Provide a valuable social service working on products used in the health sector and emergency services. Work on interesting digital products across a range of platforms. Given independence in your work and be rewarded for creativity and innovation. A communications company that works with the health sector, emergency services, and other life-saving organisations is looking to bring a talented product designer into their team. The successful candidate will be working on a range of digital products for smartphones and tablets, as well as for medical communication devices. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to use their skills to contribute to lifesaving products and the successful running of essential services. What you’ll be doing The client provides communication infrastructure and services for doctors, nurses, lifeboat volunteers, fire crews, and carers. This includes physical devices and the companion apps and digital products that accompany these. They are looking for someone to come up with creative ideas and designs for these, innovating and iterating products to make their services as effective as possible. You will be playing a key role in updating their suite of products to meet their brand guidelines and vision while also being secure and accessible. They are looking for someone innately creative, ready to contribute original thought to ensure their products are functional and beautiful. These apps should be a joy to use, even in emergency and high stress situations. The company has a welcoming and friendly culture, so will easily integrate you into the team. You will be the leading voice in design and will gain experience from working closely with colleagues from other disciplines, such as software engineers, developers, product managers, and the sales team. What experience you’ll need to apply Designed digital products from inception to completion. Created wireframes and prototypes with design software such as Figma and Adobe XD. Stakeholder management skills, and experience working with people from different backgrounds. Carried out user research and translated findings into design requirements. (Desirable) Some experience with security processes and GDPR, ideally in a hospital environment. What you’ll get in return for your experience A generous salary, a supportive team, and the chance to work on products that will help to save lives. On top of this, a great benefits package including 25 days holiday (+BH), free parking, and free canteen facilities What’s next? Please apply with an up-to-date CV and portfolio. If you are still preparing a portfolio, please apply with your CV and we can discuss this further.
— Action SportsLocation:Bristol / Hybrid WFH, UKSalary:Circa £22KHybrid working options, with three days in the office and two homeworking Work for an exciting established and well-known sporting company Work in a great friendly team of like-minded creatives We’re looking for a creative artworker to join this exciting organisation based in north Bristol, with them offering flexible working and travel benefits. What you’ll be doing You will be working amongst a team of 7 creatives, being one of two artworkers, reporting to a creative manager. Day to day you will be creating artwork for some of the top names in action sports and getting the opportunity to work with international brands. You will be creating assets for B2B and B2C across print and digital producing: Banners, full asset packs and working with studio imagery and photography. We would love someone who can demonstrate their ability to manage their work in a fast-paced organisation with showing great attention to detail when producing artwork. This should be showcased throughout your portfolio with clean and eye-catching artwork. This organisation has a friendly, enthusiastic and active culture, for any action or extreme sports fans this is likely to be a dream job! Though an interest definitely not essential. Although a fast-paced role, the culture of the office is very social and casual dress code. What experience will you need A portfolio demonstrating your ability to create artwork in a similar role Experience in using Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign Experience in working within brand guidelines Experience in retouching and editing imagery. Knowledge in HTML/CSS- Beneficial but not essential Experience in motion graphics- Beneficial but not essential What you’ll get in return You’ll be part of a fantastic culture, working with a great bunch who are social and love what they do. Staff events such as BBQ’s and other events are offered throughout the year. There are also a range of options of lifestyle benefits such as LinkedIn Learning, clothing allowance or gym membership. There will be a £400 bonus per quarter as well as a Christmas bonus depending on company's performance. Other benefits they offer are: 22 days holiday with annual holiday entitlement increase, pension scheme, 5% employee and 3% company, 40% employee discount on products, cycle to work scheme and health shield which is a cash back scheme for Dental, optician, prescription, and other health related costs which covers you and your children.
— Dog Wellbeing AppLocation:Central London / Hybrid, UKSalary:Upto £70k + Incentive SchemeJoin a purpose driven start-up, helping improve the lives of dogs. Be one of the founding members of the senior team, helping shape the product and business. Work with a start-up backed by a hugely successful brand. We’re looking for an experienced Product Designer to join an exciting, well backed start-up team helping to transform the lives of dogs and their people. A purpose driven business, this teams mission is to get the training and development of puppy’s right from day 1, helping to reduce behavioural problems in later life and reduce the rate of abandonment of dogs. What you’ll be doing You’ll be joining as one of several senior hires helping to shape the product (and business) working work alongside senior product, marketing and tech specialists. This is a fast-paced start up environment but with the backing of a major brand so although there’s lot’s to shape, you’ll be coming into a strong foundation. The product is out there in customers hands with some of the core features developed and working well but with huge opportunities to improve existing features and launch new ones. So far the product has been designed and developed by experienced agency partners so there’s a great brand and visual language to work with. From the outset focus your attention on understanding the app users and the dogs they love. You’ll be the voice of the users, conducting research to delve into the nuance of puppy training, the opportunities, the pitfalls and the habits. From here you’ll help create wireframes, user flows and journeys improving or creating new features. You’ll take your work all the way to high fidelity UI with prototyping and testing inbetween. Big areas they’re looking to develop are in habit forming behaviours that help people and dogs create great training programmes that work and last, in creating a community and engagement. As the first in-house Product Designer this would suit an ambitious ‘all rounder’. The focus will be UX and UI for the app but any skills designing for other channels will come in handy from time to time. It goes without saying that for any dog lover, this is a dream job! What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a UX design, Product Design or Interaction Design role preferably working with mobile apps (IOS or Android). A portfolio that showcases your problem solving and design quality; how you’ve worked from research through to UI. Excellent communications skills, able to bring others on board with the design process no matter their understanding or technical ability. Comfortable planning and running user research and testing. Dog lover or interested in dog behaviour and able to align with the mission of the business. What you’ll get in return As one of the first members of the senior team you’ll play a fundamental role in helping shape the business and product. On top of your salary you’ll receive a generous incentive scheme in line with the businesses ambitions. What’s next Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered. If you’re still working on the portfolio apply with the CV and just let us know.
— 3 Months Initial - 2 Days From Home, 3 days In The OfficeLocation:Remote + Wiltshire, UKSalary:Up to £400 p/day "Inside IR35"Senior Creative Designer. Up to £400 p/day "Inside IR35". 3 Months Initial - 2 days from home, 3 days in the office. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Senior Creative Designer, to work for an awesome Wiltshire based company. What you'll be doing Working for a amazing company based between your home office (2 days per week) and their state of the art offices in Wiltshire (3 days per week). What experience you'll need to apply for this role Creative Designer (Expert/Senior). Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier (Advanced). Art Directing for Photography & Film (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £400 p/day "Inside 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.
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + London, UKSalary:Up to £350 p/day "Outside IR35"UI Designer. Up to £350 p/day "Outside IR35". 3 Months Initial - Remote Work. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a UI Designer to work for an awesome London & Bristol based company. What you'll be doing Working for a amazing company based between your home office - optional office space depending on your preference. What experience you'll need to apply for this role UI Designer (Mid-Senior). Figma (Advanced). UX, User Research (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £350 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.
— 3 Months Initial - Remote WorkingLocation:Remote + Bristol, UKSalary:Up to £400 p/day - "Outside IR35"UI Designer - 3 Days Per Week. Up to £400 p/day "Outside IR35". 3 Months Initial - Remote Work. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a UI Designer to work for an awesome Bristol based company. What you'll be doing Working for a amazing company based between your home office - optional office space depending on your preference. What experience you'll need to apply for this role UI Designer (Mid-Senior). Adobe Creative Suite (Advanced). Microsoft Dynamics (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £400 p/day "Inside 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.
— Non Profit OrganisationLocation:Swindon / Hybrid, UKSalary:Upto £29kEnjoy hybrid working, with the option for both homeworking and travel to meetings Work for an established non-profit organisation Be supported by a great team of in-house senior designers and artworkers We’re looking for a designer to join a well-known non-profit organisation based in Swindon, the role can largely be remote with 2 days per month required in the Swindon office for team meetings. We would consider both junior to midweight designers for this role. What you’ll be doing As part of the creative studio, you’ll be joining other designers, artworkers and content creators in a team of 15. Day to day you’ll be creating eye catching and engaging graphics for multiple channels. You will be within the content marketing team producing high quality designs and artwork for mostly digital channels including social and campaign. Due to the structure of this organisation, you will have the opportunity to input conceptual ideas, with a further opportunity for an enthusiastic designer who is passionate in motion graphics or illustration to develop and enhance these skills too. This non-profit organisation is established in its field with a fantastic and well-known brand, so you’ll be working with brand guidelines but with plenty of opportunity to get creative. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in designing digital content. A portfolio full of engaging designs, showcasing your ability. Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Able to provide high quality artwork for digital. Experience with working with brand guidelines. Experience in creating wireframes and use of Adobe XD- Beneficial but not essential. An appreciation of UX principles and current trends would be beneficial. What you’ll get in return You’ll be joining a fantastic creative studio, who will support your creative growth, with this role providing excellent opportunity to develop and hone your skills. Whilst also allowing you to produce designs for an excellent charitable cause. The organisation offers a range of benefits including: pension minimum 4% matched up to 10%, 25 days hols plus banks holidays with the option to purchase more, enhanced maternity and paternity package, with flexible working and a staff discount. What’s next? Please apply with an up to date CV and portfolio to be considered. If you are working on the portfolio but it’s not finished just let us know and apply with the CV.
— Top UX AgencyLocation:Bristol / Hybrid, UKSalary:Upto £55kJoin a respected UX consultancy with deep roots in the UX community. Help deliver great products in the private sector and shape crucial public services. 25 days holiday BH, your birthday off, BUPA cover, perk box, industry events, 10% bonus and more. We’re looking for a Senior UX Designer to work with a top UX consultancy team. Well respected and with a global presence, this is the opportunity to join an established agency. You’ll be part of a wonderful culture that’s well known for investing in its employees as well as contributing to the wider UX community. What you’ll be doing Joining a UX department of around 40 you’ll work alongside an experienced team of fellow Designers, User Researchers, Service and UX design experts. As a UX Designer in the agency your role will involve UX and UI, you’ll be reporting into the head of design and working closely with a wider team of UX consultants and experience deliver experts. When it comes to research you’ll be driven by insight but work closely with UX consultants to provide you with in depth User Research as you focus on creative and design outputs. As a senior, you’ll be an experienced UX practitioner that’s comfortable directing your own activities as well as mentoring others. You’ll spend plenty of time with clients understanding their businesses, goals and users, providing conceptual guidance and design experimentation on projects. Clients will be varied but include those in the public and private sector. Consultants aren’t limited to working in one sector or on a particular account, so you’ll be solving a diverse set of problems and enjoy working with teams of all kinds. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a UX role, at a senior level, that’s involved in plenty of design, including high fidelity prototyping. An understanding of UI interaction and any motion skills a benefit. Previous experience with VR, AR beneficial. Great communication skills. Collaborative by nature; you know your strengths and when to lean on others for theirs. Ideally have worked in an agency or consultancy environment in the past (though not essential). Strong thinking and problem-solving skills over any specific tools. What you’ll get in return Benefits include 25 days holiday (rising with service), your birthday off, BUPA wellbeing, Perkbox, time off for charity work and a bonus. You’ll be part of a culture that’s highly regarded in the industry (and awarded for being top class). You’ll be surrounded by experts but not ego’s and if it’s your cup of tea have plenty of opportunities to present and talk at industry events the agency runs. Flexible working is on offer with some work from either Bristol or London but homeworking to suit. What’s next Apply with an up-to-date CV. Any case studies or project details to support the application too.
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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