Working at Clearleft
We don’t like the way most agencies operate, so want Clearleft to be different. We care deeply about our work and always aim to do the right thing, so we’ve designed the perfect environment to do the best work of your career.
We prefer to hire digital veterans and won’t dictate your process, so you’re in charge of solving the problem the best way you see fit. This usually involves lots of sketching, conversations and close collaboration. We’re very open to experimentation and encourage people try new techniques.
We’re a mix of design thinkers, creative technologists and digital product champions. All our team are client facing and love helping our partners achieve their business goals though beautifully intuitive interfaces.
It’s demanding but rewarding work, and you’ll be stretched on a daily basis, but you’ll also be supported and surrounded by a wonderful group of smart, friendly and engaging people. We really do want this to be the best place you’ve worked and the best job you’ve had.
People tend to stay with Clearleft for a long time; so permanent jobs aren’t common. If you are interested in working with Clearleft one of the best ways to start is as a contractor. So if you don’t mind mixing your time between our studio in Brighton and our clients in London, please get in touch. We’d love to sit down for a cuppa and a chat, and a browse through your portfolio.
Now Hiring: Frontend Developer
Since Clearleft was founded in 2005 we’ve been committed to building websites the right way. In the early days we were behind the adoption of Web Standards through books like CSS Mastery and DOM Scripting. More recently we’ve been championing responsive design and a more modular (and holistic) approach to front end development using pattern portfolios and styleguides.
This September we moved into a lovely new studio near Brighton seafront, enabling us to expand our development capabilities. This means we’re looking for two new client-side engineers to join our small but prestigious team.
This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody committed to improving web development practices and sharing their knowledge and experience with the wider tech community.
At its core you’ll need a deep practical understanding of the HTML and CSS specifications and the various ways they are interpreted by modern (and not so modern) browsers and devices. Because we work on some pretty complex projects – there are no brochureware sites here – you’ll be expected to write elegant, maintainable and extensible code. Code that is accessible, optimised for performance and meets the highest possible quality standards.
We really value people who take the initiative to experiment with new technologies and ways of working. We’re not burdened with a specific process or technology stack, and we expect everyone who works for us to keep an open mind to new approaches. We view development as a creative pursuit so you’ll be involved in as much of the design process as possible, from the initial client meeting to the final handover. So you may find yourself running a URL design workshop, prototyping a web app or working alongside a UI designer and “designing” in the browser.
All of our projects are built responsive by default, so you’ll need a thorough understanding of the responsive design workflow. This includes working closely with designers, programmers and UX people as part of a cross-functional team. No two projects are alike, and we make decisions about which way of working is most appropriate based on the unique constraints of each project, so you’ll need to be comfortable working in a very agile environment and making decisions about how best to tackle a given project or challenge.
As an individual you’ll need to be passionate about the web and keen to share your knowledge with others. You are able to explain problems and ideas succinctly and are capable of justifying your opinions and estimating your time. You’ll be fun and personable to work with and play well with others.
We believe that a positive, creative culture is at the heart of our success, so we have put a lot of effort into creating an ideal workspace. We organise regular events such as movie nights, team training days (like sketching and letterpress printing) and company days out (like photography classes and trips to the Design Museum). Our new studio reflects these principles with a flexible working environment, co-working and community event space, rooftop garden (with company vegetable patch) and the obligatory climbing wall. More importantly, on top of a workplace pension and annual bonus, we offer each member of the team a £1,000 “no questions asked” training budget – so if you’ve always wanted to go to An Event Apart or SxSW, now you can.
If this role sounds like your cup of tea, why don’t you drop us a copy of your CV, along with a cover letter and some examples of your work and we’ll be in touch soon.
Now Hiring: Senior Interface Designer
Clearleft is looking for a talented interface designer to join our team of internationally-renowned experts. Our ideal candidate will have an obvious love of design and a real passion for visual problem solving. You will be someone who can draw inspiration from a wide range of sources (not just the Web) to create a variety of powerful design concepts. With the direction set you’ll be able to develop these concepts into stunning interfaces that are easy and engaging to use.
You'll need to be as happy working with pen and paper as on a Mac, love typography, grid-based design and have an incredible attention to detail. You should also be able to interpret complex briefs and effectively communicate your design decisions to clients, colleagues and peers alike — be that at a formal presentation or in the pub afterwards.
Like all good designers, you’ll need an innate understanding of the medium. While we're not looking for another Web Standards guru (we have a few of those already) you will need to have a thorough understanding of modern front end development practices. Most importantly, you’ll love what you do and constantly want to do it better. We're ideally looking for people who are active in the design community, so more power to you if you write articles, speak at events or run a local meet-up.
In return for your experience and enthusiasm we’ll provide you with a supportive and highly creative environment, and the chance to work with some of the best-known and most talented designers, developers and UX people in the industry. You’ll work on high profile projects for the likes of Channel 4, Mozilla and NBC Universal to name just a few.
As a small company we believe that your happiness matters, so we've put together a great package including a competitive salary and generous holiday allowance. We’ll give you flexible working hours and the ability to work from home when you want. To help keep you flexible, we'll give you a company MacBook and a training budget of £1,000 to make sure you're up-to-date, so if you've always wanted to go to SxSW but could never afford it, now you can. We run team training days (like sketching and letterpress printing) and company days out (like photography classes and trips to the Design Museum). All this along with our monthly movie nights, beach BBQs and occasional (optional) karaoke sessions, makes working at Clearleft fun.
If you think you have what it takes to join our team, drop us your CV, a link to your portfolio and a covering letter explaining why you’d be perfect for this job. We look forward to hearing from you.
Now Hiring: Principal User Experience Consultant
Clearleft are a friendly and collaborative team of interaction designers, graphic designers and creative technologists. We’ve been in the field of User Experience design since the early days, and love sharing our ideas with the community through books, presentations and conferences. Thanks to this we’ve been lucky to work with some amazing clients like Channel 4, eBay and Mozilla, and find guiding them through the design process deeply rewarding.
We're currently looking for an experienced UX designer to join our small and supportive team in the heart of Brighton. Ideally you’ll be somebody with six years experience and be able to show us a portfolio of sketches, experience maps and clickable prototypes going back to 2007 and beyond.
However good design is more than a collection of deliverables. We’re looking for somebody who is curious about the world and wants to make our digital lives better through the sensitive application of design.
We think good designers are facilitators, so a large part of your role will be leading our clients through the design process. You should be confident running a variety of stakeholder workshops to help extract requirements, set vision and iterate through ideas. You should also be able to present your findings in whatever way works best, from simple presentations or screencasts, through to detailed concept maps or day-in-the-life cartoons.
We don’t mind if you sketch your solution on paper, wireframe in OmniGraffle or hand-code an HTML prototype. However, we do prefer a fast, iterative approach and “just enough” fidelity.
Clearleft’s ethos is to hire smart, capable people and give them the support, trust and freedom to do a good job. We’ve worked hard to create a nurturing environment that will let you do the best work of your career, free from the typical constraints of big agency culture.
Every member of the Clearleft team brings something new to the mix. We’re keen to hear from people with a diverse range of work and life experiences. However we’re especially interested in hearing from folks with multi-platform experience.
We also believe that a positive, creative culture is at the heart of our success. So we organise regular events such as movie nights, team training days (like sketching and letterpress printing) and company days out (like photography classes and trips to the Design Museum). We also provide each member of the team a £1,000 training budget—so if you’ve always wanted to go to the IA Summit or Interaction14, now you can.