We’re looking for a designer with demonstrable skills in architecting intuitive and inspiring digital experiences, to join our friendly and supportive team in the heart of Brighton.

You’ll get to tackle big, interesting challenges for diverse clients — we’ve worked with Virgin Atlantic, Penguin, Spotify, UNICEF, and Channel 4 to name a few.

Responsibilities

Your role is essential in helping shape and deliver digital products and services, through:

  • Architecture: You can shape and sequence information and content using a variety of mapping techniques.
  • Exploration: You can repeatedly iterate and improve on a range of potential design solutions.
  • Validation: You understand common user behaviours, and can provide evidence-based design guidance by assessing and validating specific design concepts and solutions with end-users, peers and client stakeholders.
  • Vision: You interrogate the mission, goals and desired outcomes of each client project, to ensure they are coherent and readily understood across the team.
  • Interaction: You understand the design fundamentals of layout, and can prototype testable user interfaces under support and guidance from colleagues.

Depending on your prior experience and seniority, it would also be advantageous for candidates to be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Insight: You’re able to conduct a variety of primary research into the clients target audiences and business domain, to help reveal potential challenges or opportunities.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary £35,000–£45,000 depending on experience
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours
  • 30 days annual leave as standard
  • £1,000 training budget each year
  • A friendly, creative studio environment two minutes walk from the seafront
  • Free breakfasts, great coffee and top notch tea

What we value

We’re a group of smart, passionate people with the support, trust and freedom to do the job we love. We’re free from the typical constraints of big agencies and have fostered a culture that encourages you to do the best and most fulfilling work of your career. There are a number of key attitudes shared by everyone at Clearleft:

You get under the skin of problems
You insist on a deeper understanding of the problem before rushing into solutions, even if that sometimes means starting out with ‘just enough research’. You focus on the needs of the people using your products and services, but are able to understand the complexity involved in balancing them with the client’s organisational goals or technical constraints.

You’re a visual thinker
You understand the benefits of making complex ideas simple through diagrams, concept maps, sketches or other visual thinking techniques. Workshops are often your medium of choice. You enjoy working through ideas with clients and colleagues, but you’re also hands-on enough to help bring those ideas into reality.

You are articulate
You understand that success can often rest on the quality of communication. You prefer discussion over emails and documents. You pride yourself on expressing your ideas clearly and with a strong sense of purpose that encourages trust from your colleagues and clients, whether that’s a conversation around a whiteboard, an innovative design concept or a strategy presentation in a slide deck.

You collaborate
You do your best work collaborating within cross–functional teams and know that shared understanding is the critical factor in achieving a successful outcome. You instinctively share your ideas with colleagues and peers, and love to see them adapt and evolve as a result of constructive criticism.

You value outputs, but know that outcomes are what matter
You know the best way to tackle complex problems is by remaining adaptable. You understand and respect the differences between the various research, design or development methodologies (such as Lean or Agile), while not following any practice unknowingly. You have an array of techniques to draw upon, but focus on the outcomes of your work, rather than fetishise the way it looks or how it’s delivered.

Does this sound like you?

If so, please drop me a short email to andy.thornton@clearleft.com, or connect with me on LinkedIn, telling me why you’re right for this role and point to a CV, resume or portfolio of your work. We’re more interested in understanding what problems you have helped solve (and how), rather than seeing a collection of shiny deliverables. I look forward to hearing from you.

Some things worth noting

  • Applicants should be eligible to work in the UK
  • We are keeping this vacancy open until it is filled, which means there is no closing date for applications
  • We endeavour to get in touch with candidates within four weeks of you contacting us, which typically begins with a casual chat prior to a more formal interview process
  • We categorically won’t be working with recruitment agencies on this appointment. Even if you are different from all the others.