We are looking for a midweight digital designer to work within our experienced and friendly design team.
We started out as a print design agency a decade ago but we’ve been doing digital work for almost as long and it’s now the fastest growing part of our business. If you’re passionate about harnessing the potential of online communications to meet the needs of our clients and their audience, this could be the opportunity for you.
Our portfolio includes plenty of organisational websites but we have also built our own online reader interface (to allow users to read and navigate long reports via web browsers), online periodicals, interactive tools and bespoke media-rich online presentations.
We work hand in hand with our clients – mostly charities, NGOs, think tanks and research organisations – to communicate ideas that matter. Soapbox produces all types of creative output including print publications, infographics, branding, animation, websites and other digital products.
We are a close-knit, hard-working and ambitious agency. We expect all our staff to act autonomously and take responsibility for their own projects – with support when they need it, of course – so they can feel a personal sense of accomplishment when we successfully complete a piece of work. Reporting to a Senior Digital Strategist, you’ll need to be able to multitask and work on a variety of concurrent projects, often acting as the main point of contact for the client.
We also look after our people and they tend to stay with us. We’ve designed our new Whitechapel offices to have plenty of social spaces and there’s a calendar of staff events across the year. On the rare occasions when you’ll have to work overtime, we’ll make sure you get the time back.
If that sounds appealing, get in touch.
About the role
We employ a lot of designers but our specialised digital design team is still small. You’ll have real responsibility for developing approaches and solutions that will help shape our future practice.
You will be involved in projects from kick-off to launch, helping with concept development, strategy and IA, before delivering wireframes and designs, and ensuring these are carried forward into the finished product.
We are a very customer-focused agency and we believe in giving our staff maximum professional autonomy, so you’ll often be in direct contact with clients, taking in feedback and updating your designs as required.
We’re looking for someone with substantial professional web design experience who’s used to working within tight deadlines and restricted budgets. You will have a keen eye for detail and impeccable design skills, including (but not restricted to) digital typography, layout, colour and brand application. You’ll be eager to stay on top of new trends and innovations in digital communications and find ways to apply them to your own work.
It’s vital that you have a solid understanding of user-centred design principles and usability issues, as well as responsive design. This includes a good grasp of accessibility issues and the importance of empathy in digital design.
You will have plenty of previous experience of coordinating your efforts with those of a wider team and ideally you’ll have worked in a customer-facing role. You will know how to ensure you are properly briefed and to take direction, but also to work independently, using sound judgement to decide when to seek advice from others.
You will have an excellent command of written and spoken English and you should be ready to explain and justify design decisions to the client and your colleagues.
And if, on top of all this, you can demonstrate an interest in current affairs, public policy or open data, that would be the cherry on the cake.
We offer a competitive salary and a good benefits package with some great perks, including:
- 34 days holiday per year (including public holidays)
- Cycle to work loans
- Pension scheme
- Family friendly policies including flexitime working
- Childcare vouchers
How to apply
Email your CV, a covering letter and a portfolio of relevant work to ku.oc.xobpaosnull@tnemtiurcer