Junior Web Designer (York)
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to take their design skills forward into either user experience design or front-end development. We’ll provide comprehensive on the job training and mentorship, and you'll be reporting directly to our Director of User Experience.
We’re actively building a diverse team and we welcome applications from all people, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression (or indeed any other characteristic whether protected by law or not). We want to create a truly inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential.
At the core of the role is a talent for visual design – we need you to have the ability to use typography, colour and imagery to make information clear and beautiful, within the context of a given brand and design brief.
You’re a digital native – you understand design is not just looked at, it is interacted with. It delivers a service or information to people in all their diversity, to help meet their goals. It may be experienced on devices of all shapes and sizes and input modes, on fast or slow connections. You play to the strengths of the medium.
You will also be able (or be genuinely interested in learning how) to implement your designs in HTML and CSS. You may be a beginner, but be eager to learn. Ideally you can already code a web page from scratch, or work with an existing framework such as Bootstrap. Awareness of web standards, semantic HTML and logical document structure is a definite plus.
The role is based in our York office, right in the heart of the beautiful city of York.
These are the sorts of things you'll be doing. It’s OK if you feel your experience isn’t quite there yet; comprehensive training and support will be provided throughout. We aren’t expecting you to be fully formed, but we want to help you get there.
As a visual designer we’d like you to be able to:
- Create web page mockups using Photoshop or Sketch
- Work with a design brief and brand guidelines
- Work with wireframes that show page layout, navigation and information hierarchy, but allowing for your own creative interpretation
- Collaborate with a user experience designer to develop visual ideas
- Communicate your work to colleagues and clients
- Illustration and animation abilities would be a bonus, but not a requirement
As a front-end developer ideally you will have some experience or understanding of how to implement a web page mockup in HTML and CSS using well structured HTML. In a perfect world you’ll have touched on Less, Sass, Bootstrap and the like but you shouldn’t be put off if you haven’t yet, as long as you’re interested to learn.
We’d love to see you grow and bite off as much as you can chew. We’re eager to share our knowledge and experience with you, and firmly believe there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Here are some areas you could expand into:
- User experience design
- Information architecture and wireframing
- User research
- Heuristic evaluation
- Design systems
- Advanced CSS
- Modern development practices, including version control, development environments and build systems
What we value
- Getting under the skin – understand the problem before creating a solution. Know your users and their goals, but also the business goals
- Articulate – you understand good design is not always self-evident. We depend on your ability to communicate your work confidently and clearly to clients and colleagues
- Visual thinking – ability to rapidly develop and communicate ideas on paper or whiteboard, together with teammates or clients
- Collaboration – you’ll be working with user experience designers and developers, and love to see your ideas adapt and evolve through constructive criticism
- Detail matters – you care about consistency, colour, type and getting things just right. But you’re able to be pragmatic and have a sense of “good enough”
- Curious – you love new tools and approaches, and keep up with developments in digital products, design and technology
Salary from £20k to £25k depending on experience and qualifications. We offer a flexible working environment with generous holidays, a generous pension and private healthcare.
Please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating the role you are applying for. Please include a CV and any examples of your work you feel may be relevant.
Strictly no agencies. Really.