Senior Designer

In a nutshell…

Job ads are pretty crap aren’t they? They never tell you what’s really on offer. But here at big fish we like to swim against the tide, so with this one we thought we’d tell it how it is and see what we get back.

What are we after?

We’re looking for a seriously talented designer who can draw, tell a story, make a full working model of the Brooklyn bridge out of paper napkins and who loves design, typography and colour more than life itself.

How do you know you’re the right person?

Are you someone who consumes life at 10,000 miles per hour? Do you love language, art, music, illustration, photography, books, old record collections, dusty libraries, stuffed animals, beer bottle tops, airline safety cards, Tim Walker, eating things you’ve never tried before, that little old shop in East Anglia that only sells chess sets made from recycled Coke cans, blogs about brands with names that pun, yarn bombing, paper cuts of Che Guevara, living art drawn only in moss on old church walls and those photos that make real life look like tiny train sets? Is that too much to ask? If not, read on! Do you believe that everything in life, without exception, should be beautiful and considered? Yes? Great! You’re halfway to a new career at big fish. Now for the sensible bit…

What about the work you’ll be doing?

Working on our most complex and strategic briefs, you’ll be using a big layout pad, over-sized post-it notes and a lot of Sharpie pens to scribble ideas and brainstorm with our writers and planners. You’ll be researching online, offline and on the high street to come up with incredibly creative solutions to everyday problems. As well as being the lead designer on brand creations, you’ll be getting your hands dirty with some strategic thinking as well. On top of this, you’ll be shooting stuff in our photo studio, building models out of paper, card and glue, painting, drawing, filming, recording and generally enjoying the life of a designer who has everything they could ever want to help them create amazing work. Honestly? We have no idea who we’re looking for really. We just want to meet incredible talent and find our kindred spirit to help us do great work.

What are our deal breakers?

First and foremost, we’re after someone who isn’t afraid of being selective and turning long-winded briefs into succinct and perfectly formed ideas. You’ll need a minimum of 5-7 years’ design company experience working across both print and design at a high level, and if you don’t know your way around Illustrator and Photoshop, life will be tricky, or possibly unbearable. You’ll be working independently and alongside other designers, and though this isn’t a management role, you’ll be teaching and mentoring juniors, as well as learning from creative and design directors. So, we’ll need you to have great communication skills, alongside a sophisticated knowledge of print processes and the technical side of design, understanding the practical realities of what you create and how it will eventually be manufactured. Lastly, you’ll need to be super-Mac literate and treat your laptop and software as it if was an extension of your body. We like to combine the old and the new and keep our work lively, fast and fresh.

We’d love you to…

  • be able to draw and communicate ideas quickly
  • turn the complex into the simple
  • be an exceptional typographer
  • obsess over colour
  • live and breathe all things design
  • know your way around a Mac, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • know your print and love books, magazines and blogs
  • be well-read and highly knowledgeable on matters of design and marketing
  • live within a sensible distance of our studio (because we think long commutes are a waste of time)

How much?

We like paying people, honestly we do, so you tell us what you cost and we’ll see if our pockets are deep enough.

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