Working at Ink & Water
We’re looking for a talented, pro-active web designer with a keen eye for detail to join Ink & Water as we look to expand our web team.
We’re a small team but punch above our weight, delivering projects for a wide variety of clients of all shapes and sizes. Recent clients include the Department for International Trade, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, The University of Sheffield and a whole host of small to medium sized local businesses – from illustrators to engineers, funeral directors to singer/songwriters.
As well as enjoying variety in your work, you’ll be part of a friendly, welcoming and supportive team. You’ll have the option to work flexibly (both in terms of hours and location) and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to expand your skills and grow your portfolio.
The working hours for this role are open to negotiation, but ideally we’d be looking for someone able to work anywhere from two to four days a week, either on a salaried or freelance basis.
Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.
The ability to critique your own work is essential.
You’re detail oriented
Whether it’s making design choices on colour and typography, or making informed decisions around page layouts and site structure, you’re tuned into the fine details of form and function, with the ability to identify areas for improvement.
You’re an empathetic communicator
You can understand the needs and requirements of clients, manage expectations and can explain complex technical concepts clearly to a layperson.
You’re great at organising yourself
You can look at a list of tasks that need to be completed and can organise how you work through them. You can write that list yourself – you can plan how to manage your own workload.
As a web designer at Ink & Water, your role will be broad and varied, but in general, you’ll:
- Design website user interfaces, presenting these at varying levels of fidelity and explain the rationale behind the design.
- Work on briefing and planning stages of a website project, including meetings with clients.
- Produce various planning documents (including site structure, wireframes and user journeys), presenting them to clients and explaining how they meet the brief.
- Work alongside our in-house developers during the website build process, advising them on design choices and ensuring the client’s brief is met.
- Work collaboratively with other designers in the team.
- Maintain existing websites, updating content where necessary and working with the development team to fix bugs and issues, communicating findings and progress either to the team or directly to clients.
- Contribute to work schedule planning and organisation.
- Occasionally work on other graphic design tasks as and when the need arises.
You should have the following to be suitable for this role:
- UX & design skills, with experience of designing website interfaces
- Experience of working directly with clients on large projects, from briefing stage through to completion
- Experience of using Adobe Creative Cloud software
- A solid grounding in typography
- A strong understanding of the use of colour
- Understanding of responsive design
- A desire to learn more and improve your skills
If you’ve got the following skills and experience, shout about it!:
- Website development experience and/or knowledge
- Experience of using Sketch/Adobe XD
- Understanding of accessibility requirements for websites
- Experience with WordPress or other CMS platforms
- Experience with WooCommerce, Shopify or other e-commerce platforms
- Any other relevant graphic design experience
How to Apply
Applications for this role should be submitted via the application form on our site. Closing date for applications is 28th January 2022.
Some tips for applying:
- Evidence is key! If you can show that you can do the things outlined in the ‘requirements’, that goes a long way. Add some of your design work to Behance (or collate it in a PDF) and show us!