There's no one way to be creative, so naturally there are thousands of ways to find creative jobs. To help you find them, we've compiled a list of the Top 10 Creative Job Boards Online with some advice on what to look for. There is something for everyone, whether you're looking for a members-only environment or a specific design niche.
AIGA is perhaps the largest and longest-running professional membership organization for design. Founded in 1914, AIGA's stated mission is to advance "design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force." To this day, AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices in design.
Important to note: The AIGA job board is only available to organization members. While membership requires a yearly fee, there are a variety of membership levels at different price points. For information on joining, visit the AIGA membership page.
Coroflot launched in 1997 as a way to connect creative professionals with jobs in design. The site boasts a large and active job board, with employers ranging from small local companies to multinational industry leaders like Nike, Microsoft, and Landor.
Coroflot's job board is searchable by keyword, company, location, job level, or specialty. Some of the many specialties listed include 3D Modeling, Art Direction, Packaging Design, Typography and Awesomeness.
The How Design job board was created in partnership with Coroflot, so you'll see many of the same design jobs listed on both sites. Though Coroflot offers a more detailed breakdown of job categories, the How Design job board provides many helpful resources for designers, including a 3-week training on creating your first Wordpress blog and an awesome infographic that breaks down creative jobs by salary.
Creative Hotlist site is a career resource site for creative and design professionals, who can log into the site to post resumes, online portfolios, and job-wanted ads. Members can also save searches in a personalized virtual filing system, which can be helpful for organizing job search information. You can use the basic search function to browse jobs by keyword. Or, a more advanced search can be used to filter results alphabetically, by experience level, or by the date the job was posted. All custom search results can be saved for future access.
Behance is a unique online platform where individual designers showcase their creative work. The site contains thousands of online portfolios from designers around the world, broken down by a variety of different creative fields (architecture, graphic design, illustration, and motion graphics are just a few of the popular search categories).
As a complement to the vast portfolio-sharing site, Behance offers a free job board. Jobs are searchable by keyword, creative field, or company. Check out the company directory to view active job listings with companies ranging from Adobe to Etsy.
Krop.com began in 2000, not as a design Web site, but as a private mailing list for professional designers. In time, it grew into a design job board and design community Web site. Today, Krop gets more than 1 million visits to their Web site per month and is still owned by the original founders.
Use Krop to search hundreds of creative job listings or to build and host your online portfolio. Be sure to check out the Pluck't feature—a list of top portfolio pieces, uploaded by Krop users, and hand-selected by the Krop.com staff.
Authentic Jobs is one of the few top job sites that specifically caters to Web designers. What sets the site apart from other online job boards? The moderators of Authentic Jobs personally screen all job posts to verify that the job is fair and legitimate. The site is freely searchable by designers and features job opportunities with companies big and small.
Authentic Jobs is a great choice for freelancers and job seekers who want to be sure they're applying for a trustworthy job. Designers can search for jobs by category, location, and whether the job is full-time, contract, freelance, or an internship.
Smashing Magazine is an independent site delivering interesting and informative content to Web designers and developers. In their own words, "The Smashing Team loves high-quality content and cares about little details." Smashing even holds regular special events and conferences featuring top Web professionals from around the world.
The Smashing jobs board features companies of all sizes. Some notables include Electronic Arts, Amazon, Rockstar Games, MTV, and Nokia. Jobs are searchable by keyword or location, and also can be refined by type (full-time or freelance) and category.
"What are you working on?" That’s the motto of the Dribbble design community. Dribbble is a place for creative professionals share samples of their work. Unlike many portfolio sites, Dribbble is a "show and tell" site for in-process projects. It’s a place where designers go to connect, get inspired, and promote their work to industry professionals.
Dribbble features a straightforward job board, searchable by location. While the site can't boast hundreds of job postings, the positions listed are relevant and up-to-date.
Last but not least is Elance, which is different from the other job boards on this list. Elance is a place where business owners post job opportunities for freelancers. To date, Elance is the most popular site of its kind.
On Elance, business owners post job opportunities and freelancers write proposals for the job. Elance can be a competitive environment, but it’s a great place to build a positive reputation online. The site also offers tools to track job progress, set milestones, view in-progress projects, and video conference with clients.
(Anywhere) DailyGigs is looking for a creative and passionate designer to lead a complete overhaul of our current website.
DailyGigs offers a daily newsletter for freelancers and agencies who are looking for quality leads in the tech space. Since our launch late last year, our theory that digital consultants want a more streamlined lead generation solution has been decidedly proven; through a quickly growing subscriber-base and some awesome success stories so far.
Now we’re ready to take our site’s look and feel to the next level. We’re looking for an experienced web designer with background in SAAS and eCommerce design. We want to replace our current Wordpress landing page template with a more full-fledged site that better introduces our services. Skills in email template design, logo design, and branding are also an asset.
Job Perks: Work from anywhere.
Work and communicate with a fun and engaged team.
Could lead to a more long term work relationship.
(Los Angeles, CA) We're seeking a lead designer to contribute to the limitless scope of design needs at NationBuilder, a genre-defining product that is already changing peoples lives. You will be designing beautiful user-focused responsive website themes, crafting delightful web experiences to help tell the NationBuilder story, and take a central role in the evolution of design at the company. This is a great opportunity to have your work seen and appreciated widely. You will work with the design team from our gorgeous new office in downtown Los Angeles, California.
NationBuilder is an operating system for communities – bringing organizing not just to all types of political candidates and nonprofit organizations, but to authors, filmmakers, and anyone building a community around what they do.
You are passionate about designing responsive pixel-perfect websites and have exceptional attention to detail with a portfolio to prove it
You have the ability to code up simple responsive landing pages in HTML5 and CSS3 if required, and have a good understanding of frameworks like Bootstrap
You have a strong work ethic, quick learner and willing to work with a fast-paced team
You hate asking "quick questions" and enjoy the challenge of figuring things out yourself
You are interesting -- maybe you know another language, have a crazy life story, or are a struggling musician, just something different
To apply, please send a URL to your online portfolio, your resume and why this is a job for you in 140 characters or less to email@example.com.
Job Perks: - Excellent health and dental benefits
- $1500/year conference stipend
- Unlimited snacks, coffee and drinks
- Casual work environment
Are you excited about designing slick and intuitive interactive experiences for customers in the next generation Debit Card Rewards App? Interested in growing your career as you take the helm of new product initiatives at a fast growing company? If so, we should talk! At ARM Insight, we build a suite of SaaS apps business intelligence and data analytics products. Our goal is to make it dead simple for bankers and bank operators to monitor their Debit Card programs, and give them the data they need to make decisions that help them run their Card programs better. We are looking for a Senior UX Designer for our next bank product, which is a next generation Rewards & Loyalty App for Debit Cardholders.
As a Senior UX Designer at ARM, you'll be working collaboratively with Engineering Team members, the Product Team, and our Executive Team to help us:
Lead projects as we branch out into new exciting product areas
Define the experience (both interaction and visual), and having a key influence on product strategy
Maintain design standards across our existing products
Improve our understanding of users' needs, through user research and usability testing
Improve or define our design processes and methods
To succeed in this, you'll be conducting a healthy dose of UX design activities:
Whiteboarding concepts and brainstorming
Conducting user research with potential or existing customers
Producing scenarios, wireframes, and mock-ups to evaluate and communicate your designs
Working closely with engineers to prototype, and provide continued guidance as a project evolves
You'll stand out if you have:
3+ years experience in a similar role
A strong portfolio of software product designs showing not just the end result, but your design process for getting there
Experience designing data visualizations
Experience creating UX deliverables in Photoshop or equivalent tools
Visual design skills
Strong Web development skills (HTML, CSS, JS)
Nice to have: College degree in design or related field, or equivalent experience
Our goal is for this position to be an opportunity for a person to take over and own ALL interface design work (corporate website, all client and customer interfaces, and printed materials for conferences etc.) for our company. We don’t have any designers in our company right now and whoever takes this position can really just take over all the design, identity and user-experiences of our company.
A little about us:
ARM Insight is a provider of business intelligence and compliance services for the Prepaid Debit Card Industry. ARM is a leader in transaction-based analytics and offers robust turn-key Prepaid Management Platform (PMP). ARM's platform is able to transforms the millions of raw transaction data from legacy processor platform into actionable information, which enables Program Managers to make intelligent business decisions and automate manual operational tasks. We are a small tight knit team of 11 and growing. We all work hard and enjoy our jobs. We are definitely a startup and every person is a contributor and influencer of the company.
(New York, NY)About the Foundation: Founded in 1998 by Co-Chairmen Leonard and Ronald Lauder, the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is a vibrant, growing biomedical philanthropy which awards grants to leading scientists conducting breakthrough drug discovery and early clinical research. Our mission is to accelerate the discovery of new drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and cognitive aging. Position Overview: This is an exciting opportunity to build the design capability and visual brand identity of a growing organization with a vitally important mission.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is seeking a talented, enthusiastic and collaborative Graphic Designer to join its small Communications team and play a key role in creating a cohesive, clear and attractive brand identity. From social media graphics to Annual Reports, you will have the opportunity to design a huge variety of materials for diverse audiences. The Graphic Designer will be a key member of a growing Communications team and will help to lead creative direction. You should possess excellent visual design skills, experience designing for print and online publications (evidenced by a strong portfolio), and an eagerness to apply those skills to a critically important cause. You should also have the ability to use graphics to translate complex scientific information into clear, attractive visuals. The Graphic Designer will report to the Communications Manager and work closely with the ADDF’s Science, Development and Special Events teams.
Create social media graphics for Facebook, Twitter and other channels
Produce brochures, banners, newsletters, fact sheets and other material as needed
Develop print advertisements and banner ads
Create invitations and save-the-dates for ADDF events
Design infographics highlighting the ADDF’s scientific work in an accessible, clear way
Design e-newsletters and e-blasts
Liaise with printers and mail houses on print newsletters and Annual Reports
Maintain ADDF database of photos on Flickr
Assist with website design and updates
Ensure brand consistency across all platforms
B.A. in Graphic Design or related field combined with additional experience
1+ year of professional graphic design experience preferred
Highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with in-house design work and brand consistency
Some experience with HTML
Familiarity with print design and publishing practices
Independent worker and creative thinker
Familiarity with ExpressionEngine and MailChimp preferred
Ability to translate complex scientific ideas into clever, attractive and digestible infographics
Capable of balancing competing projects and deadlines
Strong understanding of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s mission and work
Job Perks: - Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and 401K.
- Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holiday time off.
- Summer Fridays!
- Quarterly gratis to spend at the Estee Lauder company store
Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume including pay requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
(London) Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is seeking a talented Web Designer/Front-end Developer to join our friendly, expert in-house Web team. Your responsibilities will include front-end development, UI design, UX design, liaising with internal clients and advising on industry best practice for a variety of student recruitment and research projects. You will have the opportunity to contribute to a major project currently being undertaken by the QMUL web team.
We are looking for someone who:
- is confident, personable and professional - is organised and calm under pressure - is flexible, intuitive and has initiative - has a collaborative work ethic - is passionate about contributing to an outstanding user experience.
Skills and experience:
The post is full time for a period of up to 12 months, starting as soon as possible. Starting salary will be £31,735 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave and a defined benefit pension scheme.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 1 February 2015.
Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Richard Hirst, Head of Web, at email@example.com or on 020 7882 7894.
For further details and to make an application, please visit www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk and search for QMUL 5212. Please include details of why you would be great for this job, including your CV, portfolio website and links to any sites you have worked on.
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,800 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £350m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering.
Our academics are among the best in the country and following the most recent assessment, we were ranked 9th in the UK for research (REF 2014). Our teaching is inspired by this world-leading research, and we offer our students a stimulating, high-quality learning experience. In August 2012, in recognition of our status as one of the top research-led universities in the UK, QMUL joined the Russell Group, which represents the 24 leading universities in the UK.
The Web team is based at the Mile End campus in east London and our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. We are part of the Directorate of Marketing & Communications which helps the organisation achieve ambitious recruitment goals and enhance its global profile. The directorate is responsible for marketing and student recruitment, brand and identity, website, digital and social media, stakeholder relations, media relations, widening participation, and internal engagement with staff and students.
Valuing diversity and committed to equality
Job Perks: 30 days annual leave and defined benefit pension scheme
(Lexington, MA) Join one of the Boston Globe’s 2014 Best Places to Work! Imprivata, a leading provider of authentication and access management solutions for the healthcare industry, is looking for a Designer / Front End Developer to own small and mid-sized content management initiatives for www.imprivata.com.
Reporting to the Web Marketing and Design Specialist, the Designer / Front End Developer will work collaboratively with the marketing team and outside vendors to support the development and maintenance of the website. The designer/ front end developer will help with the design, production, development and/or maintenance of both new and existing website design projects.
They will work cross-functionally with stakeholders across different lines of business to design and develop digital assets with a high degree of usability.The best candidates have a strong understanding of industry trends and content management systems such as Drupal, as well as software programs like the Adobe Creative Suite. The ideal candidate is a hands-on self-starter who has the ability to transform ideas into user friendly, captivating designs and deliver results in a fast-paced environment.
Maintain, enhance and update existing website
Design and develop new landing pages and interactive web elements
Brainstorm and implement A/B tests for better user experience and conversion rates
Maintain graphic and branding standards
Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies
Promote usability best practices
Occasionally help to create various marketing materials
1-2 years of relevant website design and web development experience
Bachelor’s degree in related field of study
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Familiarity with Drupal
Experience with responsive design and SEO best practice
Job Perks: Flexible PTO
Excellent health, dental, vision plans
Access to shaded bike trails
(Cheyenne, WY) We don’t always hire graphic designers — but when we do, we prefer... Someone creative, fun, optimistic, enjoyable, fun, smart, and witty. A talent with a captivating portfolio that inspires us to do better work. Someone who can kill two stones with one bird. A person willing to live in Cheyenne, WY and work for the best advertising and marketing firm this side of the Pecos. Someone with good taste and a knack for creative solutions. Someone who follows the industry and current trends. An expert with Adobe software and a quick learner on new techniques and tools. We are looking for someone with knowledge across a wide variety of mediums and styles. Someone who challenges themselves in both technical skills as well as design styles. An organized, detail oriented individual that can see a project through from beginning to end. Someone who is collaborative and can work well with others as well as independently. A team player, someone who can take feedback and dish it out (but in a nice bubbly way). Someone who follows budgets and timelines and won’t panic under pressure or tight deadlines. Someone who can work with defined strategy and established brands or create them from scratch. We’re looking for someone who is a lover not a fighter — but also a fighter so people don’t get the wrong idea.
3+ years of related experience
Preferred Bachelor’s degree in related field
Extensive knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite primarily PhotoShop, InDesign and Illustrator
Ability to take something from strategy to concept to finished project
Be able to communicate visually and verbally to internal team and sometimes clients
Design for the web
Working knowledge of the printing process and pre-press prep
Design for the Advertising
Work well with typography
Color correcting photos
Work well in an open team environment
Be comfortable with clients, interpret client needs and present your ideas
Researching and gaining an understanding of client products and services
Generating unique ideas and original concepts in-line with strategic and creative direction
The ability to juggle several projects at once, sometimes under pressure with tight deadlines
An awareness of modern culture and trendy cool things
Familiarity with Wordpress WYSIWYG, HTML, CSS, etc.
Illustration and Fine Art
We work in an old restored warehouse and let our hair down from time to time — especially on Fridays. We offer an excellent benefits package, 401K, competitive salaries, and a groovy culture. For more information on the position, please visit our website warehousetwentyone.com.
If you would like to join us send us your resume, portfolio of work and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Graphic Designer in the subject line. Application screening for this position will begin Monday, February 9.
(Chicago, IL) Greetings, code writing human! We’re thrilled that you’re here to apply for the UI Engineer position. It’s a real good full-time gig located in our Printer’s Row offices in Chicago, IL.
We are… A small but spirited bunch of doofuses who make amazing things to help creative people show off their work. Right now nearly 900,000 people are using Carbonmade portfolios. That number is growing steadily, new projects are underway and we need a special someone to help us build out all our fancy schmancy interfaces. We think that person should be you. Maybe. Listen, we can’t be 100% certain, but we’re almost probably sure it should be you.
You are… An experienced UI Engineer that has built out complex interfaces for a fairly large user base. Ideally, you’re comfortable improvising and hacking together prototypes one day and knocking out production code the next. You’ll be vital to helping us release better and even more beloved versions of Carbonmade. Here’s some stuff you should be down with:
You’re actively interested and stay up to date on all the new web goodies (HTML5, Canvas, WebGL, Canvas, Audio API, File API, etc.)
You have enough experience with Git to explain it to a designer (but probably won’t have to)
You’re happy as a clam working independently and collaborating with designers and developers in real-time
You can communicate good
You love solving problems, like a regular MacGyver
You know who MacGyver is (optional but helpful)
You are unafraid of weirdo designers
Most of all, you’re at home banging your head against challenging problems
Your perks… You’ll get a rad job at a great company working on interesting projects and get paid an excellent salary in US currency. There’s plenty more, but ideally this is what you’re looking for.
Apply: Some questions that would help us to get to know you:
1. Do you have any personal projects?
2. Tell us about the last interface you used that got you hyped.
3. Whatís the weirdest project you had to implement?
4. Tell us why you want to work at Chipotle.
5. Ignore number 4.
Thatís about it. Just write up anything you think we need to know and link up your portfolio or Github profile or whatever the cool kids are using these days.
(Remote) We are looking for experienced, reliable, web designers (front-end design only) interested in working on a project/contract basis. Candidates must be located in the United States. We are seeking creative, independent individuals, not agencies or teams.
Job Perks: Work from home. Well defined project specs. Could lead to long term work relationship.
Apply: Please provide links to recent web design work/portfolio and hourly rate. Must be based located in the United States.
(Orlando, FL) Everyone at Ascentus is a producer and our mobile engineer will exemplify this at the highest level.
Our mobile engineer will help pioneer a new wave of Ascentus innovations. This individual will be passionate about technology and isn’t afraid of any challenge. They’re interested in discovering new technologies every day and putting them into practice to develop great mobile application environments.
Our mobile engineer will work closely in a collaborative environment with multiple departments to bring forth the next generations apps that improve life and push known digital boundaries.
We love teamwork here at Ascentus and we strive towards maintaining an ego-free environment. We’re looking to add a teammate that will gel with us and enhance our current chemistry.
You have to be talented, excitable, obsessive, driven, entrepreneurial, innovative and inventive to be our mobile engineer. If you want to work toward a purpose, then join our crew. Responsibilities:
Develop mobile applications for devices including cell phones and tablets
Connect to third-party data using various API techniques
Develop requirements and planning documentation
Collaborate with designers and marketing to develop amazing products
Set up, manage, and configure hosting environments
Set up and maintain GIT repositories for active and archived projects
Maintain well-documented, reusable, and transferrable code
Maintain working knowledge of new development software, trends, and practices related to your responsibilities
Expert knowledge with Objective C, Swift.
Functional knowledge of version control (GIT)
Functional knowledge of performance optimization techniques such as web caching or caching on local devices
Functional knowledge of open source online data storage systems, such as MySQL
Fluent understanding of object-oriented programming techniques
Familiarity with UNIX terminal commands
Drive and excellent time management skills
Strong oral and written communication skills with team members
Functional knowledge of e-commerce solutions, subscription based models and secure payment transactions.
Bachelor’s Degree or certification in related field of study
Knowledge of strong user experience design and human-to-computer interaction
Experience and knowledge with SEO best practices
Experience and knowledge with Google Analytics
Expert Knowledge of Java and Android SDK
Job Perks: Relocation assistance
100% health insurance coverage
Generous vacation policy
Your own power workstation (PC/Mac) with dual monitors
A Herman Miller Aeron Chair
14í ceilings with an open floor plan
Offices overlooking Downtown Orlando (14th Floor)
Free Downtown parking
Free Coffee and snacks
Company outings (cruises, lunches, themeparks)