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.
(Los Angeles // New York) Company based in Los Angeles with offices in New York is seeking a talented freelance designer to join their team. The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized, detail-obsessed self-starter with a passion for developing great UX design.
We work with a broad range of well known international brands. Since majority of work will be executed offsite, candidate must have excellent communication skills. Daily skype meetings will be required.
Requirements: * At least 4 years of strong interactive and digital responsive design experience. * Excellent design, typography and photo editing skills * Wireframes and site flow capabilities a plus. * Strong conceptual development of online work. * Skills in Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator * Fundamental knowledge of HTML, CSS and Flash * Must provide a link to online portfolio. * Must be available to work U.S hours * Bonus - if you know how to use sketch * Must be available 10 am - 3 pm EST (New York Time). * Must be available minimum of 30 hrs a week.
To apply, please put "Digital Designer" in subject of email.
Job Perks: Several health insurance plans to pick from.
Paid vacation time, holidays, etc.
Stay educated through our tuition reimbursement program.
Get healthy using our wellness program
...and much more!
Apply: Applying online is the first step to be considered for this position. While applying you will create a job seeker profile, which you can use to apply to other career opportunities within GE.
(San Francisco) Clover Health is driving down costs and producing improved health outcomes with a unique health insurance plan. We use sophisticated analytics and custom software to direct our own clinical staff to proactively fill in gaps in the care of our members. We have a proven model we're scaling out.
We're focusing on elderly and low-income patients that stand to benefit from our model the most. This puts us in a position to make a major dent in healthcare expense in the United States and reverse an unsustainable, decades-long spending trend.
The Job We are looking for a stellar Senior UX Designer to join our small team of collaborative designers. You will play a key role in defining our company's design culture from an early stage. You will have opportunities to design the member and provider experiences and the applications our medical team uses during patient home visits. You will work with product managers, engineers, and our operations team to generate diverse solutions to complex problems.
Healthcare experience is not required.
Things we look for in a product designer in addition to our values:
A genuine passion for what design and technology can do to help people
A systems-thinker that can logically visualize complex systems and user interaction flows
A problem solver that gets excited by big, complicated problems
An empathetic user advocate that values designing with research and data analysis
A familiarity of user-centered design best practices for web and mobile experiences
A collaborator that can make and communicate design decisions with non-designers
(San Francisco) Clover Health is driving down costs and producing improved health outcomes with a unique health insurance plan. We use sophisticated analytics and custom software to direct our own clinical staff to proactively fill in gaps in the care of our members. We have a proven model we're scaling out.We're focusing on elderly and low-income patients that stand to benefit from our model the most. This puts us in a position to make a major dent in healthcare expense in the United States and reverse an unsustainable, decades-long spending trend. The Job: We are looking for a stellar Visual Designer to join our team. You'll help us build and bring to life our new brand and identity. You’ll ideate, conceptualize and produce compelling media (from print to billboard to digital) materials through elegant design and clear messaging. You’re a team player and feel comfortable working collaboratively across disciplines and maintaining a purposeful approach to production and execution.You're interested in changing the face and experience of a daunting, challenging industry.
Healthcare experience is not required.
Things we look for in a designer in addition to our values:
Genuinely passionate for what design and technology can do to help people
Ability to demonstrate excellent use of typography, color, grid, scale, balance, and hierarchy
Empathy for the user, and empathy for individuals on a creative team
Ability to translate market research and data to strategic creative solutions
A collaborator that can make and communicate design decisions with non-designers
(Indianapolis, IN) Williams Randall Marketing is seeking a Designer with 1-3 years experience. Candidates fresh out of school will be considered too. Strong online design skills a must. This person will tackle a variety of projects from display ads, landing pages and website design to print, outdoor, collateral and production work. The ideal candidate for this position will be responsible for projects from start to finish in collaboration with a writer, creative director and account service team.
This position is for a 1-year contract with an opportunity for a permanent role beyond that.
Ideal traits of candidates:
Strong conceptual thinker
Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
An eye for detail so projects are handled with accuracy
An understanding of hi-res file preparation for printing and publication
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
A willingness to learn and grow – better yet, a passion for it
Comfortable using a Mac
Some of the tasks that will be expected of this role:
Concept and execute display ad campaigns for traditional online sizes, Pandora, and Facebook
Design landing pages for promotions that serve all screen sizes from phones through desktops
Design email templates and campaigns that work for all devices that receive email
Design offline/traditional print projects using the Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud and supply vendors with press-ready files
Work as part of a team to create logo designs for companies and promotions
Work with a writing partner to develop concepts from a creative brief
Participate in meetings with clients throughout the process from project kickoff to presentation
Want to distinguish yourself? Here are some things we’d love to see.
Knowledge of how to build landing pages in HTML and CSS
Pieces in your book that are truly yours, as opposed to thinking you executed for someone else
(Austin, Tx) The Interaction Design group at Chaotic Moon works side by side with Visual Design and Engineering to conceptualize and design great products and services for our clients. We’re not just the voice of the end user – we’re the glue that holds the design process together.
As a member of the interaction design group at CM, you will be involved throughout each client engagement:
Determining our clients’ needs and business context
Researching and understanding the end user’s needs
Understanding the competitive landscape and relevant technical opportunities / limitations
Synthesis & Concept
Identifying and recommending opportunities for new products and services
Creating short and long term experience strategies, and outlining tactics
Illustrating, communicating, and achieving alignment on concepts
Definition & Delivery
Guiding concepts through delivery
Defining and specifying interactions, user interface layout, and design patterns
Ensuring usability by facilitating user testing
We’re looking for good listeners and confident collaborators; conceptual thinkers with a strong eye for detail; the self-directed and intellectually curious; and most of all, individuals with the flexibility to maintain the integrity of a design direction or concept in the midst of shifting technology and business context. Our timelines are aggressive and our standards are high by design – our clients trust us with their livelihoods, which we take incredibly seriously. If all that sounds like your bag, we invite you to join an amazing and internationally-recognized creative team.
Mastery of Adobe CC
7+ years experience working in interaction design or information architecture (an advanced degree counts for one or two of those), specifically in mobile and software
Experience managing and conducting user research (generative and usability)
Experience with prototyping tools
Experience with business development / pitching new clients
Demonstrated experience mentoring and managing junior team members
Demonstrated experience with project planning, forecasting, and resourcing
Experience interviewing and vetting potential ID hires
A portfolio that demonstrates:
the ability to ensure consistency and thoroughness of interaction design across an application
the ability to think conceptually
the ability to connect user needs insights to business objectives
excellent wireframes and client deliverables
Experience working on multiple projects for the same client or developing more workstreams with a client
Job Perks: A fun, casual work environment
Offices in the heart of downtown Austin with parking included
Health, dental, vision, disability, PTO and 401K benefits
Snacks and drinks provided, and social office events regularly
(Phoenix, AZ Scottsdale, AZ Tempe, AZ Mesa, AZ Glendale, AZ Chandler, AZ Gilbert, AZ)Description: We are looking for a creative genius to join our team at SpyFu. You will be designing marketing creatives and user interface / experience for SpyFu.com.
Great design is very important to us, so you won’t be working alone -- designing in a vacuum. You won’t even be the only UX designer. Our design process borrows heavily from Google Ventures’ UX team and Kevin Goldman of 29th Drive (now part of Tallwave). We start with a cross functional team, and we do rapid, paper-first design iterations.
A passionate audience relies on us to help solve their Search Engine Marketing problems. Your job will be to design and build a user experience for them that makes hundreds of terabytes of data as clear as possible. Being able to very effectively think and communicate in charts and numbers is a unique and challenging aspect of this position.
Required: - A very strong portfolio. If your portfolio is out of date, you can send links to your recent work, just be sure to tell us what exactly your role was in the project.
- HTML5, CSS3: This is your medium. In order to design for it, we think you need to be a master of it in order to know it’s strengths and weaknesses. Also, developers usually implement your design 97% perfect. We value that extra 3%, and it’ll be your job to make it perfect. Also, sometimes it’s a lot more efficient to just to implement something yourself.
- Really good problem solving skills: Unfortunately you can’t “suck at math” here. We communicate with our customers in percents, ratios, charts and graphs. We *have* to be -- across the board-- way above average at that stuff.
Should Haves, but not absolutely required: - Designing for conversions -- Ads, Conversion Rate Optimization, etc. - Application design, User Experience, Interactive design, Navigational design.
You can go to SpyFu.com and type in any domain name and see every keyword they buy on Google Adwords, every keyword they rank on organically, and how their ad copy and search rankings have evolved over the last 7 years. On top of that, our goal is to tell people not just what is going on but how to act. So, we need to figure out which keywords, ads, and content are actually profitable – and then show that information to our customers in a context that allows them to take action.
It’s a fun challenge, and we are the best in the world at what we do. Based in the Scottsdale Airpark, SpyFu was launched in 2006 and is a self-funded, profitable and growing SaaS/subscription company.
If you get the job, you’d be the 14th full time employee (not including the founder). But, that doesn’t mean we expect you to give up benefits: · We offer health benefits through your choice of providers. · Retirement Plan (401k) with 4% matching. · You get an office – with a door. · Food and beverages are provided. (pretty much name it and it will magically appear)
· We have a commercial-grade automatic espresso machine. - Our kitchen has a Viking range with grill and griddle -- our omelets and grilled cheese sandwiches are pretty damn amazing.
· Lots of Toys: From electric drift trikes (Google it) to Xbox One, we’ve got the toys. · We have a keg – actually two kegs. Right now, one of them is a homebrew by one of our developers (called SpyBrew White IPA), and the other is a Dos XX Amber. · We play ping pong – a *lot*. We even have a ping pong robot. Oh, yeah, and there’s a ping pong instructor that comes in to give lessons every Friday. · Foosball is kind of the new ping pong for us. There’s at least 3 games a day these days. · There’s a rock climbing wall. Seriously. · We also have a boxing and MMA trainer come in twice a week. · Oh, and there’s a masseuse every week. And a hair stylist once a month. Yep…
Equity / Options: Ask about that at the interview, but rest assured there’s a nice upside.
Partner: At SpyFu you have the chance to make partner. What that means, is that when you work on a product, and that product is successful, we’ll share its profits with you – as a direct percent. So, the more successful the product is, the more your paycheck goes up every month. So, for example, one of our developers gets a couple percent of SpyFu’s revenue because he’s written a decent amount of the code. When we launched SpyFu, that accounted for a very small percent of his salary, now it accounts for a very large part of it.
This is a pretty unique compensation option. We’ve never heard of anyone doing it before, but it’s pretty awesome and really connects you to the work you do. The latest release had a higher conversion rate? You paycheck goes up this month.
At SpyFu, we understand that our people are what make us awesome, and we invest in getting the right people on our team and keeping them around once they’re on board. You might be waiting for the shoe to drop. We’ve had people tell us that the job sounds too good to be real, and they almost wrote it off as SPAM. The truth is, this IS in many ways the perfect job. It is real.
We are real.
But, to get the job you have to be really, really good. The interview process is the toughest in the valley. But, the cool thing is that once you make it, you realize that every *single* person you work with also had to pass that bar -- which is *awesome*.
Job Perks: 401k + matching
Office with door
Free food and drinks
Toys: Unicycles to XboxOne
Ping pong -- and a weekly ping pong coach
Rock climbing Wall
Boxing, MMA trainer twice a week
Hair stylist every month
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(Boulder, CO) Based in Boulder, Colorado, Mondo Robot is a multidisciplinary team of digital artisans that bring together passion, collaboration, and creativity to create high-concept digital solutions that are innovative, engaging, and results-driven. We rock websites, games, strategy, bikes, motion, tequila, video, code, logos, tacos, mobile, music, new identities, IPA’s and sweet Colorado pow. Not to mention, we’re a hell of a lot of fun to work with.
We are looking to fill the Director of Experience Design role. You are passionate about user experience and the value it creates. Responsible for the development of innovative customer experiences across a wide variety of channels and devices. Lead user experience activities on key projects and initiatives.
The Director of Experience Design will collaborate with multi disciplinary teams to create innovative experiences for clients. Naturally adaptive and agile, you will apply the latest user experience design techniques and approaches to create prototypes and solutions.
A minimum of 6-8 years in Interaction Design / Web Design
Lead, manage and mentor a team of 4-6 UX Designers.
Experienced with both content-driven applications and task-oriented, experimental web sites; as well as across multiple platforms including mobile and touch-based interfaces
Understand the challenges inherent in the interactive marketing and design field
You enjoy a diverse range of design activities and disciplines
You have a strong attention to detail
Present user experience recommendations in a concise, compelling and well-articulated way.
Lead the implementation of user experience recommendations, solutions and ensure client expectations are met
Proficiency in process modeling using information design tools (Adobe Creative Suite, Omnigraffle, etc.)
Solid understanding of HTML and responsive design
Understanding of classic information architecture, content strategy, user experience and usability experience
Understanding of advanced user centered design techniques (rapid prototyping, remote testing etc.) to improve efficiency in the user experience process and the quality of the solution
Scope and identify design requirements
Develop interactivity/process flow and site maps
Understanding of user experience solutions for multiple locales while considering: cultural sensitivities, componentization of solution for market rollout, language and script requirements
Mondo Robot is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We strongly support diversity in the workforce.
(Philadelphia) Bluecadet is seeking a Senior Designer with the know-how to incorporate user-centered design principles across a range of projects, from websites to mobile applications to large-scale touch screen interactions. This role will have a core position in shaping a project’s creative trajectory from early concept to implementation. The candidate should be ready for hands-on work at every stage of our project’s lifecycle, from brainstorming creative concepts with the project team and developing original concepts, to participating in client presentations and ensuring deadlines are met, all the way to launch. Bluecadet is a seriously collaborative work environment, so Senior Designers need to collaborate across disciplines on a daily basis, from development to project management, all while maintaining high standards for original concepts and detailed execution. This is an opportunity to define and reinvent the digital space, and a passion for doing just that is critical.
A portfolio of award-winning work that demonstrates a mastery for combining motion and interactive design with an exceptional understanding of type, color and composition.
Strong conceptual thinking. We want people who can start a project off from an incredibly strong position and come up with surprising, cool concepts to pursue.
A strong background, with 3-5 years of visual design experience, at least some in an agency environment.
Strong leadership and teamwork skills—the ability to work with Art Directors and Creative Directors and mentor other Designers as well as the confidence and skill to communicate your ideas clearly.
A solid understanding of designing intuitive site functionality, interaction, site architecture, user interfaces, and navigation. You know a product needs more than just a pretty face.
A great attitude and a lack of ego.
Job Perks: Bluecadet offers competitive salaries, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) participation, paid time off, company holidays, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to work in a dynamic, growing and fun environment. We have a gorgeous office, a relaxed dress code, and flexible hours.
Apply: To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates must live in the Philadelphia area or be willing to relocate.
(New York) Candelita is looking for a talented, innovative and hungry for experience intern to help us with our web design projects and take them to new heights. We are a branding and interaction design agency located in New York with clients all sizes and from several places in the world.
The ideal candidate has great design foundations understanding and is ready to dive in to create interactive prototypes and take small and big assignments. S/he will be working on daily social media graphics, wireframes and branding project for clients and will also have the opportunity to experiment and work on a series we've created last summer. You're a team-player, have a good sense of humor and not looking to be micro-managed.
Initiative is a must!
What will you be doing? + Work closely with marketing to design content that is clear and compelling + Participate in design and marketing brainstorms + Create meaningful design that tells our story visually + Create animated GIF and graphics for social media + Freebies for our blog + Experiment with UX practices
You Won’t: + Be twirling your thumbs with nothing to do + Be bored and stuck working on lame projects + Be in a stuffy environment where you can’t vocalize your opinions
You Bring: + A strong design portfolio, print and digital examples are a must + Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (After Effects a plus!) + Understanding of design patterns and best practices + The ability to make informed design choices
You will really grab our attention if you have: + Front end development skills + Knowledge of responsive web design + Information visualization + UI/UX experience (or really want to learn about it!)
Schedule: This internship runs 3 days a week. 3 month and 6 month commitments are available. Days of the week can be negotiated as needed. Candelita's office is located in Greenpoint in a shared space with other creative and crafty folks!
Compensation: While this position is unpaid, we do offer a monthly travel stipend along with expensed professional development events, and of course, school credit.
To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and two references to hello@candelita along with your portfolio website and your social media profiles!
Apply: Send your CV along with a cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
- Why are you a good fit for this position?
- What would you do if a deadline is not met with a client?
- What's your favorite blog?
- What is it that you’re looking for in an internship? What Are Your Expectations?
- Is there any specific type of projects you want to work on?