This is a pretty much unprecedented event/opportunity: there are two graphic design jobs going at johnson banks, one at junior level and another at middleweight/senior.

Junior designer

You’ll have 0-3 years experience, looking to work hard and do great work. You’ll have pretty good skills, be able to use all the expected programs and see digital as part of what you do, not an add-on. But the most important thing will be the ideas, that’s what drives you. You’ll be prepared to get stuck in and work as part of a team working directly with our Creative Director, Michael Johnson, and whether it’s doing a visual audit or seeing your design make it through to the client presentation, you’re ready to give it your best shot.

Next steps:
compose a 7 page pdf (that’s under 10 megs) containing:
a quick look at your 6 best projects (and your role in them)
and 1 page telling us why you should work at johnson banks.
Then send it, with your CV,
to  with the header
‘application for junior designer’

Middleweight/senior designer

You’ll have about 4-6 years experience. You’ll have done some great work already, and have all the skills (including being digital savvy), but now you want to move to another level, take more responsibility and do fantastic work on a regular basis. Ideally, you’re as good at having great ideas as you are at finishing them off. You’ll be working day to day with Michael Johnson but given quite a bit of freedom to develop ideas and thoughts independently.

Next steps:
compose a 9 page pdf (that’s under 10 megs) containing:
a quick look at your 8 best projects (and your role in them)
and 1 page telling us why you should work at johnson banks.
Then send it, with your CV,
with the header
‘application for middleweight/senior designer’


A note about salaries and holidays
We pay the going rate and the same goes for holidays. On account of our client base, we can’t pay top dollar, but we’ll do our best to pay fairly. If we have a good year there are bonuses.

A note about the application process
The last time we did this we received hundreds of applications. So the 7 page/9 page pdf thing? It’s to to make our lives easier, edit quicker, and get back to you sooner. If you can’t be bothered with that, and send us a 92 page pdf we won’t have time to read it. The decision, as they say, is yours.

The cut-off date for applications is midnight GMT, Monday 30th November.

The best six to ten applicants per job will be contacted asap about the next steps – this may have to be a second round of pdfs – or, ideally, we’ll go straight to interviews which we’d like to start in December. We’ll try to reply to everyone, but if you haven’t heard back by the end of December, you probably haven’t been shortlisted, sorry.

We’re looking for people to start in February, or earlier. We will, of course, treat your application in the strictest of confidence.

No recruitment agencies please, and you don’t need to call us. We, as they say, will call you.

A quick bit about us
johnson banks has been around for over two decades and work predominantly on major branding projects. Even though there are rarely more than ten of us we work on large scale projects, across the world, from our base in London. We strongly believe that design can make a genuine difference to peoples’ lives and hence there’s a clear ethical basis to our work. We concentrate on the educational, philanthropic, not-for-profit and cultural sectors.

If there were three projects that summed us up they would be these, for global thought-leader Acumen, for London’s famous Science Museum and our recent project for Cambridge University. When we have a bit downtime we’ll try and use it in an interesting way, like this, or this.

We work on brand identities and campaigns all the way from beginning to end – from the research stage, through strategy and brand narrative, then on to design and implementation. We balance the verbal and visual sides of our work on a daily basis. So if you see words as those annoying grey bits between the pictures, then this is not the job for you.

Good luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing your stuff.

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