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Digital Designer Wanted

Digital Designer:
Soundings is the sister company to Fluid Design Ltd. Soundings is a thriving and growing Shoreditch based consultancy with over 15 years’ experience focusing on community and stakeholder engagement, consultation and co-design and cutting edge, high profile urban projects. We are looking for a massively enthusiastic and talented Digital designer/Front-End Developer to join our team, based in central London. Someone with min 3 years experience who also has an eye for design and is at ease working alongside graphic designers and in bringing to life complex online layouts.

You will be joining a design team and work directly with the creative director to help deliver high-quality responsive websites. The role will cover a range of channels including: Newsletter design. WordPress based websites, HTML development for Display Banners (Media), Feedback forms and etc.

Required Skills:
– At least 3 years digital design experience
– BA(Hons) in Digital Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Communications or related field.
– Ability to develop and execute outstanding interactive design concepts
– A solid knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress and Front-End Tools ( incorporating video, sound and interactive elements. )
– Knowledge of Javascript would be desirable
– Experience using PHP (mainly Front End) & PHP Framework
– Email/newsletter/online feedback form construction
– Experience of mobile design and device optimisation – Ensuring that user journeys across mobile and desktop products are responsive and adaptive and meet the needs of the business
– Experience with popular CMS engines like WordPress

Key Qualities & Skills:
– High attention to details, with a strong visual aesthetic
– Potential experience for creating animations
– Ability to work under pressure
– Ability to work across multiple projects
– Strong digital UX/UI Design
– Excellent appreciation of Typography, Colour and Layout
– A solid understanding of Adobe softwares (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
– Strong communication skills
– Pro-active and motivated
– Team player
– Flexible

Company’s website:
www.fluidoffice.com
www.soundingsoffice.com

Some examples of our work:
www.brentcrosssouth.co.uk
www.futurenorthfields.com
www.lancwestrefurb.com
www.sohameasterngateway.com

Annual Salary:
£30,000 – £40,000 per annum | Depending on experience
Six months probation, permanent post on offer on satisfactory completion
25 days annual holiday (and public holidays)

Opportunity: Graphic Designer & Public Engagement Consultant

Graphic Designer & Public Engagement Consultant (full time) at Soundings

Main purpose of job

Responsible for design and production of all communication material related to consultation projects, working as part of the Soundings team as an outreach and consultation assistant on projects in the built environment.

The job can be broken down into 2 main areas:

  • Graphic Design
  • Public Engagement & Consultation

Keywords describing the role: Innovator, Researcher, Analyst, Visualiser

Graphic Design Key Tasks:

  • Identity / look and feel design for consultation projects (includes logo design, design of all communication material)
  • Design of communication material (this includes designing consultation tools, research reports, newsletters, posters, leaflets and exhibition boards)
  • Information visualisation – analysing and visualising comments and research material collected during consultation process
  • Website design ­– layout design for basic websites related to consultation projects

Skills Required:

  • Have experience in graphic design and visual communication
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience in print production
  • Understanding of web technologies

Public Engagement & Consultation Key Tasks:

  • Conduct project research (includes conducting desk-based research and action-based research through site visits and interviews)
  • Facilitate / host consultation events – work as part of the Soundings team on various consultation events related to projects (tasks include ad-hoc street interviews, conducting more focused group / one-to-one interviews and facilitating group discussions at large-scale public events).
  • Database findings and analyse information – log research insights and work with the project team to interpret the data gathered and draw out relevant insights to inform the consultation process.
  • Write project reports – be able to articulate research findings in a clear and concise way and write summary reports of the process.
  • Idea generation – work with the Soundings team to come up with creative ways to engage the general public on projects, collect and display information and draw out stories / information from people.

Core Skills:

  • Be passionate about public engagement & consultation
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Proficient use of English language
  • Enjoy working with people and being out of the office
  • Have an interest in place making and architecture

Added Value:

  • Experience in workshop facilitation and outreach work
  • Knowledge / experience of the planning process / urban design / masterplanning / architecture
  • Website development and construction technical skills
  • Graphic design professional experience over 3 years

Key qualities:

  • Be Proactive – take initiative to add creativity to consultation projects / events.
  • Be energetic and friendly – willing to engage with people
  • Deliver projects on time – be able to complete tasks on time and able to react positively to last minute changes.
  • Collaborate with others – projects often involve working as part of a larger team that consist of architects, the council/developer and various other practitioners related to a development / regeneration project.
  • Be flexible with time – on select occasions be willing to work at consultation events scheduled over weekends or after hours.

Three months probation, permanent

20 days annual holiday (and public holidays)

Application process: CV to Shanel Spence: shanel@soundingsoffice.com

Shortlisted applicants: interview with directors

Starting date: as soon as possible

Narrative in Practice, Saturday 21st May

Soundings’ Nina Honiball is co-curating a conference on Narrative in Practice, and has invited Associate, Caf Fean, to talk alongside a number of design practitioners on Saturday 21st May, 9am – 5.30pm at Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS.

Details follow below, perhaps see you there!

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Narrative in Practice

14 creatives explore how they use narrative in their work

Narrative in Practice is a one–day symposium exploring the value of narrative in creative practice.

The event draws together a diverse array of speakers from various disciplines such as architecture, exhibition design, public engagement and participation, interaction design, user–experience and design for urban initiatives.

We understand narrative to be a tool that creative individuals can use in their process and outcome. As a term it is subjective and illusive and has a wide variety of meanings. The speakers will share their insights on how they use it, ask critical questions and provide the audience with new knowledge the topic.

The symposium is curated by Despina Hadjilouca and Nina Honiball.

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List of speakers

More information

For more information, please follow one or more of the following links:

The official website: http://www.narrativeinpractice.com/

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Inspirational images from 2010

Below are some inspirational images and holiday snapshots from 2010 from the office: these will be added to as they come in.

South Downs, May 2010 – Ciron

A keen cyclist, Ciron and a friend went off-roading from Richmond to the South Downs, near Brighton in May last year.

They covered 70 miles, setting off at 10.30am and hitting the pub by 4pm.


Snowman, December 2010 – Amanda

Amanda shows off The Fat Controller, a very successful snowman built in one hour on a snowy December day in Hackney.

Describing it as ‘inspiring communing’, Amanda said that neighbours threw down carrots and potatoes to add to his face, and then they all had a snowball fight. Her last comment on the picture: ‘good snow.’

Jerusalem, December 2010 – Caf

These shots were taken whilst on holiday in Jerusalem this Christmas –  a pretty good place to be for the festive season. Caf especially likes the water pipes that took on a character of their own.

Hill House Farm, Carfraemill (nr. Lauder), Scotland, December 2010 / January 2011 – Kat


New Years’ Day, walking off the effects of the Hogmanay Ceilidh the night before!

Living Heritage at the British Museum, Thursday 9th December


This is a project Kevin Flude, Associate Lecturer on the MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments course, has been working on this year at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

The pop-up exhibition will be held this Thursday, from 11am to 5pm in the Great Court of the British Museum.

An interesting example of school children working with MA students in a heritage context.

Kevin Flude, Director: The Old Operating Theatre Museum
And Did Those Feet/Cultural Heritage Resources
Web site http://www.chr.org.uk