Make Shift


Based: London
Level: Junior
Salary: £22,000 to £28,000
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 26 February 2018
Job Listing Added: 13 February 2018

Make Shift designs, builds and manages new public destinations where communities, local entrepreneurs and independent, social business come together to work, learn, grow and collaborate. We make these spaces as affordable as possible, and we actively connect our members with each other and the community around them. So far, we have successfully turned two underused spaces into new destinations for local communities that now house independent and social businesses - Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels – but we’re just getting started. Our ambition is to take our proven business model, scale it and turn more underused spaces into community destinations across the UK and beyond.

We believe in self-management and we want to ensure that our flat structure stays flat. People have the power to make their own decisions and we all encourage and empower each other to be the best we can be.

We are seeking a full-time Designer to join the team and develop creative outputs that tell the story of our sites. You will be working closely with the internal Design department, our wider Project teams and our members, curating physical space alongside digital and printed assets. You will be a multi-disciplined, self-starter with lots of initiative, excited by the prospect of working on a variety of tasks in a very fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. The role will require the candidate to slot in very quickly, and apply their creative knowledge appropriately to the different work-streams. You will be highly enthusiastic, and willing to roll your sleeves up. Furthermore, you will need excellent presentation skills and be able to explain your design work to audiences with no creative background.

The successful candidate will need a spatial and visual understanding of how designs can be actually implemented. They will have qualified in a relevant field and gained some experience working in a related role. They will have a passion for community spaces and arts and culture activities, and demonstrate a good understanding of placemaking and visual identity.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Design Department in developing and curating designs for spatial outputs on our sites, including way-finding systems, furnitures, and installations.
  • Assisting the Design Department on a broad range of graphic design tasks, working on the production of public-facing printed and digital assets, including unique branding and marketing materials.
  • Coordinating with our creative site members – including developing strong relationships.
  • Managing the implementation of design work on-site, including administration of budgets, external designers and suppliers.
  • Managing all design requests across platforms and projects, and creating day-to-day artworks.
  • Regularly updating presentation images and project websites, including assisting in basic wire-framing.
  • Day-to-day design curation and administration, including design pack formatting.
  • Provide creative input across all design work-streams, and assist in design concepts.

About you:

  • Relevant Degree in design field (eg. Architecture, Graphic Design, Set Design etc.)
  • Very strong graphic and visual skills.
  • Competency using Adobe Master suite, predominantly Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. Other Adobe software skills preferable but not required.
  • Good spatial understanding, including basic competency in 2D/3D CAD.
  • Hand sketching, draughting and illustration skills desirable.
  • A strong portfolio that demonstrates a range of knowledge graphic, digital and spatial design techniques.
  • Out-of-the-box thinking critical
  • Ability to make realistic and considered proposals, and seeing ideas through to the end.
  • Excellent time management and ability to work across multiple types of tasks at once.
  • Ability to work in a team and muck-in when needed.
  • Proactive and able to take initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience of working in a commercial/professional creative environment.
  • Knowledge of key brand values and an appreciation of its aesthetics.
  • Interested in being part of social change and working with a socially responsible company.
  • Self-starter with initiative and aspirations for a long-term career in the creative industry.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV and Portfolio to [email protected] under the heading: “Make Shift – Design Recruitment”. This should demonstrate both Spatial and Visual understanding, and must be no larger than 10Mb in A3 format. There will be a further short Task set during the interview. Closing Date: 26th February 2018
Interviews: 26th February 2018 – 09th March 2018
Start Date: March 26th 2018 We are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity