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Junior Designer

We’re looking for a designer with bags of potential, and the drive to make an impact building iconic brands

We’re looking for the next big design thing with bags of potential to boost our agency. A talented designer who is big on big ideas and who wants to make an impact that everyone can feel.

At Born Ugly, you’d be a crucial part of the creative delivery team across a range of different projects. And as part of this team, you will be working collaboratively and creatively on solving client challenges, always looking for potential to make an impact, and driving ideas that build iconic brands.

Whether you’ve recently graduated or already have a year or so under your belt, what matters most is that you are motivated by big ideas and that you have a burning energy to bring them to life in a 360 brand world. You want to develop your creative eloquence, and help create compelling design stories that help bring your clients on the journey with you.

Our ideal candidate will have started to build an impressive book, and will have completed a number of successful internships or is ready for their next step. You’d work alongside members of the wider Design Team and as part the team you will be mentored by the others, giving you a great opportunity to develop your creative skills and turn your ideas into meaningful impact.

Born Ugly is an independent agency that was formerly the founding studio of Elmwood. This means that we’re ugly enough to work with big hairy challenges and big global clients, but that we’re agile and nimble enough to move at pace and make an impact way beyond our scale.

Why Born Ugly exists

At Born Ugly, we want our work to improve the experiences and lives of everyone who feels its impact. It should be remarkable, always.

We believe in

  • Forging lasting relationships with each other and our clients
  • Pursuing excellence, leaving no stone unturned to deliver wow
  • Creating impact, through thought provoking, heart-pounding and break-through creative thinking

Who we want to work with

We want to work with talented individuals who think differently and who want to make a difference rather than just do a job.

Sound like you? Apply now

To apply, please send us a copy of your CV, portfolio and a cover letter to with the subject title ‘Junior Designer application’.

Not surprisingly, we get a huge number of applications, and while we do our best to reply to everyone it can sometimes take time. So our policy is simple: if your application is so brilliant that it creates an impact, then we’ll be in touch.


Our studio is based in Leeds (United Kingdom), but we’re location agnostic

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We post all of our vacancies on Instagram and LinkedIn, so make sure you follow us to get up-to-date news of our opportunities. Like most companies these days, we may check out your social media footprint like Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram as part of our recruitment process in order to learn a little more about you.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to a policy of treating all our employees and job applicants equally. In fact, we believe that recruiting and developing a diverse workforce is essential to our success. So, we welcome applications from people whatever their age, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, political belief, trans-gender status, sex or marital status.


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