RECRUITING: Graphic Design Generalist with experience developing branding and creating artwork for print and digital formats. Remote working considered.

 media co-op is looking for a talented Graphic Design Generalist with experience developing branding and creating artwork for print and digital formats.

You should be self-motivated, comfortable communicating with clients and freelancers, and interested in helping to grow the design and digital side of an ethics-led workers co-operative.

 We have a strong team of existing freelancers, so there is scope for the role to develop around your particular skillset. But at the outset, the role will likely involve the following:

  • Creating artwork and assets for print, digital and video projects
  • Creating print documents (posters, leaflets, brochures, Powerpoints)
  • Developing branding for clients
  • Running design sessions with clients
  • Developing media co-op’s own brand (e.g. our website, templates, social media content etc.)
  • Participating in team decisions as an active member of the co-operative

media co-op is a well-established ethical business based in Glasgow, running successfully since 2004. The bulk of our work is non-broadcast video, animation, branding, and digital, but we also make TV documentaries on social issues, including international co-productions.

We positively value diversity, so we specially welcome applications from people under-represented in our industry. 

We are based in Glasgow, but we’re willing to consider designers based elsewhere and up for remote working.

More about you:


We’re looking for a new colleague who has a demonstrable commitment to social justice. That could be through your professional work, or volunteering for a charity or a campaign.

Essential Skills:

Please do not apply unless you are confident you have all these essential core skills:

–   A passion for social justice and a familiarity with the needs of the third and public sectors

–   Excellent knowledge of Creative Suite (Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign)

–   Clear and demonstrable understanding of key design principles (e.g. around typography / layout / logo design / colour theory etc.)

–   Ability to communicate ideas effectively to partners and clients

–   Some ability as an illustrator

–   A good overview of the range of third party tools and resources that are available for streamlining different job types (e.g. useful plugins, templates, stock asset packs etc.)

 Desirable Skills / Interests:

–   Experience using UI design tools (Sketch / Figma / Adobe XD)

–   Experience of WordPress Development 

–   Ability to refresh media co-op’s own website design 

–   Experience of other digital development pipeline e.g. apps, e-learning, games etc.

–   Familiarity with Privacy and Accessibility standards for digital development

–   Experience of animation or motion design, either using digital tools (After Effects / Blender / Cinema 4d) or using traditional tools (stop motion, cell animation)

–   Experience creating storyboards (or comics or other sequential formats)

–   Other abilities as an artist, e.g. character design, photography etc.

–   Experience commissioning other creatives or leading a team

–   Experience writing proposals and pitching to clients

–   Experience as producer responsible for digital and design projects 

If there’s anything in this list you are particularly interested in pursuing,  but you don’t yet have the fully developed skills or the experience – please let us know in your application. 

We believe in providing paid training for members of media co-op and would support your development in any of these areas.

And if there’s anything else you can do, or want to learn to do, that doesn’t appear in the list above but you believe would be good for media co-op – tell us about that too. 

Salary, hours, start date


Because media co-op believes in equality, we pay everyone on the staff the same rate, no matter what their job title or grade. Currently the annual salary for everyone in the team is £25,600 (pro rata for posts that are less than full time).

Working days 

Flexible – this role would suit a parent or someone with caring responsibilities or someone who would like to redress their work/life balance.

Starting date 


There will be a 3-month probationary period.

 Deadline: – 16th August 2021

How to apply:

Please email with 

  1. A covering note telling us 
  • why you’d like to join our co-op
  • highlighting your relevant skills and experience
  • telling us what you’re most proud of in your design career so far 
  • demonstrating you have all the essential skills and experience listed, and demonstrating which of the desirable skills you have.
  1. Your CV (your CV doesn’t have to be designed, a simple document is ok)
  2. A link to your portfolio site / Instagram / Behance etc. or a PDF with some selected work. If you are supplying work created as part of a group, let us know what your role was on the project.
  3. Two referees who have seen your design work at first hand, with email and phone contact details

About the company

media co-op is an unusual production company. We’re motivated by social justice. Every one of our projects promotes positive social change, and  all of our clients are in the Third Sector (e.g. charities, social enterprises) or the Public Sector (e.g. NHS, Scottish Government). We make ambitious campaigns and awareness raising films, on everything from mental health to refugees.

Our projects tend to be low-budget, but our creative standards are high. We’ve won many awards – even when our low-cost corporates have been up against high-end broadcast competition at the Royal Television Society Awards. RTS said “media co-op punches above their weight.”

The company structure is unusual. We’re a workers co-operative and a social enterprise, meaning the business is 100% owned by the workers. We’re still a professional company with clearly defined and conventional job roles and responsibilities, but the company is owned and democratically controlled by the people who work in it, with no outside shareholders.

The founders have worked freelance in the creative industries in the past, and deliberately created a company structure that avoided the unhappy working environments they’d experienced in indie production companies.   

We’re a friendly and mutually supportive team, who treat each other with respect and value each others’ skills. Our current team includes a wide age-range and colleagues who are LGBTQ+, migrant, and neurodiverse.

We have progressive policies on flexible working and working from home. We believe in family-friendly working hours which may suit if you’re looking after children or caring for relatives. We’re also open to job-shares and part-time working.  

Our output includes non-broadcast short-form video and animation, broadcast TV, graphic design, and a few digital projects. We also deliver training. One of our specialities is participatory production – facilitating members of the public to take active creative roles, to make productions that work better for their peers.

Find out more about our team, projects, and track record on media co-op’s website.