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Placemarque is hiring an Assistant Graphic Designer

Are you looking for a job that will give you the opportunity to channel your creativity?

The Placemarque team is growing and you might be just the assistant graphic designer that we are looking for.

Do you have an interest in the public realm and think you would enjoy helping to create well-designed and easy to explore places? If that sounds good to you then designing innovative environmental graphics and wayfinding strategies could be the perfect fit for you.

Working with us, you’ll help develop wayfinding strategies for local authorities, developers, tourist boards and universities. Our strategies help visitors to navigate and understand places better, giving them the confidence to explore a little further.

Join our team to help us turn masterplans into destinations.


No one day at Placemarque is ever the same.

We have plenty of exciting new projects on our plate and are looking for an enthusiastic and talented designer who is ready to get stuck in. Whether it’s a strategy for a historic town centre or a new residential neighbourhood, we get to travel the length and breadth of the British Isles and explore new places.

We’re a small, friendly team that works flexibly with an office in central Manchester.

Manchester is an exciting place to live and work and we think you’ll like it here.

What sort of things will you be doing?

You will help us create on-brand environmental graphics, as well as pulling together presentations and communication collateral for projects. You’ll work alongside the whole team, supporting progress on all aspects of a project.

Typical tasks will include:

  • Devising fresh graphic design concepts to present to clients
  • Carrying out design updates for existing signage and graphics
  • Creating print ready / manufacturing artwork using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • Producing on-brand presentations and communication material
  • Carrying out image manipulation and retouching

Are you a good fit?

Because we work within the public realm and design products people interact with, you’ll need good spatial awareness and be able to mentally visualize 3D products.

You will have had practical experience within graphic design or the signage sector, and have worked on multiple design projects at any one time. This could be demonstrated either through your past work experience or projects you delivered at university.

The following technical skills are a must:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud; specifically InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Microsoft Office; specifically Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Good typographic and artworking skills and attention to detail

You’ll need to interpret briefs accurately, work efficiently to deadlines, be self motivated and enjoy working in a small office set-up

Above all, you’ll be keen to learn, open minded to new ideas, and enjoy working as part of a team.

Here are some additional desirable requirements:

  • Full UK driving license
  • Ability to generate 3D renders using Sketch Up
  • Ability to create digital content using After Effects or equivalent
  • Digital app web design knowledge and interests
  • Prepared to travel and hold a valid passport

Do we sound like something worth exploring?

Channel your creativity in our practical-minded and creative team.

Get in touch with us by sending your CV and a link to your portfolio (max 10MB) to

+ Meet the Team

Sue Manley

Strategy Director

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An architect by training, Sue founded Placemarque in 2000 after she discovered her passion was in designing ways to help people feel confident to explore and connect with where they are.

As Strategy Director, her core approach is to first understand a place and its barriers to movement, so that the right solution can be found to make sense of the place. Sue likes to come up with simple ways to bring ideas across, break down barriers to movement and help people navigate in and around buildings and places.

A member of RIBA and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Sue speaks regularly at universities and business events to share her approach and insight.


 Key Skills

+ Architecture

+ Wayfinding Strategies

+ Project Lead

+ Planning Advisor 

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Guy Warren

Design Director

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Guy is a wayfinding and graphic designer, and has been Design Director at Placemarque since 2005.

He loves to get under the skin of a place to understand what makes it unique, and is particularly interested in how typography and graphic design can be used to reflect and express a place’s identity and sense of belonging in the built environment.

Guy leads on projects across all sectors, working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary design teams, and bringing his perspective on understanding how people intuitively navigate about a place to deliver cohesive urban design solutions.

Guy is a member of the Chartered Society of Designers.

Key Skills

+ Wayfinding Strategies

+ Graphic Design 

+ Digital Design

+ Project Lead

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Sophie Campbell

Creative Director

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As Creative Director, Sophie leads on projects across all sectors, finding the right strategy for developing bespoke wayfinding solutions. She liaises with clients to get to the heart of what problem needs solving, and uses her technical design and collaborative skills to develop innovative design solutions.

Sophie has a keen eye for detail and loves to uncover hidden gems in a place that can become the inspiration for a design strategy. She uses her creative graphic design skills to develop beautiful layouts that will work for all different types of users.

Sophie is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and loves developing relationships with peers across the urban redevelopment sector.

Key Skills

+ Project Management 

+ Wayfinding Strategies

+ Graphic Design 

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Hannah Southwell

Graphic Designer

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Hannah is a wayfinding and graphic designer. She loves getting to design for real places, researching the unique story behind a place, and turning concepts and ideas into a final scheme. Her work for the 2018 award-winning Ireland’s Ancient East project for Failte Ireland is a great example; the final spiral design reflected the historic Hill of Tara logo.

As well as developing strategies and concepts, she also secretly loves getting stuck into the detail: working out how to translate all the important information and content into the sign design.

Hannah is currently supporting the practice in exploring the development of wayfinding strategies using big data and digital technologies.

Key Skills

+ Wayfinding Strategies

+ Graphic Design

+ Detail Design

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Ellie Firrell

Graphic Designer

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Ellie’s training in graphic design and visual communications gives her the insight needed to carry out wayfinding audits of a place to understand the user needs, and the skills to design beautiful and user-friendly maps, floorplans and diagrammatic illustrations.

She loves helping bring a sense of order to a place, and encouraging people to explore and find out what’s on offer. Ellie has a diverse experience working across all sectors – from large estates to heritage sites and town centres, and has worked with prestigious clients including King’s College London and University College London.

Key Skills

+ Graphic Design 

+ Information Design 

+ Placemaking

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Tom Cookson

3D Designer

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Tom’s background in product design means he brings a practical perspective into the creative team which helps with visualising how a graphic template or concept will translate into a real, physical object in situ.

His strong understanding of 3D objects helps with determining material choices and how a sign would actually be manufactured. He works with our clients to develop 3D and digital design solutions.

Tom enjoys presenting design concepts to clients, and loves to collaborate with his colleagues.

Key Skills
+ 3D Design
+ Graphic Design
+ Product Design

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Rowan Aspinall

Assistant Designer

Rowan graduated from Kingston School of Art in 2020, studying Illustration Animation BA. With a year of prior industry experience in a design agency working on a wide array of digital and print-ready projects, Rowan is excited by Placemarque’s emphasis on strategy as a foundation for successful wayfinding. 


Rowan’s background in illustration shapes the way he approaches projects from the ground up – not only in his influences, but in his emphasis of traditional draughtsmanship and drawing as the cornerstone of his design process. Alongside a keen interest in the visual language of a place’s history, he feels his passion for environmentalism fuels his approach to wayfinding and establishing a sense of place. 


Rowan has had over 7 years of experience in all key areas of the adobe suite, and experience in various 3D software environments that he hopes will facilitate visualisation of Placemarque projects alongside his traditional approach. 


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Tom Tymon

Assistant Graphic Designer

With a strong background in the arts and a keen interest in visual communication, Tom is thrilled by the opportunity to contribute his perspective to new wayfinding strategies.

His excitement initially stemmed from the outdoors, navigating woodlands and national parks using a compass and map, but his intrigue in the architecture, history and culture of more urban areas has led his interest to cover wayfinding as a whole.

After being introduced to basic design software, Tom has expanded his skillset to 3D modelling, along with the main applications of the Adobe suite and has structured his education around graphic design.

Tom is eager and enthusiastic about environmental design and is assisting on a number of Placemarque projects.

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