Web designer : an artistic digital platform
Who are Birds of Paradise (BOP)?
BOP are the only disabled-led professional theatre company in Scotland. We exist to put disabled stories centre stage, and to develop opportunities for disabled creatives of all ages, skill sets, cultures and genders. We are passionate about embedding accessibility within creative work.
Supported by The Robertson Trust, BOP Young Artists exists to create a bespoke development initiative and dedicated space for young emerging disabled artists to explore their ideas, their creative practice and their experience of the world.
What is Locked World?
Locked World is the collective outcome of BOP Young Artists’ Pilot Cohort (emerging artists aged 20-30).
Prior to the pandemic, the artists had been working towards a live performance called Locked World. Since August 2020 they have been working with a digital arts consultant to develop their work into a digital format.
This work is not about lockdown or Covid-19, although the form it will now take is in part a response currently being unable to perform to a live audience.
Locked World will be the first of many pieces of work showcased on this new digital, disabled-centred artistic platform.
Who are we looking to work with?
BOP Young Artists are seeking a freelance web designer / digital agency to collaborate with in realising the design of this digital arts platform.
We particularly encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital arts sector in the UK. This includes:
- People of colour / with ethnic origins still deemed ‘minority’ within the UK
- People who identify as D/deaf, disabled and / or neurodivergent
- People who identify as LGBT+ / non-binary
- People who identify as female (cis, trans or otherwise)
- People with caring responsibilities
To be considered for this role, it is essential that you:
- have at least 2 years of UX/UI design experience with examples of work
- have experience developing and documenting user flows, journeys and concept designs for web-based products
- have experience with wireframing technologies (Figma preferred)
- have experience designing for responsive interfaces
- have a demonstrable understanding of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines
- are able to measure design complexity for stakeholders and developers
- have the ability to work to a pre-agreed time-frame
- are able to communicate reliably with stakeholders while working from home
- are open to constructive and critical creative conversation
- are open to sharing and exchanging knowledge and skills
- are willing to learn and explore new ways of designing access tools
- have experience collaborating creatively with people whose skill sets are different from your own
- have a thorough understanding of designing for diverse audiences
It is desirable that you may also:
- have experience with Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, XD)
- have experience designing for disabled users
- have a clear understanding of HTML5 and CSS
- be able to prototype functionality into wireframes
- have an advanced knowledge of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines
- have experience with A/B, multivariate, and user testing
What will the job involve?
- Designing a platform for ‘digital art exhibitions’ in the form of a website whose functions can be customised to support individual users’ access requirements (brief will be provided by BOP Young Artists)
- Consultation and collaboration with Young Artists throughout design process
- Design consultation with the Web Access Specialist
- Creative consultations with BOPs Youth Arts Consultants
- Sharing skills and knowledge with the Young Artists throughout this process, developing their experience and confidence in using accessible digital media within their artistic practice.
Fee & Time frame
Fixed-term contract – final design to be completed by end of March 2021
Allocated design budget £2.5k – 3.5k (all fees to be confirmed with successful candidate).
Please complete the application form provided, and our Equal Opportunities form here.
If this format is not accessible to you, please contact email@example.com to arrange an alternative application format.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021