Creative Lead/Senior Designer

Cool Blue, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hybrid

About Us

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we’re an ambitious agency that delivers brand development, PR, marketing, advertising, digital and social content and experiential design. From championing local brands to executing national campaigns, we get involved – meaning you will too.

About The Role

We’re looking for a razor-sharp creative. A natural ideas-generator, with keen curiosity and a shed load of design talent.

You’ll need to be a digitally savvy designer with that bit of something that’s hard to pin down. Creative bravery, fierce ambition, someone who sets their own standards and inspires those around them.

You will be part of our senior team and be responsible for all client creative direction, day to day delivery of all kinds of creative work, managing our network of exceptional freelance designers, as well as working closely with our Studio Manager and the members of our wider PR and marcomms teams.

You’ll be offered flexible working, a generous salary, a considerable 26 day holiday package and professional development opportunities to supercharge your knowledge and expertise.

About You

A team player, sure. But mavericks are welcome too. We expect you to raise the bar. Whether working independently or as part of the wider team, you’ll be responsible for creating impactful work that gets people talking.

Can you build a brand identity one minute and execute digitally compatible campaigns the next? Are you a graphic design whizz and an art director with an exceptional eye? Do you think strategically, smart and big? Do you have a passion for brands and culture?

This is a senior position, so agency experience and a strong voice is a necessity. If you can stand by your work, command a creative discussion and be a significant player in a talented team, we want to hear from you.


  • Take ownership of allocated projects to ensure design excellence – from concept and presentation, all the way through to execution, art direction and final delivery.

  • Provide creative leadership, inspiration, guidance, support and direction to the freelancers and our in-house PR and Comms team.

  • Be experienced in working across a range of sectors.

  • Be a guardian of Cool Blue’s brand identity.


  • Minimum 3 years’ agency experience as a Senior Designer or similar.

  • Evidence of developing standout online and offline campaigns to a high standard.

  • In-depth knowledge of graphic design principles, styles and layout techniques.

  • Strong proficiency across a wide range of media, and in applying a brand identity across multiple channels, platforms and tools.

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite - especially Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. (Experience in After Effects would be a plus.)

  • Self-belief, a sense of humour and a portfolio full of killer creative is a must.

So, What Do you Reckon?

To apply, email with your CV and a covering note that we’ll read and think, yes, this person really wants this. Effort reaps rewards after all…

Like what you see?

Selected Works

Barker and Stonehouse: Gateshead Store LaunchUnveiling the new £5m store in Gateshead.

Harrogate Spring Water - Mindful DrinkingBringing a taste of Royal Ascot to North Yorkshire.

The City Baths Newcastle X John LewisBringing a brand partnership to this historic leisure destination.

Barker and Stonehouse: A Story of SustainabilityA sustainable approach to furniture retail.

Grainger MarketEnhancing Newcastle’s Bustling Grade I Traders Market.

Anglo American:Powering cyber security.

Teesside UniversityCelebrating the Tees Valley digital community.

ProtiumStakeholder communications and engagement strategy.

North P&I:160 years of incredible maritime history.

Middlesbrough College:Finding brand purpose for a dynamic educator.

Sleepeezee:Everything's easy when you Sleepeezee.

North East England Chamber of CommerceGiving businesses their say in skills provision.

Ercol:A moment of pride in ercol’s history.

Newcastle Helix:Our City’s Drive Towards Net Zero.

Story Homes:A new chapter for this thriving residential developer.

Stephenson WorksA welcoming and generous spirit.

NewcastleGateshead Quays:A quay moment for NewcastleGateshead.

TeesAMP:Making it in Middlesbrough.

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau:Tyne to get back to business.

Tees Valley Combined Authority:Encouraging staycations in Tees Valley.

Siglion:Bringing some vitamin sea to Seaburn.

North East Ambulance Service:A global pandemic.

Thirteen Homes:How do you want to live?

herdysleep:A first of its kind for the bed-in-a-box market.

Libra Interiors:Connecting consumers in a new way.

Tees Valley Combined Authority:Tees Valley Mayoral Election Campaign.

Animex:A virtual event bringing the brightest of minds together.

Imagine. Create. EGGER:Launch of a new product range for this global manufacturer

Finchale Group:A dynamic rebrand for the leading employment charity.

Duresta:A brave and bohemian collaboration.

South Tyneside Council:Recognising local community heroes.

Fusion:Healthy in the Heart of the City.

UK Land EstatesBuildings for Business.

Merit HoldingsA world leading engineering company.

Harrogate Spring Water:Continuing to make a difference.

Barker and Stonehouse:Say hello to Mr Clarke.


Cool Blue is a full-service agency that drives brands forwards. Our ideas and innovations are always conducted with purpose. Delivering solutions that combat specific challenges and provide results. Our strategic expertise offer a valuable service to every one of our clients, helping them achieve their goals.


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