Visual/UI Designers create aesthetically appealing and easy-to-understand web layouts, illustrations, iconography, print materials, presentations and other internal and external communication collateral. Visual designers often work within multifunctional teams along with user experience researchers, interaction designers, product designers, marketers, salespersons and other key business stakeholders to create products that are enjoyable to use. But there is an increasing number of visual designers who also work independently.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for visual designers is expected to rise faster compared to other professions. Visual designer positions are expected to grow by an estimated 12,500 jobs per year through 2026.
Seattle has an estimated population of over 700,000 people, making it the largest city in the state of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest region. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. A large portion of its economy is driven by business and professional services, but the tech sector is rapidly growing. The city is home to many large corporations including Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, Expedia, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Vulcan Inc. and many more.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty and temperate, year-round climate, which allows for many outdoor recreational activities. Seattle is perfectly situated for quick trips to the outdoors, including several parks. The city boasts one of the highest concentrations of college graduates in the country. Seattle also has a thriving arts scene with the renowned Youth Symphony Orchestra, 5th Avenue Theatre and the Romanesque Revival Town Hall drawing large crowds every year.
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