Visual designers play an increasingly important part in creating aesthetically appealing and effective web layouts, product illustrations, iconography, print materials, presentations (analog and print) and much, much more. Visual designers can work independently, but many work within cross-sectional teams along with user experience researchers and designers, interaction designers, marketers, salespersons and other key business stakeholders.
The ability to communicate effectively in today‰Ûªs social and economic world can no longer be overlooked. There is an increasing number of companies who are seeking professionals who can translate complex ideas and concepts into something many people can understand. Demand for visual designers is expected to rise faster compared to other professions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, visual designer job positions are expected to grow by an estimated 12,500 jobs per year through 2026.
The nation‰Ûªs capital, Washington, D.C., is a thriving metropolitan area with over 6 million residents. The city has a large professional and business services sector but the overall economy is fairly diversified. A few media companies that are based in DC include C-SPAN, BET, Atlantic Media and Voice of America. Some tech companies based in the area include HelloWallet, Blackboard, Inc. and NGP VAN.
Washington, D.C. offers a high quality of life, with easy access to cosmopolitan cuisine and historic sites and museums. Popular attractions include the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Smithsonian and the new National Museum of African American History. The region is serviced by three major international airports.
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