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Looking to uncover where the hotbed of interactive design
jobs are? Well, there must be something great about being on a coast, because
both east and west coasts are thriving areas for interactive opportunities.
Based on what we’ve been seeing, the cities with the highest demand for
freelancers in the interactive design space are:
Great news—we’ve seen an influx of requests for interactive
design talent in these cities every month this year. Check out what’s happening
in these booming metropolises.San Francisco/Bay Area. It’s no
surprise that one of the top technology centers of the US is flush with
interactive jobs. E-commerce sites, ad agencies, start-ups, and brick and
mortar stores in the Bay Area are shifting marketing dollars from traditional
marketing and PR to interactive marketing. We’re seeing a huge demand for
mobile designers and developers, user experience designers, interaction
designers, social media strategists, and community managers. iPhone and Android
app design and development are highly coveted skills. We’ve also seen a surge
in opportunities for interactive project managers/producers.Portland. You may already be aware
that Portland has a thriving creative community, so it’s no wonder that ad
agencies across the city are looking for interactive design freelancers for
project-based work. They’re also seeking UI designers, front end developers,
and information architects—or anyone with a combination of those skills.
Flash/Flex developers are still very much in demand.Seattle. As the home of Microsoft,
Amazon, and other tech firms, Seattle is a highly interactive business
community, with new products in development all the time. The mobile scene here
is growing quickly. Clients across the board want to give consumers a way to
engage via mobile devices, and need mobile interactive designers and mobile
developers with cutting-edge skills.New York. The Big Apple has some big
opportunities for interactive folks. E-commerce firms, ad agencies, and
start-up companies are experiencing the highest demand for interactive design
talent. Many are seeking mobile app designers and developers, front end
developers (especially HTML5 gurus), Flash designers with some development
skills, UX specialists, and interactive project managers. Interactive talent
with multi-faceted experience (a mix of coding, design, and mobile) are highly
desirable.Los Angeles. Hooray for Hollywood
(and surrounding areas)! Digital agencies are seeking interactive art directors
and designers on a regular basis for a wide variety of projects. Front end
developers with HTML5 experience and interactive project managers who
understand the technical possibilities on the web are sought after frequently.
As you might guess, interactive design talent with entertainment industry
experience are in the highest demand (it is LA after all). Studios are looking
for talent with robust design aesthetics and experience working on cutting-edge
projects.Planning to look for freelance work in
these cities? Connect with an agent.
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