Best City fo designers

I’m wondering what’s the best city for designers to live in?! and Why?
Is that:
NYC? SAN FRANCISCO? CHICAGO? CINCINNATI? MINNEAPOLIS? BOSTON? LOS ANGELES? SAN DIEGO? MIAMI? DALLAS? ATLANTA? HOUSTON? …

let’s say for Graphic Designers

let’s say for Graphic Designers

You need to be more specific…
Job opportunities
design culture
cost of living
life style
etc.

Basically, the higher cost of living areas (NY, LA, San Fran, Chicago) all have a pretty awesome design communities.

What begins to matter more is what you can contribute to the community.

I know a few desginers who went out to Noname,TX after offered a corporate job… and they seem to like it.

Calling any one place the “best” city for design is not really a group question, but one for the individual…

Let’s say for each of these:

  1. Job opportunities
  2. career
  3. design culture
  4. cost of living
  5. life style****
  1. Job opportunities: NYC
  2. career: NYC + SF
  3. design culture: SF + CHICAGO
  4. cost of living: USA - (SF, CHICAGO & NYC)
  5. life style: SF + NYC
  1. Job opportunities: LA
  2. career: LA
  3. design culture: SF
  4. cost of living: SAN DIEGO
  5. life style: LA

It depends about what do you mean by best.
If you want my opinion I would say:

  1. Job opportunities: MINNEAPOLIS AND CINCINNATI
  2. career: NYC
  3. design culture: SF
  4. cost of living: MINNEAPOLIS
  5. life style: BOSTON

How about any place you get a job?

There is design all over the place in the US. Sure, there are areas with a higher concentration. You can find design all over.

That’s a pretty good question, but it can also be a catch 22. I live in San Francisco, and it trully has a cultural promotion for design. Alot of the best firms are here, and there are studios all over the place. But the jobs here are very limited and you may find yourself freelancing and scraping by with the ridiculous rents. But at the same time you do have a gambling chance of hooking up with all the right people, and this may help you advance your career alot faster than if you were in say “no name” Texas.

Yea … it’s a tough one…
I’d say NYC, Chicago and SF have the best opportunities.
But if you’re lookong for an “average” place, there’s Minneapolis that has to offer a lot in a mid size scale

You mentioned that you’re focused on graphic design.

After New York City, Minneapolis has the second largest AIGA chapter in the nation. If affordability is a concern for you, the Twin Cities are certainly worth a look.

Lots of great design in Minneapolis. Target is based there. Target likes to use local talent.

I like these…

  1. San Francisco/LA
  2. NYC
  3. Chicago
  4. Boston

And in the south…
Texas and Florida

My favorites

  1. Job opportunities: If you have luck, anywhere you want
  2. Career: NYC
  3. Design culture: SF
  4. Cost of living: MINNEAPOLIS
  5. Life style: NYC

NYC, SF AND CHITOWN ARE GOOD …
BUT DON’T FORGET THAT’S THE BEST CITY IS WHERE YOU FIND YOUR NICHE.
I SUGGEST YOU 2 GREAT DESIGN CITIES: MINNEAPOLIS AND CICINNATI.

who said Detroit?
we’re talking about Graphic Design!!!

Yea … Milan is for fashion Design!

How about Toronto?