An interview with KCOM’s Digital Student of the Year

Published: Friday 3rd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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We caught up with Danielle Walker, KCOM Digital Student of the Year 2017, to find out a little more about what she does.

Danielle picked up her award after achieving a 1st Class Honours degree in BA (Hons) Web Design from Hull School of Art & Design. She was selected by her tutors for the award, presented annually by KCOM to an outstanding Hull College student, based on the quality and standard of her work throughout all her modules.

How do you feel after winning KCOM’s Digital Student of the Year?

I feel quite overwhelmed. It’s always nice to be recognised and acknowledged for the work that you do. To win an award because of my passion really inspires me to keep going, to keep learning and never give up.

Being a designer, I find myself being quite self-critical; you always want to do your best no matter what, and this proves that you should never give up on your passion, and keep moving forward.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?

I’m a UX Designer currently working at Wren Kitchens in Barton upon Humber. I create digital experiences, which take into account web psychology and are crafted around human-centred design.

As a UX Designer, I am responsible for ensuring that the user has the best experience with whatever I am creating and that they’re at the forefront of each design decision that I make.

How long have you been interested in digital design?

I have been interested in digital design predominately since I studied BTEC Extended IT Diploma at Wyke Sixth Form College, which gave me an insight into various IT technologies such as design and development.

One of the modules consisted of developing and designing a website, and from that point onward it was something that just clicked with me. I started experimenting with web development, seeing how I could technically bring my designs to fruition, and not only understand the design, but also the technical elements of bringing a website together.

Are there any interesting projects that you’ve recently worked on?

One of the most recent projects was an app design for my Final Major Project, called Waitr.

It’s an app that has been designed to enhance and improve the whole dining out experience. Wanting to find a new restaurant to visit or somewhere that your friends and family love? Waitr solves this problem of the frustration of finding a new restaurant, creating an individual user experience for every user.

It allows users to plan out and order their meal, all within one single app without the hassle.

What’s next for you?

After securing a full-time job after university at Wren Kitchens, I am constantly keeping my UX knowledge updated and will constantly keep myself in the loop of new trends and how users and technologies are adapting.

I think in the coming months, I would like to also start taking on personal projects and freelancing doing more independent projects.

If you’d like to find out more about web design and how you can get into it, check out the courses Hull School of Art & Design.

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Published: Friday 3rd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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