Meet the Team:
Danielle Stone, UX Manager
Following the introduction of our ‘Meet the team’ page comes our mini blog series. Each week, hear personally from our team members about their roles at JUMP and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born in Newcastle and came back after going to Dundee University in Scotland. I love my city, though am a pretty rubbish Geordie as I don’t have the accent and definitely wear a coat on a night out.
Summarise your role at JUMP
My main role is UX manager but I am also a senior member of the design team and enjoy that I can still get involved in branding projects, brainstorms and creative sessions.
How did you get into UX design?
I trained as a graphic designer but even in my first agency position I loved working on digital briefs. I spent a lot of time thinking about the end user and using a variety of UX tools to improve our end products. I now lead on UX at JUMP and work with the two teams to ensure we’re making decisions with the end user at heart.
Describe a project you've worked that you are particularly proud of. What did you do that went well?
We’re working with Tyneside Cinema at the moment on a new website. It’s been great to work with an organisation that is such a valued North East venue but that also comes with great responsibility! We want to make it really easy for visitors of all ages and technical abilities to find out about what the cinema offers, and to make a visually rich site that inspires people. I’m really looking forward to seeing it launched and live.
What do you hope to achieve at JUMP?
I started at JUMP in 2009 and we’ve grown so much since then. I’d like to help JUMP grow even more, keeping the high quality of our work and working with some exciting clients as well as growing our reputation for excellence in digital design.
What do you like most about UX design?
I love finding out about a business or organisation, what makes them tick, and then helping them to present that to the outside world. Often people are really close to what they do and it’s interesting to reflect back our interpretation of their business to them. I especially love meeting people who are really passionate about what they do. We learn about so many different and fascinating things so no day is the same.
Finally, what advice would you give to any junior UX designers starting out?
For web design in particular I’d say immerse yourself in what’s going on right now. It’s changing constantly and that makes it really exciting. Follow interesting people on social media, go to conferences and events and absorb everything you can.
If you would like to hear more from Danielle, she will be asking 'Why do all websites look the same?' at Sunderland Digital on Wed 20 September 2017 at Sunderland Software Centre. More details to follow.