Daryl Walker-Smith

Daryl Walker-Smith

UX Design Lead, Husband, Father, Photographer & comic reader

UX Design Lead & Ecommerce Design Manager at CPPGroup plc, Web Designer, Husband, Father of twins, Photographer, comic reader and movie watcher.

Based in: York



Experience

  • Ecommerce Design Manager at CPP Group plc

    Responsibilities:

    To manage and deliver the design output of frontend ecommerce deliveries for the Group’s digital team, from initial wireframing and Photoshop mockups through to HTML and CSS coding.

    Also key to the role is the management of in house designers as well as design agencies and vendors, vetting all output to ensure they are of relevant quality and standards.

    To act as a senior member of the Group’s digital team in defining the advancement of the department and the channel through UX and UCD best practices and implementation.

  • Senior Web Designer at Ebuyer

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    • Lead a team of 4 web and print designers. Personally responsible for the design of large scale projects, whilst developing and encoring the innovative designs from individuals within the team.

      Large‐scale projects completed and commercial successes include:

      • Redesign and implementation of the Ebuyer.com homepage and header/search areas
      • Complete product page redesign and implementation to improve the customer journey
      • Introduction of Twitter to the organisation as a marketing/customer communication tool

  • Multimedia Graphic Designer at Continuum

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    • Designed intuitive user interface graphics for kiosk interactives as well as providing photography (including QTVR), illustrations and Flash animations (where appropriate).

      Also responsible for the design, build and maintenance of both the organisation’s attractions and client websites using a bespoke CMS built in PHP/MySQL. Other responsibilities include various elements of print design and IT management.

      Sample Projects included:

      The Real Mary King’s Close
      Website design and build

      Weston Park Museum
      Flash weather interactive design and build

  • Interactive Designer at Postmodem Design

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    • Freelance Interactive Contracts included:

      BANC Leeds - Lacoste Pink / Boss / Baldessarini
      Contracted to create Flash screen designs/animations for the fragrance ranges listed above. Role incorporated the overseeing of other freelancers working within the project.

      Artts International - Website Contracted to rebuild Artts Skillcentre website.

      Centre for Educational Leadership - Manchester University
      Creation of the ‘Design and Development Process’ CD-Rom (Flash) including location photography and audio acquisition/editing.

  • Interactive Designer at BBC Worldwide Interactive Learning

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    • Provided an extensive range of creative solutions for public sector learning organisations, ensuring that both interface designs and content are stylish, clear and navigable. Overseeing projects and coordinating freelance designers as required.

      Sample Projects included:

      Webwise Explorer - BBC
      Sole designer/programmer for a high profile promotional CD-Rom distributed to UK online centres throughout the UK. (Flash)

      Learn to Lead - National College for School Leadership
      Design and build the online component of the ‘Learn to Lead’ course

      • October 2001 - November 2003
      • Milton Keynes, UK
  • Senior Clerk / Systems Coordin at Standard Life

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      • August 1989 - July 1997

Education

  • Electronic Imaging and Media C at University of Bradford

    Graduated with First Class Honours and Founders Prize for the highest overall mark in the final year.

    Team Leader for the final year Enterprise Project to produce an interactive CD-Rom for the band Seafood's album 'When Do We Start Fighting?'.

    Produced a 3 minute 3D animation for The Dust Collectors song 'Jelly Babies' as final year individual project.

    Team Leader for Enterprise Project & Course Representative for 2 years

    • September 1997 - July 2001
    • Bradford, UK
  • University of Bradford

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      • 1997 - 2001
  • Madras College, St. Andrews

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      • 1985 - 1990
  • Madras College, St. Andrews

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      • 1985 - 1989