Design student strikes gold – WLU: News and Media Relations


WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 19, 2022 – West Liberty University design student Lauren Anderson won gold with her recent honor in a national student design competition sponsored by Innovation Center for Design Excellence (ICDE).

Lauren Anderson, December 2021 graduate and national design competition gold medalist.

“Our students have won many arts and design competitions, but winning the UX UI category with a gold medal for the first time is very meaningful,” said Moonjung Kang, WLU Professor of Visual Communication Design.

The silver and bronze winning students came from the American University in Washington DC, which has a much longer history of implementing UX UI design courses in its curriculum, according to Kang.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our talented student Lauren and I’m glad our design program has been noticed and given the attention of other design professionals and educators.”

Kang explained that she hopes more people will learn how UX UI works in our daily lives and why this knowledge could be very promising for students looking for promising careers.

UX stands for User Experience and UI stands for User Interface, both essential to good web design and software success.

The WLU design program in UI UX started in fall 2019, Kang added.

“We achieved this positive result in a very short time. We built an independent study course, Interaction Design, to give Anderson a more intensive learning experience.

Lauren was one of the most talented students and eager to learn everything. So I gladly created an independent study to help fuel his passion for UI UX Design,” Kang said.

Anderson graduated last December and is now employed at Madden Media, an Arizona firm specializing in destination marketing. She is from New Martinsville, W.Va. and was a Dean’s List student at WLU.

“She got so many jobs offered before she even graduated and Lauren plans to continue her studies in UI UX design at a graduate program school and has already been accepted to several major schools.”

For his last semester senior project, Anderson created an app called “Planterra” that helps people nurture and grow their plants to their full potential, allowing people to reach and expand their knowledge with the help of others.

The Visual Communication program is one of many majors offered at the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. To contact Kang and learn more about registration, please email him at [email protected]

To view the three award-winning student projects, please click here.


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