When you want information fast, you can press an app on your phone or find it with a few clicks on a website. And you have people like Madeline Cook, '18, to thank for such ease of use.
As a human-computer interaction major through Whitworth's interdisciplinary studies program, Cook is combining computer science with her newest passion: art.
HCI allows Cook to work as a computer programmer, writing programs, but the major also incorporates design work. "While I enjoy coding and the logical portions of my major," she says, "I've found a passion for design that helps keep people's frustration to a minimum. I get to design what a person sees and how they're going to interact with that."
Cook says that with her degree, she'll get the best of both worlds after graduation. "I can get a job as a web developer. I can also get a job as a graphic designer. It's easier for me to talk to programmers, business people and designers all at the same time."
Cook is already putting her skills to work – she interned last summer at Spokane's 14Four, an interactive-campaign agency.