JOB: UX designers, Redmond, WA - Microsoft Office Labs, Full time

31 May 2008 - 4:49pm
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Ruth Kikin-Gil
2006

Hi IxDA-ers!

I'm part of an amazing R&D group in Microsoft that works on the borderline
of research and products, with innovation as its main goal.

The group is called "Office labs" and its charter is to explore the future
of the productivity space in the broadest sense. The good news is that we're
hiring! The labs got some media coverage recently, when Bill Gates used its
Touch Wall prototype for his presentation:
http://uk.gizmodo.com/2008/05/16/microsoft_in_touch_with_future.html

If it sounds interesting to you, and you can work in the US - keep on
reading the description, and then send your CV to ruthkg at microsoft.com

Ruth

And to the position descriptions:

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POSITION 1

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Are you interested in joining a world-class user-experience (UX) design team
within one of Microsoft's most strategic innovation groups?

Our Productivity Services and Social Networking Incubations are looking for
a top-notch UX designer to help conceptualize, design and deliver
world-class user-experience solutions across an array of cutting-edge
projects.

As a new R&D group in the Microsoft Business Division, Office Labs is
focused on pushing the productivity horizon farther through rapid
innovation. As part of this effort, our Incubation teams will focus on
building code as if it were to be shipped, with projects ranging from
6-18+months on average.

Our project portfolio will include a diverse set of highly strategic MBD
projects. Imagine helping to conceive a mobile phone that is custom
tailored for information workers. or re-inventing the next wave of social
networking software. or how about creating a new paradigm for rich
interactive visualizations that will take the concept of immersive user
experiences to a whole new level.

The User Experience Design role will provide strategic value to the team's
initiatives, helping to drive a user-centric interaction design strategy
across the project initiative. As a UX Designer covering the Productivity
Services and Social Networking Incubations, you will explore new UX
paradigms for how social networking will affect the business information
worker as well as provide and in-depth look at what productivity means
outside the realm of professional life. What does a communication console
look like if information work pivots away from an email-centric environment?
How do we build solutions for consumer productivity tasks such as organizing
a parent group or planning a home project? On our team, UX will be involved
and integral throughout the project lifecycle - from conception to
completion. Candidates should have a talent for designing rich, visual
user-interaction solutions across a range of platforms and mediums. In
addition, candidates should have passion for conceiving innovative
user-interface models that explore concepts that lie well outside today's
typical application GUI paradigms.

Responsibilities

-Help define, and own UX design deliverables across project initiatives
(inlc. ideation, user-flow analysis, wire-framing, interaction design,
visual design, branding and execution)

-Facilitate early ideation sessions with brainstorming, storyboarding, rapid
prototyping

-Help develop and manage UX project schedules across multiple projects

-Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members/leads to evaluate and
extend project proposals and early concept development

Qualifications

-5+ years experience developing world-class, forward-thinking user
experience solutions

-Proven track-record of hands-on user-interface design leadership for
software

-Expert level proficiency with common design tools (Illustrator, Photoshop,
After Effects, 3-D modeling, etc)

-Strong design sensibilities and attention to detail required

BS/BA or Masters Degree in Interactive Media-, Graphic-, or Industrial
Design

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POSITION 2

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Are you interested in joining a world-class user-experience (UX) design team
within one of Microsoft's most strategic innovation groups?

Then come and join Office Labs! Our Prototyping team is looking for
top-notch UX designers to help conceptualize, design and deliver world-class
user-experience solutions across an array of cutting-edge projects.

As a new R&D group in the Microsoft Business Division, we are focused on
pushing the productivity horizon farther through rapid innovation. Central
to this effort lives our Prototyping initiative where we assemble small
teams of high caliber developers, program, managers, and user-experience
professionals who love to tackle ideas in the productivity space that are
more risky than what can typically be attempted in a traditional product
cycle. We partner heavily with product teams and MSR. We test ideas by
shipping prototypes both internally and externally, and we work with product
teams to make sure we provide them with all the necessary data to help them
decide whether the idea should be in the next version of their product. Some
of the current prototypes that we're working on include ideas around next
generation user experiences, tools that allow communities to increase the
value they get from the Office Suite, and extensions to the current Office
Suite functionality

The User Experience Design role will provide strategic value to the team's
initiatives, helping to drive a user-centric interaction design strategy
across the organization. As a UX Designer for the Prototyping group, you
will be involved and integral throughout the project lifecycle - from
conception to completion. Candidates should have a talent for designing
rich, visual user-interaction solutions across a range of platforms and
mediums. In addition, candidates should have passion for conceiving
innovative user-interface models that explore concepts that lie well outside
today's typical application GUI paradigms.

Responsibilities
- Help define, and own UX design deliverables across project initiatives
(inlc. ideation, user-flow analysis, wire-framing, interaction design,
visual design, branding and execution)
- Facilitate early ideation sessions with brainstorming, storyboarding,
rapid prototyping
- Help develop and manage UX project schedules across multiple efforts
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members/leads to evaluate and
extend project proposals and early concept development

Qualifications
- 5+ years experience developing world-class, forward-thinking user
experience solutions
- Proven track-record of hands-on user-interface design leadership for
software
- Expert level proficiency with common design tools (Illustrator, Photoshop,
After Effects, 3-D modeling, etc)
- Strong design sensibilities and attention to detail required
- BS/BA or Masters Degree in Interactive Media-, Graphic-, or Industrial
Design

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Ruth Kikin-Gil

Experience designer and Researcher

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Website: <http://www.ruthkikin.com/> http://www.ruthkikin.com

eMail: <mailto:ruth at ruthkikin.com> ruth at ruthkikin.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthkikingil

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