Do you put human needs and motivations at the center of your design thinking? Do you see technology as a tool for amplifying and enhancing the things that make us human? Do you have a passion for user experience and building interactive scenarios for real people through innovation, creativity, attention to detail and simplicity? The Identity Division at Microsoft includes a small studio of designers where you'll design interface experiences that solve complex interactions with elegance and simplicity, with a focus on IT professionals and developers. The role's broad scope will give you ample room to flex your design muscles—both on projects that have immediate impact on Microsoft's business through to long-term explorations that shape our strategy, vision and UX direction. We are looking for a Senior Designer who can work with Engineering and Product Management disciplines while driving design directions from concept to final implementation.
Other success factors for UXers in our agile environment: Thoughtfulness —You're thoughtful and deliberate in your choices and able to articulate that on the fly across a cross-functional team, and occasionally, conflicting priorities and objectives. Persuasion skills —You've got the social intelligence and sales skills to understand (or explain) what needs to be changed, and why. You use criticism to spur insightful conversations, not a reason to be defensive or shut down. A translator of tradeoffs —There's no perfect interface and no right answer. You're able to create different options and translate
Portfolio A strong portfolio is critical for this role, both in terms of demonstrating your experience and as an example of your ability to create a compelling design presentation. Showcase your experience in UX and interaction design, particularly where simplicity and ease of use were a major concern. We'd like to see a diversity of projects, but be careful that your portfolio doesn't get scattered or overly long—focus on curation and quality to choose a solid collection of outcomes and design intermediaries and deliverables (especially flows, mockups, and prototypes), and be sure the portfolio