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Microsoft Corporation Designer 2 in Redmond, Washington

Do you thrive in the space of design systems, from the minute details to the big picture? Do you put human needs at the center of your design thinking? Do you like solving tough technical problems through collaboration and excellent visual design skills? The Microsoft 365 Admin Design Studio is a team of multidisciplinary designers working to make technology that enables IT admins to evolve their workplaces. We’re at the forefront of making the next generation of management software for businesses across the world – and we are hiring!

Our studios are large, modern, open, spaces where designers, managers, and producers work collaboratively to craft experiences that integrate content, software, hardware, and services. No cubicles here. Interaction, motion, UX and visual designers team up to share ideas and work on Microsoft 365, the future of how Microsoft will empower businesses across the world. Every studio partners with top-notch teams of program managers, developers, producers, and researchers who advise on release dates, technological challenges, and customer feedback. If coding constraints are just another piece of the design puzzle for you, and you're excited about expanding your design skills across visual, interaction, and motion design--we want to talk to you.

This role is in the Microsoft 365 Admin Design Studio (M365 Admin) , with an emphasis on design systems . As a designer for M365 Admin, you'll be responsible for evolving and extending the Microsoft 365 experience for millions of Information Technology admins around the world. All designers in M365 Admin design studios must have a clear understanding of each phase of the design process: information architecture + interaction design, research + usability, rapid prototyping, visual + motion design, brand integration, and content creation. You will be expected to broaden your technical understanding as new technologies emerge, and you'll get the chance to apply it and your growing design expertise as roles in and across the studios evolve.

Responsibilities

  • Ship human-centered experiences across Microsoft products and services

  • Participate in and/or facilitate design brainstorming and work sessions

  • Produce mood boards, storyboards, design briefs, sketches, visual language guidelines, visual comps, prototypes, scenarios, process flows, information architecture diagrams, wireframes, and other artifacts required to develop and evolve user experience designs

  • Work across visual, interaction, motion, brand, and other designer disciplines to ensure your contribution enhances the overall user experience

  • Present design ideas and assets as needed to peers, partners, and management in ways that bring the customer story to life, Incorporate feedback into design efforts

  • Implement and/or evolve Microsoft's visual design language (including grid, typography, color and other design-language patterns)

  • Effectively communicate with program managers and developers through implementation to realize design vision

  • Communicate, defend, and build consensus around all aspects of design and design direction

  • Deliver visual assets and/or guidance (information structures and hierarchies; navigation models; animations, wireframes, flows, and other visual prototypes) to development counterparts on time and with quality, in accordance with agile methodology

  • Work with user researchers to coordinate testing efforts, interpret test results, and incorporate results into design efforts

  • Understand the array of technical constraints, user goals and business requirements that shape current and future products

Qualifications

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Visual Communication Design, Information Design, or equivalent education or experience

  • 3+ years of experience in relevant design discipline for consumer product experiences

  • Portfolio emphasizing interaction and graphic design skills with a focus on design systems

Additional qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Information Design or similar fields is a plus

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to make compelling and clear design presentations for varied audiences

  • Strong organizational skills and an attention to detail

  • Ability to quickly produce elegant and easily understood diagrams, wireframes, and other artifacts

  • Ability to think conceptually about design and information architecture

  • Working knowledge of 3D animation and/or modeling tools is a plus

  • Experience creating, managing, or contributing to UI pattern libraries and interaction guidelines

  • Knowledge of natural user interface (NUI) paradigms is a plus

  • Knowledge of the consumer electronics industry

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form at https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest .

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