October, 2006

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Candidate:Bryan Herskovits

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    What do you think about Bryan?

    Check it out.

    Work of Bryan Herskovits


    John

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Candidate:Paul Wellman

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    Is Paul the right fit for the role?

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    Work of Paul Wellman


    John

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Candidate:Abdul Rehman Khawar

    • 5 Comments

    Is Abdual the right fit for the role?

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    Work of Abdul Rehman Khawar


    John

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Get on soapbox and let your creative side show!!!

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    "Believe it or not, Microsoft just became a bit more, well, cool." -- Business Week, Sept. 25

    It's great to see business week say we are getting a bit more cool, yet yet's you that will decide.   I'm having fun and getting excited about all that's coming.  You know I have been a Microsoft for just over 6 years and to see the transformation that is happening is really wonderful.  Our services and products are starting to take in account user experience more and more each day.  I've had the chance to use our new service and now you can.  I've just got the news that we're ready to ready to unveil the beta for our new video sharing service, Soapbox. I'm sure all of you know yet just in case, Soapbox is a new service from MSN that lets you easily publish, watch, and share your videos with your friends, family, and the world.

    Perhaps you might be the one to pull a wizard of Oz and look behind the curtian.  Wouldn't it be be cool, once we hire you, to see if we can you set up to spend some time with the soapbox team.  An opportunity to learn and and share their experiences with the Canadian Community.

    If you want it to be you it's time to get your video going and send me a link!

    So sign up now and invite your friends and family as well. Click here to join the Soapbox betafeedback to the Soapbox Team.

    Try it out and share you thoughts!

    John

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Questions and Answers

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    Wow, I just came back from vacation and I’ve had lots of questions and wonderful emails on the role. It’s great to see that so many people are interested and excited about the opportunity. This will be quick as I have way too many emails to catchup on.... Not to complain, I have a great team that really took care of everything while I was away and I just need some time to get reconnected. Ok, back to the most important topic....you.  To keep your passion fired and get you started on creating your videos I wanted to get this quick note out.  Taking a quick look at my emails on this role, I’ve had many questions that are similar and thought it necessary to share them.

    Q1 - Is this only open to University or does it include college programs as well?

    This opportunity is only limited to candidates who have recently graduated (within the last year). To qualify, you must not be greater than 12 months past your graduation date and it doesn’t matter if it is a college or university program.

    Q2 - What are the timings and when is the cut off date?

    I want to make sure that we give everyone an equal chance to best reflect their strength, show why they want this role and get what we feel is the best person. As such, everyone has to have their resumes, videos and creative example submitted for the 15th November. At that time I’m going to start the interview process with the goal of hiring someone to start in Jan or later in the year. I’m open to a flexible start date for the right person.

    Q3 – Do I have to submit a video and sample of my creative work?

    I can’t nor do I want to force anyone to do something they don’t want to do. I will commit that everyone that submits the video and creative work with get an interview with me. If you just submit your resume via the normal means online it will go through the normal HR filtering for referral to me.

    Q4 – When do the interviews start?

    I’ll start booking them for mid to end November.

    Q5 - Where do I post the links to my video and the example of my work?

    You can send the links directly to me (john.oxley@microsoft.com) or post them as comments to the blog.  Once I get the links I'll be putting up a separate post for each applicant.

    That’s it for now and when I get my head up from all my emails I’ll be providing some comments as we go. From the initial emails, You have me really excited that we made the right decision and I’m really looking forward to seeing each your videos and creative creations!

    Take care and talk to you soon!

    John

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Speaking of UX...

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    Hey all, Mark Z here.

    Thought I'd share a nice example of some of my "pre-out-of-box-User-Experience" here :)

  • Canadian UX Blog

    Are you the Canadian User Experience community's newest Intern/Apprentice?

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    I’m looking for a User Experience (UX) Advisor to join the team that I feel is changing the way Microsoft is connecting with the community. To do this I really want my actions to speak for themselves and invest in the leaders of tomorrow today. This role is not open to everyone and I really want a fresh perspective. Firstly, to keep true to my word, you are top recent (or soon to be) university or college graduate. Secondly, you know who you are.  You’ve done well in school, have a strong technical background, a passion for connecting with others, a desire to learn and an openness to share your experiences with the community. 

    You can check out the official job description here for more information (look for User Experience Advisor, Meadowvale).

    Normally, I’d be looking for someone with years of experience…. yet, as Microsoft is currently developing a fresh set of user experience and designer tools, it’s time for us to take a fresh approach.  I’m looking for “The UX Intern” to be one of Microsoft's Canada’s connections to the Canadian UX community. This is a great community with some very good people to learn from and connect with. Yet, what makes this role exciting also makes it challenging. As you learn it will be up to you to gain credibility with this community. To do this, you always have to be authentic, open and transparent while sharing as you learn your experiences, stories, leveraging Microsoft’s learnings and passing on some of our best practices with the community.  This is not going to be an easy job and you have to be committed as we know it is a journey!

    To help me make sure we have the right "Intern” I’ve asked a few friends from UX Irregulars, Industry and faculty to help me narrow the search.  So... now it’s time to for you to show your stuff!!!

    Along with posting your standard resume here, We want you to submit a short video to a video sharing site (YouTube, MSN soapbox...) on why it has to be you. Once you’ve done that come back here and post your link as a comment and be sure to include a link to an online sample of your work which highlights your designer's passion (web design, graphic, or interactive media). Once I get your links, I’ll set up a separate blog post for each candidate to allow comments.

    Oh by the way, once we know it’s you… this will be your space, so be creative and tell us why it’s you!

    John

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