I redesigned this site and updated my resume this year to begin looking for a new job. My goal was to be in a new position by March of 2010. I’m happy to report that I have met my goal, in true overachiever style, 5 months early.
One of the milestones in my plan included looking for internal positions at Xerox, my current employer. I didn’t have high hopes for this step because Xerox rarely has a use for someone with my skillset and I have already worked in the most likely groups. Surprisingly, two positions were available to me: User Experience Designer for xerox.com in Wilsonville, OR and Interaction Designer in the research arm of the company here in Webster, NY. I applied and interviewed for both positions. The position in research was a better fit and it allowed me to stay put. I moved into a new office building just down the street from my old one and started work on November 2.
I work in the Xerox Innovation Group (XIG) which contains 4 research centers, including the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), one in Europe, one in Canada and the one I am a part of in Webster, NY. Within the Webster center, I’m in the Document Workflows and Services Lab as part of the Work Practice and Technology group. My role will be to design and evaluate user interfaces for ongoing research projects that explore the future of work and document technologies.
Initially I have two projects to focus on. I’ll be contributing to Open Xerox, a public website for sharing and getting feedback on some in-progress research projects. I’ll be designing the UI for new applications that will be added to the site over the next year, as well as evaluating the usability of the site itself. I’ll also be working on another project called Document Interactions, which is exploring ways to make connections between large collections of artifacts/documents.