Christina Koehn: UX Designer for Bing

Christina Koehn is a UX Designer for Bing. Her team’s mission is to create a beautiful, usable and memorable experience for Bing. They also strive to be one step ahead of the competition in the search space, and create innovative design solutions that go above and beyond the traditional paradigms of search engines. Christina’s role on the team is to design and drive implementation of visual systems across Bing. Christina commented that “in an engineering organization, people often lose sight of the color, typographic and iconic systems that hold a product together and enforce the brand.” The main focus of her role is to maintain clean, legible, and consistent design across Bing and all of its properties, while exploring potential new systems and creating forward-thinking design solutions for our product.

When her team recruits for UX talent, they typically look for someone who has a keen eye for color, typography and layout and a strict attention to detail.  Christina commented when discussing recruitment of UX talent with me: “We look for someone who can take a complex problem and find a beautiful solution that takes into account all constraints while still maintaining clean, simple design aesthetic.” She mentioned her team looks for strong interaction and information designers who are passionate about technology and the web. Aside from relevant UX skills and experiences, Christina also commented that they really look for candidates who are passionate about what they do and will bring that passion with them to Microsoft. “The more you can show how excited and passionate you are about your work, the better!”

Christina graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Art History.

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