SQL Clone

introduction

I joined the Redgate design team shortly after moving to the UK. Redgate is widely considered 'The Place' to work for UX designers in Cambridge. I started off as a UX designer working on their website and shortly after transferred to work on a brand new product, SQL Clone. 

SQL Clone is a database provisioning tool that lets you make tiny copies – or clones – of production databases. It frees the database administrator (DBAs) from provisioning requests and empowers developers to work with isolated, up-to-date versions of production data. The product went on to make $200k in the first month it went to market and has since become one of Redgate's most successful products.

Proudest moments

  • Communicating with and translating user needs from a highly technical team and user base
  •  Working within a hybrid desktop/web app tech stack and UI limitations
  • Laid foundation for visual design which would influence design system (Honeycomb) for all of Redgate's web-based products. 

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Research

  • Conducting initial & ongoing research with potential users
  • Identifying patterns & key learnings
  • Making learnings visible & relevant to the team, as well as the company. 
  • Advocating for the user when prioritizing work
  • Organizing and leading ongoing testing sessions with our users
  • Building & communicating regularly with a small community of power users

 

Design

    • Mapping out end-to-end user flows for new features
    • Technical writing & comms within the product
    • Visual design from scratch (Sketch)
    • UI Prototyping (InVision) & front-end dev (HTML/CSS/Git)
    • Communicating and documenting design decisions with the wider design team.
    • Working closely with marketing on our go-to-market strategy
     

    Before diving in, I talked to tons of users and created job stories for database provisioning. We used them as a team to brainstorm solutions and prioritize work to be done on our MVP. I also worked with other UX designers to map out potential user flows.

    Regularly collaborated with UX designers from other products to hash through flows

    Regularly collaborated with UX designers from other products to hash through flows

    Mapping out the user flow for getting started with SQL Clone

    Mapping out the user flow for getting started with SQL Clone


    Two of a handful of launch screens we tested for new SQL Clone users. Click the image to walk through an invision prototype.

    Two of a handful of launch screens we tested for new SQL Clone users. Click the image to walk through an invision prototype.

    UI for setting up the user's environment to create clones

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    Scheduling imaging creation

    Scheduling imaging creation


    I worked closely with marketing, sales, & our dev team to find the best way for potential customers to experience the bread & butter of the product (creating clones) without the overhead of having to set everything up on their machine. 


    Some various states of images in the SQL Cone dashboard.

    Some various states of images in the SQL Cone dashboard.


    Documenting and sharing reasoning behind design decisions was instrumental in collaborating with other designers.
    An example was why we chose to go with cards as the UI component for the various jobs inside of SQL Clone UI.


    Other Redgate work

    In addition to working on Product, I was also heavily involved with marketing and the website. I also led the design guild and led my design chops to the "Feel Good Fund", who put on events for the company. 

    I joined the team during a rebrand, and this was one of my concepts

    I joined the team during a rebrand, and this was one of my concepts

    A visual extension of the brand concept for advertising 

    A visual extension of the brand concept for advertising 

    I hand-lettered and designed t-shirts for a conference Redgate sponsored

    I hand-lettered and designed t-shirts for a conference Redgate sponsored

    Down Tools Week is kind of like hack week, and I contributed my hand lettering!

    Down Tools Week is kind of like hack week, and I contributed my hand lettering!

    I used our annual summer party as an opportunty to play with animation. 

    I used our annual summer party as an opportunty to play with animation. 

     
    Some illustrations created for the Redgate website

    Some illustrations created for the Redgate website